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Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel & Delaney 5/12/08 & Beethoven & Gizmo
You might not be comfortable with this, but when DS was three, he had been dabbling in potty learning for about six months (looking curiously, when naked able to go on his own to toilet, etc.) but if his clothes were on and a diaper or training pants, he just always went in his diaper, so I just stopped putting him in diapers during the day (night time potty using took another year, and we still have the odd accident) and I made him responsible for the clean up. Within reason obviously; he had to rinse out the dirty clothes in the sink and put them in the laundry basket and get clean ones from his room, and when he was done he had to help wipe up any puddles or messes in the house as I soothed and reassured him that "...it was just an accident, nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone has accidents...Next time I'm sure you'll make it to the toilet, won't you, Honey Bun", but he had to help clean up his own messes...I still wiped him down and I got him dressed and sanitized the area.
It meant a LOT more dirty laundry for a week or two, Slip covers, needed to be washed out a few times, and we went through about two can of carpet shampoo, and he had to change bottoms sometimes three times a day, but once he figured out that wet underwear was a hell of a lot more uncomfortable than a wet diaper, he took about a week and a half to use the toilet consistently. That's not to say he didn't have the occassional accident, especially when distracted or busy playing intensely, but for the most part he started taking much more initiative in getting himself to the toilet.
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