there are a lot of theories on potty training and i may have exhausted them all … so i am the mom with the large 2 (almost 3 year old) in very large diapers. it’s not the social pressure that has me stressing over the issue (i have long overcome the desire to appear a super mom in public), it is the simple fact that it is gross. they are no longer the small and harmless diapers of an infant. they are large smelly diapers that usually don’t have enough room to fully contain the consequence of a very good eater. “i love spinach mommy” isn’t met with quite the enthusiasm it deserves.
theory #1 rewards – my sweet tooth toddler didn’t go for the M&M trick
theory #2 potty tablets- these little tablets turn the water colors when you pee on them…apparently they also turn colors when you flush. so much for water conservation
theory #3 new potty- can be flipped upside down and used as a step stool
theory #4 stay naked and drink lots of juice- pee on the carpet, the couch, the bathroom floor
theory #5 drink lots and stay in the bathroom- 4 hours later, lots of books and toys and painting- but no pee pee
theory #6 new underware- we made a very special trip to buy big boy underware. Noa picked out his favorite pair and ran into the house to show them to daddy. he threw away his diaper and put on his new underware, stood on the table to show them off. we asked every few minutes if he need to go to the potty and he went! a couple hours later he came to me and said “mommy i went poo in my underware”…we went to the bathroom to clean up and i told him it was really sad that now we had to throw away his brand new special big boy underware. he patted me on the shoulder and said “it’s not that sad mommy” in an attempt to comfort me. my response, “it’s pretty gross though”…”mmmm…it’s not that gross mommy”. I give up!