See that goofy picture to the left? That's my 2 and a half year old daughter, Sophie. Yes, she has part of her potty on her head. It's clean, of course. You see, she likes to pretend it's a hat rather than use it for its intended purpose. (I blame her father's DNA for her odd and creative imagination!) While we get a good laugh out of Sophie's antics, it can be a bit frustrating as well.
We have been trying to get Sophie to go to the bathroom on her potty for months now. She gets the concept. She understands that pee-pee and poopy go in the potty. She sets her huge stuffed monkey on it and tries to tell me he pooped. She also chases our puppy, Trouble, around with the potty after she has an accident in the house. But while she understands what the potty is and what it's for, she has yet to actually do anything in her "big girl potty".
So right now, out hands are pretty full. We're trying to potty-train a toddler as well as housebreak a puppy, both at the same time. Needless to say, I clean up my fair share of messes in a day! I keep telling myself that this, too, shall pass. After all, potty-training is serious business, and it can take months and months of perseverance to perfect. Before any success can come from potty-training, a child must be physically and emotionally ready for the transition.
How can you tell if a child is ready to begin the process of potty-training? There are certain cues to look for. With Sophie, it became pretty obvious right away. We cloth diaper about 98% of the time, so she definitely feels wetness as soon as she goes. She started tugging at her diapers, taking them off herself, and even says things like "Uh-oh...Pee-pee". It just doesn't get more clear cut than that!
To encourage her to use the potty, we have several DVD's, books, stickers, and other rewards if she chooses to go on the potty. We also give her "naked time", and place the potty in an easily accessible location, encouraging her to sit on it. She will sit on it for a good 20 minutes, but she still hasn't done anything in the potty yet. Some kids need to ease into this process gradually, at their own pace. Sophie is one of those kids. Still, we clap, give encouragement, and keep the potty conversation going, making it as much fun for our daughter as we can.
The most important thing we can do is to be patient, be encouraging, and love our little girl every step of the way. Soon enough, she'll start using her "big girl potty" every time, and we will be so incredibly proud of her. Unfortunately, once Sophie is potty-trained, we will have to start the process with our son Xander, who was born a mere 12 months after his big sister. Oh, the joys of being a Mommy!
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