We started potty training my son this summer at 23 months old. He was showing interest and vocalizing his need to us the bathroom (sometimes) and always after if not. For the most part, we've used the naked potty training method. When we needed to leave the house, I relied on cloth trainers. We had great success for a while, but I'll admit, I still wouldn't consider him fully potty trained.
There were many obstacles.
1. Preschool - Once school started (two mornings a week) he wouldn't tell his teachers he needed to go. Add in the fact that he was stressed and having major separation anxiety at drop off. I was sending him in cloth trainers, but the teachers just couldn't keep up. Trainers aren't meant to absorb as much as a diaper and in his anger at drop-off his clothes would be soaked. We discussed sending him in diapers, but I really didn't want to back track. After trying the cloth trainers for a couple of weeks, I caved and went with Pull-ups. He didn't leak out of those when at school and they were better than diapers because they pull up and down for the times the teachers could get him to go potty. I think the pull-ups are a set back, but it's a chance I took. I was more interested in helping him adjust to being at school than I was in him potty training.
2. Church - We go to three services a week, one on Wednesday nights and two on Sunday mornings (back to back). Each service is about 90 minutes. I take him to the potty before each service and was sending him in cloth trainers. Once again, he wasn't telling the teachers he needed to go. I ditched the cloth trainers at church after one nursery worker threw away one of our trainers because it was "soiled." I won't go into the specifics, but I was upset and yes, I got my trainer back and took it home and washed it. I decided at such a large church with a lot of kids in each service, perhaps cloth trainers was too much and decided to use Pull-ups there too. As much as I hate it, I felt like it was the best compromise.
3. Busy boy! - This child is busy! After resorting to Pull-ups when he is with others, I feel like that gave him free reign to play uninterrupted. I think he became confused because the potty training wasn't consistent. At home, he would have multiple accidents, whether he was naked, in underwear, or in trainers. My husband and I decided to try the discipline route (even though it's not recommended) and found that wasn't working either. We actually feel really guilty and ditched that method.
A few weeks ago, at a local children's store, my husband spotted a display for the Potty Watch. He thought it would be a great idea, but I was skeptical. How could a watch that alerted him it was time to go potty be any more effective than me saying the same thing? I needed help though. Everything we tried wasn't working, so we decided to purchase one and give it a go. BEST IDEA EVER!
How it works!
The Potty Watch doesn't display the actual time. It's basically a timer. The parent chooses how often the alarm will sound in intervals of 30, 60 or 90 minutes. To set the timer, you have to hold down two buttons. There is no way my toddler can figure out how to mess up the timer or reset it. When the timer goes off, a song plays (no words, just music) alerting the child it's time to go potty. When the song finishes, the countdown starts all over again. When your child is sleeping, you just set the watch to "off" and nothing will happen.
The watch comes in three colors, blue, green or pink, and is a colored band with the watch face looking like a toilet. While I'm not a huge fan of the toilet part, it's not terribly ugly. The watch is supposed to be worn by the child. I have read reviews were people were concerned about the watch getting wet when the child washes their hands, but this hasn't been an issue for us.
My son doesn't like wearing the watch on his wrist. Instead, we just attach it to his belt loops. If he's in pajamas or pants with no belt loops, I just leave the Potty Watch nearby where we can here it.
You guys, it actually works! I even ventured out to run errands today with my son in underwear! Every time the watch goes off my son says "OH!" and runs to the potty! We make him try and most of the time he will go. I have the timer set for one hour. I do find that if he tries to pee and can't, then he sometimes won't make it to the next interval without having an accident.
We've been turning on the watch first thing in the morning and then turning it off during nap time, then back on again until bed time. No matter what we're doing, we stop to go potty when the song plays. I really feel like this consistency is important.
You can purchase the Potty Watch on Amazon. I bought ours at a local store. I really can't recommend it enough! I'm still using trainers for nap time and diapers at night, but I'm hoping to transition into using the watch at school and church as well. He really needs the reminders to use the potty.
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