As you may recall, a few weeks ago J and I started S in the “Three-Day Potty Training” method. I documented each day here here and here. We’ve had some awesome potty breakthroughs since then, but not without some initial challenges. The first week back at daycare was a little rough. S came home with at least one, sometimes two, soiled outfits every day. As I empied out the plastic bags each night, I silently wondered how long we should keep this up.
Despite the wet clothes, we kept trying. Sometime during that first week, it just clicked for her and she started telling us YES when we would ask about using the potty. Then it became fun for her and she would yell, “Hey, Dadda, guess what??” “I peed on the potty!” Yeah! You go girl! Daycare reports became more promising, especially after one of her little friends “helped” her not be afraid to sit on the potty. Thanks, “I”! 🙂 Now she goes all the time at school and we haven’t (knock on wood) seen a plastic bag hanging by her cubby in quite some time. No more extra loads of laundry at home either.
We finally caved and do a pull-up for naps and bedtime. S just isn’t ready to hold it through the night yet. My next hurdles will be weaning her off of her jellybean kick after she goes on the potty. Curious how other veteran moms phased out the rewards. And, of course, taking her anywhere in public without a pull-up on. I can’t imagine trying to change her in the car right now (hello 10 degree temps!) if she were to have an accident, so I think I’ll wait for a bit warmer weather before we attempt a trip anywhere without a trusty pull-up.
So, I guess kids really can be potty-trained. Thank goodness for jelly bellys and washing machines!