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post #21 of 28
Hi - reading this thread with interest. I bought a BBLP a few months ago and my DD just wasn't interested at all. But a few weeks ago I started noticing that she gives very clear signs when she poops and she wakes up dry from some naps - these seem like signs that she is a little more ready to think about the potty.

I haven't been consistent about either looking for her cues or offering the potty. : It's hard for me to remember after 16 months of diapers! I have caught one pee so far, which I was really excited about - she kind of squatted down (with a diaper on and fully clothed) and I said "Wait, Nora, let's go to the potty!" and whisked her to the potty, tore off the diaper, sat her down and - she went! in the potty! not the diaper! But that hasn't been replicated. Often I can tell when she is pooping but it's too late to get her to the potty, and I can't seem to tell *before* she poops in time to get the diaper off and sit her down.

DD is on the petite side so I am wondering if the BB Potty Chair will work better for us than the BBLP or not. I guess we will have to visit the new Babies R Us near us and try it out.

I am not sure how much I want to do as far as the pottying. I just want her to be comfortable with the idea of the potty and to know that it is there in case she wants to sit on it. My mom told me that after having a terrible time potty training me at 2 so I could go to preschool, she just started putting my little sister on the potty several times a day after she was 1, and she potty learned very easily and gently. That sounds really great but I also remember my sister had a lot of "accidents" until she was 4 or 5. I don't want to do this "wrong". I also don't want DD to be in diapers at 3. I really don't. I don't have a problem with others who let their kids decide to ditch diapers when they are ready, but if at all possible I would like to guide the process so that DD is diaper-free sometime before her 3rd birthday (and hopefully a lot sooner).

But I don't want to push her, either. Don't really know what my approach should be, frankly. I'm not the most organized person and I also have carpet so nakey time is not the best idea. Last time we did it she peed twice on the floor, which was hard enough to clean up - the time before that she pooped on the floor and stuck her hands in it and I am NOT eager for that experience again!
post #22 of 28
If you dont want to use naked time, it might work to use a cloth diaper but NO cover... So you'll notice almost immediately she wets. That way you'll notice her peeing patterns. My DD went soon after waking then after 45 mins, twice and so on.... I then started using a cueing sound (in our case it was "ssshh") and sat her on the potty around the times she was due to go, and making the sound. If you catch a couple and make the sound then, she might see a pattern.
For us poos were easy because DD always predictably went right after her early morning nursing.
post #23 of 28
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I understand the reluctance about naked time - I live with my mom and she has really expensive carpets in our living area. Pee isn't too hard to clean but i'm scared I won't always know where it is if i'm not watching and dd doesn't tell me. I just got some cheap gerber training pants (underwear with a little extra padding) and i let her wear those around the house. They catch small piddles and prevent larger ones from really getting all over the floor as long as i notice quickly. Dd usually tells me now cause she seems to hate being wet. I don't worry about poop cause she pretty much always goes after breakfast.

This morning she pooped on the kitchen floor right after i got sick of sitting with her in the bathroom and decided to let her run around naked for a few minutes. She seems to understand that potty is related to poop and pee but isn't making the connection to go to it instead of on the floor.

For those whose babes stay dry all night - do they still nurse at night? Dd nurses all night on and off so she always wakes up really wet. She seems to want to go to the potty and/or be changed around 5 am but i only oblige her sometimes as i am lazy at that time.
post #24 of 28
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After a month or so of being really excited for early potty learning, i got lazy and sort of gaveup on it for about a month. We still have potty in the bathroom but she didn't pee or poop on it for a long time and I don't make much fuss about it - until last night. I let her have some naked time and we talked about the potty. The last few times we've done this, she goes and sits on the potty then ends up peeing on a chair or something.

Last night, she peed and pooped, not at the same time and had no accidents while being naked for about 2 hours. I was so excited. I am hoping to do a few hours of naked time each evening and see how it goes. Her older cousing (2.5) is also getting serious about the potty so I think that may help. I would love her to be out of dipes by 2.

Anyone else out there working to potty learn a younger toddler. My dd is 18months.
post #25 of 28
I just wanted to bump this up. We are wanting to start EC/PLing with our 17 month old DD. She goes nakey bum for a couple hours a day with few accidents, but she will not pee on the potty. She doesn't show any interest in it whatsoever. I think I will get her some fun new books and try to keep her interest for longer periods of time.

Here's a really stupid question...how does your kiddo sit on the regular toilet? We have a potty for DD that the inlaws got us, but it's one of those with lights and sounds, and she knows she can just stick her foot in it to make noise. I'm going to get her a Baby Bjorn one, but I also want to encourage her to pee on the regular potty as well. Should I sit her on it backwards and then sit behind her while we read books?
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
Here's a really stupid question...how does your kiddo sit on the regular toilet? We have a potty for DD that the inlaws got us, but it's one of those with lights and sounds, and she knows she can just stick her foot in it to make noise. I'm going to get her a Baby Bjorn one, but I also want to encourage her to pee on the regular potty as well. Should I sit her on it backwards and then sit behind her while we read books?
Our approach to the big toilet has changed over time. From the time DS was 11 months old, he liked to pee and poop standing up, so I helped him stand on the toilet seat with one foot on either side of the hole, facing the tank. We would put books on top of the toilet tank for him. Later, he started squatting down from that position (I think he figured out that it was easier to poop while squatting). Then he decided it would be okay to sit on the seat itself, still facing the tank, with his feet propped up on the back of the toilet seat - he started doing this when he was about your daughter's age, I think. Since about 22 months, we have had a Baby Bjorn step stool in front of the big toilet, and he has been able to step up on it, turn around, and sit down on the toilet the regular direction, putting his hands behind him on the toilet seat for balance. We don't use a toilet seat insert at all, but I have heard good things about the Baby Bjorn insert. It's pretty expensive, but I hear that it's very secure, unlike the insert we bought (and never use) that slides all over the place.
post #27 of 28
Thread Starter 
There are several potty inserts that go on top of the regular toilet but have a small opening. My MIL has a Dora the Explorer cusioned potty insert that just sits on top of the regular seat. Dd and her cousin seem to be comfy on it. (too bad it has to have Dora all over it but it works.)
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by CalBearMama View Post
Our approach to the big toilet has changed over time. From the time DS was 11 months old, he liked to pee and poop standing up, so I helped him stand on the toilet seat with one foot on either side of the hole, facing the tank. We would put books on top of the toilet tank for him. Later, he started squatting down from that position (I think he figured out that it was easier to poop while squatting). Then he decided it would be okay to sit on the seat itself, still facing the tank, with his feet propped up on the back of the toilet seat - he started doing this when he was about your daughter's age, I think. Since about 22 months, we have had a Baby Bjorn step stool in front of the big toilet, and he has been able to step up on it, turn around, and sit down on the toilet the regular direction, putting his hands behind him on the toilet seat for balance. We don't use a toilet seat insert at all, but I have heard good things about the Baby Bjorn insert. It's pretty expensive, but I hear that it's very secure, unlike the insert we bought (and never use) that slides all over the place.
Thanks for that info! That helps alot
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