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Potty Training and Pregnancy

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Here I am at 22 weeks pregnant. Annaleigh is probably a little over a pound now. Luckily I am in the easy part of pregnancy & ready to tackle bigger projects…

This is what has been going on lately:

Aidalyn and I have endured 6 days of potty training. I followed the procedure outlined in Lora’s Potty Training in 3 days.

Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome. Today was the first day we were dry from nap (going 2 hours)!!! So I would say in 6 days we have made huge leaps towards being dry all day long.

The first day wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be honestly. Only 4 accidents total. She even called to me during nap to go to the potty and went that first day!

We only had one accident while awake the second day (wet bed for nap and during the night). Same thing the third day – one accident after bath time on the floor… oh yeah and one poop in the tub… ummm yeah, fun times at the Parker’s.

Day four had zero accidents, just wet from nap… and she pooped in the potty!!

I think day 5 we had 2 accidents… kinda frustrating. However, We are on day 6, and this is the first time she has been dry through nap! I think she will get it down soon enough. Just gotta stick with it.

So, how has been pregnancy made this more challenging?

First off, I have to go to the potty more than my 2 year old – but during the potty training boot camp you aren’t supposed to leave them… So that sometimes was a challenge. Secondly, I had to have snacks for me ready to go since I needed to eat every 2 hours or so myself. We never had poop on the floor or in panties, so it was never too gross.

Here are some pictures of activities we did while waiting to go potty:
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We are going to try our first “outing” tonight to our small group. We we see how that goes! I’m hoping for the best, preparing for the worst, haha.

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    • I started “introducing” the potty around 9 months. Following an elimination communication (part time/only at home) model… That went pretty great until she started walking – then there was much more things to get into than use the potty consistently. She still used the potty at home pretty well though until we moved around 18 months – then we were 100% in diapers from 18 months until this surge of potty training. I’m not sure if I will do elimination communication with my next… but it may have made this whole thing slightly easier??? Who knows. I think the 3 day “boot camp” is a great plan though.

  1. I’ve heard all the tricks — stickers, bribing with toys, special underpants. But you have to pick something that’s consistent with your parenting style. I didn’t use rewards elsewhere, so I didn’t want to start here. What did work: Lots of undivided attention, positive reinforcement, love, affection and pride when my kids were successful. Making a big deal about small steps of progress is key.

    I didn’t use any special stuff — no kiddie toilets, potty rings, or even pull-ups — because the local YMCA where my daughters attended didn’t believe in them. We even had to sign a contract stating that we’d follow their potty training policy at home. I was instructed to just put the kids (they were around 2 1/2) on our regular toilet throughout the day when I thought they had to go. After a week and lots of “Yeah! You did number two!” and “Good for you! You made a wee-wee!” they were done, with barely any accidents. All told, I think they were just developmentally ready.

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