Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Potty Training

With General Conference being this last weekend, and since we would be home for the whole weekend, I decided to hit the potty-training really hard. So Anna had a very "free" weekend running stark through the apartment while we listened to Conference. We had a few good break-throughs!

And I learned a few things.

I absolutely love this:

Completely worth the $15 or so bucks. Especially when your child was hysterical at the thought of sitting on the "big potty" still. I wasn't planning on getting one, but it has been wonderful for Anna. And hey, she can sit and watch Elmo on Sesame Street at the same time! Portable potty chairs are so cool.

And we're loving these:

I typically don't buy character anything (t-shirts, shoes, etc) for Anna. But for new big girl underpants, we love Ariel. We might even go back for the Cinderella or other Disney princess ones. Very grown-up compared to her old diapers. Nothing's more exciting than having her special big-girl underwear! Dan didn't understand why the 3-pack of princess underwear was so much better than the less expensive 10-pack of any old pink ones. I told him not to worry, he'd understand better when we're buying Batman, Spiderman, and Superman underwear for David in a couple years.

We're on Day 4 of no diapers--well, except for naptime and night-time--and only a small handful of accidents. Knock wood, but I think she's finally getting it a little better and is able to recognize and let me know when she needs to use the potty. I'm hoping a few more days this week will help solidify this, but we're looking forward and no more turning back to diapers during the day!

And I'm terrified. Wish us luck! We're fully stocked with stickers and leftover valentine heart candies. Yes, I bribe my daughter to use the potty. Hey, whatever works!


Mary said...

Good luck with the potty training! I totally bribe my kids with something when they are learning to go potty. With Abby, it was M&M's. Yum.

The Joo said...

Good luck! That's a huge step, but I bet it'd be nice to cut down to only one size of diapers to change:)

Sarah said...

This will be me in another year! And yes, bribes are totally acceptable in potty training. If it bothers you at all you could call it "positive reinforcement." :)

Katy said...

Good to know! I'm also afraid of potty training. I'm thinking we need to try the potty chair. We have one that attaches to the big potty but I think she could handle it a bit more independently if the potty were shorter. Also, I've heard of other successes with the big girl underwear. They say the secret is to let your kid pick them out. I know my nephew learned pretty quickly that he didn't want to pee on Buzz (Lightyear). Congratulations and good luck!

Sara said...

You are super brave. You know, Jason thought it would be okay to buy Jordyn a potty chair too...HELLO! She's not even two. I'm not sure what he was thinking. Silly Daddy. Good luck to you!

Jessica & Justin said...

I hope its going well for you! And I loved Anna's prayer. What a sweetheart!

thereadingmother0708 said...

Way to go Anna! Wanna come visit and help me PT Warner? Bribery isn't working and I'm not sure what to try next!