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DunyaWolf's picture
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Potty training

No, I'm not actually going to start yet. I don't think he's quite ready, BUT I've been surprised to notice that Kieran's been doing a few things that indicate he's heading in that direction. For example, I just realized the other day that he always goes someplace "private" when he poops. Usually he will go behind the couch in the corner in our living room, hang out for a few minutes and when he comes out he's poopy. I think he's been doing that for a while but I just realized it the other day. He's also been telling me more often after he's gone, and when I ask him if he needs changed he says "Uh huh" and willingly lets me change him (whereas before it was always a battle to change his diaper). It kind of caught me off guard! Has anyone tried potty training yet, or for BTDT moms, what signs did your kids show and when did you start? I'm not planning on starting for at least another 6 months because I want to wait until he's really ready and can communicate better (his vocab is still limited). Do you think it would be worth it to get a potty for him to leave in the bathroom, just so he can check it out and "get acquainted"?

Joined: 11/14/08
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We've had a potty in the bathroom for Cam since he was 18 months.

He will tell us or hide most of the time when he has to poop. He used to tell us more, but now he is hiding instead. For quite a while he has run and screamed when we asked if he had to pee or wanted to sit on the potty. Then overnight he flipped a switch and we asked if he wanted to sit on the potty - he agreed AND actually sat bare bottomed, whereas before if he *did* sit he refused unless it was with clothes on. And the first time he agreed to sit, he peed.
Now he is agreeing to sit 90% of the time we ask him. We haven't had any more successes.

We're gonna give the 3 days naked method a shot this weekend. He seems to know what's going on and he's starting to *hate* his diapers. So I'm hoping all the signs and that put together will make this weekend at least a bit of a success. Maybe something will click, even if he's not quite ready?

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When DD was about 2 I brought out the potty, asked her if she wanted to go pee in it and she did. That was that. She was always curious about what I was doing in the bathroom and was always wanting to please. I knew she'd just get it. Instead of putting the potty way down in the bathroom though, for the first few weeks I put it in the kitchen so it was really close by in case she had to go. I also had a newborn to deal with too so I didn't want to be trucking down the hall with Ben in my arms to help her get on the potty. After a few more weeks I started moving the potty down the hall outside the bathroom. I can only remember her having one accident - she squatted over my bra and peed into the cup. I can't even call that an accident, really. She very purposefully peed in that exact place. Maybe she thought any type of cup or vessel would do.

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How exciting Jessica!

Hayleigh went consistently back in Feb? for a couple of weeks and then stopped. Nothing since.

She also is not doing the hiding thing yet. I think Keiran is well on his way!

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Leah doesn't hide as far as I know but she'll let me know she is stinky. She'll even start taking off her pants and diaper. I brought the potty out but haven't really started yet. I think over the summer will be the best time for me and hopefully her.

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Ethan will take off his pants and diaper when he is wet or has poop (Sometimes very frustrated and gets put in a 24 mo. onesie). He has also gotten really good at coming to me and saying "poops" and point to his bottom. We were going to start potty training but we are moving from Chicago to LA next week and we are roadtripping it...so he will be in diapers the whole way and we would probably just lose any "training"......

But it sounds like he is on his way! We will probably start after is birthday and get him a potty. Let the potty training fun begin!

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We just have a seat that you put in the regular toilet that lets her sit there. And considering our dog got into my niece's potty when she had the chance... I think we'll stick to using the big potty. Wink

This is very timely for us. Last Thursday A point blank refused to wear diapers. She wanted to wear "big girl pants" just like her cousin does. (My sister and BIL moved here last month with their two kids. The older one is a girl just 8 months older than A, and they've been PT this whole month.) So I told her if she wanted to wear big girl pants (aka pull-ups) she needed to go in the potty. We've also been giving her rewards for successes. She knows when she's going, but she doesn't know before she goes. If we remind her every 20-30 minutes, she will have no accidents... but that requires us reminding her every 20-30 minutes, and that's tiring. The first few days went great, but it's been very difficult to maintain for longer.

But she's young still, and it might just be too soon for it to stick. I just don't know what to do about the diapers. We were using cloth diapers, and it's a significant upheaval in our weekly budget to suddenly need to buy pull-ups for every diaper change. But I don't want to be fighting over diapers for the weeks or months it'll take until she's really ready to PT.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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"harmonybear" wrote:

We just have a seat that you put in the regular toilet that lets her sit there. And considering our dog got into my niece's potty when she had the chance... I think we'll stick to using the big potty. Wink

This is very timely for us. Last Thursday A point blank refused to wear diapers. She wanted to wear "big girl pants" just like her cousin does. (My sister and BIL moved here last month with their two kids. The older one is a girl just 8 months older than A, and they've been PT this whole month.) So I told her if she wanted to wear big girl pants (aka pull-ups) she needed to go in the potty. We've also been giving her rewards for successes. She knows when she's going, but she doesn't know before she goes. If we remind her every 20-30 minutes, she will have no accidents... but that requires us reminding her every 20-30 minutes, and that's tiring. The first few days went great, but it's been very difficult to maintain for longer.

But she's young still, and it might just be too soon for it to stick. I just don't know what to do about the diapers. We were using cloth diapers, and it's a significant upheaval in our weekly budget to suddenly need to buy pull-ups for every diaper change. But I don't want to be fighting over diapers for the weeks or months it'll take until she's really ready to PT.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

What about cloth training pants? Again a bigger investment up front but great re-sale value!

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Joined: 09/19/07
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We're not close, but she has gone pee on the toilet once. We got her a little seat that goes on the toilet so that she can sit on it and we aske occassionally if she wants to go pee on thhe toilet (we've maybe asked her this about 5 times over the last three weeks), she ssaid yes tWice - once she cried and didn't want to sit on it, the other time she went pee. We're just going to slowly take our time with is.

I don't see anything wrong with getting him the seat for him to get comfortable with it. Good luck!

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"harmonybear" wrote:

I just don't know what to do about the diapers. We were using cloth diapers, and it's a significant upheaval in our weekly budget to suddenly need to buy pull-ups for every diaper change. But I don't want to be fighting over diapers for the weeks or months it'll take until she's really ready to PT.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Josie hasn't wanted to wear a nappy/diaper for a few months now and will take it off if we put one on (except for bedtime). I don't use pull-ups because I don't want to spend the money, so we just use regular undies (DD1's so far) or DD1's old cloth training undies that are a bit more absorbent than regular undies.