But then the day came, a week after her 2nd birthday I woke up and we had one diaper left. I had the choice to make a trip to Costco with my toddler and newborn in tow to buy a box of 1,345 diapers (that seems to be the quantity of everything sold at Costco, right?) or commit to this whole potty training thing. It took 3 days to potty train my strong willed child. These 3 days are not for the faint of heart. There will be poop and pee on everything including allover your husbands lap and all the training pants you bought, so make sure you buy plenty.
This is what I learned:1. Commitment. Repetition. Reward. These three basic concepts can be applied to learning any new skill for anyone.
Once I brought out her new potty doll and showed off her new training pants there was no going back to diapers. Even after the 4th change of underwear in 3 hours, do not waiver because there is no going back. I used a potty prize box she could pick her reward out of when she had a successful potty. This gives her some choice in the matter, and keeps her interested. The reward has to be something they REALLY want so don't start off with some healthy biscuits.
2. Make it fun. Motivation for any child or adult comes easier if things are going to be fun. She got a new doll that she could feed and take potty with her. We read potty books and made up silly potty songs. She loved the fact she got to watch a potty movie in the basement on our projector which is an area she rarely is allowed to go. She also peed in the basement while dancing around to her potty movie so I guess that is payback for having a child free space in our home.
3. Get comfortable with your new normal. At first you will miss the convenience of diapers and by day two you will wonder if there are potty training services for hire. I did not actually look into this but Craigslist seems to have just about anything... You will be spending a lot of time at home for a few days and also right by the toilet. Grab those sweatpants and delivery food and get used to talking about poop all day long. I had to breastfeed my newborn sitting on the toilet waiting for my toddler to pee; like I said this isn't for the faint of heart.
I didn't go into the nitty gritty of how we accomplished potty training. But if you are in the throws of toddler parenthood and want a really good step by step outline this may be a good option Lucieslist or Pottyscotty.
I believe that parents deserve their own potty prize too. So after those first few days of success pop open your "nice" bottle of wine (or two) because you deserve it. Cheers!