My husband and I have been struggling with potty training our 3 year-old son, Timothy. We would go back and forth between undies and pull-ups and utter frustration. I really think we were confusing the poor kid.
Yesterday we had to go buy more pull-ups. I always hate doing this because even the off brands are expensive. With a huge sigh, I purchased the Target brand pull-ups (my fav) and said to myself... I will only use these at night.
Now, I have said this before, but always ended up putting him in pull-ups all day. Essentially they were just another diaper (they had a jazzier name though). But yesterday I stuck to it! I took him out of his pull-up when we got home and told him, "You are a big boy, so I am going to put you in underwear. You know what that means, right?" To which he replied, "I have to go pee-pee and poo-poo in the potty." OK, concept down.
I was hesitant. I even got the rug cleaner out to clean up accidents. I kept asking him, "do you have to go potty?" The answer was always the same... NO! But he didn't have an accident.
Later that day, I was folding laundry and I heard the bathroom door open. I peeked around the corner to see who it was. It was Timmy. I didn't want to scare him, so I stayed where I was and listened in case he needed me. I heard him lift the toilet seat (excitement) and then pee!!! OMG. I waited until he was done and walked over to him, got down on one knee and said... "I am SO proud of you. You went pee-pee all by yourself. You are such a big boy." He looked at me and smiled and said "I am a big boy." I swear he gave me the biggest hug. It was definitely a proud mommy moment.
The rest of the day he didn't have a single accident. I really think that he is getting the hang of it. And with mommy and daddy's support he will get very confident in his ability.