Its Potty Time Over Here

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We are hitting a major milestone over in the Alaei household, it’s potty time. For the second time, I am attempting to potty train Aria. I can see already why I quit the first time.

I feel like I must mention that I was not successful in potty training my two oldest kids and it wasn’t until we put them in daycare that they figured out how to use the potty–peer pressure from the other kids I am sure.

Aria just started to talk a couple of weeks ago and so I feel like she is finally at a place where she can tell me whether she needs to do #1 or #2. Just because she can tell me that she needs to go doesn’t mean she will though as I am finding out the hard way.

Last night I brought one of our potties upstairs and so when we woke up this morning I asked her if she wanted to use it. Surprisingly she was all over that and within a minute her diaper was on the floor and she had a potty full of pee. Reward=1 chocolate chip at 7 am<-no biggy right?

She is a genius and at around 10 am she decided that she needed to do her #2 which rewards her 2 chocolate chips. She did #2 three times in 10 minutes milking the system I had in place like a champion.

At this point, I am feeling pretty confident that the kid has this whole potty training thing down as she is having no accidents. Then I find her in the kitchen eating all of the chocolate chips that I was using to reward her successes. Hiding chocolate chips in a formula container was not enough and she had maneuvered a stool up to the cabinet. Aria seems to be smarter and more conniving than the other kids for sure.potty training

I think she gave up on the potty training because of the sugar rush she was clearly on and proceeded to pee all over my home. She climbed on a step ladder only to go pee. I watched her do it and she laughed in my face as the pee ran down her leg and the subsequent steps of the ladder.

As the day progressed she kept peeing all over the place. She would roll herself up in the curtains and pee. 
She would go upstairs to the playroom and pee. 

She would go to the washroom and just pee on the floor.

Each time she got a new pair of big girl undies and we would have a talk about the potty.

The last resort was when she put on Emma’s slippers and proceeded to scoot under the dining room table while on the potty only to pee all over the floor somehow. She then proceeded to stomp through the pile of pee with the slippers.
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I caved and put on a diaper.

What am I doing wrong?

She understands the action of using the potty. We try to ask and remind her often. We praise and reward even though she is also rewarding herself.

I don’t want to give up and send her to daycare so they potty train her (although it is a great method). I also don’t exactly want to keep buying diapers as I am ready to have big kids now. 

The struggle is real in the Alaei household right now. Excuse me while I go back to rolling up my rugs so that Aria doesn’t treat them like pee pads

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Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. March 9, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Ugh. I hate potty train. It’s not a fun process. We waited until our oldest showed interest (2.5) and then did the no pants method. He was trained in a day or two! Our second son is almost 3 and has ZERO interest in using the potty. I’ll give him another few months before pushing it.

  2. marie s
    March 10, 2016 / 1:01 am

    we tried actively at 2.5 and did not gel. as soon as she turn three we were all ready and followed the 3 day potty training. I highly recommend it. she was trained day time in one day and night time by day 3.

  3. Victoria Ess
    March 24, 2016 / 10:34 pm

    That sounds so stressful and not fun. They always say that children will start using the potty when they are ready, but it’s hard when you’re the parent!

  4. Kristi Blackley
    April 1, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    I’m glad I’m not alone! My daughter won’t even go pee on the potty ever! We try all the time! If she’s naked, she’ll pee on the floor and if she was a pull up on she’ll pee in there. I just keep trying. I feel like if she at least goes once, she’ll get it, but after reading your post I’m not so sure! lol Good Luck Mama!

  5. April 1, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I put a dress on her and no underwear and she seems okay so far. If she wears a diaper she goes in it and if she wears underwear she sometimes forgets and does her business in them. We’re at 80% success. Im happy

  6. Treen Goodwin
    April 2, 2016 / 9:23 am

    I am so glad the potty days are over lol its so stressful , i was beginning to think i was going to have a melt down for my second one lol he was almost 3 before i could get him on the potty , but it only took a few weeks and he got it 🙂

  7. kathy downey
    June 21, 2016 / 11:04 am

    No more potty days for my thank goodness,if its stressful your doing it wrong.If she,s not ready wait another week or so.Make it fun.

    August 9, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    It will happen, one day it will just click, I just smirk because it was so long ago for me

  9. loriag
    August 15, 2016 / 8:29 am

    They will eventually learn. For mine it took stripping their bottom half and just staling home for a week until they had it down.

    August 26, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Patience and more patience that’s what you need