I made the mistake a couple months back of pretending to sit on the “big boy” potty and make the “pee” sound with my mouth while my daughter sat on her potty. That was my early attempt to get our daughter interested in going pee pee on the potty. She has recently shown interest, but instead of sitting down on the potty and going she sits there, stares at me, and makes the “pee” sound with her mouth! Ohh Boy……
Here’s the thing…..you can’t force it! Right now she thinks it’s a game. A game in which everytime she makes the “pee” sound with her mouth, I laugh and have to leave the room. I would LOVE for her to be potty trained overnight and out of diapers, but the odd’s of that happening are slim to none. This is that time in my life where I need to be patient and let her develop that want/need on her own. Lately, we (my wife and I) have been trying to let her go without a diaper to see if she understands the IDEA (Step #1). She understands the IDEA, but just can’t get herself to that next level of actually going to the bathroom to TRY (Step #2). On a couple of occasions, as she walked to the bathroom, we thought she was going to TRY, but really she just wanted to brush her teeth and throw toilet paper in the bathtub. I think we are literally on the verge of PEE PEE ON THE POTTY (Step #3) and are about to reach that milestone.
I’m just not quite sure how to get to Step #3. Do we go with the reward method? A hershey’s kiss for every pee pee and or poo poo in the potty? (Side Note: The other day, during a business meeting, I excused myself and told a co-worker “need to make pee pee!’…YUP!) I don’t see any downside to the reward method other than in 16 years when she says “Dad, I went to the bathroom…can I have $100?” J/K
Wish us luck!