Sunday, July 1, 2012

Potty Training: Part Deux

So they say that the second kiddo is so much easier to train. I don’t know who "they" are exactly, but that’s not been the case at our house. Part of the reason is due to the fact that when S was that age, she was at an in-home daycare with an older woman who only had 3 kids. They were all the same age, so when she was potty training, it was her focus for all three of them. I did the 3-Day plan (which didn’t work, BTW, though it was a great jumping off point), and then we sent S to daycare in underwear with a couple of extra outfits. Things went fairly well in the long run.

The in-home daycare they are at now is with a different woman who is also wonderful, but has 8 kids in her charge. She doesn’t have the time to devote to potty training, so requires the kids wear Pull-ups until they are mostly accident-free in underwear at home. Pull-ups are just expensive diapers. Fine for naps and bedtime, useless for potty training. And intensive weekend training isn’t enough to get Baby R accident-free in underwear. Naked? 99% successful. Panties? Maybe 10%. Obviously she can’t be naked at daycare, but putting her in underwear all weekend and then in Pull-ups all week is just confusing. So even though we’ve technically been training for a month, we’re at the same point we were with S after about a week. I’m trying not to stress about it; as we always hear, it’s not like she’s going to go off to college in diapers.

The best part about it is that for some reason she started calling it "peep" - "Mama! I went peep!" So funny.

On the plus side, we seem to have hit a breakthough this weekend by switching the treat/prize from peep-ing on the potty, to NOT peep-ing in her clothes, and making it to the potty. We'll see how this week goes at daycare. 

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