Potty Training: Day 1

October 5th, 2009

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Behold: The last two size 6 diapers in our house. And the first set of little boy underwear I’ve ever purchased.

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Behold: Lots and lots of his favorite juice. Ready to be added to his sippy cups. And then diluted. And then sipped. All. Day. Long.

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Behold:  The Jelly Bellies.   Immediate reinforcement for sitting on the potty, regardless of success (one for sitting; two for sitting and producing).  When the rare thing called candy is involved, he knows Mommy is serious.

Note to self:  Do not inform Charming that you’ve purchased Jelly Bellies and placed them in the pantry to save for impending potty training if you want to keep them….. saved.

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Behold:  Immediate reinforcement for successfully producing while sitting on the potty.  Extremely high interest story books.  He earned these three today.  (Way to go, Bubbers!!!)

Note to self:  If you’re pretty sure your son is ready to potty train, but you don’t feel motivated to do it…..  Attend a few used book sales with the intention of buying “just a few books” for Christmas.  Then come home with 65books that you can’t possibly wait all the way until Christmas to give him, so you devise a way for him to earn many of them right now through….. potty training!!

Second note to self:  Children’s books on sale.  They just might be another one of your weaknesses.

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Behold:  My cutie pie.  Patient, sweet and ready for his next Jelly Belly.  May tomorrow be filled with less accidents, more earned books and more “ah-ha!” moments for Mommy.

Note to self:  In this toddler’s mind, underwear represents a diaper and does not induce one to exert control.

Second note to self:  In this toddler’s mind, one’s birthday suit does induce one to exert control.  “Ah-ha!!”

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charlotte | 10/5/2009 9:00 pm

Ack! Potty training is the bane of my existence. Good luck with it! I have zero advice for you. Zero.

Heidi E | 10/5/2009 9:58 pm

Thanks for sharing the notes!! :) Good luck! He is growing up so fast!

Ailene Hert | 10/6/2009 9:54 am

I love how well documented this is. Good luck!

Vicki | 10/6/2009 3:14 pm

Good luck, I’m glad you’re trying with him. He’s definitely smart enough to figure it out.
I used the padded underwear at first. That way, it didn’t make a mess, but you knew immediately that they had gone.


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