When Rosie was 18 months old we bought her this potty and started potty training slowly. We bought that type of potty because we wanted one that looked and felt as close to a real toilet as possible.
It even makes flushing sounds when it is time to flush the toilet.
During that time we also took away her pacifier and moved her into a twin bed so we wouldn’t have to worry about that when Luna came.
Rosie did super well with getting rid of the pacifier and didn’t do so well with the crib to bed transition.
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Then, we decided to try out an actual bed with a bumper instead of a toddler bed. My parents gave Rosie the twin bed that I used to sleep in when I was little.
She loved it so much that to this day, she doesn’t want to fall asleep but would rather read or play in bed. UGH.
Back to potty training…
After we started, Rosie adapted pretty quickly and has been going on the potty for a few months at home and at daycare.
However, it’s never been a regular process and she still wears diapers most of the time.
So, the time has come to say bye-bye to diapers and hello to underwear! Buying diapers for two isn’t fun anyway and I know I will be super happy to get rid of that expense.
Now, we know what may work for one kid may not work for another. However, we have read a few things that have helped start the transition.
One was reading some potty training books. I tried this with Rosie but it didn’t work very well.
Another suggestion was to let her wear underwear around the house and to keep the potty close by. We did this a few times and while there were a few accidents, she has been doing pretty well!
Lastly, the one that Rosie has enjoyed the most was giving her a small “prize” of white chocolate chips (her favorite) after she went to the potty. When we first started potty training she would get one chocolate chip for trying, two for peeing and three for pooping.
After talking to her daycare teacher we decided this would be the weekend of “full-on” potty training. Meaning, putting Rosie on the potty every 15 minutes. If successful, we would reward her with stickers or small gifts every time she goes.
Which is why I designed the Potty Training Sticker Chart…
I decided to design a sticker chart to make it enjoyable for her. Every time she goes to the potty she would get a sticker and after the fifth time of using the potty, she would get a piece of candy (thank you Halloween for providing us with so much candy).
Who knows? Maybe my next blog post will be, “How to Potty Train Your Kid in 3 Days.” Hah!
Wish me luck… update to follow.
Do you have any more tips on how to do this? I would love to hear them!
You can get the potty we purchased for Rosie here.
Update as of 10/1/19: She LOVES the sticker chart. We are TOTALLY POTTY TRAINED (during the day) and look forward to using this for nighttime!