Pre-Potty Training Savings with Pampers Coupons

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School is winding down, and I am about to face a summer with a rising 2nd grader and a rising pre-K-er.  It feels like just yesterday we started kindergarten and then said goodbye to Kindergarten.

Last week, I said goodbye to another class of awesome two-year-olds.  They were a great bunch, and I’ll miss holding their tiny hands, seeing their gigantic grins, and getting super squishy hugs from them twice a week.  This particular class was an “older” group of 2s.  They all turned two before Christmas – three of them in the month of September.  So it was no surprise that all seven of them ended the year in disposable training pants, all showing great signs of getting ready for potty training. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Quick! I Need Diapers! Diaper Deals for 12/29/14

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Weekly Diaper Deals Round-up

Did’ja just realize you’re on your LAST diaper, and are now scrambling to snag a pack of diapers?  Well, let me save you the trouble of searching for the best deal — they’re all here!  And when you have a moment, make sure to read about how I find cheap diapers so you can stock up.  Huge thanks to Moola Saving Mom for sharing this week’s deals!

Also, check out the diaper deals available at Amazon, and use your Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom perks, too!  Finally, don’t forget my own, automatically updated list of printable baby coupons!

CVS

Get $10 ECBs wyb $30 in Participating P&G Products, Limit 1 Pampers Diapers, Jumbo pk – $8.99
$1.00/1 Pampers Baby Dry Diapers; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
$1.00/1 Pampers Cruisers Diapers; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
$1.00/1 Pampers Cruisers Diapers; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day

Huggies Diapers, Pull Ups, GoodNites or Tru-Fit Refills, Jumbo pk – $7.99 [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Rite Aid Tugaboos diapers + Vera Bradley = Awesomely Sweet!!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rite Aid Tugaboos diapers.

Y’all know by now, I love find a good deal on diapers.  The folks at Rite Aid have made that process a little easier.  I recently received a pack of Rite Aid Tugaboos diapers to try out with my little buy, and was quite impressed with how well it held his li’l caboose.  As someone who has tried just about every diaper brand out there, I was excited to find a diaper that didn’t leak, didn’t have flimsy tabs that broke off, AND was affordable.  Seriously, I’ve had more straight-to-the-tub diaper explosions with my son than I ever had with my daughter!  (Is that just a boy thing? *sigh*)  I digress.  I’ve struggled to find affordability coincide with comfort and durability in a diaper.  But Tugaboos really held up to the challenge!

Tugaboos Modeling Collage

Rite Aid Tugaboos diapers have recently been improved for added leakage protection and faster absorption.  And it shows!  I like  the soft stretchable waist & side panels, excellent leakage protection (no need for -ahem- post-diaper change baths!), a hypoallergenic inner liner, a cottony soft feel, and super-cute design.  (No expensive commercialization here, folks!)

Truly, Rite Aid Tugaboos diapers proved to be a win-win for me and my son.

Now for the deal: currently at Rite Aid, you can grab a pack of Tugaboos for $8.99, and get a second for half off $4.50, valid through 6/23/13.  To sweeten the deal, for every $20 you spend in select Rite Aid brand baby care items, you’ll get $5 in Up Rewards!  So, essentially stock up on four packs of diapers, and you’ll get $5 back.  Seriously, you can’t beat that!!

Rite Aid Tugaboos diapers

Additionally, for the month of June, all Rite Aid Tugaboos diapers purchase will earn an entry into the Tugaboos and Vera Bradley Sweepstakes!  In fact, ANY baby-related Rite Aid brand item -including Tugaboos, all baby care items, and hand sanitizer- purchased with your wellness+ card will serve as an entry to win of of 25 super-cute Vera Bradley designer diaper bags!  That’s over a $100 value!  So, if you win, you can schlep your baby and his accessories around in style!  🙂

Think about it: you can stock up on great quality diapers, save a good chunk of change, and up your chances to win a super-cute diaper bag, chock-full of Tugaboo products!!

Rite Aid Tugaboos diapers

With every in-store purchase of qualifying Tugaboos products using your wellness+ card at any Rite Aid store between June 1-30, 2013, you will receive an entry for a chance to win one of (25) Vera Bradley Designer Diaper Bags filled with select Tugaboos products.

To enter without making a purchase, complete this entry form now: https://riteaidtugaboos.dja.com/.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rite Aid.

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--Barbara

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Diaper Deals for This Week 5-5-13

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You know me, I’m always looking for the cheap diapers!  Thankfully, I can now offer y’all the best diaper deals each week.  Take a look at the best deals this week.  Super-huge thanks to Saving with Shellie for sharing this week’s deals.

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:: CVS

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers, Pull-Ups, GoodNites or Little Swimmers – $9.49
-Use $2/1 Huggies Pull-Ups coupon OR
-Use $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers coupon OR
-Use $1/1 Huggies Little Swimmers coupon
As low as $7.49

Huggies Big Pack Diapers, Pull-Ups, or GoodNites – $19.99
-Use $2/1 Huggies Pull-Ups coupon OR
-Use $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers coupon OR
As low as $17.99

:: Rite-Aid

Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers or Easy Ups – $8.99
-Use $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon
-Use $2/1 Pampers Easy Ups coupon
As low as $6.99

Huggies Big Pack Diapers – $19.99
-Use $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers coupon
As low as $18.49

:: Walgreens

Walgreens Premium Diapers– BOGO 50% off
Final Price = Varies

:: Target

(2) Pampers Super Pack Diapers – $24.99
-Use (2) $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon
-Get $10 Target GC WYB 2
As low as $36.98 for 2 items, after coupons and gift cards.

(2) Huggies Super Pack Diapers- $24.99
-Use (2) $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers coupon
-Get $10 Target GC WYB 2
As low as $36.98 for 2 items, after coupons and gift cards.

(2) Luvs Diapers- $16.99
-Use $1/1 Luvs Diapers coupon
-Get $5 Target GC WYB 2
As low as $27.98 for 2, after coupons and gift cards.

:: Amazon

In order to receive the Amazon Mom  discount you will either need to have an Amazon Prime subscription or be in the initial 90-day trial period of Amazon Mom.

 Huggies Little Movers Diapers (60ct – Size 4) – $19.77
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Clip $2 off Huggies Amazon Coupon
As low as $13.82

Huggies Snug & Dry (74ct – Size 4) – $22.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Clip $2 off Huggies Amazon Coupon
As low as $16.40

Pampers Cruisers (160ct – Size 4) – $47.19
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
As low as $37.75

Pampers Baby Dry (140ct – Size 4) – $34.05
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Clip $1 off Pampers Amazon Coupon
As low as $26.24

Luvs (204ct – Size 3) – $32.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
As low as $26.39

Seventh Generation (155ct – Size 3) – $49.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Clip $4 off Seventh Generation Amazon Coupon
As low as $35.99

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Toys R Us gift card 50% off From Groupon!! + Cheap Diaper scenarios

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Toys R Us Groupon Deal Nov 2012

Take advantage of this fantastic holiday offer for Toys R Us, through Groupon — you can grab a $20 TRU gift card for only $10!!  Yep, that’s half off, y’all!  This is good for either Babies R Us, Toys R Us, or FAO Schwartz NYC.  

The fine print: you must use the gift card by 12-24-12.  Card not valid until after 5 p.m. today (11-23-12).

Babies R Us Groupon Deal Nov 2012


Here’s a few deal scenarios: remember those high value Huggies $3 coupon (no longer available) and Pampers $2 coupon?  Combine them with this, and you could snag a few packs of diapers for VERY cheap!  Y’all know I love cheap diapers!

Pampers are as low as $12.99/pack – use (2) $2 off printable coupons, combine with the $20 Groupon, and you pay as little as $1.98 plus tax out of pocket!  ($11.98 when you include the cost of the Groupon)  

Huggies are as low as $9.99 a pack.  Use (3) $3 printable coupons (if you were lucky enough to snag them while they were available), combined with the $20 Groupon.  After the cost of the Groupon, you pay $10.97 for three packs of diapers.  

**Also, don’t forget to take advantage of Groupon’s great deal at Studio Movie Grill, also!**

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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QUICK! I NEED DIAPERS!! — Store Diaper Deal Roundup- week of 9-24-12

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Did’ja just realize you’re on your LAST diaper, and are now scrambing to snag a pack of diapers?  Well, let me save you the trouble of searching for the best deal — they’re all here!  And when you have a moment, make sure to read about how I find cheap diapers so you can stock up.  Huge thanks to Simply Frugal Living for sharing this week’s deals!

Also, check out the diaper deals available at Amazon, and use your Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom perks, too!

Target

**These diaper deals are each part of a $5 giftcard offer, when you buy two.**

Luvs Diapers box – $17.99 each


USE THIS: $1/1 Pampers Baby Dry or Luvs Diapers, exp. 9/30/12 (Target They Keep Growing Baby Mailer) WITH THIS: $1/1 Luvs Diapers (LuvsDiapers.com)

As low as $15.99 each after stacked coupons!


Huggies big packs (Diapers or Pull-Ups) – $19.49 each

* USE THIS: $3/1 Huggies Diapers, 44 ct+ AND Wipes, 56 ct+, TARGET COUPON, pg. 24 – pg. 25  Parents, JULY Issue WITH THIS: $2/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-Ons from 09/16/2012 SS Insert (exp 10/13/2012)
As low as $14.49 each after stacked coupons!
Pampers Super-Pack Diapers (Cruisers, Swaddlers, Baby Dry, Easy Ups and Luvs) – $24.99 each
* $3/2 Pampers, bag, box or pants from 08/26/2012 P&G Insert (exp 09/30/2012)
As low as $23.49 each after coupons, when you buy 2.


Walmart

Huggies Slip On Diapers: $8.97 (Rollback)
$2.00/1 Huggies Diapers, exp. 10/13
As low as $6.97 after coupons!

Walgreens

Pampers Swaddlers, Cruisers or Baby Dry Jumbo pk diapers – $20/2 ($10 each)
Pampers Baby Wipes 192 or 216 pk – $5.99

**Get $5 RR WYB $25+ participating Pampers products listed below**

* $3/2 bags Pampers Diapers, exp. 9/30/12 (P&G 08/26/12)

* $0.50/1 Pampers Wipes, exp. 9/30/12 (P&G 08/26/12)

You Pay $22.49, and you’ll receive $5 RR.

Final Price: $5.83 each wyb 2 diapers and 1 wipes container

CVS

Huggies Jumbo Packs – $9.50
**Get $10 ECB wyb $30 on baby care products included in sale.**
* USE THIS: (if your CVS accepts competitor’s coupons) $2/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on from 08/25/12 Walgreens IVC, September 2012 (exp 09/29/12) WITH ONE OF THESE:
*  $2/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-Ons 09/16/12 SS Insert (exp 10/13/12)
*  $1/1 Huggies Diapers $1/1 09/16/12 SS Insert (exp 10/13/12)
* $2/1 Huggies Little Movers Slip-on Diapers 09/11/12 Walmart printable (exp 12/31/50)
* $2/1 Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants , Jumbo Pack+ 09/28/10 Pull-ups printable (exp 12/31/50)
You Pay:  $29.00, receive $10 ECB
As low as $19.00 total –$4.75 each- for Little Movers Slip-Ons if included in sale, after coupons.

Huggies Wipes Refills packs – $6.00
Get $10 ECB wyb $30 on baby care products included in sale.
Deal scenario:
* Use (5) $0.40/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, 56 ct+ from 09/16/12 SS Insert (exp 10/13/12)
You Pay: $28, receive $10 ECB.
As low as $3.60 each wyb 5 packs and use 5 coupons.

Rite Aid

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--Barbara

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QUICK! I NEED DIAPERS!! — Store Diaper Deal Roundup- July 16

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Did’ja just realize you’re on your LAST diaper, and are now scrambing to snag a pack of diapers?  Well, let me save you the trouble of searching for the best deal — they’re all here!  And when you have a moment, make sure to read about how I find cheap diapers so you can stock up.  Huge thanks to Simply Frugal Living for sharing this week’s deals!

Also, check out the diaper deals available at Amazon.  (post coming soon!)  
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Cheap (?) Charlie Banana Cloth Diapering Items @ Target

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I wish I could say with more certainty if this was a good deal, but -alas- as “green” as I am, I never got around to researching cloth diapers.  But,  I digress.

On an endcap at Target this afternoon (the Holcomb Bridge, Roswell location), I saw these cloth diaper accessories on clearance.  If you or someone you know is considering cloth diapers, or already do so, this may be a good deal.  (And if it’s NOT a good deal, could someone please contact me and let me know?)  :o)

They’re all Charlie Banana brand, and have all the various pieces you would need: disposable inserts, washable OR disposable inserts, and the outside diaper shell.  (Yeah, my terminology is flawed here, I know!)

Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara 

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HUGE SAVINGS!! Huggies AND Pampers on clearance!!

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I went to the Perimeter Target today, and they has TONS of diapers on clearance!  I found boxed diapers on clearance for $25, and “big packs” of Pampers on clearance for $16.82.  There were also boxes of Huggies Pure & Natural for just under $16.  Also, Size 6 Huggies Snug and Dry were clearanced for around $6!!


For even deeper savings, use these Target coupon:
* $1/1 Pampers Diapers, exp. 6/9/12 (Target P&G 04/29/12)
$3 off Select Huggies AND Coppertone Item Target printable


Then stack with these, appropriately:
$1.50/1 Pampers Swaddlers or Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers printable
$1.50/1 Pampers Cruisers or Baby Dry Diapers  printable
* $3/2 Huggies Diapers or Refill Wipes, exp. 6/10/12 (SS 05/06/12 R)
$2 off Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers AND Huggies Baby Wipes printable


PampersOn top of these savings, make sure you’ve enrolled in Pampers Gifts to Grow and/or Huggies Enjoy the Ride program, for even deeper savings and rewards!  (Actually, you need not even have children to reap the benefit of these programs, and “free” codes are always  floating around!)


Yes, this is a good way to stock up on cheap diapers! 🙂

Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara 

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Ditching the Diapers: Potty Training in 3 (or 4) Days

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Disclaimer: The following is my account of potty training my daughter, using a particular method*. I am not claiming to be an expert on the subject. However, in 30 years, I’ve 20 years experience with working with kids, including two degrees in education. I’ve taught in middle school and elementary schools, and just finished up my first year in preschool. Again, I am NOT an expert in the matter, but I do feel my combined education and experience makes my account worthwhile. :o)
 
ditching the diapers: potty trainingDuring the third full week in May, I undertook the daunting task of potty training my daughter, who was 26 months at the time. She was ready; she was more than ready, and I knew it. This just happened to be the first block of time where I could set aside to truly devote to the task. School had finished up the week before, and we had nothing critical that needed to be done. (Gym, schmym – we’re ditching diapers!!) So, I began hyping up going on the potty even more, leading up to that week.
 
She’d been sitting on the potty at night since January. But that’s all she had done: sit. So the potty was already a familiar entity for her. Plus, she frequently saw Mommy go potty, and -hee hee- taught her self how to “wipe”, as well.
 
I knew what I did and didn’t want to do with PT. For one, I did not want to use the “timer method” – I didn’t feel like that was a way to teach a child how to read their body’s signals. I also did NOT want to make the transition from diapers to training pants (like Pull-Ups) full time. That didn’t seem to make sense for us. I started making Carol work on pulling her pants on and off for over six months prior, so she’d already mastered that task. (This was easily accomplished during diaper changes. After the diaper was put on, I’d stand her up, with pants at her ankles, and have her pull them up. She still needs a little help getting them up in the back.) I knew I wanted to go straight from diapers to panties, with the exception of naps and nighttime. (I’ll touch more upon that later.)
 
We ceremoniously took a trip to Target and picked out a few packs of Big Girl Panties. She got to pick out one pack , with princesses on them, naturally; while I tossed in a few more packs that were more cost-efficient. All the while, I talked very upbeat but casually, about how big girls wear panties instead of diapers, sit on the potty, AND put their pee-pee and poo-poo in the potty, and NOT in a diaper. Further, we read plenty of “going potty” books in the weeks leading up to Operation: Ditching the Diapers. Finally, I deliberately opened the packs of panties in front of her, and gave her the “princess” cardboard insert that came with the one pack, and made sure she watched me fold the newly-washed panties, talking up how neat it is to have her very own big girl panties.
 
Day One
So Tuesday -Day One- arrived, and after breakfast, we ceremoniously went back up stairs to take off our jammies, and take off our verylastdiaper. (Yes, my child eats breakfast in her jammies… That’s blog entry for another day.) I pulled out the new panties from her dresser drawer, and told her how, from now on, she was not going to wear diapers, but wear panties like a big girl. I showed her the picture of the princess on the front, to which she cooly remarked, “oooh, nice” while patting the princess. I went on to explain that big girls keep their panties dry, so if she felt “the pee-pees”, to tell mommy and we’d go sit on the potty. (She wore just a t-shirt and panties, no pants, to minimize the time needed to sit on the potty.)
 
I’m not going to lie, within two hours of this, I was totally exhausted, and halfway convinced this method just wouldn’t work. (I’m going to chalk up most of the exhaustion to pregnancy.) But I knew I had to have faith in what I set out to do, and push forward. The key to this method of potty training is to stay right by your child’s side at all times. This way, you pick up on their cues, and therefore, teach the child their cues to go potty. With frequent reminders to “tell mommy if you feel the pee-pees”, we still had our share of accidents. The key was to rush her to the potty the second I saw her pause (to pee), if the first drop came out, or if those legs started to spread apart, I’d scoop her up and plop her on the potty. All with a casual reminder that “we sit on the potty to go pee pee!”
 
We had about half a dozen accidents within the first two hours, but only a few that were paper-towel-worthy; mostly, her panties got a little damp, and we simply had to change in to a new pair. I frequently had her feel the new, dry pair, and compare it to the damp pair we just took off. I’d say things like, “see, these panties are dry. Let’s keep our new panties dry. So you tell mommy if you feel the pee-pees.” Also, for intermittent reinforcement, I would “quiz” her to see if the panties were dry; if they were, we would enthusiastically celebrate. Sometimes that entailed doing the “Woo-Hoo! My Panties are STILL Dry” dance.
 
While I was getting lunch ready, I failed to keep a close of an eye on her, and that’s when her little table and chair in the kitchen got a downpour. She stood in her chair, just letting it gush out – all the while looking over at me, unable to articulate what she needed to do, so she just, well, showed me…
 
And then it all started to click.
 
She would not necessarily verbally state that she needed to go potty, but her body language was clear. She would “hold” herself; she’d knowingly pause whatever she was doing, becoming motionless. I cracked her code, and so did she! Before I put her down for her nap, not only did she pee on the potty, while keeping her panties dry, but she even pooped on the potty, too! I really saw the tide starting to turn, and almost hated to have to put her down for a nap. (Naps were necessary – if for no other reason, so I could have a little break during such an exhausting time!) I reluctantly put on her “night-night panties” (Pull-Ups), and she went down for a nap.
 
Post-nap, we continued to ride the train of potty training success! While she still wasn’t verbally expressing when she needed to go, her body language was loud and clear. She went through only one or two pairs of panties until bedtime, and I could really tell it was starting to sink in with her.
 
With each successful attempt to sit on the potty, we called a loved one: daddy at work, grandparents, etc. This proved to be enough of a reward for her. She also got to “watch the babies” on my iPhone. (She likes to watch videos of herself on my phone.) Occassionally, I would further supplement a successful trip and dry panties with an animal cracker, but I didn’t want her to become dependent on tangible rewards. Calls to loved ones, and plenty of praise and enthuiasm proved valuable!
 
Day Two
The next day started off much like the previous. Except for the pooping in the panties… While she was going pee-pee in the potty like a champ, she would not repeat yesterday’s performance of going poo-poo on the potty. The first time this happened, she paused, and I honestly just missed her cue. So, she didn’t get the message that she should also poop in the potty, just the same as she goes pee-pee. The next incident occurred when she hid behind a chair to poop. This told me she knew what she was supposed to do, but wasn’t ready to try it out on the potty.
 
It’s important to note that, with this method (or any potty-training method, IMHO), you do not scold a child for an accident. With positively stating my expectations, Carol learned what she was supposed to do. When I saw that glaring nugget poking out of the back of her pants, I would swiftly take her to sit on the potty, all the while reminding her that “poo-poo goes in the potty”, and “remember to tell Mommy if you feel the poo-poo or the pee-pee”. My phrases from the day before continued well in to Day Three.
 
Day Three
Thursday arrived, much like the day before. She kept her panties dry the entire day. But, she still wouldn’t poop in the potty. She didn’t have any accidents, she just didn’t have to go. (Side note: this method encourages a fiber-rich diet, starting a few days prior to starting, as well as encouraging the child to drink, drink, drink. The drinking was not a problem. But when you have a picky child, it’s difficult to get her to eat most meals, let alone a fiber-rich diet!)
 
Knowing that she was peeing in the potty without incident, I felt good. However, not knowing if she would poop in the potty made me a bit nervous. I was beginning to develop a motivational reward program in my head, involving charts, stickers, and other small tangible rewards. Keeping all this in mind, I reluctantly decided to extend the “method” to a fourth day, just to be cautious. Reluctant, as we were both going stir crazy, being at home for yet another day; but, I was committed to potty-training my daughter!
 
Day Four
Friday turned out to be a mixed blessing, much like the day before. She continued to excel at peeing in the potty. But she didn’t poop: not in her pants, not in the potty. Argh.
 
However, I determined that I had to just trust that she would get it, perhaps with the help of a rewards system, which I was fully ready and prepared to implement. As it turned out, she started pooping in the potty the following day. The first time she did so, Daddy was home too, so we just made such a fuss about going poo poo in the potty, I think that was all the motivation she required. For the next two weeks, she would applaud herself for pooping in the potty, usually with a hand clap and a ceremonious “yay, I did it!”
 
So, I can say now, a month later, that I have a successfully and fully potty-trained child. She truly knows when she has to go, and began verbally stating when she does shortly thereafter the training experience. I’ve learned to take her at her word, whether she says she does have to go, or if she claims she needn’t go at the moment. I do still encourage her to sit on the potty before we leave the house, and as soon as we get home. But, now that I have a really cool foldable potty seat, I’m not afraid to take her to (most) public restrooms. Almost. ;o)
 
In an upcoming post, I will share a list of items I highly recommend you have on hand before and during potty training. I certainly have learned along the way, and feel much more confident about Pting Baby Number Two; however, I know now how consuming this method is, and will likely need a caretaker for Carol during the duration of PTing the next child. I digress; that’s an obstacle I’ll face and accomplish in a little over two years.
 
I will leave you with these last words: this method worked for me and for my child. I’ve heard testimonials from several other mothers of their success in using this method for their children as well. However, it is not for everyone, especially if you haven’t the ability to carve out 3-5 days solely to devote to PTing. You cannot “work from home” on these days. Your child needs your full attention. Period. I highly recommend you do your own research, and find a method that will work for your family. :o)
 
* – I used a slightly modified version of the 3 Day Method. It’s a program that you can purchase online. It is my opinion that you should not have to pay for a method that can help a child learn a basic life skill. However, it is copyrighted material, and I cannot LEGALLY give it away. I suggest if you’d like to learn more about the 3 Day Method, you ask your friends if they’ve used it; perhaps they could loan you their copy (it comes as a PDF, too), so you can see if it might work for you and your child.
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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