For the past month, Huff the Babe has been showing signs that she is ready to use the potty. I taught her the signs for “pee” and “poop” and she’s been using them regularly. When she goes in her diaper, she’ll make a weird face, do the sign, and say, “PEE PEE! PEE PEE!” (When she goes #2, she’ll do the sign for bath and say, “Shoo! Bath! Potty!” It’s actually pretty cute.)
So, after talking to mommy friends, consulting Pinterest, and just general desire to be done with diapers, I decided it was time. After all, she seemed ready—the kid was hiding every time she did her business—and ever since we decided to stop cloth diapering* and use disposables, we were feeling the hit on our budget!
I stocked up on stuff to help minimize pee and poo stains on the carpet (or, rather, my sister’s carpet):
I also got some incentives (aka, flat out bribes). Huff the Babe LOVES stickers and chocolate, like her mother, is her vice. I knew I could get her to at least sit on the potty if I used stickers and hoped that knowing she could have a chocolate chip if she went in the potty would be enough for her to do so.
This morning, we just dove in.
After Huff the Babe woke up, I took her diaper off and had her sit on the potty. Nothing happened. I decided to keep the mood positive and said, “Yay! You’re sitting on the potty! You get a sticker for sitting on the potty!” (When I showed her the princess stickers, she said, “Wow!” Score one for Mommy!)
Sticker on shirt, she ran off sans diaper and sans pants. The first half of the day has been pretty uneventful. She’s had two accidents so far (that’s also the only time she’s peed); once on the actual carpet and once on the plastic sheeting I taped to the floor.
She’s down for her nap as of blog-writing time, so we’ll see how the afternoon fares. Hopefully it won’t be too bad. Personally, I’ve already had enough of it. I’m the type of person that wants instant gratification. “It’s like saying, “I’ve been dieting all day! Am I skinny yet?!” That’s me.
Maybe tomorrow we’ll see some progress. At least, I hope we do!
*We didn’t stop cloth diapering because it was too difficult/expensive. We actually saved about $60-$100 dollars a month! But, when you’re living in someone else’s house and washing your kid’s dirty diapers in someone else’s washing machine…you have to take their opinion into consideration.