looking back, I think I did it all wrong with my first son. I tried candy, but I think that just officially turned on his sweet tooth. I tried a sticker chart, and he was nothing but destructive with it; peeling all the stickers off to put everywhere and anywhere else but back on the chart. I then tried pull-ups, thinking the [almost] big-boy-like undies would encourage him to do it the "right" and "normal" way, but it turns out the pull-ups were introduced too early and he just didn't get it. when he got a tad older I tried again, but because my timing was off from the get-go, it screwed it all up.
today, Sam wears night time pull ups to bed. that kid sleeps like a brick.
I tried to wake him before I go to bed for a potty trip, but for awhile, waking him triggered night-terrors by messing up his REM sleep cycle ... so that was out. if you have seen your child have a night-terror then you KNOW its just not worth it.
now its Elliott's turn. I have not pressured him AT ALL about using the potty.
it makes me think of my pre-kid days when hubby and I had dogs instead. it was a big decision to get a 2nd dog, because before real, human kids, these are your kids. turns out getting a puppy after already having a trained dog was the easiest thing ever; the baby copied his "big brother" with everything. and so, his potty training wasn't even a chore.
I've been secretly hoping this would be the case with Elliott. he is so in love with his brother and copies everything, just about. these last couple of weeks he's been doing really good. I've even taken him out to the store with undies on ... yes, its a big deal.
of course there are accidents; we're still in the "be sure to bring extra everything" stage, but that's ok. my officially/unofficial un-potty training is working out wonderfully. its one of those things that every child gets ... eventually. so why fight it?
do you have potty training secrets? I'd love to hear them ... comment away.