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Two years ago I wrote a post with some really good potty training tips, but this little girl has a mind of her own and it’s going to take being a LOT more creative to convince her to stop what she’s doing and take care of her bodily needs.
Our Experience So Far
The boys were by no means easy, but Maddi has done a 180 on the whole potty training thing since we started a few months back.
She was all gung-ho at first. I even posted to Facebook, “”Is it really this easy?”
One Saturday we got up, said you need to put pee-pee in the potty now and she did. She went to the potty on her own all day…I was amazed.
The next day, we caught her washing her hands for like 10 minutes after each time she went. And once I explained that she can’t just play in the water…it was done. She never told me again that she needed to go. UGH!
So the next weekend we tried an underwear only day. She made it until lunch and then had 3 accidents in an hour.
After that I decided maybe we both needed another month or two (or twelve) before we tried again….oh and we needed a new carpet cleaner too!
Potty Training Tips
Now that the weather has warmed up a bit and summer will soon be here, we’ll try again when we can stay home and be more consistent.
I’ve been reading some tips from Dr. Laura Jana, co-author of It’s You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too! Here’s what she says to do:
1. Promote potty learning. Instead of saying “training” say “learning” since they are learning how the potty..and their body…works.
2. Take a teamwork approach. Everyone has to be one board (I think there’s a lot of “training” for the parent..which is where I’m failing to remind her often.)
3. Stock your deck. Have all the equipment that they need to be successful…and independent – a potty seat, a stool to reach the sink, Pampers Easy Ups for trips out of the house and overnight (with up to 12 hours of protection they can stay in “underwear” day and night), and stickers, books and other incentives.
4. Embrace success. Celebrate with them when they succeed and teach them to it’s ok when they don’t.
5. Watch for signs. Watch to see if they’re really ready and if you can tell when they go.
6. Start making connections. Read fun books, use appropriate vocabulary, let them become familiar with their new “tools”.
Some girls don’t like to be “dirty” so they’ll tell you when they’ve gone, while it doesn’t bother others.
I would say that my biggest mistake with Maddi was not being consistent enough for long enough. She started off so strong that I let her continue to lead when she wasn’t ready.
My big take away from our false start: I need to set a timer and remind her every hour so that I’m doing all I can to make her a success.
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What potty training tips for girls can you add?