Three weeks into it and all is well, except for the number twos. As I mentioned in my previous post, Annie is doing great with pee and even staying dry through naps and night. But I can’t get her to do her business on the potty. It usually happens when we aren’t paying attention. She heads off to the corner and starts to grunt, and then it is too late. And when we miss it all together, she comes running up to us with a huge smile and says, “I just did a stinky.”
So now that my husband and I have cleaned up so many poopy pants (and completely gagged while doing so), we decided that we couldn’t take it anymore. We went back to the pull-ups which makes the clean up easier, but also makes it easier for her to just pee in her pants. Good news so far, she hasn’t reverted back and has only done the “other” in her pants.
I have tried everything to motivate her. She no longer gets m&m’s when she pees. I ask her incessantly if she has to go poopie. She constantly says no and fights me when I try to make her sit on the potty. Annie’s teacher suggested that I just put her on the potty every hour and sit with her, but she is so independent now. She won’t sit on the potty if I ask her to, only when she wants to.
So this weekend, I took some advice that a couple of CSP readers provided. When she had an accident, I took her favorite toy or stuffed animal away from her. And today, we headed to Target and let her pick out her own big girl panties (Hello Kitty) and explained that she will ruin them if she poops in them.
I am hoping that this tactic will work. I would love to hear more suggestions if any of you moms out there have mastered to poopy train. I am open to trying just about anything! Thanks for your help.