Finally now I think we're ready for potty training so yesterday was Adam's first potty training day. I borrowed a book from the library on potty training and according to the book you can train a child in 7 days so i'm following the 7 days program. I don't know if it can happen but i'll give it a try...
The scoreboard. A star for every successful potty.
The potty, in the living room where we spend most of the day.
child's seat on our regular toilet
a step bench for him to wash his hands in the sink
a pail for wet/soiled pants
In the morning after his shower, we told Adam that he's a big boy now, that he doesn't need to use his nappy anymore and can just wear pants like Mommy and Daddy.
Every 15 mins, I asked him to sit on the potty. And gave him lots of praise and encouragement when he does.
So how was the first day?
it was LONG! omg....what a long long day. You know, the problem wasn't the accidental little puddles. I was prepared for those. I had many extra pants, a bucket for soiled/wet pants, towels for cleaning up after any accidents, wipes etc. Also my husband was around to help me out. And i knew from reading the book that he will surely have a lot of accidents on the first day. What I didn't expect was how hard it would be to get him to sit on the potty. EVERY 15 MINUTES. OMG. it was horrible. He refused everytime we ask him to sit there. My plan was not to force him, just to encourage and at the last resort maybe just bribe with treats. But it was just near IMPOSSIBLE to get him to sit. And if i give in and not force him to sit every 15mins, he will surely have an accident (about 2 secs after him saying 'No, no pee) So there lies my dilemma. I don't really want to force him because i don't want his potty training experience to be painful and full of resentment. Even when offered bribery like chocolates he refused. It was just so frustrating..
The good thing is though that on every occasion that he does sit on the potty, he can successfully do a pee or poo in it.
The scoreboard is mainly for Adam's motivation but i also kept a secret recording of the day's total score. At the end of the day, there are more number of successful potty than accidents. So i guess it wasn't such a nightmare afterall huh? sigh....i can't tell you how relieved we were come sleeptime...phew...
Day 2 today. No husband. oh no...i'll tell you the story tomorrow.