Potty Training: Who Ever Said Patience was a Virtue?
I stopped using pull-ups when my dad brought up the fact of why would a child go potty on a toilet, little or big when they are wearing something that literally feels just like what they have used for their portable toilet for their whole life. ......AAHHHH!
As soon as we stopped using pull-ups and started making him wear training underwear (the kind with extra padding in the middle) not regular underwear he was able to feel how yucky it was to wear wet itchy underwear.
Lets face it ammonia in urine feels the same as cleaning products against the skin when you don't wear gloves. It runs down your arms and starts to evaporate it starts to itch like crazy.
We completely stopped showing our frustration when he wouldn't go or when he would have an accident. We would just repeat lines from his Elmo potty movie...."If you feel like you need to go stop what you are doing and go" Pee and poop go in the toilet; Ironman and Hulk don't like being peed on cuz it's yucky.
We stopped making such a huge deal when he did go cause we started noticing after every time he would go he'd have an accident the next time he would have to go. We started just saying "Congratulations," and would let him choose from two small pieces of candy which one he wanted and we would give each other high fives and tell him things like, "We're proud of you little dude!"
All in all after we basically revamping our potty training techniques it still took us about 2 1/2 weeks to get him completely potty trained at least during the day, but I would take those two weeks any day over the basically 2 years of constant frustration before that. Treating it like it was honestly just a normal thing to do and not making such a big deal about whether he went or didn't go worked really well for him.