For the better part of a year, my husband and I have been trying at varying rates of success to potty train our daughter, Lucy. Lucy is now 38-months-old and still in diapers. We tried Potty Wise, the ‘ignore it and she will do it on her own’ method, our own pitiful attempts but nothing would work. This is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a parent and I was beginning to freak out about it.
I took to Facebook and asked my parent friends how they got it done. I cobbled their tips and suggestions together to get to this.
One wise friend suggested “Potty Training in 3 Days“. That is our base method for this. Another friend suggested putting together a treasure chest of toys that can be rewards. We went to target and got that boy hooked up. Yet another smart friend (how lucky can one gal be) suggested a rewards chart. We’d used that method before but we decided to try again anew.
We set our sights on Labor Day weekend because we both work outside the home and it will be a natural 3 day weekend.
Like to article suggests, we got her pumped up by letting her know she’d be ass naked all weekend when we said goodbye to diapers. She kept screaming “bye diapers” so that seemed to work. We let her pick out the treasure chest toys and we had a few heavy hitters placed on her chart (small Buzz Lightyear and Alien dolls) that came after she pottied 7 and 14 times.
We got up, put the diapers in the closet to “give them to a baby” and set up a fort of toys in the living room where we could watch her constantly. She was never allowed out of our sight. We offered her Kool Aid, which she had never had, and that made her drink a lot. Thus she had to pee a lot.
Every time she sat on the potty, we gave her a M&M. No matter what.
We set the microwave timer to remind us to sit her on the potty no matter what every 30 minutes.
Every time we used the bathroom, she followed.
Right off the bat, she peed in the potty, hooray! We set the chart so she’d get to take a trip to the treasure chest right off the bat to get her pumped.
Our treasure chest.
The two times she used the potty between treasure chest trips, she got one piece of candy that she got to select. We had lifesavers gummies and cut up Twizzlers.
We had two accidents in the morning. One where she peed so much on the hardwood that she slipped in it. It was so sad. But, we stuck to our guns and made her clean herself and the mess up. This really upset her.
After the epic pee, things really got rolling. She started peeing all the time! She was going, telling us she had to go…all of that. Amazing.
At nap time, we put her in a Pull Up. She pooped during her nap in the Pull Up. Even though we had success with peeing today, no pooping in the potty.
By bedtime, Lucy had peed in the potty 23 times!
Our potty chart!
Yes, that’s a lot of candy and Kool Aid. She never gets sugar so this was a big thing to overcome, but remember, these are desperate measures.