since it seems everyone has there own idea of what being potty trained is I will tell you what it means when I say it.
-Kenya wears underwear at all times, No more diapers at ALL
-He stays dry ALL the time, maybe once a week he will have a wet night
-He tells us when he needs to go potty
-He can hold it for at least 4 hours during the day if he wants and knows how to hold it when he really needs to go.
I wanted to have a potty party for Kenya so he knew how great he did and should be excited about wearing BIG BOY underwear.
We started by putting away all the diapers in the closet that Kenya didn't use.
Then we gave him his BIG BOY underwear, danced around and sang some songs about no more diapers.
He wanted to put them all on
Since people always ask me how I potty trained Kenya at such a young age I will tell you what I did
-I bought the padded underwear and wore plastic pants over the top until he stopped having accidents then I took away the plastic pants except for at night. I acted really excited every time I checked his pants and he was dry, and every time he went on the toilet.
-I made it part of his daily routine, and waited to push it and put underwear on Kenya until AFTER Azure was born and us moving because there was LOTS of changes along with those events and I didn't want him to go backward in training(too many changes can be really hard on little kids)
-After being settled into our house and being back on track I stopped putting him in diapers during the day except for nap. When he started to have less accidents during the day, I took them away during nap and then finally at night. We were lucky.... he picked right up on it and stayed dry. It took about 2 months once I put underwear on from start to finish.
-I would take him potty about every 1/2 hour to hour until he got better at holding it. (I read kids are not able to completely control the muscle that allows them to pee and poop until 20 months???)
-I didn't listen to what everything and most everyone said about not being able to potty train completely until 2 1/2 years, and boys being harder so you should wait longer.
-staying positive. If I didn't and got mad at Kenya for things like having him sit on the toilet only to get off and pee his pants he would have more accidents the rest of the day. So when he did have an accident I would change him and simply tell him he needed to go potty on the toilet.
-When Kenya was 14 months old I started changing his diaper in the bathroom and putting him on the toilet to sit every time I changed him. As soon as he got up from naps the first place we would go is on the toilet to sit and try- he liked the have his blanket with him. Sometimes I would give him toys or books so he would stay on and go potty.
-I gave him "potty treats" after sitting on the toilet normally just candy, but this had to be changed up or he wouldn't care. We switched to a potty chart instead of candy at the end. He got to pick his sticker and put it on the chart. This worked good with my little brother so I thought I would try. Getting stickers of things your kids like helps too (thanks for the idea mom).
-We sang if your happy and you know it go pee (or poop). He loved this one and it almost always worked
-When I knew he needed to go but didn't want to I had him walk around naked, Miles was the only one that had issues with this one, because Kenya went on the floor when he did it.
-Once you go to underwear and out of diapers NEVER go back! Miles would want to put him in a diaper if we were going out of the house, I said no and went prepared for accidents.
-BOTH of us had to be involved. I could tell Miles thought I was making our lives more complex by training so early but once he got Kenya excited about it and was more supportive it made a HUGE difference and Kenya did much better(Kids are smarter then people think)
Miles was a big help with this whole thing and I can't imagine Kenya in stinky diapers- We are all a lot happier!
I can go on and on as I remember all the things we did to make this work and go smooth but this post is already too long!
ok I thought of one more I used a potty seat and put in on the toilet seat instead of using a potty chair.