Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The continuing saga of the potty train

After my last post on the subject, the potty train went downhill fast. Not only did Dean stop going on the potty, but he also stopped telling me if he had a poopy or wet diaper. It was a problem. Not only that, but he continues to FIGHT every diaper change. Since being on antibiotics (and super fast mobility), Walter has started to crawl away and fight diaper changes as well. I was getting fed up with fighting two little boys, so I decided one of them had to be potty trained NOW!

So, as we were waiting for Walt's antibiotics yesterday, I let the boys peruse the toy isle at target to see if there was anything relatively cheap that really spoke to Dean. Treats have no potty value to Dean any more, so I thought I'd go for a sticker chart that would lead to a slightly larger prize after a week of no diapers.

He found a garbage truck. He was very sad we weren't buying it right then and there. So I told him that if he started wearing undies and going on the potty that he could have it after 1 week. As we checked out, he told the cashier the plan, so I was happy he was listening and understood. =)

Today was day 1. He really has an aversion to underwear. I'm not sure if it's because he felt unsuccessful the other times he tried wearing them or what. So when I told him that diapers weren't an option this morning, he chose to go naked. And naked he went (from the waist down) the entire day. I let him decorate his potty chart with larger stickers that wouldn't fit in the boxes. Then I let him pick a small sticker out ever time after he went to the bathroom.

He was very responsible! He ran to the bathroom without prompting from me, and he only had 2 accidents! One was right before he got to the toilet, the other was right by my computer after Matt left for YM and I was putting Walter down for bed. He really did soooo well, especially since he's been so resistant the past few months. He legitimately went pee 9 times on the potty and poo once, all on his own. So, in a 12 hour span (with no nap) I'd say he did quite well.

Here's to hoping tomorrow goes as well. I'll probably let him go naked again tomorrow, and try and get undies on him on Friday.


Erin said...

I'm all for the naked bum! It totally seemed to be the magic ingredient in Anna's potty training. Good luck to you, hope the rest of your week goes well!

Erin said...

Oh I hope things are still going well. Potty training can be so frustrating. Good luck!

Laura said...

We did the naked thing with Josh and that worked great! Good luck!

Lois said...

Oh I laughed so hard! As I left my mother's house after staying the week after Bryan's birth she came to the door and smirked, "All my children are potty trained!" Doug was only 3 so it was really a fresh memory. Good luck sweetie.