Disclaimer: “I’m not a professional. This is my own experience.”
Our potty training experience is practically over. This means my baby isn’t such a baby anymore.
1. Don’t Start Too Early: I was never told as a first time mom ” let him do it on his own”. I was told “Boys are lazy, they’ll take longer”. I’ve heard oh my daughter or son has been in underwear since 18 months, 1 year or 2 years. The best of all don’t use Pull Ups.” A is going on four years old and he isn’t like any other child. Said no mom ever. It didn’t matter if I took off the Pull Ups and used underwear. He would stay wet in it, for what seemed like hours. He didn’t go pee for the first time until the age of three years old.
2. Be Patient: Don’t Start I’m really sure what really did it was, was going to pre-k. Even though he is on an IEP plan a lot of the students in his class are socially challenged. I’m unsure if they are potty trained. Even though one of the rules of his school is you have to be potty trained. He got a pass on that since he is on a plan. At the start of last Summer when we would be out he would go on the toilet but no luck at home. Even though we have two potty seats. Then the fall came, Christmas and the beginning February came. He sparingly started going to the point the school noticed. Which, they are offering to help him go regularly. Now it’s April and he’s going regularly aside from the night-time.
3. Give them options: Like I said earlier. He has two potty seats. An actual potty and the over the seat potty. Which ever makes them more comfortable. In the beginning he liked the idea of his Mickey Mouse Potty. Later on he just didn’t like the concept. That’s when the over the seat potty seat has worked out even better. Now he uses it every time.
4. Buy cool underwear: We got similar ones like these ones here. He gets so excited now to wear them. He still wears a Pull Up at night. Since he is still in the dinosaur phase at this moment he wakes up every morning just to put them on.
5. Use the M&M trick: A loves M&M’s. So in the beginning, every time he used the potty I would give him one M&M. If he went poop he would get 2. Now that he goes consistently, I give him three if he goes three times in a row.
Do you have any potty training tips? I’d love to hear them?