WHATS THE BEST METHOD FOR POTTY TRAINING..
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Evelyn - posted on 06/15/2009
I agree Andrea. My daughter's true turning point was when I put a sundress on her and let her run around w/no diaper, pull/up or anything. She was loathe to pee on herself or *gasp* poop, lol, so she booked it to the potty when she needed to go. That's when things really started looking up. After that it was smooth sailing. It did take a while to get her out of pull ups at night though. That was mostly me being paranoid and also lazy because I didn't want to have to change the sheets all the time lolol. She didn't go much at night, just here and there. That was when I had to train MYSELF to relax. LOL
Andrea - posted on 06/15/2009
My theory is that there is no best method. Each child is different. My son just recently potty trained (and he turned 3.5 yesterday). My daughter trained around 3 years...but I let them get there when they were ready. There is no fighting them - you are not going to win when poop is involved. With my son - the little potty seat worked great and treats (gummy worms) as an incentive. I really had to just let him hang out naked for a few days so we could get the idea and then have a few accidents. Sorry there is no magic. As for going in the diaper - you just have to get rid of it and let him have an accident or two (or more if you are my child) - the diaper is a safety mechanism and it confuses them if they have it sometimes and not others. At least, it did for my kids.
Renee - posted on 05/26/2009
Its been awhile for me, but Evelyn and Pamela hit the nail right on the head patience is a virtue. I use the pull ups and like Evelyn stated I went coocoo for cocoa puffs, by clapping, praising and rewarding for his successful dry day. He loved the song I'm a big boy now. Good Luck : )
Pamela - posted on 05/23/2009
Use positive motivation.Don't show your frustration tho you may feel it inside your head:) Praise him even for efforts and give him little rewards. Maybe a special box that he can pick something from when he goes on the potty or stays dry. Worked for me. If you get upset they will hide to go potty in their diaper. Good Luck:)
Evelyn - posted on 05/19/2009
Ladies, it definitely takes a lot of time and patience. I started putting my daughter on the potty right before she turned 2. It wasn't until she was about 3 that she started going on it regularly on her own. I would leave the potty out somewhere that she frequented so that it would remain a constant figure in her psyche. There were lots of days where I just let her run around bare bottom and that really seemed to help. She didn't want to pee on herself, so she'd make it to the potty before she had an accident. Different strokes for different folks definitely, but I think in general, leaving the potty chair in their play area or in the living room or kitchen (where you frequent the most) will keep it on their minds. This will keep constantly reminding them of trying to use it. Make up potty songs, go crazy clapping when they go on it...( I know my daughter LOVES when I jump up and down and go nuts when she does something new lol) and just make it a fun experience. Patience, patience, patience. lol
Veronica - posted on 05/19/2009
If you find out, please share! My son will be 3 next month-he will go if you take him, knows when he needs to go, takes off all clothes and diaper, but when he has his diaper on, he will just go in that. Very frustrating!