1.21.2009

WE'RE GOING BANANAS

It seems like a cruel trick that the age at which I am potty training Luke coincides perfectly with Charlie's increased fascination with the toilet.

So, it has been a week of potty training. Why am I doing this again? I'm starting to wonder.

We had some excellent days last week. In fact, at one point I was even convinced that Luke would be potty trained in 3 days. He went poop in the toilet. (Luke screamed, "Come see this mommy! A banana!") He stayed dry almost the entire day. It was amazing.

Then we had a busy weekend, so I put a diaper on him. We started the potty training back up on Monday. It was awful. Now I feel like we are back to square one, maybe even square negative one. How could it have gone so well last week and now it is excruciating?

He never has a problem making a deposit on the toilet. It's just that I have to set a timer and encourage him to go to the bathroom every hour. He got bored of the presents last week, so now I have a collection of toys that we let sit on the toilet first. Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear and Bruce the Bear all go "potty" before Luke does. Then Luke takes a turn.

My Question -

He did really well last week, but awful these past few days. Should I stop?

Bonus Question -

How do you keep a busy 9 month old's hands out of the toilet while you are potty training the toddler?

19 comments:

  1. The only way we potty trained my son was to go cold turkey on the diapers. He wasn't super excited to use the potty until I showed him how to pee on a rose bush in our backyard. He seriously thought it was so great that he never looked back from that day forward and never sat to pee. It was amazing. As for at night, we did a night-time pullup for about a week or so. After he got used to undies during the day, he refused the pullup and I just changed his sheets every morning. (He's still in a toddler bed on a waterproof crib mattress.) As gross as it is, it was better for him to feel the wetness, so that he could get used to the fact that he needed to get himself up. He is potty trained 24/7 now and it's heaven. As for the baby in the toilet... My 16 month old still loves it!

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  2. I'll agree with Disneyland Mom. You just can't have an alternative available and can't switch between them. Have a 'bye bye' party for the pull ups/ diapers and be ready for some messes. If he was close, he CAN do it. He just thinks it's an option NOT to do it.

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  3. Oh man - keeps ya busy doesn't it? Are you doing the sticker chart? Each time he goes, he gets a sticker - when it's #2 he gets 2 stickers. When he gets a certain amount, he gets to go with you to get a happy meal or ice cream cone or something like that.

    Those are some cute pictures :)

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  4. Paul regressed several times during potty training depending on what was going on in life. Spiderman undies did wonders for him for some reason (even though he has no clue who spiderman is). Some days we would run out of clean undies and pants and he would have to run around naked from the waist down rather than put him in a pull up or diaper.

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  5. Sorry I don't have any advice for ya, but I do love that picture... and the fact that Luke called his poop a banana :D

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  6. I have not done much potty training...ok I only helped with it once when I worked for a therapy program. We were told that once you start, do not revert back to diapers. It didnt matter if the family was busy or not, it just sends mixed messages to the kids. My only guess is that putting Luke back in diapers back that weekend showed him that you dont mind that he uses them, so why bother using the toilet. We also pumped the kid full of fluids the entire first few days! Keep it up, hopefully Luke will see that it isnt so bad! Good Luck! (Keep us updated with how it goes, I know I will be wanting ideas when it comes time to potty train my kid!)

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  7. I just wanted to agree with disneyland mom and the others - with my kids once I decided to start it was out with any kind of diapers or pull-ups completely. I put underwear on them (one boy and one girl) and they wore them only all day. I did the timer thing taking them each hour, and if there was an accident they knew it and felt it immediatly, we would take the soiled undies off and put them in the washer and get a clean pair on.

    I made a big deal of letting them go out and pick out their "big girl/boy undies" and they were excited to wear them and also wanted to take care of them and not make them dirty. I never did the treat thing or the prize thing, just sang a big song with clapping and cheering every time they went, and I asked a lot, like every 10 minutes or whenever I thought of it "do you have to go potty?" -- my daughter was totally trained in about 3 days when she was 22 months old and my son took about a week and he was 26 months old.

    My 9 month old LOVES the toilet too... since I still potty training a handicapped child (13 year old) whenever I take him to the potty I take in other toys for the baby and when he reaches for the toilet I tell him in a low stern voice "NO!" and hand him his toy and smile and raise my voice higher and say "yes! good! YOUR toy!!" and hand him whatever he can have. Sometimes I have to let the potty trainer sit for 15 or more minutes until he goes and at those times I nurse the baby to keep him occupied.

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  8. Wow, I can totally wait for this whole potty training thing. Sorry I have no ideas, but thanks for posting about your adventures for my learning benefit. :) Good luck!

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  9. "Potty Candy" worked for us. I left a stash of M&Ms by the toilet and every time they went they got 1 M&M, 2 for poop.
    I agree with the whole back sliding to diapers.
    I do need advise on night time potty training. My 5 year old sleeps SO sound that he still pees at night. I put him in diapers. We have tried no diapers and he ALWAYS pees. Any advise from Kristin's followers?
    Good Luck and stay consistent.

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  10. Ahh....potty training! Aren't you a lucky woman. I just went thru that with Sarah....the joys and fun of that! Sounds like Luke is a cold turkey kind of guy if he's regressing when you put him back in diapers. Kylee was like that and I just had to take an extra change of clothes with us EVERYWHERE! It wasn't so bad after a few weeks but the fear of having her pee her pants in public was so scary for me! Sarah has been the opposite....she wears pull ups most days and keeps them so dry....I could use panties with her but if she keeps the pull ups dry then i'm happy for both reasons....potty trained child and insurance on no accidents at all in public. Hang in there! Let him go to the store and pick out some new undies....i'm sure he'll get excited again if you let him wear them regardless of your schedule.

    Also the walking baby thing.....I seem to do that too! Its crazy, I know!! Luckily Emma is a little slower in the movement area than my other ones....so i've been able to potty train in relative peace. Other than the panicked potty calls from Sarah right when i'm nursing Emma....love that. Just distract him with something equally as entertaining when you head to the bathroom....put him in the dry tub with some bath toys or food....food is always good. Good luck!

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  11. ha, it must be the season for potty training (and too bad Leyna's having NONE of it) but right after reading your post I read another person's post who says that her daughter "potties for pennies". She gets a penny for each time she pees and gets to add it to a cute little glass jar, then when she fills it up they go to the store and pick out a little treat with it, so there's another incentive idea for you. Good luck! Oh, and while you are in the bathroom with Luke put charlie in the dry tub and let him play with toys in there...

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  12. I haven't read the above comments, but when we just recently trained our two year old, I showed him a "Potty Power" video which basically brain-washed him into saying "no more diapers for me". So when I attempted to use diapers for convenience in upcoming situations, he would refuse (although we did convince him somehow that pullups were NOT diapers for nap and now just bedtime purposes - although he rarely even wets at night anymore). As inconvenient as it may seem to have him pee his pants, even on a busy weekend or in public, just always have that change of clothes/underwear on hand for the next several weeks, and deal with the accident instead of going back to diapers. Your and his nervousness about having an accident in public will keep you asking him to go and he might less likely have those accidents in public. For the next few weeks you will sound/feel like a broken record in asking him to go, but within a month or two Luke will most likely be coming to you to ask to go potty. I didn't believe that could happen for our little guy, but we have just arrived at that point. Good luck and keep up the good work!

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  13. I have no answer to your parenthood quandaries, as usual.

    But I do like to hear about them!

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  14. Thanks for entertaining me Cristin! Don't give up!!

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  15. a banana? Was it yellow? Don't answer that...

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  16. Yeah do you only feed him brown bananas?

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  17. What I did with some of my kids that had a hard time, was I put regular "big boy" (or big girl) underwear on them, with a diaper on OVER the underwear. They hated feeling wet. HATED it. But it kept them from having accidents on my floor. It's worth a shot. Good luck! Just don't give up...you're closer than you realize!

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  18. In our experience: kids will be potty trained when they decide to be potty trained. Disadvantage with boys: you have to teach them how to aim.

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  19. Hi Cristin - it's been awhile since I've looked at your blog and I must say I found myself laughing outloud. I really liked the mancation part. I love the potty poster you made for Luke too. And of course the sock puppets were amazing! I really enjoy working with you in YW. Well, we added your blog to our blog links - I hope that's okay with you. I thought we should try and make and effort to make it look like we have a few friends. :) And plus it'll be easier for me to find your blog. Thanks for the laughs!
    Ylfelynn

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