But how to do it?
We already have the princess potty that sings. We already have big girl panties. We already did sticker charts a year ago.
So I began to plan. The plan had to be big. It had to be something exciting, to make pottying fun. Parties are one of her favorite things right now. So why not have a special party? I also knew we had to get rid of diapers and pull ups because that was where she felt comfortable doing #1 and #2.
I investigated cloth training pants and found the Best Bottoms Training Pants. When I saw the cute patterns on the soakers I knew she would love them. Maybe they would work?
The party was a blast. We ate and opened presents. I explained the bucket system and we played with all the new presents. Right away they wanted to try on the training pants. Review to come later on.
After the party we practiced singing a potty song we learned from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. It goes like this:
"When you have to go potty, STOP, and go right away.
Flush and wash and be on your way."
When I see that someone needs to use the potty, it sometime helps to start singing the song and let them finish it, so that they are reminded to go potty without me suggesting they should. This independence that older children feel is one major difference between potty training an 18 month-2 year old and a 3- 31/2 year old.
Here are some more shots of the party.
Stay in the bathroom with your child, encouraging but not pushing them.
Make sure they try to potty by first attempting to make a #1 and then making 3 pushes for #2 whenever they sit on the potty. If nothing happens fine, trying is enough. Mommy and child should be pleased with trying.
Emphasize that they will not be fussed at or punished for not being able to go in the potty or for having accidents.
Emphasize that they are learning to potty.
If the child feels comfortable with one certain person helping them, then fine, stick to that one person. It is that important that the child feel comfortable using the potty. Do whatever possible to keep the child comfortable.
So how did this all work? You may ask.
- The training pants work pretty well for a child who needs something waterproof. After only about a week in her training pants, Cinderella was ready for panties again!!!! She begged to wear her training pants to school the second day she had them, and I reluctantly let her. She soiled them the first day, but then had no problems for the next week. Then she begged to wear her panties to school because I had been letting her wear panties with a soaker laid in or snapped in just like the training pants around the house. So, again I gave in because I didn't want to discourage her. She was successful!!! She has been wearing the panty with soaker combo for almost a week now and it seems to suit her just fine. She does have accidents but changing out the soaker is usually all the cleaning up it takes.
- They all 3 love the princess potty seat. This is the first one we've had that goes on top of the big potty.
- We didn't really use the potty watch. We did play with it and sing the potty songs it came with, which everyone enjoyed, but I never did set it to alarm and remind us of potty time.
- As you can see from the pictures above, the girls loved their new pajamas that came with a matching set for their friends.
And so far it's worked!!!
YIPPPEEE. I'm one happy mama.