Potty training is not for the faint of heart.
Sure, there are all sorts of methods and some incredible stories online. (“We trained our one year old in 24 hours!!”)
We have tried many, many different things. The potty books we’ve been reading to her peaked her interest, but in the end, it was all to no avail. So how do you get through potty training a stubborn child?
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When we took Z in for her 3 year checkup (3 months ago) my husband and I practically begged her doctor for a solution. She merely shrugged and said, “Sorry, every kid is different.”
Then she off handedly suggested a sticker chart (nothing new there), and a dance party every time my husband or I went pee on the potty.
Ah Ha! A sticker chart for EVERYBODY! Not just her. Duh!
Off to the dollar store I went to get charts and stickers.
She really wanted to pick out a sticker. Every time we got to, she would tell us which color we should pick. So of course we purposely didn’t pick that one. It finally worked. I actually teared up the first time she went, (I blame it on the nursing hormones).
Fast forward to today. She’s doing awesome going pee on the potty. She holds it beautifully while we’re out and about, (never thought I would describe “holding it” as “beautiful.”) No accidents in public, (knock on wood), we’re still always prepared just in case.
But. She has yet to poop on the potty. So, yes, we are still changing giant toddler poops. She only wears a diaper for nap time and bedtime, so if she really has to poop, she says, “I want to go to sleeeeeeep!” Just so we’ll put on a stupid diaper. Ugh!
So, why do I have one of the coolest looking stickers of all time on my shirt you ask?
Because I pooped on the potty and I got a freaking awesome sticker. I put it on my shirt so Miss Z would be reminded of it all day long every time she looked at me.
**Update-this is the ONLY potty training technique that ended up working for us. My girl just couldn’t stand that I was getting awesome stickers, and she wasn’t.
What tips and tricks do you have for potty training? I would love to be able to train my son in under a year.
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