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Thursday, 17 June 2010

After a few months in a holding pattern, Cora’s begun showing a renewed interest in potty training. And I can’t decide if it’s simply maturity – or devious cunning.

Cora’s been doing most of her pooping in the potty for a while now. She’s discovered that a poopy diaper is rather uncomfortable, and nine times out of ten she’ll tell me when she needs to poop so as to avoid having that happen. Sometimes she’ll be in the middle of a game or a social situation and not want to stop and simply use her diaper, but by and large she’s got the pooping down.

Peeing, though, is a different story, or has been up to the past few days. Occasionally Cora will tell me when she needs to pee, but usually she’s just as happy peeing in her diaper. I think the reason is twofold: first, sheer laziness. A wet diaper’s just not that uncomfortable, so I suspect that if I went commando with her for a couple days she’d be potty-trained pretty fast, since she’s a rather fastidious kid. Unfortunately, I’m too lazy to do that myself.

Second, the rewards for peeing in the potty simply aren’t high enough to Cora. Every time she poops she gets a Hershey kiss or Starburst, which is cause for great celebration in my house. Peeing gets her a mere M&M or Skittle, and it’s simply not been enough incentive.

But the last couple of days have seen a huge increase in potty use for pooping and peeing, and I think I’ve figured out the motivation. For one thing, my mom began taking a piece of candy out of Cora’s candy jar every time Cora used her diaper and started the “Gamma jar”. She had quite a stash of Cora’s candy in her own jar, and it chapped Cora’s hide to see all her candy in Gamma’s jar. Cora became determined to win it back, and over the last few days has steadily “earned” down Gamma’s stash until the jar was empty yesterday afternoon.

But there’s another reason for Cora’s newfound love of the potty, and it gets back to her favorite subject of all time: Mommy. Cora’s learned that if she calls out for me during nap or night-time because she needs to pee, I’ll rush in, hug her to the potty, and stay with her until she’s finished. After a few harried naptimes, I finally explained that she’s allowed to leave her room on her own to go potty if she needs to, as long as she goes right back when she’s finished. But Cora prefers Mommy’s help, and will call for me until I come. She also started getting up in the middle of the night – 2 a.m. to be exact – for a pee break. I’m telling you, this child will NEVER sleep through the night.

So far I’ve resisted the urge to yell, “Just go in your diaper, for Pete’s sake!” when I’m tired and cranky and just want to sleep. I’m gritting my teeth and hoping the novelty of more Mommy time will wear off soon. I’ve told her she can’t wear big-girl underpants until her diaper is dry for an entire day, which so far hasn’t happened. But I see her looking wistfully at the underpants already set aside for her.

Soon Lord, soon.

Written by Thx on 2012-07-22 21:18:35 IP:
You could always play sink the chreeios you put chreeios or something similar in the toilet, and he tries to sink them when he pees. It gives him aiming practice (which is something you want him to learn early on) and it makes it more fun so he'll want to do it next time. Good Luck!
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Written by John on 2013-10-31 10:54:15 IP:
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These stickers have
Written by Saloni on 2013-11-05 11:41:11 IP:
These stickers have been a great eneemragcuont for my daughter to use the potty. Previously we were just using a reward sticker chart, however my daughter was expecting one every time she sat down on her potty. The My Wee Friend sticker is placed at the bottom of the potty and is black until it is contact with warm liquid (i.e. Wee! ) and then a cute little face looks up at you rewarding you with a smile!. Now my daughter comes smiling to me and declaring “Mummy! Wee! Face!” and then she’ll now get a reward sticker on her chart. GD Star Ratingloading...

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