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Thread: So I caved...
June 15th, 2013 06:22 PM #1
So I caved...
I bought a potty.
Lamb is only 2 years and 2 months but she's showing some signs of being ready and she hates wearing nappies. We go out of the room for 2 minutes sometimes and she's walking around butt naked. So I brought one. I decided that we have nothing to loose by trying, so why not?
It's the first child we've ever potty trained so hubby and I are a little nervous & unsure about how to go about it.
I am unsure whether to give her the option to use the potty or her nappy, and let her get used to the idea of it, or to just go cold turkey and turn to underwear or pull ups completely. I'm a little unsure about the cold turkey method because I can't decide whether she's a little to young to go the whole way..
Should we try it and see how she reacts? Or just introduce the potty more gradually and let her get used to it?
I'd love to hear your opinions and experiences!
Last edited by amjmc; June 16th, 2013 at 05:23 PM.Lamb: 21/03/11
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June 15th, 2013 09:28 PM #3
Good luck potty training! I'm no help because I don't have children, but I'd imagine cold turkey would be a very difficult way to begin training. I'd try to introduce the potty gradually. At over two years old, she's more than ready to start.
By the way, it's bought. As in, I bought a potty. Sorry, I know people hate being corrected!TTC #1
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June 16th, 2013 01:06 AM #5
My son started taking off his diapers around age 2 as well, but he was not potty trained until age 3. However, he did prefer to wear pull-ups for the year in between and I found them to be just as absorbent as diapers, even at night (though I must say we used Pampers and with the Huggies there were some definite leak issues). He never ripped them off like he did with the diapers either, so it may just be a small change like that to make her break the habit. They have "big kid" designs on them which might help her want to keep them on longer, and they are also less bulky when wet.
I have heard that girls are much easier to train than boys- so you may have better luck with her this early- but I would still recommend introducing it gradually, perhaps starting with the idea of wearing pull-ups. She can get used to putting them on and taking them off by herself and she'll be a pro when it's time for real underwear. What I did was just leave the potty out in the living room (so they get used to seeing it but aren't pressured to use it). When she's interested enough to ask you what it's for you can explain how she can use it and see how she reacts. Dom was excited about it for a few days but then he lost interest, so keep doing what you're doing as far as reading the signs and she'll 'tell' you when she's ready.
From what I've read, it's very normal for most kids to regress at some point, so there is no reason to make her use it until she is comfortable, or it will only cause you both unnecessary frustration. I didn't push the issue and waited until he came around again, but I always left the seat out just in case, and if he ever asked about it I verbally reinforced the idea of how it worked. Then one day he just started telling me he needed to use the potty and a week later he completely had the hang of it (pull-ups at night for the first little while to be safe). It was really surprising to me how quickly they do catch on once they finally "get it" and honestly I felt like I didn't have to do much aside from encourage and praise him.
Also, a lot of parents offer small rewards when they first start to go on their potty like MM's (Dom got stickers, haha). Good luck to you! =]
Last edited by amydomsmom; June 16th, 2013 at 01:12 AM. Reason: Sorry, it's long haha
June 16th, 2013 02:04 AM #7
I can't be too much help because I have not started yet. I was going to start a similar thread, though, because I'm getting my son a potty seat in the next week or so. My son is 2 years and 4 months old. I was also wondering about if we should start pull ups right away or stick with diapers for a week or two, or whenever he starts getting more used to it. It seems like an accidental poop in a pull up would be much more unpleasant.
Also, sorry to hi-jack your thread but I had a question too. Has anyone started their kid immediately the over the toilet kid sized toilet seat? I'm hoping to completely avoid the potty chair step. Besides maybe having to get over a possible fear of the big toilet, are there any other problems I'm likely to run into going that route?
June 16th, 2013 05:00 AM #9
I broke all the potting training 'rules' with my son. He showed a decided lack of interest in potting training at 20 months (when it was nice and warm here) and then the Winter arrived so I left it alone and decided that December/Summertime that I would begin again.
In frustration I took his night nappy off long before his day nappy and believe it or not I never had a wet bed.
So, if you are feeling frustrated like I was just think outside the square because it worked for me.