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While I would have LOVED for M to be fully potty trained by the time the new baby is born, I’m admitting to the fact that it just might not happen.

We’ve decided to take a break on her potty training.

She’s just become so adamant about how she doesn’t want to use the toilet.  If you ask her too many times, she throws  herself on the floor and cries like she’s being tortured.

I’m giving it about a week or two.  She just needs to a break, and then I’ll start again slowly. 

She’s still very aware of her bodily functions, and she’s figuring out how to remove her diaper, so I know we are on the right path. 

I just think that she needs a little break.  I just don’t want her to hate the potty.  I know that she will get this potty training in her own time.

Just a little more patience from both of our ends…

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In the last two weeks, I thought we were getting so close to perfecting the whole potty training thing.  She was keeping her diaper dry.  I was able to catch her to go potty before she would go in her diaper.  Although she was hesitant, she would still cooperate.  If I didn’t catch her on time, she would tell me that she had to go potty, even though she already went in her diaper.  While I begged her to try to tell me BEFORE she went, the fact that she would even tell me was a victory already.

This week, I feel like we took a step backwards.  She’s adamant NOT to go to the potty again.  She’s constantly going in her diaper.  When I do get her on the toilet, more often than not, she won’t go.  She’ll wait until I get her diaper on again for her to go AND she won’t tell me anymore.

They weren’t kidding when they said that potty training really tests your patience.

My only consolation is knowing that she will eventually learn.  I know she’ll get it in her own time.  We just gotta keep pressing on..

How do you deal with the ups and downs of potty training??

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M knows what to do.  I sit her on her potty and she knows what to do.

Isn’t that half the battle?

Does she tell me when she needs to go?  Not at all.  It’s a complete guessing game. 

I’ve been trying to take her every hour.  She just gets mad.  If I ask her if she has to go and she says ‘no,’ she means it.  If you ask her again, she’ll cry.

There are those moments when I ask her, she says, ‘yes.’  Sometimes she does her business.  Other times she sits on the potty, nothing happens, then I put on a new pull-up and within minutes she does her business.

We give her incentives.  Mini m&ms are her treat of choice.  She knows that when she uses the potty, she gets m&ms.  Does it help encourage her?  Not really?  But we still reward her for the good behavior.

We bought My Little Pony panties that she LOVES to look at.  We tell her that she can wear them if she can keep her pull-ups dry and only use the potty.  She tells me ‘yes’ like she understands.  Someday it will click.

So do I think she’s ready for full-on potty training?  No.

But I’m still going to continue to encourage her about potty using.  One day it’s going to click.  

I just have to be patient…

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For the longest time, M has been using her little Elmo potty.

Now that she’s almost 2 1/2, I want to start really getting her used to going in the potty than in her diaper.

We went to my aunt’s house for New Years Eve and noticed that my cousin’s daughter uses the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer over the toilet seat instead of her little princess potty.  M used it while we were there and I noticed that she was totally comfortable with it.

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It fits very snug and secure on top of the toilet bowl.  There is a dial located on top of the seat where you turn it to fit the toilet seat.

When M sits on it, she feels totally secure.  She doesn’t feel the need to hold on to me like she has when she’s sat on other toilet seat trainers.  Most of the ones I had purchased in the past were meant for travel and were not as sturdy as this one.  She is very comfortable being left on that seat like a “big girl.”  I think that’s why it seems to work so well for us.

This definitely isn’t a traveling trainer, but I think it is enough to start getting M over her fear of public restrooms and toilets.  Since sitting on this trainer, she has been willing to sit on toilets in restrooms when we are out and about.

I highly recommend this toilet trainer.  It’s great and I wish I purchased this instead of the traveling ones.

We purchased this at Babies R Us.  It costs $34.99, but they had a 20% coupon that we used.

Buy it.  Really.  Buy it!

M has been really good about holding her potty needs in until she gets to a restroom.

When we are at home.

She also tries when we are in public.

But she’s somehow become afraid of public restrooms.

The flushing toilets, the automatic paper towel dispensers and the automatic air dryers are the three main things that send her into a crying fit when trying to use the public restroom.

She does really well in a public restroom when there aren’t other ladies around flushing, and washing their hands..

I know it will take time to get over it.

How did you get your child over the restroom fears without traumatizing her?!

Ok.. so something happened within the last few weeks and it’s been almost impossible to get M to use her Elmo potty..

She was doing so well, keeping a diaper dry for most of the day..

But suddenly.. it stopped after her whole constipation issue.. since then it has been absolutely impossible to get her on the potty.

It got to the point where she would actually kind of whine and cry every time I tried to sit her down on it. 

I would cater to her little whim of removing all her clothes when she would sit on the potty.. but no success.. 

I figured it was because she was watching a video or playing a game, so I would physically show her that I would pause the video or put her toy to the side so that she would know it was waiting for her to come back.. no success.. 

Then.. I tried something.. 

I decided to take the potty OUT of the bathroom and into the living room.. maybe a change of scenery would help.. 

And it did!

I don’t know why I tried a different room.. and in hindsight, I should have just tried to use the other bathroom.. but I was desperate and took the potty to the closest area I could find..

We started it this weekend and it’s actually worked well.. she’s told me several times that she’s wanted to go potty to poop.. and we’ve been pretty successful about catching her before she wets her diaper..

I’m going to slowly move the potty back towards the bathroom, but I will make it a slow process to make sure she gets used to the potty again..

Has anyone else done this?? 

I promise that I will not let her go to the potty in the living room if anyone is over to visit.. hee hee!

Well.. it WAS going so well..

A week ago, M had a bout of constipation.  It caused a small fissure that would show blood in her stools.  Initially, I thought it was strawberries, but my mother in law said she didn’t eat strawberries..

After emailing her pediatrician a picture of poop, it was determined that she was constipated and needed to take some Miralax to help her out.

I didn’t want to give her Miralax, so we opted for a more natural way to help her.  In came the prune juice, apple juice, corn, broccoli stalks, and other fruits and veggies. 

For the past few weeks, M has really been all about “noo-nuls.”  She wanted noodles all the time.. noodles or rice.. I think it was all that starch that contributed to her constipation..

We still feed her noodles, but now we make sure that she’s eating her veggies and other foods during dinner.  It’s a battle, but it’s a battle we are currently winning as her digestive system is starting to find it’s way back to normalcy..

This leads to problems in potty training.  The harder it became for her to go #2, the more hesitant she became to sit on her potty.  The last time she tried on her potty to go #2, she cried.  That was it.. and she didn’t want to do anything on the potty any more.. not even pee.

She’ll still sit on the potty.. but when it comes to actually doing business on it, she’ll cry.  I try to tell her that it’s ok to even just go pee pee, but she still won’t.  She still loves using the potty as an excuse to get her out of situations, but she just won’t go.

I know she’s very young and she still has a lot of time to readjust, but she was doing so well!

I will continue to sit her down on the potty, since she still likes it, but I won’t force her to actually go until she’s ready.  I don’t want to traumatize her, but I want her to still remember that the potty is always there for her.

I’m sure tons of parents have experienced this in the past… what did you do to get your toddler back in the potty habit?


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