Thursday, May 21, 2009

Potty Training Woes

Yeah, I'm going there again. Sorry, but it's something that I have to deal with everyday because SOMEONE... *cough*
*cough*... still doesn't want anything to do with the potty or losing the diaper butt. Sigh. So we're sucking it up and getting some Pull-Ups and trying those, because bribery, begging and threats of no Thomas just don't work. Yeah yeah, they train in their own time, but M didn't potty train til she was 4 years old, and frankly, that kinda sucked.

We've tried:
Sitting him on the potty in front of the TV *didn't work. he happily sat there for 2 hours*
Letting him walk around nekkid *nope. he got very upset at the zig zag of pee following him down the hallway and that's it.*
Put him in underwear and tell him Thomas/Lightning doesn't like being wet *again, nope. poor Thomas.*
Sat him on the potty every 15 minutes *peed 2 minutes before and 2 minutes after being on the potty*
Telling him that they don't let big-little boys in to Disneyland if they have diapers on *yeah, I'm a crappy mum, but desperate times...*
Begging him *didn't work*

I'm on the mailing list for Huggies and Pull-Ups and they just sent me a grrrreat coupon for $5 off any pack of Pull-Ups, so it's not like it costs me a ton to try it. And I really think the "cool alert" just might shock P into realizing what's happening before he feels the trickle on his legs. He gets upset when he has an accident, so it's not like he could care less... I've looked around on the Pull-Ups website, and they have a new thing going on called the Potty Project, and it makes me feel like I'm not alone in the vast crazy world called potty training. Some great ideas, and great advice! I'm going to try to relax again about it all, and get CJ to relax too. If he had his way, they'd be born potty trained... if only.
Truthfully, I wish P went to the preschool M went to, because they worked magic with getting her out of diapers/Pull-Ups and into panties. They definitely did the majority of the work, and I think the "peer pressure" aspect really had something to do with it too. But P could care less that M gets to wear undies and is such a big girl, even his best friend is potty training and P doesn't care at all. So no peer pressure to work with I guess!
Hopefully Pull-Ups and rewards chart will work, because I'd love to have him at least partially trained when we go to SoCal for vacation next month. A soggy diaper at the beach is just so unappealing sounding!

Written in thanks to the Parent Bloggers Network, who clued me in to the Potty Project.


Greg, Karin, Kylee, Sarah and Emma! said...

Have you read "potty training in a day" or something like that...its a similar version to the one Dr. Phil put out a few years ago, but much more outdated. It has some great tips in there if you can handle the 1950's housewife mentality. I swear by it with both my girls and its easy to pick up and use of the strategies without having to be a Nazi with potty training. Good luck!!

Kate said...

Ahh! The joys of motherhood. Your posts make me want to get pregnant tonight. Haha!

Staci said...

Ugh, i'm sorry girl. I think we'll be in the same boat with chloe - she has NO interest at all. GOod luck with the pull ups, i have my fingers crossed for you!

Renee and Jake said...

I do not look forward to potty training my boy in a few months

lisa said...

Great ideas. You are a great blogger and I'm not just saying that! Love your posts!