First the progress…
After our recent poop successes, it has fallen back to a pattern of hits and misses. The good thing is that Gavin is fairly receptive towards pooping into the toilet and he is clearly showing distress when poops in his diaper.
As for the peeing part, I think I’ve discovered the trick to it. After the initial assessment that Gavin mightn’t quite be ready to be potty trained, it looks like he might be ready after all.
It’s all in the bribe…
One of the reasons why I wanted to back off on the pee-training part was because Gavin was starting to get rather negative about the whole peeing part. Although he was very positive about wearing his Thomas underwear and prefers it to wearing a diaper, whenever I asked him if he needed to pee, he would always say “no”. Then he would end up peeing in his Thomas underpants and have to change again.
I first attempted to encourage him to tell me he needed to pee by pointing out that he can’t wear his Thomas underpants if it gets wet. He seemed rather receptive to the idea but there was a distinct lack of follow through.
I then resorted to asking him if he needed to pee on intervals but it, too, failed. It appeared that Gavin just didn’t like the idea of peeing in the potty which I keep close on hand in case we can’t make it to the bathroom on time.
Recently, my brother and his wife came down from Singapore and they brought with them the new Thomas and Friends Lego sets which hubby had reserved from Toys Hunt:
They passed us the Lego sets when we went for dinner and Gavin couldn’t take his eyes off them for most of the night. When we got home, I hid them although Gavin often reminds me that he wants to play with his Thomas Lego – more specifically, James and Stanley, the two latest additions to his collection.
The intention was always to use the new Thomas and Friends Lego sets as a potty training reward, so I told him he had to collect his stickers before he can get it. The last time, he had to collect 50 stickers to receive his Thomas and Friends Collapsing Sodor Suspension Bridge. This time, he’s got to make it to 100 stickers to get one of the new Lego sets.
Since he’s almost there with the pooping part and we’re trying to encourage him to pee into the potty, we’ve swapped the sticker value. He now gets two stickers for peeing and one sticker for pooping. Hopefully by the time he’s earned his two Lego sets, we can dispense with the sticker rewards system.
Now whenever I ask him if he needs to pee, he still says, “No.” When I ask him if he wants to pee in the pot to get a sticker, he still says, “No.” When I ask him if he wants to pee in the pot to get his Lego, he’s only too eager comply.
I guess it’s all in the bribe…