Whoever said that potty training comes naturally to some children.. It does! It’s us parents who either hinder or encourage our children. Sadly I’m admitting Devon & I hindered Gryphen from reaching her full potential of no diapers. Gryphen was beyond excited that she was using the toilet on her own and we encouraged her, we would hangout with her in the bathroom for several minutes waiting for her to pee/poop BUT here’s where we f’ed up. When we were went for long drives; diaper, activities; diaper, bedtime; diaper. See the pattern pretty much we taught her she didn’t need to diaper at home but our and about she did so she regressed. Shit..
To that point we rarely rewarded her for going to the bathroom in the toilet well now she knew our game and she was now an active player and was winning. We set out a set amount of diapers (I think 10) and told her that once they were gone there would be no more. Step one for us was NO MORE MILK AT BEDTIME. This was I think tougher for us at first, it was a comfort to her and she loves milk but after her falling asleep within 5 minutes without it I know she could do this! Then came sticking strong to no diapers after the 10, it was beyond tough. She was crying, screaming, demanding a diaper. All I had to offer her was a large kinder egg with a toy inside. She ran to the bathroom, pee’d and was eating the egg once she was all washed up.
That was it, we resulted in bribing our 3-year-old with candy and toys to get her to do what she’s been doing for months. So now instead of leaving on time we start getting ready 30 minutes before we need to so she can pee since it’s a 5 to 10 minute process at times. Now I’ve just mainly talked about pee… well poop does happen and when it does she gets a sucker! But that has turned into a lengthy process with several tantrums. But after some time she does go. I have found that making sure she gets daily probiotic help as well as “Constipation Candy” which are very simple to make and she really loves them.
Constipation Candy Recipe
- 1 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup of lemon juice (mix & taste as you go along)
- 2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or with a handheld mixer; once everything is very well mixed pour into candy moulds. Store in fridge and enjoy as required. (source: Mommy Potamus)
If I can give any advice or tips there would be it!
- Get rid of diapers
- Buy a manufacture approved dry seat insert for the car seat
- Say goodbye to the bedtime drinks.
- Put a mattress protector on the bed (buy two if you can afford it)
- Have bribes.. I mean rewards on hand. You might not need them at first but better to be safe.
- Bring extra changes of clothes & shoes EVERYWHERE.
- Encourage your child and create a fun song for bathroom time!
I wish you the best of luck! Sometimes kids just aren’t ready and you need to respect that but if they are stop hindering them 🙂