Step 1: First, you will need to have an encounter. An encounter that will put a flame under your butt and cause you to go “um…ok, it’s definitely time”. For example, when you tell your son to go throw something away in the garbage can and he comes back with his pants around his ankles, holding a diaper full of poop and poop smeared all over his bottom and legs. Yeah, hubby wasn’t too happy about that one. I might have been upstairs with the door closed and didn’t hear him frantically calling for help. oops. Either way, there was an epiphany that occurred.
Step 2: Go on Pinterest to get tips for potty training a very stubborn child that has refused to use the potty numerous times in the past.
Step 3: Stay up until midnight, even though you know it’s against your better judgement, in order to gather your loot and create a fool-proof plan.
Step 4: Sit on the floor of your bedroom next to your newborn’s nap nanny while he refuses to fall asleep until 3AM, praying that potty training will go smoothly tomorrow and that this baby will flipping fall asleep already!!
Step 5: Show your toddler all of your hard work when he wakes up in the morning, and muster up as much enthusiasm as you can with only 4 hours of sleep under your belt.
How did it work? you might ask..
Well, when we got up this morning, I told Judah that he was going to use the potty and he would get a special treat every time he used it. I showed him the basket of special toys and some candy (which he never gets, so that’s a major treat) and I showed him his potty chart that I had taped up on the bathroom door with his ‘special’ stickers. I told him that every time he went pee or poop in the potty, he got to cover up one of the numbers with a sticker and then pick a special treat out of the basket. I know – maybe that’s overload. But, if you saw how badly the last couple attempts went, it was well worth it. There was really no rhyme or reason to the chart – I just put as many squares on there as I could fit, and assumed it would take a while to fill it up (again, using our past experiences as an example). There was no “gold at the end of the rainbow” or anything, it was just fun stickers.
Well, he loved it! He was so excited to pick something out of the basket and thought the ‘special’ stickers were the bees knees. The first time he sat on the toilet, he went! We went wild!! We whooped and hollered and danced around the house. We gave high fives and squealed like pigs, and then we texted everyone we know! It was glorious. He loved it!
His chart looked like this, and he couldn’t have been more proud! (I let him pick which number he wanted to cover up – just going with the flow, folks!)
After he did it once, I knew it was going to be easy. Sure enough, I was right! By 10 AM (only two hours after starting) his chart looked like this:
And…we had no accidents! Mommy was happy! Judah was happy! Daddy was tired of my texts. It was fabulous!
We had one accident all day, and he HATED IT! He cried when he saw the pee pee on the floor, and then ran into the bathroom and slammed the door behind him because he was so embarrassed. Overall, I think he had already gotten the point.
By bed time tonight (by the way, dry diaper during nap) his chart looked like this:
Holy guacamole!!! I had to print a second chart for the first day! Talk about proud mama!
Judah was a little upset about putting a diaper on for bedtime tonight, but I wasn’t about to deal with that just yet.
So, maybe my kid had a strawberry flavored airhead for breakfast. He might have drank way too much apple juice, and we possibly destroyed my house in order to keep ourselves busy. But it was SO worth it! You can say it worked because of my awesome chart and goodies basket. You can say it was because of the three hours of prayer last night. Or you could just say it was ‘the right timing’. Call it what you may, but you better believe I’ll be praying tonight that it sticks!
This mama is doing the happy potty dance tonight!!!