Kylie had been used to seeing the potty chair for several months, would even sit on it all on her own. She was telling us when she was going potty in her diaper and letting us know if she needed her diaper changed~not all the time, but enough that we were thinking we should try this whole potty training business. We bought lots and lots and lots of big girl panties~Minnie Mouse, Hello Kitty, Stars, Hearts, Pink, and Blue ones along with others, those were just her favorites.
Day 1~told Kylie she was going to wear panties and no more diapers and to let me know if she needed to potty. No more details needed other than I spent most of the day cleaning up and nothing ended up in the potty.
Day 2~was a lot more of the same, at one point I cleaned up over 4 accidents within 30 min~I stopped counting at 4. I did manage to run her to the potty quick enough to get a drop or two in the potty.
Day 3~I had basically decided that I had come too far to go back to all diapers and that I would never be able to leave the house again and that she would be in diapers in kindergarten. That day she did tell me "tee" as she was going and I got her to the potty quick enough to have some end up there. That evening, my husband suggested leaving her bottomless so she could go in there on her own because I was really tired from running to the bathroom every 5 minutes all the time. We checked after she was in there and she had used the potty all on her own!!!!!! Lots of jumping, and clapping, and yelling, and cheering!
Day 4~had it's good moments and it's bad moments.
Day 5~I decided she had really good bladder control already, when she would feel herself start to go she could stop immediately. At that point we would realize she needed to go and take her to the potty. Then came the problem....she decided she no longer wanted to sit on the potty to go and would scream and cry. Finally one time I just pretty much held her there (um, don't follow that advice if you are doing the 3 day method, that's not what you are supposed to do) and she went. We rewarded with high fives (she loves that right now), yelling, clapping, etc and she was sooooo proud. We then needed to run some errands and I wasn't about to leave the house with her in panties~another thing the 3 day training says is to never go back to diapers even for leaving the house/sleeping, etc. Well, I had decided at this point the lady was a little bit nuts......We put a diaper on her, were gone for about 3 hours, came home, and her diaper was still dry!!!! So, I made her sit on the potty and she went though she did cry, we celebrated after and all was good. This was repeated all day the 5th day.
|Stopped crying to say "Cheese" for the camera|
We have offered rewards and when she actually goes in the potty then she gets a reward. I have tried giving her special things to hold while sitting on the potty, that kind of works, but she still cries. We have never gotten upset about an accident so I know that's not the problem. As soon as she goes and then sees what she did in the potty, the crying stops and she is high fiving us and so happy. I think maybe a little bit of stubbornness and some fear mixed in.
We are using diapers at nap/bed times, though she has been waking up dry from naps. I am also planning to use diapers/pull-ups for a while when we go somewhere. I'm proud of her progress and think she is on the right track, just if I could get her to stop acting like I am killing her when she has to sit on the potty!
As for the 3 day method.....it sounds good in theory, I know it has worked for some. I just couldn't follow it perfectly and still stay somewhat sane!