Sunday, July 06, 2008

Potty Training 101

Well, James and I have psyched ourselves up to begin potty training. We bought pull-ups, the cutest boxer-briefs ever, gummy worms, and are looking for a few bigger reward presents. Today Simon STARTED potty training. He has been going to the bathroom on the potty for quite a few months now so we decided this summer was the best time to attempt potty training. He did great today. I put a pull-up and boxer-briefs on him and set the timer to go off every 30 minutes. He only had one poo-poo accident (he has never gone poo on the potty so we will see how that works in the future) but otherwise did an awesome job. Hopefully our strategy works and we have a lot fewer diapers to change around our house!


Bethany said...

So funny...we're starting 100% tomorrow! :) Good luck! I'm sure you can't wait to only have one in diapers. :)

Karen S. said...

I would try potty training rewards. It worked great for our son. He loved pushing the button hearing he is a Big Boy and opening a door to find a chocolate surprise. He really became involved. He was peeing and pooping in his potty within a week. I really liked the fact that he was not only receiving a chocolate, but also receiving positive reinforcement. By him pushing the button on his own and hearing he is a Big Boy really did the trick. I know every child is different, but have a look and see if this would work for you.

Gwyneth Paltrow said...

You must read Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro by Teri Crane

Everyone is talking about throwing a "potty party" to potty train a child. I was so desperate, I was willing to do anything. Her book outlines 10 themed parties. What kid doesn't love to play and pretend? All my mommy friends have successfully potty trained their kids with her book too.

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Most amazingly, I had some questions, so I called the author, and she CALLED ME BACK!!