Thursday, February 7, 2013

Potty Training... oh goodness.

Hello friends! Remember when I was a good blogger? Yeah, me either. Things are good for out little family, full of trying to prepare for baby #2 coming in May and enjoying these last few months with just Dylan. One of the biggest things I have done to prepare for baby #2 is to get baby #1 potty trained. Cause who wants to change diapers for two when you only need to change one?

Let me tell you- I've been wanting to get Dylan started with potty training as soon as he turned 3 in September, but it was so easy to put off. I kept dreading the days spent confined to the house during the first new days of potty training that I kept putting it off. I finally bit the bullet on almost a month ago. One day I decided that potty training would start, and that was that.

I decided that potty training was going to work and that I was going to help Dylan figure it out as best as I could. That meant that I was not just going to approach potty training with a "just winging it" attitude. Nope, I  had a very specific plan in mind.

I based my approach on a Potty Training 101 pin I found on Pinterest. I really followed most of what the post recommended, such as talking it up, having Dylan throw all of his diapers in a trash bag, giving potty treats, and giving potty prizes. 
{the treats}
{the prizes}

Day 1 of potty training was exhausting, since I took him to the bathroom literally every 20 minutes, all day long. There were a few accidents, but lots of successes. Each day got a little bit better, although going #2 in the potty was still a major struggle. 

Now we are almost a month into potty training and things are going really well. Dylan stays dry almost every day, and he's ok with going to bathrooms outside of our house. He's not to the point where he goes on his own- I just tell him that it's potty time every hour or so and he runs to the bathroom and does his thing. #2 has been much more difficult, but things have been clicking for him over the past week. 
{Not too excited about his picture being taken}

Overall, I'm confident that he'll be 99% potty trained by the time baby #2 arrives, which has been my main goal. Yay for Dylan, my mostly potty trained boy!


Taylor Kowallis said...

yay Dylan! Thats so great!! My ONLY advice is when you go potty in public restrooms, bring sticky notes with you! Because of the automatic flushing toilets, you never know when its going to flush! Jordan was sitting on the toilet when it flushed and she couldn't use a public restroom for months because she was so scared! She would scream and cry anytime we had to go in a public restroom! So get some sticky notes and cover the censor right when you get in the stall!! haha

Sarah said...

I miss your blogging!! Glad you came back. Way to go with potty training...HUGE deal!