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AliceMay 10-03-2012 02:05 AM

My 17 month old has been telling me she needs to pee (either by saying "pee" or clutching at her pants and saying "ehn, ehn") for about a month. It's great. The thing I'm noticing now is there are false alarms. In bed at night, when I think what she really wants is to get up, she will sometimes indicate. Same thing with the early morning (AFTER she has already just been up to pee). And occasionally when we are out and with other people, I think she tells me she has to pee because she wants me to pick her up and take her away from the group a little. I tend to give her the benefit of the doubt, of course, but sometimes when we have JUST been and she has JUST peed I'm pretty sure she doesn't need to go. Not sure exactly how to handle that situation and what to say. When we are out, I try to think about what she may want, as I said, which is a little alone time, and give her that, but obviously when it's bedtime and she just wants to get up, we can't do that. I find myself saying "I don't think you have to pee, we just peed." but does anybody have a better idea? 

alisonsims 10-20-2012 10:49 AM

My 19mo has been doing this too!! So annoying. Especially in public. I too am curious about how to remedy the situation. we have so many false alarms every day. I am very frustrated with it.

seraf 10-20-2012 10:53 AM

For bedtime, bring a potty into the bedroom, so she doesn't get to go out to pee.  It will lose it's charm quickly.  


My 11 month old does pee twice most mornings, about 20 minutes apart.


Out and about, I don't know. Maybe she has to pee when she feels nervous? My oldest is 9 and still does.

AliceMay 10-30-2012 10:40 AM

i discovered that she likes to tour peoples bathrooms. ;) We go the first "pee", and then if there is another one right away I say "We just peed" and find a distraction, or quite space or something, and generally that makes her happy. I don't mind taking her a bit more frequently.

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