Friday, June 10, 2011
Recently, my mother made the snarky remark that "the girls should be potty trained by now, they are five!" ( love you mom! )
No. They are three.
A list of good reasons that I waited till 3:
-they can follow multistep directions
-they can intelligibly verbalize their wants and needs
-they respond well to positive praise
-they can help clean up
A list of bad reasons to wait till 3:
-i can't think of any bad reasons
-and no, it isn't the "sick of changing diapers argument," at this age, we were only changing diapers 2 or 3 times per day which was the clearest indicator that they were ready to be transitioned to toilet
I began this journey, technically, the day after Memorial Day, by ditching diapers, foregoing pull-ups, and putting them straight into panties. I heard so many versions of the "best way to potty train" and found that, like all other parenting techniques, my way is the best way :)
And I don't mean that I am 100% correct about everything I do as I parent, I mean that what works for us works for us. So, 11 days since I started this endeavor, H&L are using their potties at home AND using public potties when prompted, and yes, wearing a pull up at night and during naps. At first I used M&M's but now I don't have to. They like using the potty, amen.
However, what's an occasional sugar-free treat as reinforcement going to hurt?