Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Potty Boot Camp

We started hardcore potty training today. I am using the Potty Training Boot Camp method. Well a slightly modified version. She recommends taking the child to the potty every 10 min and sit for 5 min, until they go and then it is 20 min. I did every 30 min and 45 min if she went. Peanut Butter did underwear all day. This is a stack of her motivation.

She had an accident before the day really started. We went to the potty as soon as we got up and she didn't/wouldn't go. She watched me go from the corner and then peed in her p.j.s. We put the underwear on and timed from there. I ran off to the gym, came home, and she started talking potty when I walked in the door. I kept asking her if she had to go since I had no idea where we were on the timing since J was ignoring me while he talked on the phone. As I was asking her if she had to go she peed. The book says to have them clean it up, so she somewhat helped. It also says you are supposed to run them all over the house back and forth to the potty. I ran her up there and explained this is where she was supposed to pee. I gave rewards when she peed. She received an Ariel pez dispenser, Princess "crocs," she actually picked a YO Gabba Gabba shirt over play-dough, and Daddy made her eggs for breakfast. By 2pm she had it with the potty and she needed a nap. I had to pull out the big guns. I had to show her the collection of Princesses to get her to go. Then she wanted them all, she got Cinderella. After a small melt down she fell asleep.

I was a wee bit nervous since she only had the padded underwear on, but I did have on of those protector things on the chair. After she woke up, dry, we had yet another meltdown about the potty but she went. Culver's and Aurora was the bribe. I put a pull up over her underwear to go to Culvers another book recomendation, so they still feel the wet should they go. But she made it home dry.
She would not go when we got home. I began to prepare for an accident since it had been over an hour and #2 had not happened like it usually does in the afternoon. We played in her room for a while, then she got this look on her face, and I asked if she needed the potty and she nodded yes. She managed to do both in the toilet. I was so happy. I should have had her sit there a little longer because in my joy, as I was getting the Ariel out of the reward bag. She grunted and that pair of Dora underwear is now in the garbage. I know I can clean them out, but I can't.

We are about to get ready for bed, it is 8:50pm, and we are still dry. I consider it a pretty successfull day. We'll see how tomorrow goes.


Midwest Mommy said...

That's the way to do it! I did this with BG and had her trained at 26 months. It took about a week of cleaning up accidents but she did it. We bought one of those mattress waterproof slipcovers and she peed the bed a couple times before she learned she didn't like to be wet.

Leslie Collins said...

Sounds like a good plan. I hope that it continues to go well. Keep us posted.

Michelle Leigh said...

Wow, what a great day! I might have to get that book for B. I think it will be easy once I actually do it, but I just have so much going on. Maye I'll just watch you do it! THen follow in your footsteps. I hated potty training Annika. It was a huge pain!

Mary said...

Wow! I hope today goes as well!
Keep us posted!
I plan to start this in april or may, while I'm home on maternity leave.

Denise said...

way to go miss maggie! you can do it. this little story made me laugh thanks!

Julie said...

Awesome Job!!!

Sounds like she is doing great.

Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!

Love the girlee big girl undies

Susie said...

Oh I feel your pain! I'm exhausted after reading that, but I totally get the necessity. Congrats on a day well done.
Sophie has a giant pile of motivating undies too, and when it happens here the pants go in the garbage -- every time. $5 at Target is worth every penny.

The Spears Family said...

Hi! I found your blog when searching for actual poeple who had used the Potty Boot Camp book. Reading your story about your first day with PB sounds exactly like the last week I had. I am just curious if a) the book was helpful b)how long it took to get her to tell you when she needed to go and c)if you reccomend The Potty Boot Camp book. Thanks for any help you can provide!