My daughter turns 3 next week. And we have been turning up the heat on the potty talk, using different tactics to get Ana Isabel to use it. But nothing so far.
We've had a plain potty in the bathroom for about a year. A few months ago, we started pushing the issue. We bought another one, this time a Dora potty. We've adorned it with stickers.
My wife bought an Elmo potty training DVD. We have potty training books for children, even one that flushes. Nothing.
Ana has gone as far as sitting on the potty and saying her "China" is broken. (That's her version of vagina.)
As Ana's birthday approaches, we fill a bit more pressure because she's now old enough to enroll in programs we'd like for her to take, such as gymnastics. But she has to be potty trained.
Up until now, we've operated under the premise that Ana will go on the potty when she's ready. But now, we're not so sure.
My wife's thinking of taking a harder-line. She's talking about letting Ana spend a day without a diapers or pants. That way, she'll poop and pee on herself. The hope is that it will make her uncomfortable enough so that the potty looks good. Of course, we'll be cleaning some major messes that day.
Are we just being impatient at this point or should we get militant with the potty training?