Sherry - posted on 04/04/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
I am a mother of a premie that is now 2y 9m and a 6yr old as well as a dayhome provider. This is a great time of year to be potty training. Both of my girls were stubborn to train at first and then once I figured it out it was done jsut like that. First I think pull ups are exactly what they say they are big kid DIAPERS> the key is to get out of diapers. This time of year is great. put them in underwear (and plastic pants if you like) let them know that they are big kids and they are wearing big kid undies......explain to them that they need to go potty or they are going to have wet and yucky pants. If possible try and figure out how often or how long after a glass of liquid do they need to go. and if poss be in the kitchen or a hard floor surface at that time. DO NOT HURRY to clean up their pants. Clean up the floor, carpet, and what ever else first and then eventually as long as you can stand it clean up the kid. They do NOT like the feeling of being WET and Yucky. Within days they will have figured out that when they oee their pants they hav to stop playing, feel yucky, get changed, and all this after mommy finished cleaning the mess on the floor, remind them every time that if they went potty they could have been done by now and had the fun of flushing too. when they do go potty make it a really big deal and make sure that you remind then that this is faster and much easier and cleaner than going in their diaper.
another method is to buy their favorite undies..princess or lighting mcqueen or what ever and let them where it over their pull up for a while and if they mess there diaper the undies are gone for a day too.... into the wash. eventually once they realize that the undies are gone once they mess thir diaper they may be more inclined to go potty to keep the undies longer.. once you make the move to get rid of the pull ups during the day at least let them pick out their undie for the DAY and let them know that if they mess them they will be gone in the garbage. My daughter cried so hard when \i threw out her favorite princess panties that she actually oeed on the floor again. BUT within days she was full time in panties and even wakes herself in the midle of the night and naps to go pee.
Anytime they actually make it to the potty they need to be rewarded, either with treat or sticker or whatever is the most rewarding for them.