Sunday, November 23, 2008

Potty Training update...

Caleb is doing super in his quest to defeat the diaper usage. I am so proud of him! He loves wearing real underwear, and not pull-ups. When we go places, like church today, we tell him he needs to wear his pull up. He does not like that, but he does understand. He has poo'd 2 times while wearing the pull-ups, so he knows that it is safe to do that. We tell him he still needs to go in the toilet when he has the pull-ups on. Also, if he wants to wear real underwear all the time, he needs to wake up from sleeping with the pull-up dry. I hope that part comes quickly for him. Nap time really isn't hard for him to keep it dry, especially if we remind him to go use the toilet before he sleeps. He is so excited about wearing big-boy underwear~ as he calls it! We will have to buy him some underwear in his size. My mother-in-law bought him underwear last summer (hoping he would spark an interest in training then), and those are 2T-3T....SO, they are a bit small. Maybe he will find some underwear in his stocking and under the tree.
He is filling up his sticker chart now, too...when he remembers. I made this chart for him earlier this summer, when he went potty once on the toilet. We made a huge deal about him going then, but he just wasn't ready yet. He is making his requests to us about what he wishes to get as his prize once he is completely trained. His latest request is for a game boy. I bought Nathaniel a game boy when he was trained (although I was a single mom then)~ so, Caleb is asking for that. Terry isn't keen on that idea.
I am fully convinced that children just need to be ready when they decide they are ready. My oldest son was the same way when he was training. I tried almost every effort out there, and still...he chose when it was time. Plus, I think they feel better when they control when they accomplish being in underwear. I am just thrilled that our expense for diapers has decreased for a month and a half before baby comes. At least we won't have 3 in diapers now. Maybe Madelyn will start training really early, and be out of diapers by summer. That would be super, too! She tells us (many times) when she needs to be changed. I am glad about that, too!

6 comments:

Alicia said...

THis is all great news Sarah!! I agree, that it is best to wait till they are ready and not to force the issue. It just happens easier if we do it their way when it comes to this! Wow, three in diapers would have been a lot...so its nice that you will have just two!!! Hope you had a great weekend!!

♥hugs!♥

Debbie said...

WoooHooo! Go Caleb. And it sounds like Madelyn is catching on in the process. Yeah!

Judy said...

You are dead-on with the "when they are ready" part. Travis was right at his 3rd birthday and completely trained, but Tyler was just a couple weeks shy of turning four before he got it. And, he got it before then, he just didn't WANT to get it conistently! Once I quit pushing and let him lead, it was a piece of cake.

Susan @ fivemangoes said...

WOO HOO! Sounds like he is doing great! Yesterday Kibby told me 2x that she had to go potty, and both times I ran her in there and she went! I was so excited! So far today - 2 wet diapers, and no requests to go potty. Although I had her try once anyway. I guess all I can do is keep encouraging her! And you're right - when they are ready, they're ready! :)

Jennielee said...

Congratulations! I am potty training my last one right now to and I can't wait for it to be over.
p.s. I have the same trouble with Sarah and pull ups.

Qtpies7 said...

That would be awesome if Maddie joins the potty chair bandwagon!
I can't imagine going through the expense of 3 in diapers again. I am so happy using cloth, I wish it was something that worked for you guys!
I told Sheila that I could pick up your stamps for you if you don't get to it today. I'm at work, so it will be later tonight. Let me know if you don't want me to get them.