(Closed) ECing and Potty Training

posted 6 years ago in Babies
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I can’t believe Warren is so big.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I guess that silly to say, since Addie is almost the same age, lol!

We did the official “potty training” over christmas, when both of us had a full week off.  Before that, she was in training pants at home and disposable diapers at daycare.  Basically, we brought Addie’s potty downstairs (where we hang out most of the time) and let her run around without any pants on.  Every 30-45 minutes, we’d ask her to sit on the potty and try.  When she went, we made a really big deal out of it; lots of clapping, dancing, singing, etc…  When she didn’t go, we’d just remind her to tell us when she needed to go, and moved on like it wasn’t a big deal.  The first day she probably had 3-4 accidents; the second day, she started telling us “potty” or “poop” and she only had a couple accidents.  The third day, we moved her potty back upstairs, and she told us every single time she needed to go.  We had some issues at daycare, when a couple new babies started, but she’s been absolutely great at home.  Although, she is still in a diaper for bedtime; we just haven’t figured out how to catch those nighttime pees, yet.

The biggest things, for us, were:  1) letting her pick out her own underwear.  They’re still a little big on her, but she LOVES her Dora, Minnie Mouse, and Tinkerbell underwear.  She’s only allowed to watch Sesame Street right now, so it’s not like she even knows who those characters are, but she loves them anyway, lol.  2) letting her run around naked and letting her experience multiple accidents in a row.  I think having a few accidents in a row made her realize that she needs to be aware of going every single time, instead of just once in a while.  3)  making a really big deal out of going potty.  We’ve always given her some praise for going on the potty, but seeing us get super, over-the-top excited about it made her want to go potty all the time, instead of just occasionally.

Finally (geez, this is a long post!), we still struggle with getting her to go.  Sometimes, she’ll tell us, but she just does not want to even try.  One thing we’ve been doing that seems to be working is making a game out of it.  If she tells us she needs to go, and then refuses to go into the bathroom, we don’t want to force her; I think that would make it worse.  Instead, we’ll say, “C’mon!  Let’s go potty!  Hurry, hurry, we have to run to the bathroom and go right now!”  We clap and cheer and sing all the way to bathroom.  That seems to get her excited and she’ll usually race to the bathroom after that.  Also, sometimes if she’s being a bit stubborn, I’ll tell her I have to go potty and just walk into the bathroom; often times she’ll follow me, and then I can get her to sit down. 

Good luck!  I’ve heard boys are harder than girls, but Warren is such a smart little guy, I bet he picks it up pretty quickly.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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That’s a great first step!  If he is telling you after he goes, it means he’s starting to make the connections between bodily urges and actually going; I bet you’ll see some major improvements in the next couple weeks/months.  ๐Ÿ™‚

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