|Christopher's 2nd birthday in his big boy pants|
Be excited and your child will be excited too.
|Christopher being silly with his new big boy pants|
|I am gonna figure this out I promise!|
Another first for me when all else fails, was giving my son M&Ms when he went potty. For children who have special needs you will have to do more and this worked well for him. Just make sure you have enough of them on hand.
|It is very tiring to go on the potty all the time!|
|I am such a big boy now!!|
Christopher age 3 fully potty trained
It took me a year with my youngest but I am so glad we went slow with him. Yes, I praised him every time he used the potty for a year we gave him M&Ms and sometimes sour patch kids which he seemed to like better. When you have a child with special needs you have to do things differently. Plus every child is different what works for most might not work for one or two. You have to be fixable.
The most important thing you can do for yourself and your child during this time is to keep it stress free and positive.
Another thing to expect is that they are going to at some time check out peeing on the floor maybe even going poop on the floor. Remember expect it and accept it, this is just part of learning something new to your child. Let them help clean it up and with a normal tone explain that this goes in the potty you can have them repeat it. Pee goes in the potty or poop goes in the potty. Once again no punishment, it wont help and could very well set your child back.
I made a picture chart showing each step of going on the potty. I took a picture of the potty chair, then a picture of Christopher sitting on the potty chair, a picture of him smiling and then a picture of my husband and I clapping, and ended it with a picture of Christopher washing his hands. I put a caption under each picture not for him but so that we could read the potty picture story to him. I put it up on a wall in my living room because that is the room he is in the most.
This is also the time to use candy or other small treats as a reward you can slowly stop giving these as the child gets better at going potty. Christopher has been potty trained for over a year now but once in awhile he will ask for a sour patch kid and I give him one. Most of the time he doesn't even tell me he is going potty anymore he just goes.
I always gave my kids two stickers for going poop for some reason kids really fight that one if you are doing M&Ms give two for poop and one for pee. It helps.