I just wanted to do a quick update on the potty situation, since I don’t think I’ve dedicated a blog post to it since October of 2013! O.o There have been a couple of mentions in Currently…ies, but that’s it!
The good news is that The Munchkin is pretty much potty trained during the day. We didn’t start it up again until we were settled in our house here in Kansas, but once we did, it went fairly quickly when compared to all other attempts.
The method I ended up going with was a little brutal, but if it worked, it was worth it right?! First, I set up the boys’ bathroom as a bribe center, with a sticker sheet and his “prize” for when the sticker sheet was all filled up. I drew a Minion on a piece of yellow construction paper and drew lines inside of that, one for each day of the week. I didn’t change out the sheet every week; he just used the same one until it was filled. Actually, there were two prizes – a short term goal of filling up a week (Minion pajamas) and a long term prize of a t-shirt of a minion eating ice cream that he’d get once he filled up the whole sheet. I also bought Minion underpants so he would be excited to wear them. (Guess what The Munchkin was reallyreally into at the time?) I ended up needing to buy some Mickey underpants too, because he went through the Minion ones QUICK and I couldn’t keep up with the laundry.
We started around Easter and ended by the end of summer. At that point, honestly, the concept of a sticker sheet wasn’t appealing to him any more and he didn’t care about the t-shirt. Once he filled the sheet up, I didn’t make a new one, even though he wasn’t 100% trained at that time. The idea of using the potty wasn’t anything to really think about by that point, which was good; it was just something that he did.
Actually getting him used to going to the bathroom on the toilet was kind of brutal. The only method I found effective was to set a timer and have him sit on the potty every 15 minutes. All day. Every 15 minutes. It was not the most productive time, but it was ultimately worth it. We started with a potty chair and eventually moved to a potty seat on the toilet, then just to the toilet itself.
If we left the house, he wore a diaper, but eventually we moved to underwear under the diaper once his potty usage got down to once an hour at home. At school he wore a diaper, but by the time his summer session started, he was going to school in underwear under his diaper and they’d take the diaper off once he got to his classroom. By the end of the summer session (about three weeks) he was staying dry at school!
It wasn’t a perfect system by any means. There were lots of messes (Basically until he learned that the way he sat affected the direction of his stream…) and he needed to be reminded to go to the bathroom. Poop was a little bit of an issue, but not that much worse. We were lucky that he doesn’t fear public bathrooms and didn’t freak out at the idea of pooping in general, which I’ve read are common problems with children.
To be honest, he still gets distracted by fun stuff and has to be reminded to go. In these cases, if we are distracted and don’t remind him, he might still have an accident, but they’re not even weekly at this point. He wears underpants 100% of the time during the day, but I don’t even know how to begin night training, so he still wears diapers to bed. He’s only gotten out of bed twice to use the bathroom, so I don’t think we’re quite there yet. When we made our road trip to Florida, I put him in diapers, but we still stopped every couple of hours so he could use the toilet. I’m happy to report there was no regression on that trip.
Oh, and Also…
One thing that is a little problematic is that he forgets to flush a lot of the time when we’re at home. Only at home…never at school or in a store. I don’t get it, but I can only assume it’s because The Bean loves to flush the toilet, so maybe The Munchkin fell out of habit doing it at home? We usually have to remind The Munchkin to flush and turn off the lights, because he usually rushes out of the bathroom to continue doing whatever he was doing once he washes his hands.
But back to that no-flushing thing. A while back, Kohler contacted me about promoting their Touchless Toilet Flush Kit, and I was intrigued. It was supposed to be stupid easy to install, which was good because John was gone at the time I needed to install it. I decided it was worth a try, because if it made flushing fun, maybe The Munchkin would actually remember to do it for once! I filmed a little video of myself installing it that you can check out if you’re interested, or you can watch the video below and see how easy it is to use once installed.
I installed it when The Munchkin was at school and meant to get a video of him reacting to the toilet’s handle being gone, but I was in the kitchen when he used the bathroom. I heard his reaction though and it was pretty funny:
Mom! Oh no, Mom! The potty is broke! The flusher is gone! Oh no, Mom! HALP! MOM! The flusher is GONE! I can’t flush the potty! (He must have noticed the sensor sticker) Hey look at the hand… (flush noises) Oh wow! Oh wow, Mom! Look at that! Whoa, cool, Mom! I pushed the right button. I pushed the magic button!
The Bean couldn’t figure it out at first, probably because he’s too short to notice the sensor, but once The Munchkin showed it to him, he became obsessed! Video:
I actually had to edit it down because he flushed it about four more times. Hopefully, the novelty will wear off. OR maybe it will encourage The Bean to use the potty. I should make a “No pee, no flush” rule for him. Right now, he is NOT interested in using the potty, and I’m not going to push it. I don’t want to spend two more years potty training one kid. Yes, it would be nice to only have once kiddo in diapers when Lil’ Miss comes, but ultimately, it’s not worth it if I’m pulling my hair out trying to potty train him.