Today was Lily's 3rd day in "big gull unner-wear". She's been reliably using her potty every night after dinner, before her bath, for months now. She was delighted each time she went because she got to put a sticker up on her chart:
Good work, right? Look at all those stickers! But, if we asked her any other time of the day if she wanted to sit on her potty, she would scream "Noooo!" very dramatically and run away. I guess stickers aren't all that cool. Fine - no pressure. Can't potty-train a kid before they're ready. But I've suspected for some time that she was ready. So, we decided that it was worth trying some additional incentive. Here's what actually worked:Yeah... Those are jelly beans... Pure sugar... In the house where kids don't really get to eat sugar... But it's working. Saturday, when we got home from the park, we convinced her to sit, and go, and gave her two jelly beans. She was hooked, and wore underwear the rest of the day, as we convinced her to sit on the potty every 20 minutes.
Day two was a bit of a challenge... She didn't want to put underwear on. So here's what convinced her to do it all again:"Lily, if you put on underwear, Mommy will paint your toenails!"
Apparently, everyone loves a pedicure! Oh, and also, bribery works.
She had a couple of accidents, followed by a talk about how we want to keep our big girl underwear dry. After that explanation, she started keeping them dry - who knew a rational, logical conversation would work??
So here we are, on day three. She's getting a diaper for her nap and at bedtime. And the rest of the day, she's in underwear and telling us when she needs to go potty. And we haven't had any accidents since yesterday morning. It's shocking.
Of course, at this point, I'm too scared to leave the house!