Monday, December 22, 2008

A Smartie Is Cheaper Than A Diaper

While Areyna was potty training we gave her little "incentives" for going potty.  You know, like a sticker on her sticker chart (that really never worked for Areyna) or a gummy bear or something.  It was the hardest habit to break though.  It was a rough day when she figured out that she just had to potty to go potty.  So, we vowed never to do it with Zeke.  

Well, we gave in about 2 weeks ago.  We knew Zeke could go and if we asked him he'd go pretty well but we could sense he needed a little more incentive for some consistency.  So, a couple of  weeks ago we started giving him a single Smartie every time he'd go potty.  By that Friday Zeke had his FIRST full day in big boy undies without an accident.  In fact, it's been almost 2 whole weeks and we've only had about 4 accidents.  

He's not nearly to the point of being fully potty trained but if I can remember to ask him every hour or so we'll make it to the potty in time.  He'll tell me on his own about half of the time.  We're getting there and he is doing GREAT!  He even has a dry diaper when he gets up from his naps which means we are averaging about 1 diaper a day!  We can handle that=)

So, for the little amount of work to ask him every so often and go set him on the potty I'll take handing out 1 smartie over going through 4-5 diapers a day!

Do you reward for potty-training?  What kinds of things do you do?
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