Can you guess from this picture what is happening at our house right now?
If you guessed POTTY TRAINING, then you must be really smart. Either that, or you have little kids yourself and have been through this already! (you could also still be really smart, too.)
Following a suggestion from some really awesome internet mommies, I read up on this thing called 3 Day Potty Training. A pretty simple concept, really. It’s a cold turkey, throw out the diapers (ok, we just put ours in a bag and ‘pretended’ to throw them out), and then stick to your kid like white on rice for three days straight kind of approach. No training pants, pull-ups allowed. This is serious potty training folks. I figured we’d give it a shot since the “wait til she’s ready” approach wasn’t producing any results. We had a few potty successes prior to the 3DPT, but I’m simply chalking those up to wonderfully good timing and sheer luck. Plus, I had three days to devote to getting Miss S to pee in the potty since I’m still off on break.
We started this morning after breakfast. I made a big deal about wearing big girl undies and how diapers are for babies, blah, blah, blah. I showed her her new princess potty chair (that plays music when she goes in the potty) and we talked a lot about telling mommy (or daddy who was on back-up duty) when she had to go potty and to “keep Dora dry”. Yes, some of her new 24 pairs of underwear are none other than Dora herself.
This all started at 8:15 a.m. We also started pumping her full of liquids. Kiddos can’t practice going potty if they don’t have to go. As the method says, accidents will happen. And that they did. We had four wet undies before the first successful pee on the potty at 11:15 a.m. I’m happy to report that the free bottle of Kids ‘n Pets cleaning solution I got a while back is coming in very handy! As the potty played its merry tune, Daddy and Mommy flipped a lid and were ‘so excited’ and happy for Miss S. She thought it was pretty cool, too. Especially when she found out that she gets a jelly bean for going potty!
And when you’re going from no more baby to ‘big girl’ status, you need a big girl bed. J converted her crib to the toddler bed just in time for naptime. S had a blast checking out her new sleeping spot.
All that big girl stuff wore her out and she is soundly sleeping right now. I think this mommy needs to do the same so I’m ready for Round 2 of Day 1 this afternoon. Stay tuned for Day 2 tomorrow! I’ll let you know if this method really works.