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I found the most AMAZING piece of advice here on Circle of Moms. The lady said, give the kid the treat when he uses the potty...but if he makes a MESS...Mama gets the treat.
This little tidbit turned on a lightbulb for my son. I got to eat exactly TWO of his treats before he figured out the whole go to the potty thing. Completely. This took about four days. I haven't cleaned up one single mess in three days.
Now that he 'gets it'....I have a few more questions.
Do I trust him in big boy pants to go out shopping and running errands for a few hours? I thought about going out yesterday to pick up a few things...but watching the naked kid running to the potty really gave me doubts.
If I'm supposed to put him back into a pullup for short trips out...is that going to confuse him? Should I just try to offer him bathroom stops everywhere we go instead of the diaper? Isn't the diaper a step back? How many errands can you run in a day with a constant search for a bathroom at each stop?
Now...what about nighttime? Do I still diaper the kid for bedtime? I have been..for the last few days, but I snatch it RIGHT off the minute his eyes open from naps/bedtime. Am I confusing him?
Another thing I am concerned with....When we started potty training four days ago...I quit worrying so much about clothes. I didn't want him to have to battle pulling down his pants before he could go....I didn't want anything to impede his progress to the potty. I've tried putting little boy briefs on him...but he takes them back off minutes later. I've tried talking to him like a big boy, "mama and daddy wear clothes, and we go to the potty too. You can do it...All you have to do is pull these down." Any suggestions for how to get him interested in clothes again?
I am really sorry there are so many questions here...I was niieve enough to think once he was sitting on the potty being productive that this hurdle would be crossed....and there's way more to it than I expected!