I've had four children in six years and each time I've said to myself, "Self, I will not be changing two sets of poopy diapers!" I've had great intentions to get the older child potty-trained before the next one arrived.
I thought my third girl would be the easiest! She actually began going potty on the toilet around eight months of age, due to a horrendous rash, yada yada, long story. But earlier last year, after all the upset of lost baby and other issues, I got lazy with her. I also blame the fact that I was pregnant for over a year. Yep, that's right! I was pregnant from November of 2007 to January of 2009... kind of... with only the month of March as the exception. My one and only menstrual cycle was on April 1st. Hahaha, April Fools to me!!! Okay, sorry to be talking about menstrual cycles (hi, SuperDave!). Let's get back to talking about poop.
So, here I am with an almost 3 year old who used to poop on the potty who now poops in her diaper and I love my life. All facetiousness aside, I really do. But I really don't love changing two sets of nappies.
My brilliant husband decided we needed to begin giving praise/rewards to said almost 3 year old for some extra motivation. He remembered what we used to do with our second daughter... that was, to let her blow out a candle after the poop ended up in the proper receptacle. I've never been one to use candy as a reward, so the candle was perfect. They really do get so excited about it and talk about it all day long!
Three cheers for hubbalicious for remembering this! I guess after 4 children, your brain really does lose cells. Will let you know how this story plays out as it has only been 5 days of doing this. Wish us luck and less money spent on diapers!!!
For your viewing pleasure, a video that Gracie loved as a baby in training.
~ christa jean