Sunday, August 14, 2011

Potty Training Fail

Mackenzie, Mackenzie. I don't know what to do about him. He has been using his pull-ups as diapers. To him, it's the same thing. We can't go back into diapers now at this point, as he's moving to the next class September 1st, and he has to be in Pull-ups to be in that class. So, we decided to try something else this weekend since it seems nothing else is working. We left him naked most of this weekend. This morning, I was still sleeping (trying to sleep in since Quentin's been getting up every 3-4 hours all night these days (teething? growth spurt? That's a whole other story these days) and Jamie went into a shower. When he got out of the shower (he likes the main hallways shower so he showers there) and was in our en-suite bathroom putting in his contacts, etc, he heard rustling around in the hallway bathroom. When he got to the other bathroom, he found Mackenzie. Asked Mack what was going on - he said nothing. After a few minutes he figure out what happened. Turns out - Mack pooped in the playroom on the floor. So Mack went to get a baby wipe, cleaned it off the floor and put it in the bathroom garbage.

Sigh. I don't know what to do anymore. He won't go in the toilet. Even pees, which he was doing in the toilet/potty, he's regressed and is using his pull-up even more now for that. I can't believe that he actually pooped while nude on the playroom floor.

At least he cleaned it up himself?

We never had this problem with Sean. That was the first thing that he didn't do in his pull-ups. We had a harder time with pee, but we think for that his bladder just wasn't ready at first, but Sean actually was out of pull-ups in a few weeks and then used pull-ups during nap time at daycare (he never napped at home anymore after age 2) and overnight for the longest time. Sean was 3 and a half when he went into pull-ups and it was quick. Mack just turned 3 in June - not even 2 months ago (Aug 17th will be 2 months after his 3rd birthday - so this Wednesday). Maybe he's a little young? But we have no choice - and Pull-ups to be used as diapers, are expensive.

Have you had a similar experience? What worked for you in the end? I don't know what to do. Bribing doesn't even work on this kid - trust me, I've even tried that - even though I didn't want to.


Jules said...

Ugh that sounds so frustrating. Obviously I have not had any experience in this area since M is only 6 months old, but I'm really dreading it and I look forward to hearing the other advice you get.

Do you think Mackenzie is regressing because he's a bit jealous of Quentin? Maybe not even outright jealous, but subconsciously trying to still be a baby himself? That's my only idea. I hope you can figure it out soon!

g-girl said...

oh no! i'm just impressed that the kid cleaned up his own poop. ;) so kudos to you for that. maybe it's too soon for him?

Caroline said...

No advice from me, but I hope things will work out soon. I'm already dreading the potty training phase!

sapphireblue said...

My daughter didn't potty train till she was well after 3 yo. It was frustrating, because daycare wanted her to wear a pullup, but she would use it as a diaper. I had to bed them to just put her in underwear. She did finally get it.

Craftyt73 said...

My Mom swore that you just had to dress them in underwear and a big long t-shirt and spend your days in the backyard. Bring out a potty and show him it is there.

Having an accident in the underwear should make them want to go in the potty. Worth a try. lol At least it is not in the house.

My son took a long time to potty train, over 3 years. Boys take longer... He was dry during the night way before we made it thru the days. He was the same, treats and stickers never worked.

Good luck, it is frustrating but worth it.


Dawn said...

That sucks, but I'm sure he's just not ready! All kids are different and it took us a lot longer to potty train Josiah then Joshua. Maybe you could just do pull-ups for daycare and diapers at home. We used to tell Josiah until you're ready to go in the potty like a big boy, you have to wear diapers. Hang in there you'll get there eventually!

Tara said...

Ugh, that's rough. There's no perfect solution, of course. I'd put him back in diapers until he changes class. Plus, positive reinforcement when he DOES use the potty, and understated disapproval when he doesn't. Because yelling/getting uspet is ALSO a kind of reinforcement... Hang in there!

Girl Knits said...

Good luck with the potty training. It's possible he's just not ready. We had the same thing with our son and he just wasn't ready so he regressed back into diapers. (I don't recommend that either). When he'll be ready, you will see, it will come "like that".

Bea said...

I so wish I had some good advice for you. I hope he becomes willing soon. Wonder what the issue is?