Seth is almost 2. He has always been a BIG fan of the pacifier. About a year ago, shortly before my second son was born, I said "lets just go cold turkey and take it away." I guess I didn't realize how much I like him having the paci too. It's his comfort, kind of like his "lovie." I was worried that if little brother had a pacifier Seth would take it as his own. Lucky for me that Caleb hates the paci. My real worry was "what will people think of me when my 1 year old still uses a paci?" How selfish is that? Why do we worry about what others think? I was able to quickly get over this and move on. Now, Seth is almost 2 and still loves his paci. He has recently started chewing through them. So, I think maybe now it's time to slowly ease him off of it. I took him to Barnes and Noble last night. We were out to find a couple of "potty" books. Lucky for me I found this:
We are going to see what happens. I will not force him to give up his pacifier. It would be like someone forcing me to give up coffee or wine. That's just NOT gonna happen!
Now, on to the Potty. I've been changing diapers for almost 2 years. And really, I have probably another year until I'm done. I'm getting really anxious to get Seth potty trained. My best friend, Courtney, has been working with her 19 month old for a couple of months. While they were here visiting the pressure really hit me. (Not from anyone but myself) (and maybe my hubby) Seth knows when he's pooping. He runs and hides in a corner. And then he will usually come tell me "poo" while grabbing his bottom. I've read this is a good sign. We bought a potty a few months back but he mostly just plays with it. Our #1 reason for our bookstore trip was to find some potty books. We found a couple that were just ok. And then we struck gold:
Yes, my SON loves Dora! Yes, I was very resistant to it in the beginning. But he has learned so much from Dora. So, I let him watch it. Who cares? Judge if you must. If it makes him happy it makes me happy.
But back to the potty. I have no idea how to potty train. I've read a dozen blogs, heard my mom tell me how a few dozen times, ect. Is there really a right or wrong way to do this? I doubt it. Is he really ready? Probably not. Am I going to try any way? Heck yes! My plan is to read the books together through the weekend. (We are taking a family trip this weekend!) And come Monday we are going to dive right in.
Any advice on how to do this? Tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated.
And here are a few pics of our little adventure.