The Potty- to bribe or not to bribe?

(12 Posts)
RedLemonade Fri 11-Nov-16 10:37:06

DD is 2.5 and able to tell us when she's about to wee or poo but has no great interest in potty training as yet.

She sat on it for a bit the other day when she was in the bath and felt she needed a poo. Nothing happened but we had a nice chat and she inspected It every so often while sitting.

Now when she mentions doing a poo I offer the potty and she has so far declined in favour of nappy.

I wonder should I offer a small casual bribe. "Maybe you could try the potty? People sometimes get a chocolate button if they use the potty..."

Or will I just keep waiting for her to take the lead?

RedLemonade Sat 26-Nov-16 08:05:44

I'm just going to update in case anyone is interested in future!

I did do the "casual" chocolate button mention. DD quietly assimilated this and that evening we did some nappy free time. When a wee was needed I offered potty or nappy and she did indeed go for potty! Wee done, chocolate administered, celebrations etc.

The next morning she did a poo in the potty (no chocolate needed this time) and since then we had 2 accidents that day, 1 the next, and none since. Her night nappies are generally dry now so I think she'll be ready for that soon too.

So the gentle push worked for us as she was very clearly ready grin

M0stlyHet Sat 26-Nov-16 08:19:44

Chocolate buttons certainly worled with my DC. I think bribery is a much undervalued parenting technique. And don't worry - I can reassure you from personal experience that your DD will not still be expecting buttons every time at the age of nine (despite the dire warnings in some parenting books).

Reiltin Sat 26-Nov-16 08:41:44

We don't bribe, as a general rule. But nothing was working so we went full-on bribery! We went to a pound shop and filled a basket with stuff for her. Went home and wrapped everything and put it in a bucket. After every success, she got a lucky dip. Worked like a charm!!!

SweepTheHalls Sat 26-Nov-16 08:43:16

Bribe all the way!

n0ne Sat 26-Nov-16 08:44:52

Bribery worked brilliantly for us half a year ago, and now DD has lost all interest. She's now 3.7 and uses the potty/loo maybe twice a week sad

I'm glad it worked for you, though

RedLemonade Sat 26-Nov-16 11:52:55

Oh no n0ne! I hope she comes aroundshock

Touch wood for us. Finally crappy new palm oil ridden Cadbury's chocolate does some good!

GeekyWombat Sat 26-Nov-16 16:25:40

Thanks for this... we're braving DD 2.5 the weekend after next to tie in with being home a lot doing Christmas bits. There shall be chocolate bribery here too!

daisiesinherfootsteps Sat 26-Nov-16 16:55:31

Full on bribery worked for us. I made a sticker "poo chart" for the toilet door and got a sticker (plus tonnes of praise) for every poo in toilet, plus a kinder egg for every 5 poos in a row on the chart. Worked within a week!

daisiesinherfootsteps Sat 26-Nov-16 16:57:14

Should have said this was just under age 3. DD to this day never did a poo in a potty, straight from nappy to toilet for some reason.

Tfoot75 Sat 26-Nov-16 16:59:34

Did the same with chocolate buttons, worked immediately. Dropped the bribe after a couple of mini packets of buttons (over a week or so) and never looked back, barely an accident at all, 2 years 4 months.

DailyMailCrap Mon 05-Dec-16 09:35:39

Works so why not? Mum used it on all of us around 18 mths

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