... he's potty trained.
I've never used the "BRIBERY" method before. Well, at least not in such an overt and obvious manner. For Bella I simply used the M&Ms method which as I reflect, was not as effective. But I think they key to it all is how YOU act and how YOU go about it. Here are some tips that worked for me (like anything ... it works for some and doesn't or others. Take what you will!)
1. Decide to train and stick to it.
2. Go straight to underwear and never waiver. (I did use a diaper for nap/overnight but removed it IMMEDIATELY upon waking)
3. I personally didn't set an alarm or force liquid or force them him to sit on the potty all the time. I asked him when I thought about it. Plain and simple. Did we have accidents? Yep, a few. We just cleaned up and changed pants/underwear again and went on on merry way. By day 3 we stayed in the same clothes all day and haven't had to change clothes during the day ever again.
4. Make a BIG DEAL about the prizes. This helped having two older kids who were super jealous and intrigued by the prize station. I set the prizes out for all to see. I didn't have to monitor the little hands too much and nothing got stolen (that is saying a LOT here!).
5. Noah didn't understand "the urge." A few little mishaps and uncomfortable feeling in his undies and he suddenly understood the urge. Soon we were dealing with a little dot of pee then telling me he had to potty verses a full wetting of his pants. Poop was slower to understand urge (I'm not gonna lie ... I picked up some pieces of #2 during a "pool party" in the early days of training! Eewwww!) Then he got to the point of 50/50 ... he'd start to poop and realize it then tell me and finish in the potty. That is messy. We only did that about 3 times. Since then, he tells me.
6. Make a BIG STINK about every success. Get it, big stink? :) I'm hysterical! But really, we danced a lot, called everyone in to see, bragged about his success and in general treated him like the KING when he had success.
7. When he didn't have success? We DID NOT make a big stink. We merely cleaned up and rolled on and didn't make hime feel guilty. For him, he'd ask "I get a tweet?" And a "no buddy, you did NOT go to the potty" was enough incentive.
8. Underwear all of the time. We went places. We didn't stay home. I took an extra pair of undies and shorts -- never had to use them. (miracle!) The Y was great about asking and rewarding with a sticker. Every other time I could control it I just asked him to go.
9. Set an example. Noah has seen me potty a LOT in the last 2 weeks. He is pretty proud of how good of a job I'm doing too! ;)
10. ENJOY CHANGING LESS DIAPERS AND HAULING THEM EVERYWHERE! Woot!
We, ahem I, potty trained Noah is roughly 5 days. HOLY COW. I think I was too wishy washy with Bella and put her in diapers when we went places and that is just a mixed message. Luke, the anomaly, just trained himself. Decided he was ready and went.
Like anything, do it when you are ready too do it. Same as a diet or lifestyle change, etc. Until YOU are fully committed, it just won't work! I put all my effort in and decided THIS IS IT! And it was! Also in the same bucket as be ready is "BE POSITIVE." My attitude and excitement motivated him! He loved (still does) seeing my face when he pee pee'd and hearing me say "I'm SO proud of you little BUDDY!" He'd light up like a Christmas Tree!
Noah continues to amaze me with his potty story ... he's also been dry at nap and overnight. That same thing happened with Bella. I think some kids that just happens. Luke? Still wet (like seriously WET) overnight. Bella? Dry as a bone, never one accident. Everyone is different!
Hopefully those tips help someone out there! I'm super proud of our little guy and OH SO HAPPY to not cart diapers around anymore! RAISE THE ROOF! :)