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February 11th, 2010, 01:52 PM
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I am joining the ever fun potty training club, again. This is baby number 2, my daughter Lily turned 2 the end of Novemeber and we have been training but taking a laid back approach. We just ask her if she has to go and if she is naked (or it is bed time, lol) she will tell us when she has to go. She won't tell us if she has a diaper or PU on, and I have been too scared to try underwear. I hope it is a quick process and one day soon something just snaps and she is potty trained...hey a girl can dream!

I suppose I should introduce myself and the rest of my family. My name is Ashley, DH is Joe and DS, Ben who is 4 and DD Lily who I mentioned above. I am looking forward to some good tips, esp with dealing with girls.

Thank you*kiliki* and Claire1979 for the gorgeous siggies!
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February 11th, 2010, 08:05 PM
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Welcome to the board Ashley!!

I have no experience with naked potty training. I know a few people have done it on here and it worked for them. I did the underwear approach with my son. I just made a decision that it was underwear time and I didn't waver, no matter how frustrating it was and no matter how much I had to clean up.

I now have a daughter (6 months), and I plan to do her the same way I did my son - underwear training from the beginning. It does work. Only takes a couple of times for them to soil themselves before they realize that they don't want to be wet - that and a strict schedule in the beginning.

If you're interested in the underwear method I have some advice on that.
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February 12th, 2010, 05:02 AM
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Hi! I'm Susan

We did underwear from the get go with my son in the beginning of December, and he was doing AWESOME by day 3, and since the end of the first week he hasn't had any night time or "out in public" accidents. He's had probably 4 day time accidents since then and now too. But he was 3 years, 3 months when we started. But we made a big deal of him buying his own underwear... and I think that helped kick-start it for him! My daughter is 22 months, and starting to show interest. She says "poo poo" the moment she pees in her diaper. We ask her if she wants to sit on the potty- she says "yes" but decides she's "all done" within about 30 seconds! But yesterday I asked her "do you want to get some Dora underwear?" Her eyes lit up! I doubt she understood fully want this meant, but she heard Dora! LOL I think I might give it a try though soon...

The best piece of general potty training advice I can offer is 1) let it be on her terms in the beginning & 2) encourage her like crazy!! A special snack that she only gets for going potty in the potty is good to have too! We used gummy bears. DS would get a handful of gummy bears in the beginning (which for him is about 4)!

P.S. Your kids are super adorable!
Susan- married to my Marine, Logan & momma to Gavin (4), Kaelyn (3), Dylan (1)

Thank you *Kiliki* for my beautiful siggy!

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February 12th, 2010, 07:40 AM
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This kind of goes with Susan's post:

1) Pick a date and do it. No wavering. You are in control, not her (when you feel she is ready).

2) Put her in underwear

3) Take her to the potty every half hour and let her sit there for 5 minutes. If she does something, GREAT. If not, that's ok and try again in another half hour. If she does go, put her on the pot again every half hour until she goes again. This will help you gauge how long she can hold it (it will vary from time to time because she's just learning. Once she gets the hang of it, it will become more and more consistent)

4) I totally recommend this watch. It will end up being more for you then her because you'll start to forget the time after awhile. But, she'll like it because it plays music, she'll know it's time to go potty, and it gives her something to look forward to.

5) Reward system. I personally use food as the motivator. M&Ms to be exact. Caleb got the hang of it REAL quick. The moment she does something on the potty, give her that treat right then and there, praise her to no end and let her know that she did a GREAT thing. You'll be surprised at how quick she'll learn when you give her that treat. It doesn't have to be M&Ms obviously, but give her something that she hardly gets at all. It will mean more to her, she'll learn quick, and it will be something VERY rewarding for her.

6) Once she gets the hang of going to the potty consistently for a half hour (about a week), then increase the time to 45 minutes and let her sit on the pot for about 10 minutes. This will start to teach her to hold it. If she has an accident, note the time that she did it and the last time that she pee on the pot. If she can hold it for 40 minutes, for example, then you know to take her every 40 minutes. Get her used to doing that for a week, then increase the time to an hour and so forth. I think the watch does 30, 60 and 90 minute increments.

7) Don't worry about catching poops right now. Get her pee trained first, then you can work on the poop later.

8) Don't get frustrated. This is a hard one for sure. It's hard not to get angry or frustrated with them. We parents think that they should be doing what we are doing, but you have to remember, they do not have the muscle tone to hold their urine. That is a learned thing and until she's able to do that, there WILL be accidents and lots of them. Be reassuring when she does have accidents, don't get angry and tell her that we'll try again. She needs to see the positive side of potty training and not see the negative.

9) Along the lines of accidents, she's not going to want to give up control. This is going to be a control issue and once you break her control on this, then potty training will go smoothly. Stick with it, be diligent and don't coddle her when she throws a fit. It's hard to see and go through for sure, but if you break down she knows that you are not serious - which goes back to number one - Pick a date and stick with it.

This is just a tentative guideline that I did for my son. Of course you can amend times and so forth for you and your child, but it should work the same. You can do it. Just stick with it and you'll find things will go much better.

Welcome to the board and hoping to see more of you!!
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