Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Go Time for Potty Training!

A little over three years ago I wrote a post about our efforts to start potty training Whitney. And I've never mentioned it again. Mainly because we've made very little progress during that entire time. Even when Whit's little brother, Liam, got out of diapers, she didn't seem motivated.

But lack of motivation doesn't seem to stop the hard working folks at Whitney's elementary school. During the school day they've been taking Whit to the bathroom as often as every half hour to help her succeed at going on the potty instead of in her diaper. It's hard work but I think it's starting to yield some results.

One morning this week, Whit woke up with a dry diaper so Melanie stuck her on the potty and she went all by herself. We praised her like crazy and she seemed very pleased.

The teachers at school report that Whitney is very consistent at asking to be changed the minute her diaper is wet. She's a very clean little girl and that might be enough of a factor to make potty training work now, even though we've failed in the past.

So now it's go time. In a parent-teacher conference this morning, we agreed to send Whit to school in underwear instead of diapers all next week. It'll require a lot of laundry and a lot of backup clothes each day, but I'm all for it. We've got to make the leap sometime. Hopefully, we'll see some good results. I really admire the staff at school for being willing to help us with such a dirty, but important job.

Next, up Melanie is going to take Whitney shopping to pick out some underwear that she'll be motivated to keep dry. That should help her as well. I'll report back on how things go. Wish us luck!


Patti said...

good luck! We need to start with Conni soon. Hopefully we both have quick successes!!!

Nate said...

Thanks, Patti! Give Conni a big hug from us. I know she'll do great.

Gavin Ross said...

good luck Hanson's. I'm sure Whitney will catch on- it might take time but she'll get there. She never fails to surprise and inspire us.