DD is almost 2 and has been using the potty very off and on since she was about 15 months (sort of trying EC, but I only cued her occaissionally, so basically she got the jist of what the potty is for, knows to pee and poop on it if she needs to when she's on it, but we didn't do it on a really regular basis). Anyway, we went to the beach a few weeks ago and she stayed dry and told me BEFORE she needed to go potty for the three days we were at the beach while she was running around naked or in her swimming suit (I also brought her to the potty to "see if anything would come out" after she drank lots of liquids or after a few hours if she hadn't gone already. She did so well, it seemed like she was ready to make the switch to panties, so we did what the books say: we went shopping and she picked out some new undies that she loves and then we made the switch cold turkey (well, still using diapers for naptime/nighttime) about a week ago. Since then, she has had at least 6-10 "accidents" per day. To be fair, probably 70% of the time she'll tell me after she has peed a little bit and then put the rest in the potty.... but I don't get it. She was DRY at the beach. Literally---I don't remember even a single "accident". It does seem like when we do naked time she seems to make it in the potty more, could that have something to do with it? It's been chilly so we haven't tried that yet since we made the switch. I'm also wondering if that would confuse things... if we did naked time so she could learn to ask to go potty before she actually goes, will it confuse her to start wearing panties again? I know with kids there's no for sures, I'm just interested to hear from more experienced mamas. Also---pretty much every time I ask her if she needs to go potty she'll say no, but on many occaissions she'll pee right after. I want to respect her independence and her words, but even when I rephrase and say, "let's just see if anything comes out", she doesn't seem to want to. Does this mean she isn't really ready and we should just hold off for a while?
After initial toilet learning: HELP PLEASE
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When you were at the beach was the set up and clothing such that she could go to the potty by herself? I think for my DD, that made the difference. For some reason she doesn't communicate "I have to go" but she runs to the potty now on her own. My DD is a little over 2, and we recently transitioned to being in underwear all the time (except bedtime). At home, I dress her in pants that she can pull down by herself and keep the bathroom door open so she can access the potty on her own.