I had bought a small potty chair and Elmo seat that sits on the toilet a few months ago. For a few weeks it was novel and Abby wanted to sit on the potty all the time, but now it has been around long enough that the newness and curiosity bout them has worn off. She has still sat on the potty chair when I am using the restroom, but has never really used it for anything other than a chair. Once at my Mom’s house over Easter she peed on the toilet but hasn’t done anything since.
For the last week or so Abby has been starting to tell me when she has pooped or is in the process of pooping. Last night she let me know when she was pooping, so we rushed to the bathroom and she finished pooping and also peed on the toilet. She was very proud.
We started sitting on the toilet every half hour and she will continue the same routine at the babysitter’s house. I try to read a couple of books or sing some songs to keep her attention and get her to sit longer.
As an incentive for her to want to use the toilet rather than her diaper, last night we put together a plastic container with M&Ms in it and small items (A couple bracelets from my jewelry box, a balloon, an old Happy Meal toy I found in my closet, some small Finding Dory puzzles from the dollar store, etc.) and decorated the outside with colored letter stickers spelling her name and other stickers. If she pees in the toilet she gets a couple M&Ms, if she poops she gets to pick a toy.
This morning she peed one of the three times she sat on the toilet and was delighted with her two M&M’s.
How did you potty train your daughter? What worked and what didn’t work? Do you have any helpful hints to share?