There and back again, an almost successful potty training story
I have tried to pay attention to my daughter's ques to see when she is ready for using the potty. I bought a little one and a toilet seat for her when she was hitting 2, to give her a chance to sit on them and experiment. No interest, no problem.
Fast forward: she was a few months shy of 3. I tried the 3 day method, tried my best not to get mad, offered lots of encouragement and some treats. She didn't get the hang of it by the end of the 3 days, so I let it go.
I tried this again a few months later. She wasn't interested, I let it go.
Then, this January, when she was 3 years old she heard me talking about potty training to another mom, and she just decided to wear underwear. I was thrilled!! I gave her lots of encouragement and positive attention.
HOWEVER. She recently, in Feb., started having LOTS of accidents. Like almost every time she had to urinate. I have carpeted floors and I am just tired of cleaning up messes several times a day! The problem is that she doesn't like me telling her to use the bathroom, she wants control. And she just gets too busy playing to go. A friend recommended pull-ups to save my sanity. I REALLY REGRET going that route b/c now its a crutch, she just pees in her pull-ups, and they are way more expensive than Costco diapers!! I tell her she only gets 2 a day, but she is having a lot of fits and screaming that diapers are bad and she doesn't want to wear them!
She really wants control over things in life, I get that. But when I calmly explain things to her she just won't listen.
I am beyond frustrated. I have tried calmly explaining that if she wants pull-ups, she has to keep them dry. Same with underwear, otherwise its back to diapers. Based on my experience in January, I KNOW she can use the potty. She has gone in stores, and even kept herself dry on long trips. I really don't know why she decided to start wetting her pants, but I can't just let her pee everywhere. And I cannot afford a thousand Dora pull-ups. I just want her back in underwear.
Has anyone else experienced this? If you have had some kind of similar experience I would love to know what worked for you.
And yes, I have done the 3 day "magic" potty training, training with a doll that pees, positive encouragement, negative side effects (showing some disapproval), small rewards, the potty book.....