DAY 1 – I bought a ton of small toy cars for my son (from Value Village…where else you gonna find bags of small cars for $2.99?) My plan is simple. Whenever he uses the potty (actually uses it and not just sit there) then he gets to choose a car to have. Simple right? Try explaining that to a two-year-old. Well, I told him the first time about the plan. Ask him if he had to go potty. He said no. Then the second time I told him, I made a huge production telling him “Mommy went potty so mommy gets to play with a toy car! Zoom! Zoom!” His reaction was priceless. He looked at me sitting on his new sit and roll style car, points at the bathroom and said something along the lines “you go potty.” Looks like I am dealing with a smartie pants.
At one point, I took him and placed him on the potty kicking and screaming and guess what happened… he actually went potty. Then choose a car as a prize. I made a huge scene, cheering and have him show off his car for going potty. He saw some of his old toy cars on the ground and picked it up cheering “I went potty!” as if he got all those cars for it too lol.
DAY 2 – I wasn’t so much a struggle today. I still got tons of him saying “No” to having to go potty, but he did use the potty twice today. Okay, technically one and a half so he got two cars today anyway. Even the smallest amount counts. The question – How many cars does he get if he uses the bathroom more than once a day? was brought to my attention. I didn’t think about that when I bought 14 small cars for two weeks. I may have to rethink this plan or will just have to buy more bags of small cars from Value Village.
DAY 3 – No Potty.
DAY 4 – He went potty once so he got 1 car.
DAY 5 – He was very excited to go potty when he got one car today and wanted to go right back on.
After a month of repeating this, he one day came to me and said “Mommy potty, hurry hurry!” and we rushed to the bathroom, he used it and received a new car.He did that three times! After that awesome day, I thought I had finally passed the finished line. However, the next day it was like it never happened. Yet, I never gave up, I asked him if he had to go.
In no time, he was back to telling me that he had to use it. So it has been a huge step getting him where he is now, he is telling me when he has to go plus if his pull up is full he will let me know so I am extremely proud of his progress.
1. To never give up, stay persistent.
2. Continue to make potty training fun.
3. If notice a potty pattern keep at it.
4. Stay positive. Motivate and praise when he goes and even when he doesn’t.
5. Try every idea and find one that works for you.
Out of everything that I have tried. I would have to say that, having a schedule and giving my son one of his favorite toys (Cars) was more fun for him than getting car stickers.