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I am not sure if this is the correct forum for this but here we go...<br><br>
I think my 18 mo dd might be ready to start potty training. I just don't know. How do you tell? She goes "tee-tee" with me, opens the lid on her little potty, gets some tissue, sits on it (with diaper on) gets up when I do, closes lid, "flushes" and steps up on it to wash her hands while exclaiming "wash hands, wash hands!" She even "wiped" her dolly today.<br>
But, I haven't had her sit on it bare bottomed and don't know if it's even worth trying yet. I don't want to rush it but I don't want to miss my window of opportunity either. hmmmm....<br><br>
I hate to introduce Taking Off Your Diaper everytime Mom goes potty unless I think it's going to do some real good!<br><br>
She will let me know when she has or is trying to have a bowel movement by clasping her crotch and saying "dry pants" or "stinky". BTW - stinky is not a "negative" term at our house, I have always encouraged her to have Bms and don't make a big deal over cleaning them up. Sometimes, she will do this when she has had the urge, and has not had a movement.<br><br>
A few times she has grabbed her crotch and looked at me as if to let me know something was up. I wonder if she was urinating at those times.<br><br>
It's hard to believe someone who can't concentrate long enough to eat an entire piece of toast could be ready to go potty. Plus, she tends towards constipation and only has BMs every few days or every other day at most. I am adjusting her diet and hope that will help.<br><br>
What do you all think? Should I try to put her on the potty for real? When and how?<br>
I just switched to CDs and spent a fortune on them so of course she will be potty trained in no time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I did not hear of EC until she was well over a year old or I might have considered using it earlier.<br><br>
Elizabeth
 

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i'd say she sounds ready to at least try. of course be very gentle and don't push but i'd definatly try.
 

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DD is giving you good signs. Listen, learn, and start your EC journey.<br><br>
I would have given money to have DS tell me he was pooping or needed to poop when he was 18 months. Although he was mostly "potty trained" at that point (EC since 13 months), it was not until he was 33 months that he wanted to be in charge of the potty process. So for 20 months I had to take him to the potty when I guessed he had to go.<br><br>
That said, I was thrilled by potty training him earlier than average for moms in the U.S. I loved having him stay dry and clean most of the time. It's so affirming when you save your child from even one dirty diaper each day.<br><br>
I would encourage you to start now. Just put DD on the potty when you think a toddler might need to go and see what you get. Chances are you will get aggravated by the process more than she because you have the ability to develop expectations about it. So try to use positive self-talk and just reward yourself and DD whenever you have successes. If you have misses and she goes in her diaper, well, that isn't any worse than you had yesterday, right?<br><br>
Good luck, and know that it will work out well eventually no matter which method you use. No stress.<br><br>
BTW, good times for potty are 10-20 minutes after meals and at wake-up time. And some kids are less constipated if they can poop in the potty. It's more ergonomic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I forgot to mention that it will be easier to deal with diapering/undiapering many times each day if you put DD in two-piece outfits. Then you can just pull down the bottom half of her outfit and yank off her diaper.<br><br>
If your new cloth diapers are AIOs, it won't be too difficult to put them back on after potty time, even repeatedly. I used a diaper service (pre-folds with Prorap covers) with DS until he was 18 months, then bought some waterproof training pants when he was having few "accidents" each week. That was much more convenient.
 

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I'm going to give it a shot. She started straining as if to have a bm yesterday while lying on the changing pad. I picked her up and took her to the bathroom so she could sit on the potty. She insisted on getting some tissue and sat down for approx 5 secs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Then she was off and the bm never happened. She had noe this morning tho.<br>
I might get some training pants for around the house. We're using AIOs now.<br>
Good point about sitting down to "poop" I don't think I could do it standing up!
 
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