Right around Emma's third birthday we started using the potty with her. She seemed to get the hang of it pretty quickly and was really proud of herself when she went. We tried to carry over the potty training at school but they weren't really good at putting her on the potty. They didn't seem to want to do it and only after I asked them every....single....day about the potty did they put her on a couple of times. Emma never did go on the potty at the school for them and I think it was mostly because the infrequency of it and the lack of a supportive potty and ample amount of time allotted to potty. Needless to say, that made it pretty hard to potty train our little one. Plus, it was really hard on my back and so we put the potty training on the back seat for a while.
This summer we took a long trip to Ireland and moved, putting potty training to the very bottom of my list of priorities. Truthfully, it's much easier to just change Emma's diaper than figuring out all the intricacies of potty training a non-verbal, non-mobile little girl. Once we settled down in the house we figured it was time to start potty training again and started up again with our little wooden potty. We also talked with her OT about ordering an adaptive one for our house. Potty training was ON!
|Emma at fountain in Love park. Fountain is purple in support of ending domestic abuse. She looks so grown up!|
Key to all of this potty training is carryover at school. Emma really is becoming a big girl and she really wants to do big girl things and going on the potty really makes Emma proud. I didn't want our second attempt to fail like the first and I was so happy that her school was completely on board. The day Emma started school they set her up in a potty that gives her amazing support. It was fitted and cleaned and available for her exclusive use on her second day at school. The first time she used it, she went on the potty! Horray for going at school!
We've been working on potty training for a couple of weeks now. It's going ok. Some days are better than others, but the last two days have been amazing with lots of dry diapers! The biggest challenge I have is what to do when we are out in public? Public restrooms are so not set up for us. And from what I can tell there aren't any portable potties for kids like Emma. I've asked around and no one has any great solutions. Maybe there just isn't any good solution, but if anyone reading this has any ideas please let me know. In the meantime I'll dig out our traveling fold-up potty seat we used for Julia and hold Emma on the potty. I can already feel my back hurting thinking about it ;-) but Emma is so worth it.
Here is our current schedule of when we place Emma on the potty:
- After waking up
- When she arrives at school she has her hearing/CIs checked first thing, then off to the potty. That is about 8:45am. On days when she doesn't have school, we do ~30 minutes after her morning drink
- Snack is at 10:30am so her next potty time is 11am.
- School ends at 11:15 and she arrives home around noon and I put her on the potty again once she gets home.
- After lunch but before nap - she doesn't usually go at this time so I might end up taking it out.
- After nap - she has been waking up dry and so this is a key time to put her on the potty!
- Before dinner
- Before Bath
- Before Bed
|My big girl getting on the school bus!|
|All smiles when she arrives home from school!|