Similarly to our attempt at making baby number 2, we are gonna take the chill route with potty training. I am chomping at the bit to be done with diapers, especially since, the girls I was a nanny to, were total pieces of cakes to train. I really, really don’t want to have a nightmare, long, drawn-out, back and forth potty training experience.
We have been doing Elimination Communication part time, since Penelope was 6 months old. I was very chilax about that too. I was perfectly happy to do it part time and not worry about being successful about it.
Since we have been doing EC, the potty has had a presence for a long time. The potty ain’t no big thing to her. She is not scared of it, or enthralled with it. It is just there.
For the longest time, Penelope stopped going tee-tee or poo on the toilet. She refused. She would go next to the potty, or near the potty, or in the bathroom, but on the floor.
Again, I just let it go. And I put no pressure on her. I would say very simply and even mannered, “let’s go tee-tee on the potty next time so I don’t have to clean up a mess.”
When she tells me she is about to go, I always asked if she wanted to go on the potty. When she would say no, I would move on, and not give it another thought.
A couple of months ago, I bought her some big girl panties. I was at the mall with my parents and Penelope spied these panties in Macy’s and freaked out.
So I thought, what the hey, lets buy them and see what happens. Ava, one of the girls I was a nanny for, up and potty trained in pretty much one day. One day she woke up and she refused to wear diapers, because she wanted to wear princess panties so bad.
I thought that getting Penelope to wear them around the house, when she normally is just buck naked, might be a good idea and that the feeling of wetness, might motivate her to go on the potty.
About a month after I bought the panties, she started saying yes, she wanted to go on the potty. But only for poop. Not sure what that is about, but I will take it. She is now back to her EC baby days, of doing all her poos on the potty.
I am no expert in potty training, but I know I don’t want to bribe her with M&M’s. I do give her lots and lots of praise when she goes on the potty. I can’t help it. I am still not sold on the praise is bad theory either. We sing and dance a potty song and she looooves it.
So we will see how it goes, let her lead the way.
And now the most important part of the post… cute pictures of my daughter’s butt! Hopefully she won’t be mad at me when she is in her twenties.
Princess panties while helping redecorate her playroom!
This might be one of my favorite baby pics of her. She was the cutest baby!
Ok, maybe this one is. I could eat those thighs!