As requested... a post about potty training! It seems that as much as I try, I can't get away from topics that have to do with strange smells and bodily functions. Such is the life of a mom of 4 boys.
It's an interesting life I tell you.
You know how you always hear women complaining about men not putting the toilet seat down? I envy them. My 6 year old always forgets to put the seat UP. Yes. That's right. UP. So where does the pee end up? Usually all over the next poor person who doesn't look first. ewwwwwww.
There is always a silver lining though isn't there? My hubby drives me nuts at night when he "fluffs the blankets to make it more comfortable". You KNOW he dropped a bomb and is so proud of his little achievement that he wants to share it with me. So I do get a chuckle when, after one of these VERY MATURE episodes, he wanders out at night to use the potty, and his laughing cheeks discover that my 6 year old has so thoughtfully washed the seat again.
But enough about that. How do you train one of these strange primitive creatures (males) to use the facilities??? That is the question of the ages. I've heard that girls just magically "do it" around a year and a half old. DO NOT EXPECT THIS FROM YOUR LITTLE BOY. Hahahaha. Sorry. hee hee heee...
OK, here are some tips that worked for my little guys:
1. Wait until they are ready to start. This means that they can communicate well, and understand what you are trying to teach them. For mine, this was around 3 1/2 years old.
2. I don't do pull-ups because they are too much like diapers. I put them straight into underwear. As they get wet, I tell them the pee pee goes in the potty, and I put them to sit there. It doesn't take too long before they catch on.
3. Potty train in WINTER, not summer. The pants catch the pee and you can easily wash them, rather than washing the floors (not to mention the constant and ever-dignified "sniffing hunts" you have to go on to find out where they went!)
4. Buy LOTS of cheap underwear from Wal-mart or somewhere, and treat the poopy ones as disposables. I dump the turd down the toilet and toss the soiled undergotchies. I have 4 children... I don't need to be soaking and washing and bleaching all day long. Ew.
5. As much as possible, feed your child a high fibre, healthy diet. My 3rd son was sooooo hard to potty train because he struggled with constipation at one time. He remembered that poop hurt, and didn't want to go. Of course, he HAD to go so he ended up going in little bits all day long. I can't tell you how much fun that was.
6. As soon as my sons had dry diapers two mornings in a row, they graduated to night-time underwear. I bought a crib mattress pad (the kind with plastic on one side, fabric on the other) and placed it under the bed sheets under their bottom. That way if they wet the bed, I could toss the sheet, pad and clothes in the wash, and the bed was still dry for the rest of the night.
7. Bribery and rewards work wonders!
I think that's a good summary of what we do. It works for us. I bet others of you have great ideas too! Please share... :-) Maybe one day I can go back to pretending that I live a dignified and refined adult life.... NAAAA. What fun is that? Boys will be boys, and I love them, even if they are rather smelly. :-)
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