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When ds was 12 months, he would take his diaper off when he had to go to the bathroom. We put him on the potty and lo and behold he knew what to do.<br><br>
Ok, so two things happened: 1) my family made fun of me (grr!) saying "he's not potty trained, he has YOU trained", and 2) (more importantly) he learned to walk a month later and completely lost interest in stopping to go to the potty.<br><br>
But what a glorious month it was! I can't get it out of my mind... I'm kicking myself for not keeping up with it despite those two things.<br><br>
I'm thinking that he's smart enough and now it's more of an attachment to the diaper thing, as he is fine with sitting on the potty, but won't go pee pee in it.<br><br>
So I'm trying two things: one week of waiting to change his diaper (less frequently) to see if the wetness will prompt a desire to use the potty, then one week of checking super often, changing right as he pees. Perhaps always being in a dry diaper will prompt potty use!<br><br>
Anyone else try this? I'd love to hear about it.<br><br>
I'm not dying that he use the potty as much as I know he *can*, kwim? If I have to change diapers for a while longer, not the end of the world.<br><br>
-Jude
 

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Sounds good to me. How about more nude time? That way you can tell when he's peeing. How do you plan to do this with a diaper on? Maybe you'll be using a thin cloth diaper? This would catch the pee but be wet to the touch and less comfortable to him. Rather than leave him in it for awhile, you could say -- "Oh! You've peed! Maybe next time you'll pee in the potty." If you can handle cleaning up a lot of pee, I don't think anything beats nude time.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
We're playing around with the potty now too. Simon is 14 months old. When he's nude, he likes to go next to the toilet and pee on it. That's a start. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Our experiment went bust, but in a good way! Somehow Jaxon got a bad welt (looks like diaper rash, but on his leg?) and we had to go diaper-free like you suggested... We've had accidents but the past two days have yielded three successfull pees and one poo!!!! Yahoooooooo! (DH is not liking the abuse to the new carpet, though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
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About 2 months ago, I decided to do my own pottty experiement with DS. It was a beautiful warm day so we spent the day outside and DS w/o clothes. I put a little potty out there for him to see (he had been using it occasionally already, so he knew what it was for). It was pretty incredible. Without clothes or diaper, he KNEW when he had to go and he'd sign "potty" or just walk up to it and try to sit on it himself. Since then, we have let him spend most of his time at home w/o diaper and we've had very few accidents. So I don't think you're off the mark at all. Your ds knows about the potty, and I think if you want to help him use it, let him run around in the buff for a while, or change him as soon as he's wet so he gets used to the nice feeling of being dry all the time. Also be sure to tell him he's going potty (verbally and/or with a hand sign) when he goes, so he has the words to tell you when he is going or needs to go.<br>
That's just what worked for us...<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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*sigh*<br><br>
DD practically potty-trained herself at about 17 months. She's now two, and nothing. She occasionally claims to want to use the potty, but as soon as her diaper's off and she's on it, she runs away. I understand that she wants to be nude (my son was nude a lot), but we don't live in our own home, and I really can't take chances on her peeing on my mom's good rug. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I never potty-trained ds. He had 4 different caregivers (me, my ex, my sister & my MIL), and we just couldn't get a consistent approach happening. So, he potty-trained himself...but he was over 3. I'm really hoping we can get somewhere with dd before that. I'm hopeless in this area.
 
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