Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Potty Training

We are almost there! Natalie is completely day-trained (minus the random accident) but still needs a diaper during nap time and at night. I am so proud of her!! Not only has she mastered this quickly (she went on the potty for the first time in August) but she has had a few obstacles as well. Two weeks ago, she showed symptoms of a UTI. (pain, frequency, and urgency) It was heartbreaking to watch her go through this. I gave her all the home remedies I could think of, the symptoms went away, but then came back 2 days later. I took her to the doctor and they confirmed a UTI.

She started to feel much better once on the antibiotic, but still associated pain with going on the potty! She insisted on wearing a diaper and cried when I put her on the potty. I wanted to get her over this phobia as fast as possible. Long story short, I sat her on the potty and entertained her with puppets and bath toys (and made her laugh) until she went on the potty. Then she realized she was "all better!" Phobia gone. **whew**

This was also the first antibiotic Natalie has ever had to take. I have to agree with her, it tasted gross! (for those of you wondering why I was tasting her medicine, well, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about...) However, I didn't want a fight twice a day, for ten days. So I bought a pack of M&M's, and after she took her medicine, she got 2 M&M's. I usually don't reward her with food, but this was temporary. By the 4th day, she didn't even cringe with the bad taste, she just kept her eye on those M&M's waiting for her.

A few other tricks we use to get her interested in the potty (for those other mom's that asked for ideas):
-We used a cleaner tab in the tank of the toilet to turn the water blue (this was, apparently, a very cool thing to do)
-To begin, we took her every 30 minutes after she had a lot to drink, and would sit and play with bath toys, waiting for her to potty.
-So invest in a comfy toilet insert that won't hurt their bottom. We DON'T do potty chairs (that sit on the floor) Seriously. Who wants to clean poop out of that?? No thanks.
-We started a sticker chart, and every time she goes potty, she gets to pick which sticker goes on the chart.
-When it gets filled up, we go to the store and exchange the chart for an inexpensive toy.
-We praise her constantly, and now she praises herself (which is hilarious) if you are guest in our home, you will hear all about her potty experiences.
-As far as them telling you when they need to go, this will come with time. I was beginning to wonder if she'd EVER recognize when she needed to go. It happened all at once...but keep talking to them about it, and remind them to tell you when they need to go, and explain why. A lot more sinks in than you realize!

1 comment:

Tate Family said...

Thank you for the advice! I agree about potty seats. So dumb. I mean, why add an extra step? Besides, it's so icky, like you said! I have a feeling it will take us a WHILE. It's, ok, though. :)