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i want to start potty training my 2 year old dd
what kind of signs should i look for that she is ready
she tells me "smelly poop" right after she does #2 but nothing when she pees
she is also starting to get uncomfortable when her diaper is full of pee
as for during night time her diaper is FULL. i usually change her diaper around 10 at night and by 8 in the morning her diaper is full and a little (sometimes more) has leaked
do u ladies think i should start potty training her? what do i do for night time?
I think the best time to start training is when YOU are ready for it. Personally, I don't believe in waiting for "signs of readiness" because I don't think those "signs" mean much of anything as far as the ability of a child to toilet train.
If you are interested in training, I would check out this website... Potty Training Raising Rocco It was really helpful to me in training my son. We started him at about 17.5 months and he had no clue about anything toilet related when we started and showed none of the typical "signs". He was in underwear day and night within a month if that. He responded very well and very rarely has accidents. Children are much more capable than we often give credit. He was not forced or traumatized either, it was a very positive (albeit sometimes frustrating) experience for everyone involved!
As far as the night training, once he got the day thing figured out he kind of did that on his own. I actually intended to hold off on it until it was cooler and he didn't need a cup of water in bed with him (no A/C in the summer = water in bed to stay hydrated for us ) but he had other ideas. He would wake up freaking out and I realized it was because he didn't want to go in his diaper. We now take him to the toilet when he wakes at night, problem solved. He still wakes up to go at night but he never wets the bed, at least he only ever has to go once!
He can't work his own pants but I am fine helping him, he also is not very verbal yet so he has signals that tell us he needs to go. He will come over and grab his crotch and crouch when he needs to go usually to tell us. Or whine and crouch. We had him naked in the beginning to get to know his patterns and signals and help him regain an awareness for his body's elimination.
Also, you could check out the book The Diaper Free Baby by Christine Gross-Loh, I borrowed it from my library. It has some really useful stuff for "older" children (it is a book on elimination communication) that I really like.
I PT my DS at 25 months. He showed zero "signs" of readiness. He was always soaked in the morning and after naps. We owned a potty but he showed no real functional interest in it. But, I was expecting #2 and was hoping to get DS PT long before baby's arrival so that there wouldn't be any regressions or me trying to deal with 2 in diapers. We did the 3 day potty training method and while it was a long 3 days (mostly for me!) he had been trained day and night, pee and poop, and has only had one or two accidents (interestingly enough they were daytime accidents due to playing hard and waiting too long to get to the potty). He is 3 now and is completely independent in the bathroom (except for wiping... still working on that skill ). I blogged about our experience and there is a link to the e-book there if you choose to go that route. Good luck!
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