Today I officially started to potty train Wyler. I had been prepping him for several months now, I got his potty chair in December so he would be used to it, pointing out when he pees in the tub, showing him the poop in the diaper (yuck I know), lately I had been giving him m&m's to sit and try to go. he has been showing more and more signs that he is ready to potty train. Just this last week he told me twice he needed to go, and we had enough time to get him on the toilet. I had been doing reading online to try to get tips on how to potty train successfully in a shorter amount of time. I didn't want potty training to drag on for weeks and weeks. I found this blog about the Potty Training in One Day method. I liked the idea of the main potty training happening in a day, and then after that it is just reinforcing. I didn't find anyone to take care of James, so I am trying to handle potty training and taking care of baby at the same time. Luckily for me James has been way way way easy going so far today. But I'm getting ahead of myself...
Yesterday, Day 0, while out grocery shopping I loaded up on snacks, treats, and a few cheap toys. I wanted things Wyler could play with that were easy to put down long enough to run to the bathroom. I also wanted him drinking and eating all day so he would have ample opportunities to use the toilet. Then last night I couldn't turn my brain off so I stayed up late getting Wyler's potty chart ready, setting out snacks and toys, and telling myself that if I didn't get to bed and to sleep soon I would have an extra tough day, potty training while nodding off all day.
|The Potty Chart (still have to finish coming up with my reward for staying dry all day)|
This morning, Day 1, started out like any other morning. I got Wyler up, changed his diaper, we ate breakfast, and then I put him in his bath. I got James bathed at the same time, and he fell asleep pretty quick which made the next part of the day easier. Once Wyler was out of the bath and dried off I only put a shirt on him. I didn't bother with anything else. (I was going with the Bewildered Mother's suggestion of avoiding underpants, and just going bottomless.) I grabbed Wyler's Ernie doll, a medicine dropper with water and called Wyler over to where I was in the hall. Ernie then had an accident (I was holding the medicine dropper behind Ernie's back). I quickly exclaimed "No potty on the floor," ran into the bathroom and said "potty in the toilet," ran back to the accident scene "no potty on the floor," I ran back to the toilet "potty in the toilet," a total of 10 times. Ridiculous I know. But it had Wyler's attention. He thought it was pretty funny. Then after the tenth trip I sat Ernie on the potty chair and finished emptying the dropper. I then went ecstatic about Ernie going in the toilet. Ernie got a sticker and an m&m. I then asked Wyler if he wanted to try going potty. Wyler couldn't get to the toilet fast enough. He wanted to join the fun. Within seconds of sitting he had peed. I cheered and did the potty dance, put a sticker on his chart, and gave him two m&m's.
We then headed to the living room where he got his snacks and drinks.
When James was ready to nurse we closed ourselves in the bathroom, I gave Wyler a new water toy and plopped him in the bathtub with a couple inches of water. I sat on the floor nursing James. Wyler had a blast playing in the water, and getting to pee somewhere other than the toilet without my grabbing him and running him around the house. (Don't worry, this kid is getting a good soapy bath this evening before bed to be sure all the accidents are washed off him.)
After nursing was done we went back to the living room to hang out. We colored, read books, played with James, and played with Wyler's new whoopee cushion. His favorite toy today by far. This kid thinks the sounds of farts, burps, and throwing up are hilarious. However at this point whenever he had an accident he wasn't phased. So I put his thick, cotton training pants on him. I then purposely let him have an accident. Oh he didn't like the wet feeling at all. I think this afternoon we are going to stick with wearing underwear and see what happens.
I was pretty happy when nap time came around. I wouldn't let myself do any of my normal activities (aka facebook, playing on my phone, etc.) so that I could pay attention to if he was having an accident or not. The day was going soooo slow! I was about to die of boredom. Once nap time came I slapped a diaper on him (I didn't want him to wake up too early and be Mr. Grumpy Gus along with potty training).
This last picture is his potty chart for the first half of the day. 4 successful attempts to go on the potty, a bunch of tries, and only 3 accidents. Lets hope this afternoon goes just as smoothly.