Oh how did I inspire it? I must know. lol
Did your child(ren) use a pacifier? If so, for how long & did they seem to get "hooked" on it? If so, how did you break them from it & how old were they?
Jordyn will be 2 years old next month and she has used a pacifier since she was born. She is absolutely addicted. =) We are going to completely throw away all of her pacifiers by her 2nd birthday, and make her go cold turkey. We might have a few tantrums but it will be worth it in the end. Right now, she only gets it at night. Unless her daddy is around and lets her sneak one during the day.
Have any of you tried the new "Cool Alert" pull -up diapers/training pants (http://www.pull-ups.com/na/cool_alert.aspx) during the potty training process & if so, what are your views regarding the product?
I didn't like them. Jordyn didn't even notice when it would get cool. She just went on about her business like nothing new happened. So in my opinion, they are a waste of money.
Do you prefer to transition your child(ren) from diapers to a training potty or did they go from using diapers, straight to the big potty?
I bought Jordyn a training potty, but she seems to like using the big potty, bc she gets to flush and she sees her older cousin using that one and wants to be a big girl too. =)
How do you encourage your child(ren) to use the potty?
BRIBED, BRIBED, AND BRIBED SOME MORE!!! I would tell her if she started using the big girl potty, we would buy her a new toy, new big girl panties, that we would go to the park more, anything to get her encouraged to do it. And it worked wonderful. But ALWAYS follow through on your promises after they do what you want them too.
Do you reward your child(ren) for using the potty & if so, how?
Yes, we cheer for her. Give her a sweet, buy her something new. Just a lot of different things.
I hope this could be of help. =)