Ahhh, toddlers. This one’s mine:
My daughter is about 2.5 years old, so we’ve been prepping her for potty training. She is one independent, head strong and stubborn child, so I don’t want to force her into doing something she isn’t ready for. We decided to start with gentle talks, watching mommy use the potty, and special undies with her favorite Disney character, Minnie Mouse.
She was reluctant to sit on the potty for the longest time.
On Saturday, she caught a glimpse of her special Minnie Mouse undies in her drawer, and requested to wear them. I told her that these undies are for big girls who pee on the potty. She said, “I pee pee on the potty.” So I let her put them on.
From then on, she was in and out of the bathroom, practicing her pull up/pull down methods, sitting on her little Munchkin potty seat, and washing her hands. I would congratulate her for sitting, slightly taking a glance at the potty. Nothing. But it was okay, she was showing initiative.
Then, just before bath time, she decided to go into the restroom again. This time she closed the door. I thought it was another drill similar to the ins and outs she had been doing all day, until she yelled, “Mommy, I did it!” I peeked in and she had peed AND pooped! Wahoo! Did you every think you’d be cheering for urine and feces? Heck, not me! Only if you remember your kids during their toddler years, you will understand this photo of poop. The excitement, the hoorays, the cheering!
So, what was the trick you ask? Mini marshmallows. We put them in plain sight and she was all about doing the deed!
This is only the beginning, so we’ve got quite a ways to go. Many parents often say that girls are easier to potty train than boys. We’ll see about that!