Day 3 method:
1. Place on toilet before big "events" and tell her it is time. Before sitting down to eat, before her nap, before leaving the house, and before bed all count as events. She needs to pee before we do these things. I told her it was time to go to the toilet, and we went.
2. Praise and cookies. We are still giving cookies for dry underwear checks and for peeing and pooping in the potty. We are also having her practice saying "potty" throughout the day, and she gets a cookie for trying. Caroline is doing amazing with checking to see if she is dry! She looks and even pats herself to check! I love that she is so involved in the process!
3. Encouraging her to tell me when she has to go. I am no longer looking at the clock and making
her go every hour. She does need to pee about that often, however. I am reminding her throughout the day that if she needs to go she needs to say "potty" and go pee in the toilet. I am reminding her to stay dry and doing checks frequently so it stays on her mind. This has resulted in more accidents today, since I am challenging her to tell me, instead of just placing her on the toilet every hour. I have switched to this method, because I think she is fully capable of telling me and just needs the extra push. This is, after all, what we want her doing. I certainly don't want our normal to be me asking her all the time and making her try at specific intervals.
4. Trying out the car. Today's outing is not just going to be going outside in normal clothes- we are taking a 20 minute car ride! This is not intentional (we have somewhere to be), but we are going anyway because it seems like a good progression for day 3 to go on a small outing!
5. More stocking up. Caroline pees when she is sitting in her booster seat at the table. I am suspecting she's going to do the same in her car seat. Something about the feel of sitting (as she does on the potty), or maybe she simply forgets (even with constant reminders and dry checks). I have no idea why... but it happens. So, we are stocking up on car seat liners (we also use these on the booster seat at home. I've decided to have 3 (one for the booster seat, one for the car seat, and an extra for when one is in the wash). We also purchased an extra waterproof mattress pads for any leaks after her nap (and for when we do nighttime training later). We already had one, but need a backup now that it's getting put to use.
6. Accidents. We are continuing to say "uh oh" we need to pee in the toilet, not our underwear. Remember we need to keep our underwear dry! We then place her on the toilet to try and finish. More cookies if she does anything in the toilet.
Day 3 Log: (2 accidents and wet after nap)
- 820 I asked, she said yes so we went. Peed twice on toilet
- 840 peed at breakfast. Seems to be a favorite spot to pee...
- 345 made her go since we are going out! Cross your fingers!!!
Arrived with no accidents in car!! 420 peed in public restroom!!
Pool party, so she was in her swim diaper and I didn't worry about potty training until we went to leave. No idea how many times she peed LOL
All of our potty training posts:
My Daughter Refused to Poop in her Diaper (7 months old)
Caroline's First Trip
Potty Training Continued (11 months old)
Potty Training (the plan)
Potty Training Update (17 months old)
Potty Train is Still Going (18 months old)
Potty Training Survival Tips (from a pro)
Potty Training On the Go (my guest post on another blog)
Official Potty Training Day 1
Official Potty Training Day 2
Official Potty Training Day 3
Official Potty Training Day 4, 5, 6 and Beyond