Saturday, January 17, 2009
Potty Training: What has Worked for You?
I really do not think Jackson is ready to be potty trained, but after two days in a row of him using the bathroom on the carpet because his diaper was too full, I realized I might be wrong. So, I got some "cool alert" pull ups. My plan was to put him on the potty every three hours during the day at first and pray he starts to like to sit on the potty and that he would figure it out. After a day of this, I was completely exhausted with a new baby and realized I had a bigger battle on my hands: getting rid of the pacifier during the day. I guess since the baby I had really been letting him have it whenever since I was so tired. Well, that has got to stop. He acts like a baby when he has it his mouth, he will not eat, and more importantly will not try to say words. So, I am not going to bring his pacifier to church at all anymore, and if we have to leave that is ok. So, since we are battling him asking for his pacifier every hour, it is hard to work on potty training and feed Abigail every 3 hours. Here are some questions I have for yall (I know every child is different and what worked for you child might not work for mine):
1. Do you wait till your child is really ready before potty training? He really cannot tell me he has to go potty so it is probably too early. I have heard bad stories about starting too early.
2. What books have you found most helpful?
3. Do I try this method first of putting him on the potty every 3 hours so he gets use to it?
4. Do I get him his own potty? We do have a potty seat and a stool for him to step up on.
I am really ready for him to be out of diapers since one day I had changed 7 diapers and it was only 12 pm, but I am more concerned about our pacifier situation. I do not mind if he has a pacifier at night when he sleeps right now, but that is the only time.