Once Upon a Potty…

Well folks, the rumors are true. Violet is turning 3 next month and is potty training like a champ! We started last week and the first day was a little rough. I felt confident that if we could just get her to pee in the potty the first time she would gain a lot of confidence and from that experience and subsequently feel comfortable doing it again.

And for the most part I was right. She was very nervous about going the first time and held it in for about 3 hours until she couldn’t hold anymore. I swear about 2 cups of urine spilled into that little potty once the old “flood gates” opened, poor girl. But we made a BIG deal about it and she was very pleased with herself. Since last Thursday we’ve only had 2-3 accidents and she has been great about telling us when she has to go. She even poops too! I’m serious. Like it’s no big deal. Can you tell i’m excited about this? It’s HUGE! It’s probably still to early to say we’re officially “potty trained” but fingers crossed we’ve made some major strides over here.

I would like to give a shout to some key “tools” in this process:

I bought this book under the recommendation of our pediatrician. It’s great. The approach to potty training is totally based on your child’s readiness and personality type. There is a quiz at the beginning of the book that you take to determine which personality type(s) your child is. Violet is an “internalizer”. Supposedly these kids are the HARDEST to train. But we followed the suggestions outlined in the chapters specific to her personality and it helped immensely obviously. 

And of course, I can’t forget our good friend Prudence and her potty. Violet LOVES both, the book and DVD. She watches the DVD everyday. According to the potty training book, movies and props are the best aids in the teaching process for “internalizers”. I definitely see why. I know watching Prudence poop in her potty convinced Violet she could do it too.

So there you have it. I was so nervous about starting this process. But it’s not so bad after all. I really do think there’s something to waiting until they’re ready. Even if that means you have a 3 year old in diapers. If we had tried last spring I don’t think she would’ve been as willing to learn. I know it’s going to be a while yet before we’re completely done with diapers or pull-ups with her. Nighttime dryness takes much longer. But i’m totally fine with that! She’ll get there on her own time. Good job Violet, we’re so proud of you!

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One Response to Once Upon a Potty…

  1. Elaine says:

    Awesome! I’ll give that book a read before we try it a second time. I was planning on getting serious after our trip to Wyoming. I downloaded the book on my Kindle this morning because I was curious about Danny’s personality type. The strong willed questions were pretty spot on. Ha! The 3 day early potty training thing is so trendy in Great Falls. I get so mad when I hear moms talk about the evils of waiting till they are 3 (gasp). I get even more mad when I see another 22 month old waltz in to day care with underwear. It obviously was not the right method for Danny. It really stressed him out. Wish us luck!

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