We started part-time ECing/early potty learning just a couple of weeks ago when our daughter started telling us when she had to poop. (ASL is our primary language at home, so she has lots of communication for her age.)
Three days ago we started going diaper-free at home, using cotton training pants. She seems to be more aware in those than when she is naked. So far we have caught every single poop and all of her infrequency-of-pooping issues have gone away. She seems much more comfortable pooping on the potty than in a diaper!
BUT in two weeks I haven't caught a single pee. The first two days she would tell me she had to pee, I'd sit behind her on the big potty and she would pee, beautiful! But now, not a drop.
She loves being on the potty, we are spending LOTS of happy time there. We've tried to reinforce her requests by bringing her to the potty every time she signs it, which is very very often right now. I can usually tell the difference between when she is just signing it to acknowledge it or when she actually has to go. But usually when she has to go, we'll go through 3 or 4 trips to the potty (under 5 minutes sitting, reading,playing, etc) then eventually she will pee on the floor within a couple minutes of getting off. Sometimes she'll tell us while she is peeing, sometimes right beforehand, and sometimes she'll just look really uncomfortable as it happens.
I feel like if I could just get a few catches in a row(ish) she'd get it, she obviously understands the basics of what is happening. Ideas to help make this happen?
- We cloth diaper and change her often to make sure she is used to being dry
- we use the sign for potty plus a pssssss sound
- if I see she is peeing on the floor I say "potty!" plus sign it then make the psss sound while I swoop her off to the toilet
- we keep it positive and happy, yet still matter-of-factly talk about how we go pee pee in the potty not in our diapers (bad idea?)
- she is staying dry for several hours at a time and through most naps
- we sit behind her on the toilet, she isn't a fan of her potties (ikea)