Fast forward to kid #2, almost 11 years later. The first attempt was when she was around 22 months, before #3 came around. We used the 3-day potty training method and she took to it great. That is...until she got a stomach bug a month later and all progress was lost. By the time she was ready to try again, I was about to have #3 and I decided to wait. And wait we did. I finally had enough of buying two sets of diapers and decided to commit. On Monday, Sami woke up and we immediately changed her into panties and made a big deal about being a big girl. I showed her the potty chart and bribed her with chocolate. She did so much better the second time around (of course she is 9 months older this time with significantly more verbal skills.) We hung out at home for 3 days and now she goes potty whenever she needs to. She has even stayed dry all night the last two nights, wearing her big girl panties to bed. I have also noticed a marked improvement in her behavior and attitude overall. I attribute this to the fact that she is getting extra attention and extra praise from everyone. It has been a great reminder about how well kids respond to positive reinforcement. I plan to find all sorts of ways to praise her for all sorts of things even once she is 100% trained.
|Sami excited about her new book she got as a reward for staying dry for 2 nights in a row!|
We left the house for the first time today and this meant time to protect the car seat. I went to Babies R Us hoping to find something like this: Kiddopotamus Deluxe Piddle Pad.
Then I decided I would just make more, that were cheaper and bleach-able :) I bought these "lap pads" a pack of 6 for $9.99 from Babies R Us. I am sure you can find similar from Walmart or Target or the like.
|close-ups of cutting around the straps.|
I then used the one I cut on the seat as a template and cut the rest of them to match.
I need to make a set for the baby's seat next, for those random diaper explosions that only seem to happen in the car seat.