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post #21 of 23
Ok, I guess I took a different approach on this one. My oldest is 4. She potty trained a little after her second birthday. I had been wiping her bum for over a year. She did a wonderful just of wiping things up front, so I decided it was time for her to take care of her bum herself. The other reason I had her do it is because she would scream at the top of her lungs for me to come and wipe her butt, and it never failed that it would be right after I laid the baby down for a nap I showed her how to do it, and I just told her she would have to do it herself. It took her a couple of times of sitting on the potty for an hour waiting for me to come and do it. She finally realized that I wasn't going to. She does just fine now. She has never overflowed the toilet, and she knows to wipe until "the toe-paper is white!"

Its wonderful to have a completely independant butt-wiper
post #22 of 23
It's a relief to know our almost four year old boy isn't really lagging behind, having no interest in wiping.

In a related issue, he also has no interest in standing up to wee in the toilet, but regularly goes on the grass so he can stand up. Anybody know how to encourage a boy to stand? Mainly because it sometimes takes him "too long" to get our half broken baby-loo seat on and he gets wet undies.
post #23 of 23
encouraging boys to pee standing (esp if they might be going to school and risking grief from older boys if they sit...) is something I designated "secret men's business" and dh made sure to have father and son pee-sessions, at home and out and about
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