For the past couple of weeks my daughter has actually been using the potty. What’s even better is that she tells me that she has to go potty. I have a little song and dance that I do when she’s sitting on the potty and a song and dance I do when she’s used the potty. It’s quite entertaining to her that she even sings along or when she needs to potty she starts to sing the potty song.
I have been trying to potty train her for the past couple of years now; she’s three. All kids are different and won’t be fully potty trained at the age of one or two, it takes each child awhile to get accustomed to the potty and what it’s used for.
Since my daughter started doing speech therapy she has learned more words and has even started putting those words together. I think this has helped her with the potty training process. There was a communication barrier, I couldn’t understand my daughter as she mostly babbled, speaking a total of ten words if not a few more. I now think she’s able to understand me and I’m starting to understand her.
At first I tried having her sit on it, she was terrified of it, so it took a few short introductions before she was comfortable being near her small pink Princess potty. I then had her sitting on it sans diaper. After several months of doing that she actually peed in it. I got excited, clapped and cheered, then hugged her. Though I think I may have scared her a little as she started to point at the pee in the potty and began to cry. She wouldn’t go near the potty for a week after that. So I began to re-introduce her to the potty again. This time she had to have the company of almost every toy in her toy box. Her potty sits next to the tub, which is at the perfect height for her to drive her cars up and down, or causally walk her animals around the rim of the tub.
The only thing that upsets me about potty training my child is the people telling me how I should do this and what and when. These people don’t deal with children with special needs or with children with certain Autistic behaviors. It’s great your child potty trained at an earlier age than my daughter, thank you for telling me, but when my daughter is ready, she’ll let me know. At first my daughter was terrified of the potty because of the noise it made when it flushed. Now she’s perfectly fine with it flushing. She even enjoys flushing the potty on her own free will, especially after she’s dropped something in it. She’s still terrified of sitting on the bigger potty, but has no problem sitting on her own personalized Princess potty.
We’re moving in small steps, but we’re moving at the speed that’s best for her. She’ll be potty trained soon, maybe not right now, but soon. I’m just happy she’s finally able to understand the concept of what her potty is used for.
You got the good approach. So annoying when people give advice when they have no idea what these kids are going through. I’m still dealing with this here. I’ve been letting her take the lead on this. When they’re ready they they’ll tell us. I tried the pressure tatic before and it blew up because I didn’t understand her yet. Family is the hardest about it. Good luck Jen.
I cannot agree more with you. 🙂
Granted she is older than typical age but nobody takes into account that she has this toddler mind that runs on her own schedule. She’s never enjoyed people making a big deal of things she does unless she does it herself.