Friday, October 16, 2009
Admiring his stickers
I decided one week ago that it was time to start potty training. Originally I wanted Owen trained before Aubrey was born, but was advised not to do that because it was too much change: new baby, new bed, etc. And then I was told, "Don't do it right after the baby is born. It's too much work when you have a newborn." But when Owen started going behind the rocking chair to fill his pants I figured he was capable of using the toilet.
So, last Friday I put him in a pair of underwear and made him a potty chart to hang on the bathroom door. He loves LoVeS LOVES letters so we bought letter stickers and told him he could put a letter on his chart every time he used the potty. AND, if he pooped on the potty he got an extra big letter (larger stickers). It has proven to be the perfect motivator. He gets up in the morning and says, "Mama, I go potty. I want the letter x." And to the potty he sits and pees, and the letter x he receives! It's only been one week and he hasn't had any accidents in a few days. When I took him to church on Wednesday I told him that if he had to go potty he needed to tell his teacher (which he did and had no accidents!). So now when I remind him and say, "Owen, you need to tell Mama when you have to go potty." He replies, "Okay, Mama. Or I tell my teacher." I am so proud of him and so excited to be buying diapers for only one child!