FYI if you aren't a family member or a mommy, this might be TMI!
Since the time I was pregnant with Reagan, I have been terrified of the thought of potty training. I'm not joking. Probably more scared of this than I was of labor/birth.
Reagan is 3 years old and 2 months. I know I have been putting it off. I mean- I did have some pretty legit reasons (teaching schedule limits my time, he wasn't recognizing signs, etc.) But I think he is finally ready.
I found a couple of potty training blogs through Pinterest that show an intensive 3 day method for potty training. Basically you stay home for 3 days and Reagan is naked for most of it. You set the timer and try throughout the day. Since this is my first week of summer vacay, and surprisingly a free week, I decided this would be a good week to start. So you know me. I dove right in, head first.
This weekend I ran to Target and spent a pretty penny on our potty training supplies. Nick was a little annoyed, but I told him it would be worth it when Reagan was out of diapers. Please Lord don't prove me wrong!
I made two buckets. Our "Poo Poo Bucket" is full of new books, DVDs, and toys. Our "Pee Pee Bucket" is full of candy and stickers. Pretty self-explanatory, but when Reagan goes poo in the potty he chooses and item , etc.
I also stocked up on little boy underwear covered in his favorite characters.
I got 2 potty DVDs which we have watched multiple times today.
And I stocked up on salty snacks and sugary drinks. The blogs suggested the salty snacks because they make you thirsty, thus you drink more, thus you pee more. Makes sense to me.
You can also see the cleaning stuff was out and ready as were the Cars Pull-Ups (Probably will save these for outings after our 3rd day home).
I made this little potty chart.
And a call list to have people help celebrate with us.
We started the potty training at 8:00 am. We read some potty books
and then got naked. I started by setting the timer for ever 15 minutes, then moved it to 20 and later 30. We would "try" to go on the big toilet in his bathroom every time the timer went off. I was pretty frustrated because he pretty much just sat there with no pee/poo. Reagan snacked, drank, and watched movies until 10:00.
Then came accident #1. We were pulling out art supplies and all of a sudden there was pee everywhere. I don't think he realized he had peed. He said, "Oops. Me spilled". I was thanking my lucky stars we have tile/wood and not an inch of carpet in our house. It made clean up a breeze.
The accident did make him a little scared though. He insisted on sitting on his small frog toilet in the living room for an hour. He wanted to read on it, eat on it, play on it, etc. He kept saying "Me sit here so no pee or poo on floor". I felt so bad.
But the good news was he peed a little and pooed a little while sitting there. Hallelujah!
During nap time I put him back in a diaper. The blogs I read discouraged this but I am sooo not dealing with wet sheets/mattresses etc. right now. Reagan slept for 3 hours and when he woke up his diaper was full of pee/poo. Poor guy had probably been holding it in.
After nap things really started to get moving.
He peed 2x in the little froggy toilet and we celebrated big time!
He was so excited to make his phone calls and choose his prizes.
As we sat down for dinner, he had accident #2.
So then we were back to sitting on the toilet non stop. Yep. He has been sitting on his frog toilet eating. No big deal.
As I write this- another pee pee. Success.
So today's total- 4 pees, 1 poo, and 2 accidents.
This is exhausting and boring all at the same time.
Any tips or words of wisdom out there?