Monday, April 4, 2011

The big girl potty

I remember when I found out that we were pregnant with Kate one of the first thoughts {besides freaking out that I was going to have to deliver a child} was, holy cow we're going to have to potty train this kid and everything! How do you do that? Well I successfully delivered our sweet child and I'm pretty sure we will be able to get her potty trained and teach her other very important life lessons.

So, what made me start potty training the little one, so early? She did. Kate is so smart and makes gestures about going to the restroom so I thought we would give it a try. I ordered this potty and it arrived the following day. Kate was super excited about the ducky but I made it very clear that it is not a toy. We put it in her bathroom and I told her that it was her big girl potty.

The first time I put her on it was before bath time, she usually pees in the bath so I thought it would be a good time to get it out and to have her see what it's all about. Little miss tinkled and the song started "woohoo! yay! you did it!" Kate started clapping and saying "wooooohoo!" We praised her like crazy and told her great job for going potty on her big girl potty. That's all it took. Songs and praises and this kid is hooked.

I haven't read one book on potty training. I'm just going with Kate and encouraging her along the way. I don't demand that she goes potty on her seat every time. I ask her about 3 times a day if she wants to go potty on her big girl potty and she runs to it and goes. We aren't in a hurry but I have a feeling that she is going to catch on before we know it.

I believe a big key is making it fun. I don't want her to be stressed out about it. If she doesn't go, then we go back to her room and put a fresh diaper on. When she does go, we throw a huge party and reward her. {she is very food driven} I think another key is being consistent. Start a routine. I ask Kate if she would like to use it before her morning nap, after lunch and before bathtime. Also, making sure that they know the potty is not a toy. Keep it in the bathroom and let it be known that its for going potty only.

So, that's where we're at. Only on day 6 but we're having fun and the girl is learning.

Here is Kate modeling her new big girl potty
She has her panties on and is just pretending for y'all

And here she is showing y'all that it's also a step stool to use for the really big potty or to move to the sink to wash our hands. 

I have one funny story to end this post with..

The other night Kate did her big girl tinkle in her potty and daddy was there to see it. She was so excited that she stood up {mid pee} and started clapping for herself. Pee was everywhere and the song was going off. Our girl was so proud.

I love being a mom. This kid makes it way too fun!

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