I've been reading quite a few blogs and a handful of them have been going through the whole potty training experience. Since I'll be going through this in the next few months, I'm going to let you in on my little secret of what did it for Taevyn. First, let me tell you how hard it was. We read books, magazines, looked on the 'net for any ideas or tips on how to get this kid trained. We used cheerios, we bought a plain white kid toilet for him to decorate (thanks Niki), we had him choose his own undies, we let him go naked from the waste down. You name it, we tried it. I even asked him if he was afraid of the toilet, and he said "no". Why did I believe him? Because he lets us know if he's afraid to do something.
Now, I don't want you to think this kid wasn't ready, because, he was more than ready. 1.) He was almost three years old and 2.) he let us know when he did wet his pants. Besides, when a child gets a diaper, gives it to you, lays down with his hands behind his head, that is definitely a sure sign that he is ready.
Anyway, I was about to give up on the whole endeavor, thinking this kid will be 10 and still in diapers as stubborn as he is. So, what's my secret in getting your child trained so successfully? It's a household staple most home probably have anyway. It's cheap and it's oh so magical! It is:
That's right! Food coloring! One day, Taevyn and I were baking sugar cookies (I'm sure for some holiday) and while I was making the colorful frosting, I looked at the food coloring and thought "huh, I bet this will work". When daddy came home from work, I told him my idea and he agreed that this idea was nothing short of pure genious (okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, buy hey, I figured it out all by myself, so that makes me a genious in my book)! We took Taevyn in the bathroom, put 3-4 drops of red color in the toilet, daddy once again showed Taevyn how to go potty and...OH MY GOSH! The water turned orange! It was magic! Naturally, this got Taevyn to want to try it. This time we put a few drops of blue and do you know what he got? That's right folks! Green Water!
We never looked back that day and Taevyn never wet his pants again! However, after about four days, we told him the "magic" was all gone, but now that he was going potty like a big boy, we'd go get some ice cream and he was happy with that! I was not only so proud of my son for FINALLY going potty, but I was proud of myself because I found a method that truly worked!
it's just fun being the parent! I can't help it!)
Now, I'm hoping this same method will work when it's time for London to train. I'll let you know if it does.