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Old 08-21-2007, 04:45 PM   #1
 
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Default We're starting to potty train....

..and I have no idea what I'm doing.

Any stories, advice or words of wisdom as I embark on my journey?

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Old 08-22-2007, 03:15 PM   #2
 
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How old is your little one? There are one or two recent threads on potty training. I am kind of halfway potty training my guy. Just following his lead. He wears big boy pants during the day and diapers or pullups at night/naps. We make it to the potty about half the time. Sometimes he tells me before. Sometimes he tells me after. Either way, I am just happy that he is telling me.

The best advice I can give you is don't stress about it and don't make it stressful for your baby. Good luck!
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Old 08-22-2007, 04:17 PM   #3
 
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Thanks for your response
He is 23 months. He has been ready for awhile but we have been putting it off b/c of our busy schedule during the summer.
I don't think he gets it really. He'll let us know that he wants to sit on the potty, then he sits there for awhile and doesn't do anything. Then he gets up and goes "Yay Julian!!" and claps for himself (he hasn't made pee or poo).
Then we clap too b/c we want to encourage him, and he's ready to go play again.
Maybe I should read some books on the matter.
SO has suggested that we leave his diaper off when we're home so he will recognize that he needs to pee a little better. And we can recognize when he's ready to go.
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:47 PM   #5
 
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When Bailey was 18 months we introduced a potty seat, and tried to make her comfortable w/ it by letting her sit on it whenever she wanted. We left it in the living room for a while in case she wanted to 'experience' with it. We let her put stickers on it, wear it as a hat - whatever she wanted to do.

She started by using it once and a while when she wasn't wearing her diaper. She didn't fully potty train until she was 2 months shy of 3.

We have a couple of potty books, and an Elmo potty movie - but overall there isn't much YOU do to train them. They kinda do it themselves when they're ready. But get ready b/c it becomes quite the power struggle.
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My daughter will be 2 at the end of September.

We are day trained (with #1) and at night she's been dry (though I still put a pamper on just in case). We need to nail down #2 but I heard that this could take time.

I would like to be pamper/pull-up free by December when baby #2 is due to arrive.

We just started putting her on the pot at intervals during the day. She now will tell me that she needs to go (again, not #2). She can make something come out even when she hasn't requested the pot. We started around 18 months just b/c she showed interest. We make a huge deal when she does something.

She loves her big girl underwear (with dora) and that's what she wears in the afternoon when mom picks her up. She hates the wet feeling so she is really good about telling us when it's time to use the bathroom.

My advice, take your time. It seems when they "get it", they "get it"...
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My daughter will be 2 at the end of September.

We are day trained (with #1) and at night she's been dry (though I still put a pamper on just in case). We need to nail down #2 but I heard that this could take time.

I would like to be pamper/pull-up free by December when baby #2 is due to arrive.

We just started putting her on the pot at intervals during the day. She now will tell me that she needs to go (again, not #2). She can make something come out even when she hasn't requested the pot. We started around 18 months just b/c she showed interest. We make a huge deal when she does something.

She loves her big girl underwear (with dora) and that's what she wears in the afternoon when mom picks her up. She hates the wet feeling so she is really good about telling us when it's time to use the bathroom.

My advice, take your time. It seems when they "get it", they "get it"...
This might be what I need to try.
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Old 08-23-2007, 08:10 AM   #8
 
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Xander is wearing these Gerber training pants that have the plastic liner attached. That way, he feels the wet sensation but my floors don't get ridiculously wet. I really want to get him some Cars undies but just don't think he's ready yet. Maybe in another month.
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Xander is wearing these Gerber training pants that have the plastic liner attached. That way, he feels the wet sensation but my floors don't get ridiculously wet. I really want to get him some Cars undies but just don't think he's ready yet. Maybe in another month.
We've just been dealing with the wet floors....
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Xander is wearing these Gerber training pants that have the plastic liner attached. That way, he feels the wet sensation but my floors don't get ridiculously wet. I really want to get him some Cars undies but just don't think he's ready yet. Maybe in another month.
We've just been dealing with the wet floors....
I let Marley run around bare bottomed, but she doesn't go at all then. Yesterday she told me "Pee pee", and I said "go pee pee in your potty". She walked upstairs by herself and I *thought* she was gonna go...but no. She understands all too well all the things she needs to know. I am just going with the flow with her.
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