Do the Potty Dance!

I have been holding off on sharing the good news because I knew it would jinx us. But now I know it’s official. E IS POTTY TRAINED!!!!

We started our potty training journey back in December when I was off for a week after the holidays. It was touch and go. He was kinda interested and I didn’t want to force him. I didn’t want to make using the potty a bad experience. So instead, we just took his lead.
We really wanted him to be potty trained before B arrived but you know the saying “Best laid plans.” We knew even if he was trained by the time the baby came, he would regress some. So again we took his lead. 
And he did it all on his own. 
I have to say taking this approach {even though it took some time} was the best for us. No stressing. No crying. No being afraid of using the potty. 
So how did we do it?

1. I gave in and did the Pull-Ups. I swore we wouldn’t use them but we did. They worked well with E because he called them his underwear. He didn’t see them as a diaper. When he would accidentally go in them, he would freak out and asked to be changed. He didn’t like the feeling of being wet all
2. We got the Fisher Price Frog potty. E loved this! It is really good for boys because it has a nice high splash guard. He rarely got any out of the potty which helped keep him from getting discouraged.

Fisher-Price Precious Planet Froggy Friend Potty

3. The hubster showed him how to pee standing up! Honestly, this really helped. He thought it was hysterical and couldn’t wait to do it again…and again…and again. We did put Cheerios in the toilet for him to aim. That only lasted about a week and then he declared he didn’t need them anymore. 
4. Going #2 on the potty was the tricky part {which usually is}. I don’t think E liked that his feet weren’t touching the ground and hated sitting on the toilet. He would ask for a diaper when he had to go and for awhile we just let him do it because we were focused more getting him to pee consistently on the potty. Then I found the Fisher Price Turtle Potty ring. I don’t know what it was about that but it really helped! 
5. We rewarded him with chocolate. I really didn’t want to do this either but hey, it worked. We have phased out the rewards at this point and he doesn’t even ask for them! Except…
6. He gets a “tattoo” for going #2. I don’t even know how this started but it did and it worked. We are currently phasing this out {mainly because we are almost out of tattoos}. 
I must say potty training E was a lot easier than I had an anticipated. We got lucky! 
What are/were your helpful tips or tricks when potty training your child{ren}?

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  1. way to go mom, dad & E! with both kids we waited till after they were 3. i was in no rush. joey liked getting stamps on a chart, calvin liked m&ms. i didnt let them spend too much time in pull ups. one thing that worked was letting joey go qbout an hour or so after dinner in his underwear/naked. they need to get the feel of life w/o a diaper. to them it is a comfort thing.

  2. Great job!!!I bet that is a great feeling. I can't wait until Jack is potty trained!

  3. yayyyy! CONGRATS on her being potty trained! I know that's hard but at least it's over now ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Congrats! I'm a while a way from potty training my son but I'll keep your tips in mind.

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  6. This is great!! I can't wait to get my little one out of diapers. I loved the feeling of accomplishment when my first got potty trained. I am a new follower from the Tiggerific Tuesday Hop stopping by to day hi. Stop by my blog and follow me back if you get a chance.

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  8. Hi – stopping my and following from Fun Tuesday hop. I'm getting ready to PT my youngest. She is ready – just not sure I am! lol I used M&M's for my other kids (bad momma!) but it worked.
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  10. We're starting to potty train our littlest guy right now, and I forgot how hard it can be to get them to go #2! Congrats to you! I love the tattoo idea.

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  11. Hip Hip Hooray! Congratulations! My youngest was not potty trained until he was 5 and a week from starting kindergraten. Talk about stress!

  12. Yay!!! Congrats!! I just saw this thing in some blog post called little looster. It's something you put around the toilet so they can reach the floor.

  13. Congrats that is awesome news! My potty training for my little E will be starting I immune in about a year.Thanks for the tips! Happy Fun Tuesday!

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    Congratulations to you and your little one! Potty training is such a big step.

  16. Woo hoo! jealous over here! We started trying a couple of months ago and he was doing good but then he started resisting so we've backed off. Starting again after vacation!

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