It’s the end of an era here! For the first time in almost SIXTEEN years, I don’t have a child in diapers. Unbelievable!
We’ve been working on this milestone off and on for several weeks now. We knew he was perfectly capable of using the potty (he had done so a few times last fall), but he just didn’t seem to have any incentive to give up the diapers. After all, who wants to stop playing to go sit in the bathroom? Yes, I’m being a bit sarcastic there!
Anyway, we had a break-through 3 weeks ago when we joined our local YMCA and Jeremiah learned he can’t play on the big kids’ play scape until he “always goes poo-poo on the potty.” So he did *just* that. He’s my first and only child out of seven who fully trained on #2 without even bothering with #1. Enter desperation (on my part) and this fun little incentive box.
I bought some candy. (Did I mention desperation???) I grabbed a thin box that a recent school book shipment had arrived in and a bunch of empty toilet paper tubes that I save for crafty projects. I cut all the paper rolls in half. Then I wrapped the outside of the box in tissue paper. I didn’t worry too much about how neat it looked, since the end product was going to be torn into anyway. I just folded all the corners of the tissue paper over and into the bottom of the box, and secured with some tape.
I then cut a bunch of 3″ x 3″ tissue paper squares in various colors, and secured one to one end of each paper tube half. I started with tape, but after wrestling with a couple, I grabbed some of Joanna’s dollar store hair rubber bands, and just slipped those on over the tissue instead. MUCH easier and faster!
Then I put a piece of candy in the back of each covered tube. Stickers, tiny toys, etc. would also work, but again I was desperate here, and sugar totally speaks Jeremiah’s language. Once they were filled, I placed them all in the box. I ran some double-sided tape (a scrapbook tape runner actually) down 2 sides of each one so they’d stick to each other and the sides of the box. All in all, the whole project probably took about 30 minutes.
And here is Jeremiah, happily poking into one of the tubes. He was SO excited about this! He would use the potty and then jump up and down asking to go get his “present” out of the box. After 3 days, he was out of diapers. It’s been several days past that, and he hasn’t had an accident yet. I call that a WIN!!
So for you other moms of littles, what crazy things have YOU tried when potty training? What has worked for you?