An interesting phenomena happens when you are pregnant. You want any child who isn’t potty-trained already and is of age to hurry up and potty train so you have one less in diapers.
Until a couple of weeks ago, I had 2 in diapers and one of them had been “of age” a seriously long time. He was 3½ and probably my most stubborn child to date.
I had been trying to potty train him off and on for at least a year. Sometimes he would seem ready only to totally freak out when I tried to put undies on him instead of a diaper. I’d even tried bribery…several times. In fact, my mom even tried it just a month ago. All to no avail. He seemed totally unmoved by wet and poopy pants.
Then, there’s this little guy – aged 22 months. He tells me all the time that he is “yuck”. He loves to have his diaper changed! So, I decided to do something drastic…
Set up a bit of peer pressure.
So, I purchased not one, but TWO froggy potty chairs from Amazon (they came with high reviews for little boys!) with the thought that each little boy would have his own and I could possibly get both the boys potty trained before this newest blessing arrives.
We really talked up the fact that new potty chairs were coming. The day the box arrived was thrilling! We opened the box and both the little boys grabbed their chairs and took them straight to the bathroom. They both sat on them and chit chatted away for several minutes and I was just sure I witnessing the beginning of success.
The next morning I put the 3 year old in undies, but when I suggested it to the 22 month old, he hollered at me with all his might and I decided not to push the issue.
However, the second I suggested the potty chair to my older potty-trainer, he refused and pointed to the toilet.
He has this oh so cool froggy potty chair and he wanted the toilet?
So, I got him up on the toilet and lo and behold, he went potty!
And he never had a potty accident again!
Now, poop training has proven to be a different ball game. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t. Sometimes he waits for his night diaper, sometimes he doesn’t. But the success of potty training has given me hope!
I’ve never pretended to be a potty training expert. Every single time is an experiment. But I must say when it comes to the stubborn child, the best thing to do is play it cool. Try a little bribery, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work. And if at first you don’t succeed, wait a while. They will get it…eventually.
By the way, the 22 month old really hasn’t turned out to be much of a potty trainer yet. That said, I would purchase two potty chairs again for the sheer fact it somehow triggered understanding in my 3 year old. And that, my friends, is priceless!