how do you balance potty training around your work schedule?

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Adina - posted on 02/11/2009

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I had a lot of help from the daycare but when we got home I had my 3-year go sit on the potty as soon as we got home and every 30 minutes after. I went and bought a kitchen timer so every time he heard it go off he learned it was time to sit on the potty. He didn't always have to go but when he did he got rewarded with a sticker that he could put on his potty. It started to become like his little trophy and he was so proud. When he started having fewer accidents he got to pick out "big boy" underwear and he didn't want to get his favorite super hero messy. It took a little longer to train him because when he would go to his dads house they put a pull-up on him but I would say it took about 6 months before he was 100% accident free and not wearing any kind of pull-up to bed.

Brenda - posted on 02/11/2009

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My 3 year old is extremely stubborn and refused at first to cooperate at home. We created a large chart and every time he did well, he got to choose a sticker for the chart.  He loved filling in all the boxes and looked forward to completing the rows.  We also let him pick out his own underwear and he really didn't want to pee on Elmo!

Melissa - posted on 02/11/2009

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My day care provider also helps with the potty training.  We are having trouble getting our 3 year old son to potty at home.  One of the things I have done to try and help that is turn potty time into a fun time by dropping some cheerios in the toilet for him to dunk while he pees.  It seems to help a little.  When we are in public we can get him to use the potty where ever we are.  I don't understand the not wanting to go at home, but I am thankful that he goes on the potty at daycare and in public.  

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I was really lucky.  My daycare potty trained my child for me.  They told me when it was time and what I should do on the evenings/weekends to reinforce what they were doing during the day.  I was a first time mom and they were professionals so I trusted them.



 

Kim - posted on 02/11/2009

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It's important to work with your childcare person or daycare.  Everybody  needs to be on the same page as far as methods and processes...use the same time of day...maybe get the same kind of potty...use the same terms and try to keep the same schedules on the weekends.  It usually works out as long as you work closely with your daycare provider.

Katryna - posted on 02/11/2009

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I was lucky, my mum took my little girl for the weekend and spent the entire time with her on the potty! My childminder has also got involved. My daughter has the same potty and toilet seat at home, at the childminders and at her grandparents house for consitency. Whenever she is in the house she is out of her nappy wherever she is. I try to take a potty with me if we are visiting friends, the first thing I do when we get there is to show her where the potty is. I took her shopping to choose her own knickers ( she chose Fifi and the flower tots!) she loves them and doesn't want to wet them. Yes there have been a few accidents but she is pretty much trained. I guess the trick is when they are ready, they are ready, and the fact that you work won't get in the way, it just might take slightly longer. Stay consistent in whichever way you decide to train, and if you can, ship your child off to your mum's, after all she trained you!!!! Good luck.

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