Potty Boot Camp

It’s time.
Time to say good-bye to diapers here in One Artsy Mama land.
We’ve tried potty training several times already, but Little Crafter wasn’t interested and so we let the matter drop.  He promised me {a pinky promise, no less} that he’d start using the potty on his third birthday.  Which came.  And went.  No potty.  At his 3 year well visit, the pediatrician said there’s no reason why a child as smart as Little Crafter is shouldn’t be potty trained.  Add that to the fact that I’m just plain tired of changing diapers, and what do you get?
Yup, that’s right.  Boot camp time, and there are no more diapers.
We told him he gets to wear underpants all day, and his favorite boots too.
We’ve made up some special ‘boot camp’ songs…you know the typical “Sound off, 1, 2″ chant?
Well, sing this to that tune:
No more diapers, no, no way!
Potty boot camp starts today.
Potty {boot camp}
Potty boot camp,
No more diapers under there,
Big boys wear fun underwear.
Potty {boot camp}
Potty boot camp,
We’re going to spend the whole day at home, playing games, pretending to camp in our makeshift “fort”, telling stories, watching movies, and using that potty.  And, as an added incentive, we have “mystery rewards” for him each time he successfully makes it to the potty.
Most of these fun things were graciously donated by Grandma and Pop-Pop. 
{thanks mom}
We have a new Clifford movie and a stuffed T-Bone since he’s a Clifford fanatic, Mater socks, a Mater tattoo, a new book, the Ghostbusters shirt he’s been begging for so he can be twins with daddy, and a new CD by his favorite band, Milkshake.

I wrapped each one separately and each time he uses the potty, he’ll get to choose a bag or box and have what’s inside.  What’s that you say?  Why yes, yes it IS flat out bribery.  And I am okay with that.  At this point, I’ll do whatever it takes. 
I’ll let you know how it goes…

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9 comments on Potty Boot Camp

  1. Jessica
    October 1, 2011 at 1:20 PM (4 years ago)

    Good luck! Boot camp worked great for us, hope you have as much success as we did!! Keep us posted :)

  2. andie jaye
    October 1, 2011 at 2:23 PM (4 years ago)

    alright lil crafter! git er done big man!!!

  3. Lish
    October 1, 2011 at 4:31 PM (4 years ago)

    Good luck..I am afraid we will be on that journey soon enough!

  4. MiMi
    October 1, 2011 at 7:31 PM (4 years ago)

    Yep, flat out bribery TOTALLY works. :)

  5. Carrie
    October 1, 2011 at 7:55 PM (4 years ago)

    Good luck! I can’t wait to hear how it works. My daughter was getting really good this summer and then decided she wanted her diapers back or at least decided not to tell us anymore and was making a mess everywhere. I threatened with diapers again and she said she wanted them. So I told her when she was ready she could do it and to let me know.

  6. Terry
    October 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM (4 years ago)

    Who wouldn’t agree that flat out bribery is a totally acceptable way to go!! Good luck.

  7. KarlieBee
    October 6, 2011 at 1:42 PM (4 years ago)

    Thank you for posting this. Liam will be three in FEbruary and is SOOO smart. Smart enough to tell his sunday school teachers he has to potty, and smart enough to trick us into believing he doesnt know how to at home. ERRR we are potty bootcamping this weekend! Wish me luck!

  8. Lorie
    October 6, 2011 at 9:28 PM (4 years ago)

    Anxious to hear how it goes as I am in the same boat with my stubborn 3 year old! Lorie @ Reading Confetti

  9. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear
    October 7, 2011 at 12:47 PM (4 years ago)

    Love the ideas. I’m probably going to be doing Potty Boot camp for mine before long, too. Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday.



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