Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Jonah and the potty!

For anyone interested, I thought I'd put out a little information on Jonah's potty-training success. We used a book called, "Toilet Training in Less Than a Day" which was recommended by Sam's mom. It's an old one and out of print, but you can find it in places like Amazon that sell used books.
We actually successfully trained Henry using the same method. The basic theory is that you have your child "train" a doll to use the potty, then switch to trying it himself. Along the way you are rewarding all sorts of actions with salty snacks and LOTS of drinks, so there are ample opportunities to try the potty. The goal is to have them taking care of everything by themselves--without needing even a reminder to go potty. It really only takes a couple of hours (pretty dedicated hours), but I would definitely say that it works! Jonah is not quite 2 1/2 and he is wearing underwear all the time (except for a pull-up at night) and he even stays dry during his naps!
Henry actually completely trained in a VERY short time, while Jonah took a little bit longer. I think the reason for that is that I was able to dedicate myself more fully to the training with Henry--with Jonah it was a spur-of-the-moment decision and I didn't have anyone lined up to watch Henry--so he was a constant "help" (ie, distraction!). So if you have older kids, I would say that it's probably easier without them around! :)
As with any book that I read, I did have reservations on some of the specifics in the book. There are a few things they have you do that I don't agree with, and the book is certainly a bit dated (it was first published in the 70's). I won't bore you readers with those details, but if anyone is interested in using this method on your child--I would be happy to share with you more.


The Macchio Family said...

There is also a book called "Potty Training 1-2-3" by the Ezzos... it explains those same principles. They do work, too... we had a horrible time training my son. So this book was recommended to me for my daughter and it worked like a charm.

Way to go being out of diapers before sweet baby girl comes...! Are you SO excited? How are you feeling?

Just Mom said...

Please do send me info. My boy will use the potty, and will remain dry, but we often have to remind him it's potty time. He has a tendency to want to play rather than take a potty break. E-mail if you get a chance: justmomsmusings@gmail.com.

Heidi Jo said...

i have heard of this method as well, and always kind of thought it sounded too good to be true.

our son was more difficult then our daughters were a piece of cake! if it worked on two boys, i'd be interested in hearing more about it.