2014 18/03

Potty Training Bootcamp: I think I’m fired

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

You know the old adage “It takes a village to raise a child“? Well, somedays I wish that village would show up and potty train this kid!

I wish I could get in to the whole “potty training bootcamp” mode, but I can’t. I’ve just been very laissez faire this time around and I need that village to come give me a kick in the butt to get this thing done!

Thankfully Pull-Ups has been a good village (I just wish their potty training team would move in with me for a week). Remember that a few weeks ago I told you that they asked me to be a First Flush Ambassador and give their Pull-Ups a whirl while potty training Talon? And I also shared a few obstacles we had. Well, here we are with those obstacles:

1. Sit or Stand? We’re definitely sitting. It’s just easier. We’ll tackle the standing thing eventually.

2. Potty seats? Nope. Nothing. We’re just doing the regular ol’ toilet. He wants to be just like his big sisters and doesn’t want to use any “baby” seats. So, we’re using a small wooden stool so he can get himself on and off the potty when necessary.

3. On the go? Honestly, we’re not quite to that part yet. I’ve found some great ideas on the Pull-Ups’ website and, in the meantime, we’re trusting our Pull-Ups training pants to get us through travel times. Talon gets to still feel like a big boy in his “race car underwear” (aka Cars themed Pull-Ups) and I don’t have to worry about accidents in the car or at the grocery store.

4. Rewards? Besides my endless cheers and “YAY!”s, we’re also employing the treats reward system. I know, I really shouldn’t use candy as reward but it works. And he doesn’t get candy on a regular basis. So, peeing in the potty gets an M&M, smarty, or candy corn (as in just one piece) and pooping in the potty gets a small sucker.

So, we’re making progress. But progress also comes with new obstacles…

(1) Some days he just doesn’t want to wear underwear and is content wearing a pull-up. He loves his Cars Pull-Ups and, although he tells me immediately when he’s wet, he also doesn’t see a problem peeing in them. They still feel a little too much like a diaper. So, while they are super awesome for our travel times and naptime/bedtime, we’re really trying to remember to put him in underwear during the day. (*trying to remember* should also be listed as an obstacle because I am horrible at that!)

(2) He uses pooping as a way to get out of naps. So sneaky! It happens nearly every day. He waits until it’s nap time and then does his business. Which means a dirty Pull-Up and getting out of bed and postponing (and often forgoing) nap time. Despite me asking all morning if he needs to go sit on the potty to do his business, he waits. So very sneaky!

Ah, the joys of potty training! I should also mention that I wrote this entire post sitting on the floor of my bathroom while Talon sat on the toilet, playing on the Pull-Ups Big Kid App on my phone, waiting for his poop to come. Yup. That’s my day.

And now we’re off to get him a sucker and sanitize my phone and computer.

P.S. Let me know if you know of any potty training villages out there! No, seriously.

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