Wednesday, September 3, 2008

What we have to look forward to...

Tucker is starting his road to potty training tomorrow. Any tips? We're already planning on not going anywhere all weekend. I've got pull-ups, underwear, carpet cleaner, a sticker chart, potty treats...anything else?

13 comments:

Susan said...

Good luck! I bet he'll do well - he's about 3 right? My Emma potty trained pretty quickly at 3. You are smart to have carpet cleaner ready! Just know that even if he has a few days with no accidents, that he probably will have some bad days too.. and to not give up - just keep at it - I'd say it took about 1 to 2 months of really steady potty training with stickers, reminders, prizes, etc before I felt comfortable to take her out to the store in her underwear. Even now, though, with her never having daytime accidents, we still put her in a pull up at night - that's a whole different thing for some kids. But hopefully bedwetting won't be an issue for Tucker. :) Anyway, good luck, and you'll be sooo happy when you can trust him to use the potty. Less diaper changing, hooray!

adventure knitter said...

patience....lots and lots of patience. good luck.

Leah and Mike said...

Ooooh, good luck! I think I am going to do Addy in the next few weeks. So, remember everything so you can give me tips :)

Karen, Mackay & Easton said...

silly girl! you will do great...everyone is so different...so keep your expectations beyond low...they can tell when you are frustrated and it makes it miserable for everyone...and when he succeeds be so over enthusiastic that it would make you want to barf otherwise...easton still sits on the potty and claps his hands when he poops...it is funny! DONT go back to diapers (except at night if you need to)...which means if you have to miss church do it. It will be worth not taking 5 steps back backwards...
GOOD LUCK! you will do awesome! call me if you need to vent...easton has been potty trained two months and just last week he totally did a 180 and had accidents all the time and this week he hasn't had one...

Kevin said...

Go Tucker!!! Accidents happen..Just don't Pee on your daddy's shoes.... thats icky! Parker knows first hand!



Love,
Uncle Kevin

ang said...

Aaah good luck! Stickers on the potty chart worked good for peeing and a small "surprise" worked good to motivate the pooping. (We just bought like a little tube of animals, put them in a paper bag, and when D pooped on the potty he got to pick one out of the bag - he loved it.) Also, as mentioned before, it takes a lot of patience on your part. Try your best not to get mad or show frustration when accidents happen. And as mentioned already, all kids are different; what works for some might not work for others. You just need to figure out what is going to motivate the little guy! You'll do great!!

Marisa said...

Wow, what a fun subject! I think cold turkey is the best and just use the pull-ups at night, and limit fluid intake in the evening. I say go out if you need to, just visit the potty at the store or wherever and be sure to bring a change of clothes (including socks)! Ask him if he needs to go every 15 minutes at first and make him sit on the potty at least once an hour. Sticker charts, M&Ms and prizes worked like a charm for Trey but Becks didn't seem to care and my pediatrician suggested I completely stop potty training for a couple of weeks and then start in again 100% and it worked. That definitely showed me that not all kids are the same. One thing we learned the hard way is that if they wake up a couple of hours after falling asleep, crying and making no sense, just walk them over to the potty and pull their pants down. Both our boys have done this and will pee and go back to sleep and not remember it in the morning. Anyway, good luck!

Lisa said...

Thanks for the advice given so far. I really appreciate it. I know everyone is different, which is why I like getting advice from lots of different people, something's gotta work for us! So, do I potty train a boy standing or sitting? Tucker will occasionally go pee sitting down, but we've never tried standing. Obviously, I don't pee standing up (unless camping and that's more squatting!). I'm planning on doing it sitting down, but what do you think?

Audrey said...

well I have never potty trained anyone but I did see this book. It's called Pottywise, the same authors as Babywise (which has helped with a baby that sleeps 11 hours a night since she was 12 weeks old!) anyway they say to just take them potty and not ask them if they need to go. I have also seen these 'potty watches' that you can set it to go off every 10, 15, 30min etc. he can wear it or you can wear it just to remind you to take him. I have also heard to make boys sit because if they stand it's harder to get them to sit for #2! and who wants the mess of a little boy standing, working on his aim? Anyway those are my tips and you can check that book out at your library, I know I will when I start to the adventure we call potty training!... (:

The Eliason Family said...

We potty trained Austin standing up first...way to difficult when they are first learning. Train sitting down and when Tucker's got the hang of than then try standing. Good luck! It is so great not buying diapers for 2!

Lettie said...

First of all, I love that picture. At first when I saw this post pop up on my reader I couldn't figure out who's blog I was reading! Ha ha. What a dork. Anyway, I have no advice. We try a little here and there, but Zeke yelled at me today when I merely suggested (nicely too) that maybe he's want to wear underwear, "No underwear, mom! I don't like it. I just want a diaper!" So, I think he's not ready yet. Good luck! I look forward to hearing more advice in the comments and from you when you succeed!

Jenks Family said...

good luck i hate those days of fighting to go in the toliet. but the money you save on diapers is great.

Lisa said...

We started out with Parker sitting down. At first he was too short to stand up anyways. It wasn't until he masterred the sitting down that we tried standing up. Now he only wants to stand up. It helps to have them go to the bathroom with Dad so they can see his example.