First off, get the Baby Signing Time, Potty Time DVD. Say no more, you’re done potty training after that. It’s that good.
Ok, I’m half joking. But I must say that this DVD is really well made with catching tunes that stick with you and you actually sing all day. The best part: it’s all done to sign language so as you’re singing the songs, you can make actions too (like flushing!). The DVD also comes with a watch that your child can wear that you can set to play a song at 15, 30 or 1 hour intervals. The song plays and reminds the tyke to hit the john quick fast.
The watch worked like magic. Best memory of potty training is seeing my 2 year old sprinting across the lawn of my best friend’s house while music is coming out of the watch and she’s yelling “potty time!!” AWESOME.
We used the usual briber, lots of praise, being consistent, and this kid did what she had to do. We also bought her (with her help) princess underwear which also was a perfect idea too. We already had two pottys and two seats that fit inside a toilet so we didn’t go out and buy a new potty but we would have if we thought that would help.
I don’t want to brag but Lori (our daycare provider) said that the wee babe was the quickest potty trainer ever. At her house, she helped the other’s go to the bathroom. Getting them toilet paper. Helping change diapers.
In the beginning, we brought our potty every where. We even brought it in a day long bike ride to an outdoor event and while we were there, we made a makeshift bathroom in the middle of the outdoor event. We bring it camping every time. Works wonders.
Embarrassingly, she really likes to look at other’s poops and comment on the sizes.
Now I must confess we had our share of accidents. And it was a bit of a nightmare the first day we put underwear on her as she didn’t want to wear a pull up to bed. She still does wear a pull up to bed but since we gave up the bottle, we’ve had some dry mornings lately! Hopefully my last post on potty training won’t be too far away.
All in all, get your Potty Time DVD, you and your child should watch it until the songs are burnt into your brain and then watch it 50 more times. Have your child wear the watch. Make a big deal about going on the potty. Buy some new undies. Talk about being a big girl/boy. Show them how everyone else that’s big goes on the potty.
Those are my tips! I know everyone is different. I’d love to hear if others have tried the Potty Time DVD/Watch and what kinds of successes they’ve had.
*I was not compensated for writing this blog. All of the feelings and thoughts expressed in this blog are purely my own.