What worked for us was removing the diapers from sight and just going for 100% diaper free. We even went diaper free for outings and for night time.
I didn't bribe or praise for using the potty and I try to make as little a deal over it as possible but I always listened to my daughter and took her to the toilet every time she needed to go…even if it was three times in a row with little or no pee/poop (poor thing). If she has an accident, we clean it up and afterwards I remind her that it would be best to use the potty.
My daughter seemed to totally forget about diapers and I decided not to mention them until about a week later, when she had a small “freak out” over going to the potty. When I asked her if she wanted a diaper she said no.
About a month into it she wanted a diaper on and wore it around until she had to pee and then she took it off to use the potty. I seriously think she forgot that she could go to the bathroom in a diaper.
We had two potties, which she used for about 5 months and now she uses the toilet. Early on, we had challenges like a 3 hour bus ride and my daughter’s reluctance to pee outside but I just carried around a fresh pair of pants just in case we had an accident. The other challenges were diarrhea and constipation.
Our situation was that I ALMOST underestimated my daughter’s ability to use the toilet but for some reason just went for it. I’m glad that I did. I mention this because I always have to remind myself to raise my expectations of my daughter. I tend to have rather low expectations of her, which she will live up to until I snap out of it and expect more/different/better and etc at which time she usually just rises to the occasion.
*** I’m editing because I was in a rush earlier and I wanted to be sure that I didn’t come across like I was the one who was responsible for my daughter’s potty “training”. I’m not, nor do I think I am. I think we helped her in the exact right ways, which enabled her to do it herself. We were lucky that she has very good bladder control and can communicate well with us.
One additional tid-bit, when my daughter first held her pee at night, she really freaked out. Luckily, I knew the type of panic she was having because she did the same thing the first time she was hungry and didn’t recognize the feeling in her body. It’s strange to imaging that they have to learn what hunger or a full bladder feels like. My daughter interprets things like that as pain the first times she feels them.
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