Potty Train..ed/ing A Month Later
Lawd! I have never seen so much PEE and POOP in MY LIFE!!!! Now that I've gotten that out of the way. Let's talk a little about how our potty training journey with An Urban Tot has been going... cause it's certainly still going. -_-
So we used the 3 day potty training method (click HERE to learn about the one we used). After the 3 days I can honestly say I had 2 very clear epiphanies: 1. An Urban Tot learned where Pee and Poop were supposed to go and 2. I learned that accidents happen. It may seem like the two points don't logically go together - so let me explain.
For 2+ years, An Urban Tot has been putting his excrement in his diaper. Learning that it will no longer go there and that it's important to put it in the BIG potty - is kind of a big deal. Now, whether or not it actually goes there is a different story.. and that's how we get to point 2. Just because someone learns a concept..it doesn't necessarily mean they can execute it properly. Hence..I've seen a lot of pee and poop the last few weeks. FYI, I carry Lysol around the house with me.
In the beginning, we were doing ok... 7 accidents, then 3 accidents, then 1 a day for a while. Almost all pee and never during a nap or overnight. About 2 weeks in, however, there was some regression. We went back to having a few accidents a day of both the yellow and brown persuasion. We've only had 2 nap accidents and 2 overnight accidents - both pee - in the last month, so we're still winning there. Suddenly about 4 weeks in - the tide changed... the potty became a source of contention. We (and by We, I mean An Urban Tot) began refusing to sit on the potty. What?? Why? Somewhere in the course of training An Urban Tot decided he was anti potty. We're talking full on screaming, crying and stiff-boarding. So, we backed off a little and made less of a deal about accidents and training.
So where are we now? We're still having a few accidents a day, mainly pee and mainly at home. In public, An Urban Tot seems to do really well for long stretches of time. Still refusing to potty but eventually going in a public restroom once or twice while out (I'll talk more about my fear of public restrooms, cooties and my solutions in a later post). Nap time and overnight still seem to be mastered as long as water is cut off a few hours before bedtime. There have been some major improvements in the last few days. An Urban Tot now announces that he has to go potty! WAIT FOR IT.....AFTER he has already gone. But still, he tells us that he needs to go and lets us take him, or walks in the bathroom without a fight. NOW, if I could only get him to do it BEFORE he has to go. Any advice you may have about helping make that switch would be appreciated. Just leave it in the comments or email me.
I'll update in another month!