Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Potty Training!

So, it's been a busy few months here and I noticed the blog hasn't been updated recently and I've had all intentions of doing so but other things have taken priority BUT, Jason and I have been doing something extremely important with Abby recently and we are very proud of our little peanut. Recently we started potty training! In March, we bought Abby her own little Princess Potty which is pink, purple and white and it is so high tech that it makes music when Abby goes poop or pee (pretty cool huh?). We didn't pressure the potty training and just let her get used to the idea of using the potty and sitting on it etc. Then, in the middle of April, we decided we needed to have an incentive for Abby to start using the potty more regularly and make it FUN! Now, when I was potty trained, I am told that my grandparents trained me by giving me KING sized candy bars (that's quite the incentive). Learning from that, we decided to go with something that wasn't edible and was cheaper thus, we came up with the idea of using stickers and developed Abby's Potty Charts.

Here's the rules: Abby gets a sticker every time she tries to go potty or actually "goes" on the potty. (Mom and Dad make sure to "high five" and jump around to make it extra exciting.)

So, we started on April 19th when Abby actually wanted to go potty. For a little while before, the charts were hung outside the bathroom upstairs so she could look at them. Most of the time when we asked her if she wanted to use the potty, she said no but once she understood the positive reinforcement of the stickers (and the high fiving with mom and dad) she got the hang of using the potty and the potty charts.

Here is the May Potty Chart. As you can see, some days have multiple stickers and only a few don't have any stickers for this month. YEAH Abby! We also ended this month on a high note with the last day Abby actually going POOPY on the potty. The whole month and a half before she never wanted to go poopy on the potty because she was scared and on May 31st she closed herself in the bathroom without her diaper on and she decided she was going to do it on her own. (Mom and dad thinking "yeah right, she's probably just pretending") About 5 minutes of her behind closed doors yelling " I'm doing it! I'm Doing it! I did it! I did it!" to our suprise, there was actually poop in her princess potty!!! What proud parents! Now the rules are if she goes poopy on the potty, she gets to put a sticker on and she also gets a few chocolate chips.

That's not poop on her face, that's Chocolate. We're SO proud.