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Ok, mamas, I could <i>really</i> use some guidance here, please! I'm sure many of you have heard me going on and on about Ian's potty progress, and if not: he's been doing all bm's on the potty for gee, a few months or so, and gradually doing more pees. Sometimes he goes on his own with no problems, and sometimes he needs my encouragement (or reminding). He just turned two a couple of days ago, for age reference.<br><br>
Anyway, I haven't gotten a 'system' down yet for potty training. I've been doing a variety of things, and therein is my issue. Am I confusing him by putting him in diapers and undies? I did try for most of one week to go with undies exclusively during the day (dipes for naps and overnight) but he's never gone potty out in public yet and if he's having too much fun playing (like outside), he'll go on himself also. Now, I know he's got decent bladder control b/c he does wake from naps dry often and he's done a handful of overnights totally dry, and as long as we do a potty break about once per hour, he's good to go.<br><br>
Is it still just too early for me to be thinking about undies or do you think my switching up btwn diff diapers and then undies also is just confusing him? If he's in a pocket dipe, he won't even tell me he went (well, that fleece MUST be stay dry!) and if he's in a diaper, he'll sometimes potty and sometimes pee on himself then tell me he peed. If he's in undies, it is about the same as when in diapers, but with fewer accidents. Is it time to just go full blown undies or should I give him more time to be ready on his own?! HELP!!
 

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I know it's contrary to what "the books" say, but I don't think it causes confusion.<br>
With both my kids, I did both diapers and undies --usually undies at home, diapers for naps, overnight, and outings. When they were around 4, they started being able to hold it long enough that I didn't need to put a dipe on them when we went out.<br>
I never saw what the big deal was -- they're bigger kids now and it doens't really matter if they completely stopped wearing diapers at 2 or 4. LOL
 

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I would put him in training pants all the time (cept for night or naps if he still wets then) and see how he does! Having accidents is part of learning, kwim? If you use training pants (or undies) and he is wetting more in them than on the potty, then I would probably wait a bit longer (2 is still pretty young for boys to pt) and keep him in dipes. Or you can just keep doing what you're doing if it's working for you! I don't think it confuses them as long as you are very clear about things. I switched back and forth between dipes and undies a couple times w/ Parker too.<br><br>
Have you tried having him go on a public toilet? He may be more willing than you think too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck!!!
 

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I let my ds run around the house naked until he was using the potty farly well. The transition to underwear went smoothly after that (about 2 or 3 days) and now he is fully trained - except for nights. HOWEVER he got sooo used to being naked that now everytime I turn around he has stripped <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: ! I am not sure how to get him over the love to be naked, and he will be 3 on monday. It might be me, but his butt is just too big to be running around naked all the time, lol.<br><br>
OT: We had to buy door knob covers becuase he was stripping naked and unlocking the front door to "escaped" running wild and free thru our front yard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw">
 

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My dd just potty trained this week (took a loooog time, many months of going back and forth) and I used whatever she needed at the time. Sometimes full diapers, sometimes fitteds with no covers so she could pull them off herself when they were wet. Sometimes training pants, sometimes pull-ups. Most of the time she was bare bottomed at home.<br><br>
I talked to her about the different items and she knew which were okay to go in and which were not. Like if she peed in her panties I said, "Does Mommy pee in her panties? Noooo, Mommy takes the panties off and pees in the potty. No peeing in panties, okay?" Then if she pees in a diaper I don't say anything because she's been taught since birth that it's okay to pee/poop in a diaper. Believe me she knows the difference.<br><br>
Now that she's finally got the hang of it she will still pee in a pull up or poop in it-- basicically won't try very very hard to keep it clean. But will try very hard not to mess in her panties.<br><br>
What worked for us best was (1) me laying off and letting her mature and do it on her own. (2) letting her run around naked from waist down around the house so she was forced to notice the accidents and help me clean them up when they happened. Soon she was not wanting to make a mess so she would seek out the potty. Just recently got the concept of removing the panties before going so now she gets to wear them (but still prefers being naked around the house).<br><br>
Darshani
 
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