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our 2.5 year old DD has shown signs of readiness for a while (dry in the morning, announcing when she's pooping, interest in seeing her poops go into the big potty from her cloth diaper). i had an earlier go with her and the potty about 6 months ago and she was peeing in the potty first thing in the morning and ocassionally pooping. but, then it became all the rage to exercise her "NO!". she would say she was pooping and i would ask if she wanted to sit on the potty and she would say, "NO! Stay here!" So, I gave it a rest for a while. i don't believe this is anything that can be forced.<br><br>
well, recently she's been curious about the potty again, so we've had a few diaper-free days around the house. she is still announcing when she is ready to poop, then i usually have to guide her to the potty or she will just poop on the floor/table/bed/whatever she's on. but, for pee i'm wondering if she's even aware when it's coming, because she will just be doing something and suddenly a puddle is at her feet. i'm not sure if she's not ready or if she's just too involved in play? i know all kids develop differently, but it seems like at this age she should be able to feel when she is about to pee (especially if she has the same awareness for poop). i've tried explaining it (she's very verbal), but she couldn't care less. should i just give it a break again or stick it out for a while longer? it has only been a couple days, but i'm running out of clean towels! <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 think diapers are a parental tool so it's your call. I would expect it to take a couple of days at 2.5. She has to do two things at the same time: (1) remember that she is not wearing a diaper, so she needs to do something before things get critical and (2) accurately judge critical or cave to leaving her project before the last minute.
 

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Your dd is ahead of mine, so not speaking from experience, but I've read that pee awareness is more difficult and usually comes later than poop awareness.
 

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I have been part time ECing, so I have a different line of thought. I just take DD, she is almost 18 mo and I am have started doing diaper free time and using training pants. She poops in the potty (maybe 4 poopy diapers in the last 6 months), and will pee on the potty, but doesn't tell me. I would just start saying "it's potty time" at regular intervals, I bet she will catch on real quick.<br>
I wouldn't give up, you have to give her time to become undiaper trained. She has been disconected from her need to eliminate for 2+ years, it's going to take some time to reconnect to her body.<br>
Do you have a little potty that she can sit on in the room she's in? That might help so she doesn't feel like she has to leave and might be more willing to stop playing for a minute. GL
 

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I'm right there with you on the "NO!" to pottying lately. Mine has been in underwear since about 18 months, except at night. I have just been taking him potty as a PP mentioned, but lately he's just flat-out refusing to use the potty much of the time. At this point I think I'm just going to back off for a while---he's still in underwear, but we're just taking 10 pairs of pants with us everywhere we go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Perhaps eventually he'll get back on the bandwagon.<br><br>
So no real thoughts, just some company.
 

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We've been ECing since birth with great success starting at just a few weeks. It's, of course, an up and down thing so we just stay consistent. It's unfortunate American parents are told babies don't develop potty awareness until they're "old." At 3 1/2 months our baby fussed to tell us every time he had to pee and he held all his poops until we took him to the toilet.<br><br>
I would recommend you research elimination communication and how it applies to an older child. I'd start with looking at diaperfreebaby.org or reading Laurie Boucke's book Infant Potty Training. She also did a dvd called Potty Whispering. There's also an EC section here somewhere. diaperfreebaby.org will list the yahoo EC group. You'll probably get good advice from either place, though I've not really looked at the mothering.com site to know for sure.
 

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MY dd is aware of when she has to potty already. I don't care one way or the other, but she has been using the toilet since 10month. when she wiggles, I' ask and she'd tell me she had to go so I took her.<br><br>
She's in cloth diapers most of the time, and too busy chasing her brothers to let me know anymore (she's now 15months). But as the weather gets warmer I hope to allow her less dipering.
 
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