Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Well, potty training is not going as well as I had hoped. I'm looking for some potty-training advice.
Daphne has gotten pretty good at going to the potty in the toilet--as long as I remind her. I started taking her every 20 minutes. That went fine. So I stretched it to every hour. That went fine. Now I can go a couple of hours and she doesn't have an accident. But if I push it, or try to test if she's going to go on her own, she'll come running to me: "Mommy! Pee-pees!" But it's always too late. She doesn't tell me until AFTER she has wet her pants. Everything else is good--she likes the potty, enjoys going, is very proud of her excrement, gives high fives, loves her panties, and rarely puts up a fuss about going to the bathroom. She even had a perfectly dry diaper 2 nights in a row. But I just can't get her to go pee-pee in the toilet of her own accord. Only if I prompt her. Otherwise, it's an accident. I've tried telling her, "Don't pee pee on Dora" (who is on her panties), but that doesn't work. I try giving her treats when she goes in the toilet to reinforce the good behavior. I don't get mad when she makes mistakes, just keep telling her to pee pee in the toilet. I even rehearse with her what she should say and do if she feels the pee pees coming. But she never alerts me until it's too late.
Any advice? Is there some way to help make the connection? Or do I just have to wait it out and some day magically she will just know she has to go before it's too late?
at 9:43 PM