Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Potty Learning

Ravebaby is 28 months old.  I want her to learn to use the potty.  I have to be honest, I've pushed her.  I've tried and tried to get her to use the potty.  About a month ago she started wanting to use the potty.  The catalyst?  The Potty Dance from Pull-ups.  Ravebaby sings it all of the time but if it helps motivate her then I'll be singing it. 

I want this girl using the potty.  I don't want to buy any more diapers or trainers.  I also don't want to have a 3 year old that isn't using the potty at least trying to use the potty. 
I like the term potty learning.  I saw another blogger using the term and I really like it.  It sounds like a more gentle approach.  I don't want to push her beyond her limits.  I want her to feel like she is making the decisions because she's making the decisions.  I want her to feel empowered. 

So how am I doing this?  It ain't easy.  I'm giving her naked time.  She enjoys the freedom of naked time and asks for it.  She gets more naked time after using the potty or if she's just wet a diaper then I give her naked time.  I don't want her to have accidents so I try to set her up for success.  I try to encourage her to sit on the potty.  She doesn't always use it but even just playing the area is a success I think. 

Is it working?  Well today I get a poop and a pee in the potty.  She started with naked time first thing this morning.  It was a risk but I have to let her try.  She did start to poop on the quilt but I stopped her and she finished on the potty!  Success.  I can wash the quilt.  She was so proud of herself.  Later on she was still enjoying naked time and and started a pee.  I caught her and ran her to the potty and she finished there.  Success.  I want to her learn the feeling of her needs to poop and pee.  Maybe I'm taking the long way there but I think she's learning.  We'll see.