Friday, January 9, 2009

So far so Good, and Potty Training

So, things have been going pretty well so far with two children. Brody has been such a good baby ( I am hoping that it is not just a newborn phase). He is sleeping from about 10:00 to 10:00 with a couple of feedings during the night. Not too bad, I'll say! He is nursing like a champ and RARELY cries. I am so glad that I ended up buying a swing because he seems to just love it. JJ has had seemingly ZERO adjustment to the little one. He asks to hold him, smothers him with kisses and comforts him when he is fidgety in the car or whatever. The other day JJ was in the back seat saying in such a soft, sweet voice "I know, I know your tired, honey. It's okay." He truly loves his little brother so far! It is just a testament to his good nature. JJ is and has always been such an easy-going sweet and loving little boy.

With this in mind, I figured I would put all of these home-bound days to good use and TRY to potty train JJ again. We have all the gear.. sticker charts, potty books, and mini doughnuts for a treat if he goes. So far, we have had two wet underpants to change (just this morning). He runs to tell me that he has to go, but it is always too late. At least he knows the feeling, right?

ANY advice would be great!! How did you potty train your kids?? I wish I could just send him to a potty training camp and have him come back wearing underpants.

13 comments:

Tammy said...

I bought a timer and set if for every 30 minutes (I know that sounds alot but we were dealing with a kid who gets tons of water) and then I would have him go and sit on the toilet. Even if he didn't go at least he had to sit on the potty and try. I had the timer so that I could remember. Do you have him in pull ups or is he in underwear? I would suggest using just underwear and focus on daytime. I also would have the boys go in with my husband so that they could "see" that daddy's do go to the bathroom and how to do it. Do you have him standing up or sitting down? I have used the sit down potty at first and now he is automatically standing at the big toilet without any "training". I guess it just come natural to them.

Gustogirl said...

No advice, this is something that I dread!

DAVE - STEPH FAMILY said...

My sister had her twin boys sit backwards on the toilet. Also put cheerios in the toilet for him to "aim" at! Good luck!

Erin said...

My only advice is to stick with one method. I think changing your tactic in the middle really messes with little kids. My first took 2 years from start to finish, and my second took 2 weeks. Good luck!

Natalie said...

I think you're brave to worry about potty training with a newborn to worry about too! I have no tips, because I haven't started that yet, but I've also heard the timer method - but every hour.

That's so cute what JJ says to Brody. Gotta love siblings! :)

thekirnancrib said...

oh my gosh, the "I know you're tired honey" made me melt!

lindsey said...

We have a 'potty watch' it plays music every 30, 60, or 90 minutes depending on what you set it for. Porter got really excited when he heard the music. Sometimes I had to force him to sit on the toilet, even if he said he didn't have to go.

Porter learned sitting backwards too, it seemed easier for him. We bought him his favorite matchbox cars and for a whole week he got to open a new one every time he went potty... we bought him a big prize for going number 2. Just stick to your guns, it was a hard week for us, but once the week was over, he was totally potty trained.

Going to the bathroom in public is overwhelming for a little bit, but pretty soon he will be comfortable with that too.

zealygirl said...

You are so amazing to be trying this right now!

I'm glad things are going so well for you guys; keep it up!

Jones Family said...

Doesn't it make you feel like a good mom when JJ comforts his baby brother. He is so dang sweet. They are going to take over soon... be careful.

As for the potty training... Be ready to feel every emotion possible.
We've started to train Gavin a little. He just runs around bottomless and never has an accident. I put some big boy "panties" (that's what happens when you have an older sister) and he wets them every time. I just let him run around freely!

LindsSawyer said...

Rach,
I have been thinking about you all week wondrin how it things were going this week....YAY for potty training GOOD LUCK!

Grant * Kami * Addi said...

Well all I have to say is Good Luck!!! I hope everything goes smoothly for you. Grant and I are talking about starting Addi on the whole potty training thing as well so we are going to be in the same boat.

I am so happy to hear that JJ is doing so good w/ Brody. Sounds like they are going to be best friends forever!!! ;)

KiMnRoB said...

You know I have no advice for you but I still love reading about the nephs. How cute is JJ??? Man that kid is the sweetest thing since sugar. And I miss you guys. It's been a while! I'm sure we'll see you this weekend! I want to hold Bro. I'm sure he's looking bigger every day now.
See you soon

time-for-a-paws said...

If only potty training was that easy. I am glad JJ loves his little brother!