Friday, February 26, 2010
Potty/Poop Training Tip: Give Fair Warning
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We are now having success with pooping in the potty for Kaitlyn (2.5). The thing that ended up working is really what worked with Brayden, too, so I thought I had better post about it!
Brayden and Kaitlyn are two different people, and I learned quickly after Kaitlyn was born that they are often opposites in every way. They get along really well, but what worked for one doesn't usually work for the other. Therefore, I hadn't tried this tip with Kaitlyn even though it worked well with Brayden. Since it worked for both of them, my guess is it would be useful for almost any child.
Ready for this super secret? It is really simple. It goes something like this:
Mom: You are getting to be a big boy/girl now. It is time for you to stop pooping in a diaper and start pooping in a potty.
Child: Oh (or some other response that makes you sure the child isn't really grasping what you are saying)
Mom: In ____weeks (whatever time you want. I would do 2-4 weeks), you are going to start wearing underwear for _____ (naps, day, night...whatever you are shooting for). That will be after _____(insert event here. With Brayden, I used his birthday. With Kaitlyn, I used Valentines Day).
Over the next couple of weeks, remind your child often of the upcoming event.
When the day comes, follow through. Put on the underwear.
There you have it. That is my amazing tip.
It did for my children. My best guess currently is that it worked because it gave them time to think about it.
"Okay. I am not going to poop in diapers. I am going to poop in the potty." They then have time to think about the process when they poop/pee. How does it work? What are the cues?
Of course, your child must be old enough to understand what is going on. Brayden was three and Kaitlyn is 2.5. Keep that in mind.
With Brayden, I was changing his diaper one day in early May and just decided I was done with diapers. I told him when he was three he wasn't going to wear them anymore. The morning of his birthday, he woke up, went over to his drawer, and pulled out some underwear. I was nervous because his birthday party was that day and I didn't want lots of accidents, but I had laid down the law and he was complying so we ran with it. He had a couple accidents in the morning, but then never looked back so far as pee goes. After a couple of weeks, he had pooping down, too.
Kaitlyn is a bit different, of course. She went to pee trained around 18 months old. She has always been great with it, but has had a hard time pooping in the potty. She asks me to teach her how, and try as I may, it just isn't something you can teach :). Each day, we put her in a diaper for naps and that is where she pooped.
After trying lots of things, I decided to give the fair warning like I did with Brayden. I gave her two weeks warning. Valentines Day came and no more diapers for nap. She did awesome! No accidents and she pooped in the potty! She still did it at nap time. I put her little potty in her room and she called me after she pooped. By the next Saturday, she went to the bathroom to poop all on her own.
I don't want to completely rejoice yet. I think there is a great chance we will have set backs in the future. It seems to happen. Who knows. But we are on the right path for sure and I am so excited about it!
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