- Family and Parenting
You Have To Feed The Poopy Monster
I have never used pull ups to help with potty training. I always thought that was a waste of time and money. They are just like diapers so how will my child know there's a difference? "This feels like a diaper, I can pee in it". I went straight for underwear! They have an accident, they realize quicker what's going on. Only at home though! T-shirt and undies!
It's that time for me again. To potty train another child. Number 4 to be exact and another after that. This time though my child is only a cute, adorable, rambunctious 2 year old. With my first three I waited until they were about 3 1/2 years old. Waited until I thought they were really ready. This time I am starting early! Why not right? Every time I use the potty he is always there beside me anyway. He is using some words, he understands me, he knows when he needs his diaper changed, why not use the potty!
What is the Poopy Monster?
When I was potty training my oldest child, he refused to poop in the potty. He would hide behind the chair or go in another room by himself. I tried all kinds of tactics to get him to try to he just wouldn't budge. One day while his grandmother was watching him she told him if he didn't poop in the potty that the Poopy Monster would die from starvation. Weird right? I know but it totally worked and from then on I had no more problems!
Every morning right after waking up the first thing we did was go straight to the potty. Everyone has to pee when they first wake up right? Then we put undies on and I would ask him every 30 minutes if he needed to use the potty. When accidents occurred I made sure I talked to him about it. Every time we had a successful trip to the potty I made a HUGE deal out of it. Made him feel special! After a few weeks of this we then start with no diapers at bedtime. I always found that cutting out the liquids about an hour before bed and making them use the potty right before going to sleep helped with not having any accidents while sleeping.
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How I potty train
To me pull ups seem too much like diapers only easier to pull up and down. I chose to put underwear on them instead. Since I almost always wash a load of laundry everyday anyway it seemed appropriate, if they have an accident in the underwear I could just toss them in the washer. We would start off by using a potty chair and them move to just a seat that goes over the toilet. The seat is cleaner and easier to use, it fits right over toilet!