Tonight at 5pm begins our third weekend-long attempt at Potty Bootcamp. For the uninitiated, this is were you hunker down at home, take off the diaper and go to the potty on the regular until something actually happens into the toilet. I’ve read a little about it… and we’ve gotten good tips from Dr. Grandma, and friends. I’ll do a little more research today. I’m hoping readers might give me tips.
Here’s the long and short of it. Due to moving, new twin siblings, and so forth, this has been a bit of an arduous process. For months we encountered steadfast and unwavering resistance to the very idea of using the potty. Nothing would convince her, not even “Elmo’s Potty Time. ” (Highly recommended, by the way.) Her mother and I were at our wit’s end.
Just when it seemed our otherwise intelligent and sensitive daughter would attend college wearing Pampers Cruisers Size 18, and things looked at their darkest, suddenly the light broke through the clouds. We have recently had a handful of #1 successes, but no #2 successes. We are ready to try Boot Camp again.
We have 2 potties. One of them, the pink plastic princess crapper, plays an 8-bit royal fanfare when you pee on it. We have rewards at the ready for pooping-a couple of Playmobile mermaids and a couple of Wallace and Gromit DVDs. We have Mike-and-Ikes and Skittles (“fruit M&Ms”) for peeing rewards. We have a sticker chart. There are 7 stickers on it so far. Two from last night alone!
We have diversions for the weekend, and can take short jaunts to a nearby mini-playground if needed. There is a backyard, and there is a sprinkler- and it should be warm this weekend.
Any tips? I am going to try and be as relaxed, chill and low-pressure as possible, we’ll go to the potty at regularly timed intervals, and attempt to have a normal day except that we will not leave the house or wear diapers at all. I am guessing outside distractions, such as visitors, would be best avoided… and that we shouldn’t make a big deal of, or even mention, the fact that its potty bootcamp.
- So, please share advice in the comments! Any things to remember, or tricks to make this easier would be awesome. Thanks, and wish me luck.