Noah on Monday night with his new toys, scripture action figures, King Noah and Abinidi.
Let me just start by saying I wait a long time to begin the whole potty training business..long time meaning - after 3. Some might think that is crazy. However, I find it VERY easy, that there is no fighting, reminding them every few seconds, no losing patience on my end and not a lot of accidents. It really comes down to the fact that it works for me and my kids and that's all that matters.
We've talked to Noah about the potty but nothing too serious. He had some undies that we would let him wear around on Sunday's before or after church, as he felt the need. For a while he really liked wearing them over his diaper.
Last Thursday he decided it was time. He told me he wanted too. I pulled the potty seat from the bathroom and put it in on a side wall of the living room (because no boy of mine wants to stop playing to actually walk in the bathroom to sit!) I pulled out some random candy that we had and explained the benefits....a chocolate chip for sitting and counting to 20 or saying the abcs. A caramel candy if he pees. He calls them "CAMELS" so he got pretty excited when he finally earned a "camel" that day. He also can play Lego Star Wars with Daddy if he stays dry the whole day and doesn't have any accidents!
Thursday came and went - we had to take Gage to and from school so Noah got a pull-up for these outings. The pull up came home soiled one time and dry the next. Besides going in the pull up we only had one accident that day.
Friday - he went to a friends house while I did my volunteer work in Gage's classroom. I put him in a diaper and it came home soiled, but I didn't expect much he was there 2 hours and he plays really hard when he is there. He stayed dry the whole rest of the day in undies. He was SO excited when Wade came home and could play Lego Star Wars with him. I bought him some toys that sat by his potty seat that he could open if he pooped, he was really excited to get these.
Saturday - dry the whole day, even with a pull up when we went out! He started to get lots of "camels" and I've noticed I don't have to ask him every 30 seconds to go he just goes when he needs too.
Sunday - good dry day! He wore a pull up to church and it came home dry! He wore a pull up to some friends house for dinner and it came home dry! What a stud!!!
Monday - the big day, he stayed dry the whole day, pull up or not. Then Monday night when I was fixing dinner I couldn't see him and I asked Gage where Noah was. Gage told me that he was sitting on his potty - which had been moved around the corner, a little bit closer to the bathroom and out of the living room. Then Noah did it! He came out from around the corner yelling and so excited that he pooped in his potty! He got to open his new toys and was so excited. We all cheered and celebrated. Lego Star Wars got a lot of game time that night!
Tuesday - I had some errands to run in the morning but since it involved visiting some girls houses from my church that have small kids I thought we better just try it... I packed some towels, extra clothes and diapers but left Noah in his undies. He stayed dry! He stayed dry to and from school, at the store and at friends houses! Did I mention that Noah is a stud?!?!
Wednesday - every Wednesday we have playgroup at the church. I was a little nervous so I put him in a pull up but he came home dry. We went grocery shopping in the afternoon and he stayed dry. The potty seat is now moved into the bathroom and I don't remind him to go, he goes when he needs to or when we are leaving to go someplace.
SO - A week into it, just one accident on the floor, a few soiled pull ups, a handful of chocolate chips, some caramels, and 2 toys later I deem operation potty train - DONE!
He decided to do it and it was SO easy!