Puddin Pop turned 3 a little over a week ago and we were pushing the time line to get her fully potty trained before the big day. She would only use the potty to poop and would insist on using every public restroom whenever we were out, but refused to use the potty for peeing at home. I tried everything I could think of and everything suggested and read about. I began to think it was just a battle of wills between she and I, and I was getting very tired of cleaning up pee everywhere. She would continuously pee on the couch in the same spot, the pee would get between two of the non-removable cushions. I several times banned her from sitting on the couch and in some instances when it just got to be too much, would ban her from the living room altogether. Then I had an idea...
One week before she turned 3, I told her that if she could use the potty all morning, she could get a surprise at the grocery store when we went shopping. Now my 5 year old thinks a surprise at the grocery store should be the $7 match box car that would cot $2 at Target. My sweet Princess got excited at this idea and said "Can I get gum?" I said "You betcha baby, IF you use the potty the rest of the morning until we go." She said "I promise."
Three hours later we headed to the store for our groceries AND her bubble gum. She likes the pink bubble gum tape. After we checked out I told her if she used the potty the rest of the week, she could get another roll the following week. Guess what? She got that roll too. We're even done with pull-ups at night.
Who knew the secret to potty training was GUM?
Now you know!