Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Potty Training Success

We started potty training Palmer about a week and a half ago. This was our second attempt to do so.

I tried to follow the Toilet Training in Less Than A Day system last time. It sort of worked. He did well the first day, but the next morning he pooped for the first time on the potty, was totally traumatized, and refused to sit on a potty again. He is also a pretty smart cookie, and had already learned to manipulate the system. The program instructs to reward your child with candy often for being clean and dry. Palmer quickly realized as long as he stayed clean and dry long enough, he would be able to get his candy regardless of if he went in the potty at all.

So, we gave him time, and six months later, used a much more relaxed approach. As before, I didn't make a big deal about accidents and got really excited when he did have success. However this time, we just gave him verbal praise for staying clean and dry, and reinforced him peeing on the potty with candy or a special drink. In order to get him over his fear, I knew the reinforcement for going poop on the potty would have to be upped. We let him pick a small toy (bubbles, coloring book, bouncy ball, stickers, etc.) from a bag of "poop prizes." It worked like a charm. Honestly, this time potty training was a piece of cake! I should have listened to all my friends who said to wait to train a boy until he is three. Obviously, last time he wasn't ready and this time he was. After four days of training, he was a pro. He is now wearing his big boy underwear both day and night, everywhere we go, without accidents. Way to go Palmer!


Tiffany said...

Lilly was traumatized the first time she pooped in the potty too! She was freaked out about it; screaming for me to get it off of her!! I'm glad Palmer was so easy to potty train the second time around. When they're ready, they're ready!!

Jenn said...

Yay! So exciting!!! I am glad he is a pro!! It makes life so much easier and less expensive:)

Adrienne said...

Yay! And so true, Cael is finally done I tried so hard to do it earlier before 3, but you're right they have to be ready. Yay Palmaer!!

sweet nectar sara said...

nice not to have 2 in diapers at once! i resorted to money for the 'poop incentive', i taped a dollar bill on the wall above the seat :)