Monday, August 23, 2010

Potty Training, yikes!

Well, we have embarked on this journey. Hope has been in cloth diapers since she was 3 months old and still got terrible diaper rash. There were a lot of foods we couldn't give her even though she loved them (grapes were a big one). So I started researching potty training. I saw a lot of conflicting research about whether or not to train your child before age 2 or after age 2. Hope is not in daycare, so it was going to have to be me who trained her. After all my research and talking to other moms and friends, I decided to potty train Hope at the end of July. We used the Potty Training Boot Camp method. Hope got a potty for Christmas last year so we had had it out for a while for her to get used to it. I read the boot camp book and got all my supplies. One Friday, we started with Day 1. The good news was we had 8 successes and 3 failures. She also figured out what she was supposed to do on the potty, so I didn't have to even keep her on their the whole 5 minutes. If she had to go, she went. So I felt like we made great progress, even though the book said 90% of children initiate going to the potty before the end of day 1. Days 2-4 we tweeked. Hope didn't feel comfortable wearing nothing on her bottom half, so we just did training panties. It was a lot slower progression than I had thought (again the book said 3 days was all I was going to need). But after 5 days, we were on the right track and by 7 days, we were doing well. It was very had work and frustrating at times (for everyone involved), but we in the end, we have a potty trained little girl.

If you have specific quesitons about what we did, feel free to post and comment and I will reply.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on your potty trained girl! It never fails to warm my heart when I hear a success story!
    Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp"