Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Potty, Pull-Ups, & Poop

I entered a contest to win a free package of Pull-Ups. Now, it's sort of ironic because I've been meaning to share some potty training *news* for a while but I simply haven't had the time. But, here it is in all it's glory.

Ta has been potty-trained for almost 2 years. He potty-trained himself pretty much because he refused to wear diapers. Considering he had just recently turned 2, I was shocked, especially because Th was over 3 before he was ready to potty-train. However, with Ta, he was only potty-trained to stay dry, and only recently (in the last 5 months) to stay dry during nap time. Once Teagan was born, I was determined to stop the insanity. I had 3 kids in diapers (granted Ta only wore them during sleep times, but still)! Once he was able to stay dry during nap time, I began to work on getting him to poop on the potty. He has always pooped once he woke from his nap; his schedule, not mine. So, even though he was able to wear underwear for his nap, once he awoke, he immediately requested a diaper so he could do his business. It was crazy!

I tried all the same *tricks* I tried with Th to get him to poop in the potty. It didn't work. Nothing did. Until I told him that I would show him the pool where his swim lessons would be held (this summer) if he went poop on the potty. That did the trick! He went poop on the potty fine! Now, he poops all the time on the toilet like a normal almost-4-year-old. No problem. Except at bedtime. He is still unable to stay dry. But, we switched to Pull-Ups (something I never used until Ta) because he thinks of them as underwear. Although he does wet them at least 3 times a week, the other 4 nights a week he is able to stay dry, and that is progress. When he wore a diaper, he was lazy and knew he didn't need to get up to go to the potty because he could just go in his diaper. TJ and I made such a huge deal about buying the Pull-Ups and wearing the Pull-Ups that he is devastated when he does have an accident. I am not worried about his bedtime pottying because I know it will come. I will admit he has been the easiest child to potty-train because it really required no effort on my part, so for him to be aware that he is wet in his Pull-Up is a good sign that it won't be much longer until he is able to hold it all night, every night.

Anyway, that's the *poop* on Ta! ;-)

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