A couple months ago I wrote about how we were working on potty training with Ray (Potty Training Part 1) and that he was just not really seeming like he wanted to even try. He started out really ready to do it and then somewhere along the way just decided that he liked his diaper better. For me this was ok for a little while until he started to tell me every time he was going to the bathroom in his diaper. For me I knew that he knew when he had to go so this was just simply him refusing to use the actual potty.
We had even created sticker charts where after so many stickers he would get a reward. I had went and picked up some cheap toys and suckers and stuff that he normally doesn’t get on a daily basis for him to choose from when it was time to get a reward. This was great for a couple of weeks, then he decided that it wasn’t fun anymore and was over it in a sense. After that I tried to watch YouTube videos of kids potty training and different things like that. Even some Daniel Tiger ones but those still did not get him excited to use the potty like a big boy either.
Of course the next best thing for me to do was to consult Google. I was sick of people telling me that he will “start using the potty when he is ready”. For me I knew that he could do it and that he was just being stubborn. In my search I found a book that was recommended by a couple of different people called Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need To Do It Once and Do It Right by Jamie Glowacki. This book was by far one of the best parenting books that I have read. If you are into a no nonsense approach to potty training this is definitely the book to get.
I took one week to read it and then waited until May 1st to officially start our potty training process. The week or so before we started I made sure to let Ray know what was going on and that we would be saying “bye bye” to diapers. I chose to not only get rid of diapers during the day but also at night as well. Our biggest problem was that he was so afraid to poop in the potty that he would always just wait until we put a diaper back on him in order to go. So I said that we were just going to be done with them once and for all. The first couple days were kind of rough. We did a naked day the first two days then he was able to wear pants but no underwear for a couple weeks. The book suggests to do that for a month, however, Ray started to request to wear his undies so we gave it a go during the day to see what would happen. The only problem we have had with this is that he has a hard time now pulling both his pants and undies back up himself. Other than that he is doing great!
At night we are still doing just the pants no underwear. I will say this about night training, definitely be ready to wake up a couple times a night to sit them on the potty. This is supposed to help their bodies learn to wake up to go during the night if they need to. However, until they can hold their bladders all night you will definitely have to get up with them every night in order to put them on the potty. A few nights I have not gotten up with my alarm and I have had bedding to wash the next morning. I am hoping that here soon he will be able to hold it all night though.
Overall I will say that we have been pretty successful with potty training and have only had a couple major accidents, which really isn’t too bad. I definitely suggest to get the book if you are having a hard time with your little one.
If you have any questions or comments on my personal experience with potty training please feel free to leave me a comment below!