This one is for you, Areej 😉 lol and Apsari 😀
I didn’t think it was a very big deal that Ibraheem was potty trained. He’s going to be 3 in November. Actually, I thought becoming potty trained at 2 years and about 4 months was late. Especially considering how much effort I put into trying to Infant Potty Train him. It did work…as long as he stayed an infant 🙂 The moment he started to crawl/walk…boom! All that hard work, out the door…
It’s not really their fault; they’re just so caught up in exploring and discovering that their limbs can take them places that they couldn’t care less whether or not they have a wet diaper.
Once Ibraheem hit two, I kicked back into trying to potty train him. It was a particularly difficult struggle for me, because I had just had my second – Khadeejah. But once that rough patch of adjusting to two babies passed, my husband told me to just leave Ibraheem in his underwear for a few days.
That did it. I think the biggest thing that accomplished was getting me to kick into I-mean-business mode. I couldn’t just have him peeing all over the carpet; it was too much hassle to clean!
A few things that helped:
1) Talk to him/her about it! The mornings are the easiest times to get a child to go in his/her potty. Every morning, talk about how they are a big kid now and they have to start using the potty and wearing big kid underwear.
2) Notice their pee/poo schedule. There are usually intervals at which your child will have to go. For this, you have to keep a close eye. And then when you think it’s time, ask them if they have to go. You have to be really vigilant about this. It gets tiring, but I think it’s effective. With infant potty training, that’s the #1 thing – you have to pick up on your child’s cues.
3) Buy some underwear they like! I know it sounds a bit silly, but it may actually help. Make a big deal when they wear it. Say something like, “Oh, look at you! You’re all grown up and wearing big kid underwear!”
4) Make a big deal if they do manage to go. Even if it’s once in a week or something. Talk to them afterwards for just a minute and tell them what a great job they did. Give them a hug. You’re the parent. You know what will make your child realize that he/she did a great job.
5) Reward, reward, reward. Ibraheem loves his sweets. Normally, my husband and I try to stay away from the sugary stuff, but when we were potty training him, out came the chocolate. Not a whole lot, just like a Hershey’s kiss or something. I would give it to him and tell him why he was getting it – “This is for going in the bathroom, Ibraheem! If you tell me next time, you’ll get another chocolate.” Lol one warning: they may go extra just to get the chocolate 😀
6) If your child has a harder time going #2 in the potty, give him a bigger reward (like a Kit Kat versus a Kiss).
7) Don’t follow the parenting books that say you should go in front of your child and say, “Look at mommy! She’s going to the bathroom!” (Not that anybody would…but isn’t that just sick?!) 😛 bleck.
Hope that helps…and obviously this may not work for everyone, but it worked for me alhamdulillah 😀 Plus, it helped that Ibraheem is a pretty understanding and cooperative kid 😀 We’ll see how things go with Khadeejah… 😉
By the way, the title is from the pull up commercials from ages ago….don’t know if they still have those 😀