Sunday, August 15, 2010

Potty training 101: Alayna style


This summer we began introducing Alayna to the "idea" of using the potty. She amazed us with being very interested in it and taking to it very well.

We began with routinely placing her on the potty (& singing our little goofy pee pee in the potty song) every night before bath time. She immediately got the idea and would go each night.

I have added potty time to our wake up routine now. She continues to be successful. I also try to catch her before she makes a stinky diaper and put her on the potty. She isn't scared of the potty and does her business!
She has come to me twice and signed potty and when I put her on she went.

As a teacher I know that when a student can teach something to others they have truly learned it. So much to my delight Alayna decided to teach her babies how to use the potty this week.

First, you sit on the potty while reading your potty book!
Then, you sing songs and go! She was signing potty and singing the little song to her babies while they sat on their "pottys".

Potty training to me is a gradual process where the child truly decides that they would rather use a toilet than their diaper. Some kids are ready at 2 while other kids aren't ready until much later.

As I was with Aidan, I have no preset timeline of a completed process. We will just continue adding potty time into our routine and hopefully with her interest in it we will continue to have success like we did with Aidan.

Slow and steady wins the race!

10 comments:

Lori said...

Yeah, Alayna! I have been trying to get Anna on the potty, as well. We have had some success, but she is definitely more interested in getting off to play in the water instead than going potty :)

Aimee said...

Very, VERY cool. I hope we can say the same in a year!!! ...and I LOVE the dollies!

Ria said...

Yay Alayna! That's funny (and cute) how she has her book while she's on the potty. What a great idea to make it a daily morning and night time routine. And I'm sure it's nice that she's not scared of the potty either.

Lacey said...

How great! I find that they are much more responsive when you wait until they are ready. Not trying to force it on them! Way to go Alayna!

Jenny said...

Yay!!! What a BiG girl:)

Sara Bell said...

I love it!!!! I want to meet her!!! I hope one day we can see each other!!! Go ALAYNA!!! Keep it up girl!

nan said...

WOW can i just say WOW !!! our 2.5 yo boy has NO interest :) which of course i know is fine. but way to go Alayna!!! we too are on no timeline...but maybe in a few weeks she can come over and teach him!

Kelly said...

YEAH, Alayna!! Way to go=) Looks like someone is following in their mama's footsteps!! VERY CUTE!

Lisa said...

This is great to read... Sheridan is our first and we've been reading so many different "theories" on potty training. We like the idea of introducing the idea just so he can start to "get it." We're not in any hurry... but this is a very timely post for us. Thanks! :)

To Love Endlessly said...

thanks for commenting on my blog. I must've missed this post. I am so glad someone else introduced the potty early on. A lot of people have been telling me it's a BIG mistake to start so soon, but she just seems so interested I want to reinforce that interest as much as possible. I like your routine to start with the potty at bath time. I think I May just follow that "schedule" Slow & steady wins the race...perfect!