Emilie has never been a drinker, but I’ve been able to entice her with orange juice and diluted diet Root Beer, and have gotten her and George to snack on salty popcorn (which they absolutely love). Peeing a lot is pretty necessary for the three day method to work, so that's what I've been really working at, getting her to drink! I’ve set the phone timer for 3 minutes when she’s actively drinking (any longer she’ll have an accident... you set the timer as short as you need to), and she’s been going like a charm (as she sees if she waits she’ll pee all over the floor). When she had her poop accident, I just scooped up the poop, put in in her toddler potty, then set her on it. Accidents are fine and will happen, but it’s just important to cheerfully emphasize the pee/poop goes in the potty (anger and resentment will cause a a diaper relapse, and really not necessary or helpful!). For nap time and bedtime, we’ll just put diapers on. George still occasionally has accidents even though he's trained, and kids won’t relapse in traning if they’re wearing a diaper while asleep (for car rides they will though... I learned.). For trips down the hill, we're going to have her wear a dress without anything underneath, and for her car seat, put a towel layered with plastic underneath.
The first 3 days are always the most intense, so I'm looking forward for the first 3 to be over... in just two more days! I’m also happy we’ll have a full week at home (Scott’s working from home all week), because that’s how much time you need to get a solid start. So, it’s basically 3 days of craziness, a week of concentration/dedication, and then 3-6 months of persistent follow through! If the first three days go well, we’ll continue, if not, she simply isn't ready, and we'll just have to figure out a way to get her to keep her diaper on! We'll try again if it isn't the time for her. With all the craziness in the change of schedule and attention so focused on her going potty, it’s pretty stressful for both the kids, and even now Emilie is having a second nap! There’s payoff though for participating in potty training though, and George and Emilie are appreciating the diet soda, juice and popcorn!