Monday, April 14, 2008

Joys of potty training


I have been trying to motivate myself since December to start potty training Aly and I have to admit when she was ready I wasn't and now that I am ready she is all ho hum about the idea. Aly has hit the "I do it" stage in a major way. If I help her get dressed and she wants to do it she will strip herself all the way down and start over from the beginning. If I hold her hand to help her down the stairs when she wanted to do it herself she will climb all the way back to the top and start over. Foote thinks she might have a touch of OCD. This is how our day goes all day long. Potty training during this phase is challenging to say the least mostly because she refuses to go potty on her potty training potty chair she has to go on the toilet, where mom and dad go potty, and it takes about 3 minutes just for her to climb up on the toilet and when she finally is on the toilet she is ready to be done after ten secounds. At least we wont have to make the transition from the little potty to the big potty. She also insists on putting on her panties on by herself, but always ends up getting two legs in one hole or putting them on backwards or inside out or just wrong altogether, and than she starts to cry so I ask if I can help her and "NO I DO IT!" putting the panties on can last up to 15 minutes which kind of stinks since I try to have her go potty every 20 minutes. So most days I give up and let her run around the house bottomless. So if anyone has any great potty training secrets they would like to share we are open to all suggestions.

5 comments:

Valeri said...

This story is ALL TOO FAMILIAR!!! Chloe is the exact same way - and I mean EXACT! It takes a lot of patience, but just let her do everything on her own (except wipe). It'll pay off in the end. Chloe has also always preferred the big potty, but I've found that in the longrun - I've heard too many horror stories about the transition from littly potty to big potty. If Aly's ho hum about it, just keep encouraging and bribing. She'll come around eventually. Good luck!

Valeri said...

I meant to say I've found in the longrun this is a good thing.. not sure how I cut myself off there. Sorry. :)

Maggie said...

Potty training so far has been my least favorite part of parenting. Lucy and I had quite the battle. Just hang in there. I remember thinking that she was NEVER going to get it and I would be facing this forever, but of course, she eventually did it. My only suggestion....just let her do her thing. I rushed things too much and it backfired....big time!

The Smith Clan said...

Hey Camille- Having potty trained 4 kids, here's some tricks. Granted every child is different. 1st, stick with the big toilet, 2nd stay away from Pull-Ups,they only prolong the process, last, let her run around naked. If you devote a solid week only to potty training and try to stay home as much as possible, let her be bottomless and ask her every 15-30 minutes. I did it this way and it worked well and quickly. Good Luck and hang in there, it will be over before you know it. Carri

Angie said...

I love this picture! She's so funny! Well you are definitely ahead of me in potty training. My friend told me about Dr. Phil's Way to potty training and she said it worked wonderfully! Here's the link if you're interested: http://drphil.com/articles/article/264/
Hang in there Camille!