Friday, March 7, 2008

For the Birds

Potty training, that is.


I must be really bad at this mommy thing because Beck is just not getting the hang of this. We've tried bribing, shaming, celebrating, running around with nothing on the bottom (not me, him), asking "need to go potty?" 5,000 times an hour, and reading books like Everybody Poops and It's Potty Time!


So why isn't it working? Any advice from the mama's out there? I'd love a little help...


P.S. I can't potty train my puppy either, so maybe it's just me.

7 comments:

Lyndee said...

With the pup: put them outside every 30 minutes to an hour and say go "potty" or whatever word you decide to use then watch him. If he goes praise him. If he goes in the house put his nose near it to smell it and then put him out saying " go potty". Leave him out for 3-5 minutes even tho he just went. Keep this up and soon up it to once an hour, feed at regular times and then put him outside about 20-30 minutes after eating. the praise thing is important. Do not praise for anything else at this time. Kids- same thing basically. Gramma did it by being watchful of the kid and seeing how they are and how often they go. I think each kid is different and there is a key to each one. Boys are sometimes harder because they get so into their play that they forget to think about their body. You know the men are waffles/women are spagetti thing.

The Arnold Family said...

Wow I wrote this long comment and it screwed up. Ok let me recap. Royce is almost 3 and still in diapers. I dont care though. He will do it eventually and God provides the finance for the diapers. I hope this comment doesnt post twice!

Jamie Willow said...

I've rarely seen a boy potty trained before 3 yrs old. good luck! peer pressure sometimes works...if his friends are doin' it...cheerio's to aim at for peeing...poo is a whole other issue....and night time...well...no idea..I'll be calling you some day to see what worked! lol

Sarah said...

Well. I am not an expert in THIS area, thats for sure. My daughter trained WELL before three, and in one day. My little boy just turned three, and is adamant that he does NOT want to go on the potty.

My theory- he wont go to kindergarten in diapers. (Well, I hope.)

Puppies... I have Nooooooo idea :)

You are not alone!

Bump Fairy said...

I promise. When THEY are ready, potytraining is the easiest thing you've ever tackled. If they aren't ready yet? It's hard. And really, you only end up training youself. My daugher and I fought for 4 months.. every half hour, constant rewards, etc. Finally I gave up. 2 months later she got the flu and completely trained herself over the weekend because she didn't like the mess. They WILL do it, easily and with little help, when they are ready. Just wait it out. Diapers are much easier ( emotionally/physically and on everyone) then fighting the potty battle.

Bethany Patrice said...

I failed miserably at my first attempt to potty train Parker when he was a little after two years old. After I almost had a nervous breakdown, I called the pediatrician. He told me not to even try until he was almost three. I took that advice and within three days, he was potty trained and even got up during the night to go. I decided that I'd rather change diapers than shampoo carpets.

Bethany Patrice said...

I failed miserably at my first attempt to potty train Parker when he was a little after two years old. After I almost had a nervous breakdown, I called the pediatrician. He told me not to even try until he was almost three. I took that advice and within three days, he was potty trained and even got up during the night to go. I decided that I'd rather change diapers than shampoo carpets.