Potty training, my LEAST favorite child training task!!! But it must be done...and sooner than later! Last week was (past) time for Miss Ruth Ella to be potty trained! For the past 6 months she has been potty trained for bowel movements, but not for as the kids say #1 ;) She had even started to come and tell us when she was wet by saying..."you need to change me, I'm wet", definitely time to lose the diapers!
Ruth Ella really liked her diapers, because she would say it matched Mary Ann...sigh**** But after a few days of really talking up what a ~big~ girls she would be if she was potty trained, then she began to warm up to the idea. Good thing she did because like it or not I had my mind set she was going to be potty trained!
The process of training......
* Bare feet, no socks or leggings...less to get wet, when and if there is an accident!
*Take to the potty every 30-45 minutes...and hope she gets the feeling of "Oh I need to go!"
*Patience and understanding...from the Mama and those helping
*Loads of praise and encouragement
*Reward her when she goes to the potty, with 2 Smarties...purchased in Canada when visiting our dear friends the Pauls!
Day 1... 2 accidents
Day 2... 1 accident
Day 3... 100% potty trained!!!!!!
(OK, on day 3 we did have 1 mishap, but it wasn't Ruth Ella's fault. When at church Ruth Ella needed to go potty and I took her and she went. But when I stood her up to pull up her tights, I noticed something dripping....it was her dress!!! I didn't hold it up well enough when she was on the potty and I accidentally dunked the back of her dress...OOPS!!! Good thing we had come with a back up dress.)
It has now been 1 week since day 3...And Ruth Ella is a Happy Girl, and potty trained!!!!!! We are so proud of her!
Disclaimer: We have now potty trained 10 children, and none have had the same type potty training experience. Ruth Ella was one of our easier children to train, Amanda was by far the easiest! She woke up one morning and said she was done with diapers, and from that day on she never had an accident! If, they all could be so easy.