Shay really digs dumping it himself. He's been dumping the potty for a few months and doesn't generally spill. Alternately, you could just wait 2 minutes for him to move on to something else.
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Yeah, I have a high tolerance for cleaning up potty messes compared to a lot of people it seems, but I don't let Avery dump his potty b/c I really don't want to clean up a mess that has already been contained. He'll stop using the little potty soon enough and I won't have to worry about it then. But, for Oren, I would recommend what Sara said- put the potty in the bathroom, close the door, and engage Oren in something else. Then go back and flush it. Is he fine going on the toilet? Maybe don't bother with the potty at all for a while and try again later.
Coralie loves to dump the potty herself, but she sucks at it and spills it most of the time. She takes herself to the potty about 1/4 of the time when I'm not paying attention, so this happens at least 1-2 times a day. Yesterday she dumped the pee into the tub, which worked pretty well. Oh well, it won't last forever.
I have the Baby Bjorn potty. I just opened the review here in Mothering. It says, "con, dumping is messy".
Nochy loves dumping! We have the big Bjorn with the removable part. He says "Dump it!" "Careful", walks to the bathroom, says "Wait" while I open the toilet seat, and dumps pretty decently. Today is the 4th day in a row with no accidents (so far). Starting to introduce undies and last night he did undies and short to eat pizza out with my DH and other kids and kept them dry. Thrilled.
We've been having a few bad days over here. Coralie has been having a lot of accidents, many deliberate, because they happen right after sitting on the potty. She CAN pee even a tiny amount when she wants too. I've seen her do it many, many times. What's the best way to handle the frustration? Just stay relaxed and let her have the accidents? Offer more (although I do offer a lot and she sits on the potty a lot still)? More rewards? The only reward I use now is to watch a 2 minutes potty video on my phone. It makes my grumpy when I know she can do it.. Jaimee, didn't you have this issue with Austin for a while after he trained?
I'm sorry Abra! I would be totally frustrated, too. But I think you can only keep it light and relaxed, maybe just making a big deal out of the successes with clapping, smiles, "you did it!" type things. Austin had and still has accidents due to simply not caring. He would be playing or watching a movie and just wouldn't bother to alert anyone. He hasn't all out peed himself in a long time- he just starts going in his pants and finishes later in the toilet. It makes him smell like old pee, which sucks, but at least no puddles to clean up. At any rate nothing has seemed to help with this, though admittedly we haven't tried rewards. He has periods of complete success when he wants to. I hope he simply out grows this in the next 6ish months. Avalon outgrew accidents by 2.5ish.
Coralie is having a very hard time using the potty still. Today she's had 2 successes and 4 accidents. I'm feeling conflicted between pushing her harder or just giving up for awhile and being happy with the few pees a day that are easy to catch (like when she wakes up in the morning). It's starting to make me feel angry because I know she CAN do it. She can even take herself when she has to go, but just sort of gave up caring. She's still so young and I don't want to feel grumpy about it. Ugh. My mom, who raised 5 kids, thinks that the magic age for most kids is 2 and that I should stop pressuring her. My dh is frustrated too, because she will just poop on the floor where ever she is standing...
ETA: Today has been particularly bad. She usually pees in the potty 80-90% of the time, but seems to be slipping by the day.
Ugh, Abra! I'm sorry, that sucks. From what I can recall, you barely did anything to potty train her, right? Maybe potty boot camp would be in order at this point. I know everyone has their opinions and experiences on this subject and every kid is so different, but I think that age 2 will be harder than now. She'll get into that defiant stage and not want to do anything you ask her to do. While I have known a few kids that trained around 2-2.5, the vast majority I know trained either before 2 or around 3. The in between seems to prove difficult for most. I would be frustrated about going back to diapers and about cleaning up messes, so if it were me, I would choose to do something to encourage it like boot camp. But that's just me!