Tuesday Talk: Potty Training

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I'm finally talking all about our experience with potty training today. 
Boy, is it a tough one. We are not fully trained, I'd say about 50%. But I'm really needing advice and so this is where we are.
I'm going to start by backtracking just a little bit. We tried underwear, for about an hour, several months ago and quickly realized Wyatt was not ready. Since then he'd occasionally gone pee-pee in the potty. 
For Christmas he received some super hero underwear. When he opened them he immediately stopped what he was doing and put them on. That was a huge step because he'd been refusing underwear at all.
My plan all along had been to potty train him the week after Christmas. We were going to be home and Sean had off, so it sounded like a good plan. 
We came home on a Monday so I decided that Tuesday morning diapers would be gone and we would start with underwear. After a little convincing he put the underwear on and only had one pee-pee accident that entire day. But, he refused to poop in the potty. I still wasn't ready to see how it went with underwear while he slept so I put a diaper on him for nap time. At some point during nap time he pooped (I'm assuming right when he woke up). 
The following day, Wednesday, we decided that we would really try and work on pooping in the potty. Basically told him he could have whatever he wanted when he pooped in the potty. We tried forcing him to sit and poop when we knew he needed to. He had no pee-pee accidents that day but refused wearing underwear after his nap. Apparently trying to force him had really backfired.
Thursday was rough. He refused to wear underwear most of the day or pee in the potty. I finally got him to start peeing again by telling him he could pee outside. Thankfully it worked, so Thursday evening he spent the evening peeing outside.
Friday was pretty much the same. He peed outside but started peeing in the potty again. He had no pee-pee accidents, but still no poop.
Long story short, that's where we are. Wyatt wears underwear all day, even when we leave the house and to school, but wears pull-ups for naps and bedtime. He refuses to poop in the potty so he'll even ask for a pull-up when he needs to go. I've tried getting him to sit on the potty in his pull up to poop but he doesn't want to do that either. (He likes to lay on his tummy and is usually under something when he poops.) Everything I've read says not to force them because, like we experienced before, it only hurts the progress.
If anyone has any suggestions, tips, ideas, whatever please share!

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