Potty Update: Success!!

By , August 26, 2008 9:56 pm

OK, I know that my two year-old’s potty progress is not the world’s most earth-shattering, fascinating topic. Even I, her mother, am not THAT riveted by it all. The only one who finds it endlessly entertaining is my two year-old herself.

So, WARNING – If you are not interested in the finer points of potty training a 2 year-old, please stop reading here and maybe go read about some crafts instead. For those who are still with me, please read on:

Before I left on our big summer adventure, I wrote about our successful Potty Fiesta, but asked for advice on getting my little one to give up her little potty and begin using the “big girl potty.”

Since so many of you commented and offered your tips, this must be a subject that really is of more interest than it might seem! Thank you all for your helpful input! I really appreciated it and thought I should let you know how we finally solved the issue.

We spent the month of July in Upstate New York at my Dad’s house and I was worried that a vacation was not really the best time to finish tackling the potty issue, but my stepmother had no little potty, only the seat that fits on the “big potty.”

Despite my misgivings about potty learning while on vacation, I boldly decided not to go out and buy a little potty. Instead, I told my daughter that there was no little potty at Pop Pop’s house and she would simply have to use the big one (several of you reported success with some variation of this method).

Well, my little one is PRETTY STUBBORN (where does she get that I wonder?), and absolutely refused to go near the potty for several days. We were back to diapers. It was quite discouraging.

Then my stepmother had the idea of making a doll “go to the big potty.” My stepmom gave a brilliant performance and made quite a show of it. Of course we all acted really excited for Dolly and gave her lots of praise and some Skittles (bribery has its uses).

I was skeptical that my little one would buy into this trickery, but wouldn’t you know, within 5 minutes she was on the potty!! She was nervous and was clearly afraid of falling in, even on the little seat, so I had to hug her tightly while she went. She did it and got lots of praise and Skittles too, just like Dolly.

After one or two more potty trips she lost her fear of falling in and no longer wanted to be held (“ME do it!”). What a breakthrough!! She was fine from then on, and even manages public toilets without using a little seat (but while being held).

When we returned home after our month away I ran inside and whisked away the little potty before she had a chance to see it. I thought she might want to use it if she saw it, but so far she has never asked where her beloved little “poTEEE” went.

My fears of having to pack the little potty everyday in her high school backpack are gone now, thanks to my brilliant stepmom as well as your advice and encouragement. Thank you!!

(Cute photo thanks to photographer ZeroSilence3 (Jason Lemay) and morguefile.com.)

7 Responses to “Potty Update: Success!!”

  1. Claire says:

    I’m certainly interested in hearing potty tips. I’m tired of wiping the floors and washing mountins of tiny pants :-)

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  2. The Mommy says:

    Ok I’m off to read about the Potty Fiesta! I have a two year old that is relatively interested in all this potty stuff, but regularly pees on the carpet and cackles like a little hyena when she strips off her clothes and diaper and runs around naked avoiding all attempts to tackle her and dress her again!

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  3. Baba says:

    Fun story! My 2year old grand-daughter is at the potty training stage now. Good times ahead. Yay.

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  4. Tamara says:

    I am so glad that it worked out! It is hard to know what will work on a child until you just keep trying. Yeah for your stepmother!

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  5. Karen B says:

    Congratulations! YAY!!!

    What finally did it for my son, who had no consistent interest and just didn’t care if he wore diapers, was peer pressure. He was one of the youngest in his preschool class and the very last one in diapers. Some of the kids started making fun of him, and within about 2 weeks, he was suddenly pretty reliable. I don’t recommend the Peer Pressure method, but it worked for us!

  6. Melitsa says:

    Congratulations! Potty time must be the top most frustrating activity. Our little guy is almost there. Been in pants for 3 wks now and only a few accidents. We drive around with a potty in back….just in case. He deathly afraid of those loud suction flushes especially when he flushes whilst on.

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  7. Jenny says:

    Congratulations to all three of you! It’s quite a milestone, isn’t it?! I was lucky that CJ preferred the seat instead of the little potty right off- I think her long legs might have had something to do with it. That and M & Ms! :o)

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