This is for the moms who are wanting to do parent led potty training. Please respect this point of view by offering support and help if you choose to post.
The following is from the chat thread. Thought we'd move the convo over here.
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
Oh good, you put the Yogi post on here. I love it. I agree with just about everything in it and I'm glad it's here so I can use it for inspiration and maybe to help keep me strong!
Any tips on doing this while about 6 months pg? LOL Another hurdle I am going to have is that I take Lyla to MDO twice a week, though she's very rarely there for more than 2 hours. I'd take her out but DH thinks it's important for her and me to have a little time apart. And I kind of need that for my babysitter when I go to my appointments. So, I'm hoping to just work around it.
I think I'm going to have to take it a little bit slower than I originally intended. I don't like to do that, but I feel it's going to work better for us (me in particular) to keep frustration levels down.
Lyla 10/06/10 ~ Kole 04/06/12
I'd just take things a day at a time. And a diaper for 2 hours twice a week will be fine if she hasn't caught on to how to tell them that she needs to potty. You can always take her to the potty there yourself when you arrive and take her again when you get back.
There were A LOT of moms who did Yogi's method above. I want to say there were only like 2 who posted had issues with Yogi's bootcamp. That was actually a sticky on the old, old board and I saved it even though back then we had just started TTC. Yeah, that's how long I kept that information!!! lol. I wish I still had the questions that people had asked and yogi's answers still cause that thread had a ton of info but got lost during two forum change overs throughout the years.
OH, and I'd love to know if anyone ever finds super small underwear that my small butt man can wear.
I did that boot camp method for potty training Lily, or something that seems very similar. But i think it was called 3 day potty training or something. I have it saved if you want me to email it to you. A lot of the girls on her bb tried it I think, and most seemed to get good results. I know I sent it to Sarah, but idk if she used it or not. Anyways, I will say though that I did this method when Lily was 2 1/2. I really don't think she was ready any earlier. The key is to be consistent. Don't go back and forth from diapers to underwear, it just confuses them. I have to admit I was getting very frustrated w/ it when I trained Lily. She had more accidents than not the 1st day (I think we went through 11 pairs of underwear that day? I can't remember.) And the morning of the 2nd day wasn't much better. However, after her nap that day, something just clicked, and she was accident free the rest of the day! She might have had 1 every other day or so after that, but not many at all. I will say that I did cheat on the nighttime part b/c she is such a good sleeper and I wasn't (still not!) ready to give that up. So she still is not night trained and wears a pullup to bed.
Good luck with Lyla! Only you will really know if she is ready or not.
I know most people with PL PTing focuses on daytime, not night, training this early. I have no doubt that Aiden is no where near ready to be night trained too. He STTN and soaks a diaper.
Any advice other than what we already have that may help with this style?
Good luck to all of you! I'll be interested to see how it goes - maybe I'll even get brave and bring out the undies and the singing potty. We have been watching "Potty Time" a lot lately (4 yo DD (who is completely PT) loves it. Go figure)
When I actually decided to train her and use the boot camp method, I made sure I took some time off of work and had 4 days that we didn't have to leave the house. I also had my mom take Lucas to the sitter for those days. The night before we started, I had her help me "throw away" all her diapers and told her the next day she would get to wear her special big girl undies and that she was a big girl and didn't need diapers anymore. (I later took the diapers out of the trash and saved them for Lucas ). I did this so that whenever she asked for a diaper I could tell her "no, we threw them away, remember?" Again, the key is once you start, you don't let them go back to diapers or switch them back and forth.
I did also use M&Ms to give her after she would go on the potty. I'm not sure if I would give them to Lucas at this age yet though, but you might be able to think of something else to use as a treat. And that part only lasted about a week until she really got the hang of it.
Yeah, I know there are some PLPTer's who go ahead and do night training too, but Lyla STTN and with a new baby coming in April, that's more important to me than having her night-time potty trained. Besides that, she's still in her crib (yup! and she hasn't climbed out again) and until I can transition her to the toddler bed, she'll just stay in an overnight diaper.
I just want to get her to a point where she goes to the potty during the day, even if I have to take her there each time. If it doesn't work then we'll try again later on, but I feel that if it doesn't work it'll be my fault alone. She's enthusiastic about the potty and she sit there and we'll sing the potty song and clap. Earlier tonight I took her with me to the bathroom and I sat and peed, just to try to get her to understand (she generally follows me when I go to the bathroom anyway). When I got off the toilet she immediately made a beeline for her potty seat and put it on the toilet and then started tugging on her pants. I put her on the potty and she sat there for a couple of minutes, but nothing happened. Then she reached for me and wanted off. Not 5 minutes later, she peed on the living room floor. I think if we can just get a solid start actually peeing in the potty it'll progress well.
I know a lot of what I did w/ Lily might not apply or be possible at this age, but it's the best advice I have!