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potty plateau - how to move forward?

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DS is 22 months old and he's been learning how to use the potty since about 15 months.  It's been really laid back and has worked well for us.  He is at the point where he will *always* go on the potty unprompted if he is naked (which is how he spends most of his time at home now for this reason).  But he only tells me *after* the fact when he is wearing a diaper (such as when we have just gotten home from an outing or has recently gotten a diaper on for bed).  He doesn't ask to take it off so he can go on the potty.  So I've been trying to help him transition by putting him in underpants at home (without pants over them).  We talk a lot about how we can't go pee pee in underpants, but he still often forgets I think with that familiar feeling of cloth on his bottom especially when he's really engrossed in something.  We've got maybe a 40% success rate with underpants.

 

So anyway, we've been at this stage for a while: perfect while naked, not a word with a diaper, moderate success with underpants.  Anyone have any suggestions for how to help him with the idea of taking diapers and underpants off so he can use the potty in time?  We do give him plenty of chances to use it before putting on diapers, but if he needs to go when he's wearing one he just goes without any warning.

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Maybe it would help to just get rid of the diapers & tell him he's only going to pee in the potty from now on? Then he wouldn't have to remember whether he's wearing a diaper or underwear.
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Definitely ditch the diapers.

 

We had the same situation for several months.   In our case it was sort of forced because DD was still in the 18-24mo room at day care and that room didn't have potty facilities, so she used diapers at day care and naked (100%) or undies (often with accidents) at home.  Totally confusing and she continued to have accidents until we were able to get her moved up to the next room and in underwear all the time.  After that the accidents gradually stopped.

 

Your DS sounds ready.  I think no matter when you do the transition to full time underwear there will have to be a period of accidents.  There will be accidents, and sometimes they will happen while you are out - just be prepared with travel potty, extra clothes, etc and it's not that big a deal.  Doing diapers half-time just prolongs the agony IMO.

 

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