Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Elmo's Potty Time

Half assed attempts at Potty Training have been taking place for about two months now. By half assed, I mean putting Miss S on the toilet right before bath time and more frequently during the day on the weekends. I also bought her "Elmo's Potty Time" DVD since really, Elmo is like her hero. So I figured as soon as she watched it the first time she would race to the toilet, pee, wipe and flush and we were trained! Not so much.

While she will sit on the toilet at night, she is more interested in playing with the toilet paper roll and tossing the paper into the toilet. If I take it away she practically tries to yank the toilet roll holder off the wall and loses focus. Needless to say, no actual pee pee on the potty yet.

Miss S has accomplished most milestones early. I guess I figured I wouldn't need to do much and she would just get it. Granted, since this process began, she has learned to announce when she is going pee pee, just not before she actually goes. My goal is to have her trained by the time she is 2, which is four months away. I know she can do it, I just need to know of a better strategy, and I guess be better at making it a habit as something to work on harder. I don't want force her, but I just know she can do it and I know I can do it.

Any tried and true suggestions? I haven't really done too much research on this topic yet, but as of now I realize that four months away is really right around the corner.


Christy said...

I think you might be pushing it. You really have to wait until they are ready. Otherwise it will one big headache. TRUST ME! I just got my 4 year old potty trained. She was afraid of pooping on the potty. There was nothing we could do except wait for for her to get over the fear.

Also, when I pee trained my kids, I just took off their diapers and put on underwear. We never used training pants or anything. Of course they peed in their underwear a MILLION times the first day or two, but they quickly caught on and started using the potty within the week (pooping is another story though).

Mama Marshmallow said...

Thanks Christy. After I posted I started thinking that I just needed not to push it. I did by some training pants for her to get used to pee training like what you suggested. We'll see!

Jeninacide said...

We've been half-assed potty training with Cole also. He is 2 1/2, and he can POOP on the potty because he sort of had some notice before it happens, but he has NO BLADDER CONTROL... yet. Kids take a while to be able to control their bladder and the muscles that actually can KEEP PEE IN. This develops at different times for different kids, so you sort of just have to put underpants on them and guage how often they either pee in them or (if you're lucky) tell you they have to pee...?

It's a delicate dance, this potty training.

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