Day 3 at Potty Central

October 17, 2007 Jordana

The good news: Ngaire has phenomenal bladder control.

The bad news: She’s mainly exhibiting this on the actual potty.


(At library again, so short post as am typing one-handed with a sleepy baby on the other hand whilst the wiggly toddler wiggles rather hopelessly in the stroller.)


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  • 1. Julia Miller&hellip  | 

    For potty training I don’t let them wear any diapers in the house except for naps and take them to the potty to “try” every 30-60 minutes. If they are still going in the underpants instead of the potty, then I remove the underpants as well and constantly watch them for any signs that they are going to go. Not much fun and very time consuming at first…but it works like a charm.

  • 2. nate&hellip  | 

    Let peer pressure sort it out?

  • 3. That Other Jordana&hellip  | 

    I’ve tried all sorts of different things. My most stubborn one (the third) could pee in the potty from an early age, if she wanted to, but she mostly didn’t want to. I finally started reminding her with every diaper change that she could use the potty the next time. It got to the point where she would say, “I need my diaper changed. I don’t want to talk about it.” But I kept up the propaganda campaign and one day she came down from her nap wearing underwear and was mostly trained within two days. That was much easier than anything else I’d tried. Of course, she was 2.5, which was older than any of my other kids.

  • 4. Mary&hellip  | 

    I did it pretty much the way Julia recommended. Stock up on carpet cleaner and clorox wipes! πŸ™‚ But I started (while still in diapers) by trying to catch her before a bowel movement. Since that has more forewarning it seemed like a good place to start. Not too long after we started potty training she developed a disgust for being wet or dirty so there was a built in incentive. It still took a few months to be reasonably reliable. I bribed shamelessly: M&M’s for success, withholding of the favorite underpants for failure.

  • 5. Adelet&hellip  | 

    Feel free to be creative with the bribes, too — one mom I know found that M&Ms didn’t work, but a chance to walk the dog was perfect (thus, in their household, a “Barley [dog’s name] Walk” = poop).

  • 6. Becky&hellip  | 

    I agree with Julie and Mary…except that I had the time periods charted out for Esther *and* myself on handy dandy potty chart! It’s hard to train an adult to remember to potty the totty every 30 to 60 minutes!

    So, after the mommy was trained the daughter got used to the routine, the m&m’s, papaya chunks, stories, cup of juice, and whatever else I was bribing her with at the time (she got tired of bribes and moved on to different types by request quite frequently), the baby got trained.

    It scared me when we had to unexpectedly do an overnight visit to my in-law’s house where there wasn’t a “plastic sheet” available and she and I had to share the *NEW* guest bed…and I hadn’t remembered diapers since she was day-trained! (Keeps getting worse and worse, doesn’t it?)

    She had to convince me she was ready! She was determined…and she has done great ever since. πŸ™‚ Been 6ish months and all is well! Thank God. Oh yes, and pray. Always pray!

    *blabber* *blabber* *blabber*

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