I was going to post this in chat but then I figured it deserved its own thread since we're nearly all dealing with potty business now. Here's an overview of PTing so far.
We ditched daytime diapers about 2 weeks after T's birthday (a month and a half ago) and she did pretty well. Right from the start she was staying dry for her nap so we went to panties full time during the day. As most of you know, we did part time EC so it was a pretty easy transition. Daycare threw a wrench in things and she started refusing the potty and intentionally peeing on the floor and in her panties at home (something she hadn't done in like 8 months). I read that Oh Crap PTing book that Leigh always raves about. It recommended to treat her potty refusal like any other behavior issue, which we did, and she was right back on track within about an hour of implementing our "sit on the potty because I told you to" strategy. A few days later she started self-initiating again and we've been pretty much golden on the pee front ever since. Ever so often she'll refuse and I'll just tell her "Sit on the potty. I don't care what you do once you're up there. Just sit." 9 times out of 10 she'll pee and then we'll just go about our business. I'm 40000% sure she completely understands what the potty is for and its just toddler defiance when she refuses so I put my foot down and make sitting on the potty non-negotiable. She fought me once but ever since she's pretty much complied. Every now and the (when she's in a good mood), I'll prompt her to pee, she'll say "no", and so I'll say "Ok. I trust that you don't have to pee NOW. Just take yourself when you need to go." 9 times out of 10 she'll take herself within about 15 minutes. Doing that has helped a lot towards getting her to self-initiate and ask for us to take her to the potty when we're out.
So that's daytime pee. On to poop. Teagan's been a once a day pooper starting at about 10 months old. Its made poop training super easy. She started self-initiating pooping on the potty when she was about 15 months old and by 18 months was pooping on the potty about 90% of the time. Her pooping right after breakfast made our inability to do panties at daycare a non-issue because she almost NEVER pooped there. Seriously, she was poop trained about 9 months before she was pee trained. I'm not going to lie, it was freaking awesome. Then came the potty training class at school. Her school only has potties in the 2 yr old and up classrooms so we'd been putting off the big push to ditching diapers. After some prodding, they moved her up a month before her birthday. We sent her in diapers for the first weeks but she was doing so well peeing on the potty there that we took the plunge and sent her in panties. Within a few days she started having AWFUL poop accidents multiple times per day. It was awful awful awful and I felt terrible for her poor teacher who was cleaning her up every day. I was on the verge of giving up and putting her back in diapers. I contacted the Oh Crap author and she assured me that this wasn't regression but rather something up with her poop and she recommended using a "sick" diaper until her poop problems resolved. We'd already been messing with her diet to try to firm up her poops and we never actually had to use "sick" diapers because the poop thing resolved itself pretty much the same day I received that advice. After a few very watchful days and some potty success, she was right back on track and we've been good for a few weeks now. She's back to self-initiating and pooping on the potty every time. ((She must have been reading over my shoulder because she just came up and told me she had to poop. She's hilarious about pooping now. She likes to sit on the big potty and read books for like 20-30 minutes while she poops. She tells us to GO AWAY and shut the door. Girl likes her privacy, which is funny because she never gives us any.))
That brings us to 4 days ago. I'd been planning to tackle night time diapers after our upcoming exams. Teagan still nurses to sleep every other night, she goes to sleep with a water bottle, wants nothing more than to nurse first thing in the morning, and had only woken up dry a handful of times. Needless to say, I figured we had a battle ahead of us. Tuesday night, Teagan announces she's going to wear panties to bed. I struggled with the idea for a little bit but in the end I decided to honor her request and take advantage of her initiative. I made a big deal about how BIG GIRLS wear panties to bed and how that means she has to hold her pee ALLLLLLLL night long and go potty first thing in the morning. I made sure she peed right before bed, put a towel under an extra fleece blanket for extra bed protection, and put her down without her water bottle (easier when I and the boobs put her to sleep). She STTN and upon waking ran into our room and we took her potty right away. SUCCESS!! We did the same thing the following night. SUCCESS!! We had a weird day on Thanksgiving, I got lazy about limiting liquids that evening, and she had a small accident that didn't even wet through her pants. She totally understood that she had an accident. When we put her down last night she kept asking for water but we explained (and she eventually accepted) that she'd have an accident if she guzzled water. SUCCESS again!! 75% success rate so far. I think I'm going to put her night time diapers up and just deal with the consequences, which is what we did with daytime. I'm glad we have the cloth trainers. They contained the little accident she had so that I didn't have to wash the sheet yet she was still aware that she'd wet. I've switched to mostly using regular panties during the day since they're easier for her to pull up and down. Using the trainers at night makes me feel less guilty for having invested so much money in them ;). I've also been making sure she wears pants to bed rather than just panties because she'll feel it more if she wets. I know she's physiologically capable of holding it all night and I want her to have a disincentive against downing a ton of water right before bed. I never would have thought she'd grasp that and I'm so glad she up and decided it was time to ditch the night time diapers! We deserved easy night time training after all we've been through with poop the last few months
I'm not officially calling it yet because you never know but I *think* we're done with diapers!
I hope my lengthy poop and pee rant helps somebody. You can do it! Just rip the diapers off!