Potty Training, 101.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I'm not going to pretend we knew what we were doing going into this. And if you told me a week ago that this kid would be nearly potty trained right now after one week, I would have told you you were completely insane. Our method isn't going to win any awards, and no one is going to give us a publishing deal to make a book out of it, but it sure worked for us, even though one of the things we did is listed as one of the biggest "no-no's" on pretty much everything you'd ever read on potty training.

We forced it. Yep, we did. I'm not exactly proud of it, but every kid is different, and it worked for him. Henry is developing a pretty strong willed personality, so that, combined with his ridiculous intelligence made me ready to think that just a little push would put him over the edge and fall right into a routine with the potty.

Last Sunday, his diaper wasn't put on properly, so it was falling off. Apparently, this prompted me to think that then was as good as a time as any to try something new. I grabbed a pair of Mickey Mouse underwear (bought probably 2 months ago already and never worn), and after I took off the diaper, I put the underwear on him which sent him into a fit of pretty strong anger (you know, a screaming, kicking 2 year old tantrum). Ryan held him as he screamed for probably a good 15-20 minutes, and he eventually calmed down. We explained that he couldn't pee in his underwear, gave him lots of juice, an d set him in front of the TV on a changing pad, waiting for the juice to make its way through his body.

Flash forward about 45 minutes and he started whining. I knew he had to go, so I took him over to the potty and made him sit down. Insert more blood curdling screaming. However, I kept him there. I made him stay and I sang songs and read books until he finally calmed down after 15-20 minutes or so. After another 15 minutes, he finally peed, crying through it, however. By the end of the night, he was pulling his pants down himself and sitting himself on the potty. :)

As you can see in the picture below, I made him  a "Pirate Potty Chart". He gets a "gold dobloon" (from the Jake and the Neverland Pirate Show) every time he pees on the potty. He gets two for pooping. The first chart, he just needed 2 gold coins for a surprise, the second, he needed 5, and the third he needed 20. He quickly worked through all of those charts in 2.5 days. His current chart, he needs 30 gold coins before he gets his next surprise. (All the surprises were the plush versions of the pirate characters). Every day just got better and better. Here are the notes I took on each day this week.

Day 1
-2 accidents (neither of which were full accidents)
-2 successes

Day 2
-2 accidents (neither of which were full accidents)
-8 successes (only 3 were full pees) On day 2, he was a little afraid to let it go and would only pee a little bit every 30 minutes or so.

Day 3
2 dribble accidents
1 poop accident (for the kid that takes all day to finally poop, it's weird that he out of no where pooped while I was upstairs with Claire for 3 minutes)
5 full success
1-2 half pees

Day 4
7 success (5 full pees)
2 dribble accidents
1 poop on the potty (on the big potty, no less!)

Day 5
4 successes
dry after nap time

Day 6
5 sucesses
dry at nap time

Look at that progress!! Each day was better than the day before! By day 5, he was only going on the potty and peeing when he needed to (on the second morning, he didn't want to leave the potty, but he wouldn't go)

Last night, he woke us up at midnight, peed, and went back to bed and was dry in the morning!!! I can't even begin to say how happy I am with how well and quickly this is going. He's wearing pull-ups during sleep times, but we are calling them "night-night" underwear, and it seems to be working for him.

He wears underwear all day and is quite happy with his Mickey, Cars, Buzz and Nemo collection.

So yes, we took a bit of a different approach, but it totally worked for him. And we are quite happy to be done with the "number 4 diapers".


1 comment:

Karen said...

Way to go Henry ! I knew you could do it!

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