A little potty training advice please…


Wednesday, June 4th, 2008 at 9:06 am

Individual experience. Results will vary.

Lora,

It worked!!! My daughter, Alana (32 months old) and I did the 3 day pottying method over the Memorial Day weekend. After Sunday, she did great! Got the peeing in the potty down with no problem. She has only had 3 accidents since then and one of them was on the way to the potty. So, I am so proud. Now the poopy has not been successful. Just so you know Alana’s bowel habits. Since Alana was a baby, she pretty much only goes one time a day. Every now and then it is 2x a day, but that’s few and far between.

Back to Memorial Day weekend. She did not poop at all on Saturday. On Sunday, I did the technique, “Tell me when you gotta go pee or poopie, okay?” She started saying her bottom hurt. I knew it was coming. I was right with her like you said. She never changed expression, stopped what she was doing and said, “Mama, I poopied.” Sure enough she had. Scooped her up, plopped it in the potty and she sat on potty for 2 seconds. Lots of praise for “finishing in the potty.”

The next day, she started in her panties, I caught it and she finished in the potty. Praise, praise, praise. I had to go back to work on Tuesday. Alana went back to day care. She did not poopy at day care at all. (she usually does it there) That night, we were playing, I was watching her carefully for any tell tell signs. None!!! She looked up and said, “Mama I poopied.” that is how it has been ever since. I have been telling her there is a “big prize if she poopies in the potty.” One time last week, I knew it was coming and tried to get her to sit on potty and she was kicking and screaming. Refused and I didn’t want to “force her,” so she started in her panties and when I tried to get her to finish on the potty, refused to sit down. So, what to do?

Alana does not seem afraid. After she goes we talk about pooping in the potty. Her poop does not appear hard, so I don’t think it hurts. She has pooped in grocery stores, kmart, restaurants. I am still positive and we are still rewarding the peeing part. She does not like the “dirty feeling,” should I try to make her “feel” it longer before I clean her up? That seems so gross. I know this is just week 2, but I feel like we are so close. Thanks for your help and this program was great.

Janna
Social Worker for ICU & 4T

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