potty tip we learned the hard way

Valerie - posted on 04/28/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Hope this little tidbit can help some of you with completing potty training. If your kid is pretty well potty trained at home. I advise against putting him/her back into a pull up even just for the weekend if you're not going to be home. Sounds like a pretty obvious thing but...Our 2 and a half year old daughter was going to the potty all by herself for about a month and even telling us she had to go when we weren't home, so we had her in big girl underwear most of the time. But she had accidents every now and then so since we weren't home for the Easter weekend we decided to keep her in a pull-up when we went visiting "just in case"( we didnt want her to potty on the floor at our families houses.) BIG mistake. She got used to that again and ever since we got home a couple days ago, it's like she's never heard of a potty chair again and it feels like we're starting over. SO learn from us if you can, avoid the headache!

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Mazy - posted on 05/08/2011

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Use cloth & call them pants, not diapers. My son uses the g pant diapers, so it still feels like underwear. He's not even 2 yet & is toilet trained. He wears the g pant at night or on really long car trips, though he still tells us when he has to go. I feel like the cloth diapers were the best move we ever made. On a side note: my five month old wears them now as well & even he gives cues to use the potty. He only hours through three diapers a day!! Just something to think about:)

Amy - posted on 05/02/2011

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Buy the plastic pants you put over the under wear! When potty training our oldest he did not wear pull ups, they are basicallydiapers, he wore the plastic pants over his under wear until he had the hang of it! Even wore.them at home because we didnt want pee all over our house! Will do the same thing when we start potty training our youngest in a few months!

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Beverly - posted on 05/17/2011

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Have the same problem! I am starting all over again and now i have to see when she wants to go and take her because she does not say. Good advice I learned the hard way!

Mazy - posted on 05/12/2011

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Melissa, a g diaper is just a brand of cloth diaper. It had a plastic liner that snaps in and I use a regular prefold in the liner, almost like a panty liner. I don't think they are the best brand, but they work ok.

Crystal - posted on 05/12/2011

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I done that with our 3 year old she was potty trained at the age 2 an them my husbands brother passed an we had to drive over 900 miles an we thought it would be better for her to where a pull up. just in case"( we didnt want her to potty in the carseat on the way plus its hars to find a bath room on the road you know but it took us almost a yer to get her useing the potty again Im happy she is going all by her slef again it was hard thou but we got threw it you will too good luck

Melissa - posted on 05/10/2011

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We use pull-ups on our daughter when we go out, but we call them "travel underpants" and she definitely knows the difference between these and regular diapers (even tho they are basically the same thing). She waits when we are out and goes in the potty, not the pull-up. She wears regular underwear (or training underwear) at home. She isnt even two yet, and it's a longer process with her than it was with my son. I can understand the concept of pull-ups being a set-back, but i think because we used them from day one with her and made a BIG deal about them being different than a diaper, it has been fine with her. She's doing good with it, and usually keeps her "travel pants" dry. @ Mazy - what's a "g pant diaper"?

Jennifer - posted on 05/04/2011

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Yikes! Sorry you had this set back, but I have a feeling she will "re-train" a lot faster this time. We never used pull-ups and instead just went straight to underwear with my son (which, yes, is very messy at first!). So I bought a pack for a trip to visit friends for a loong weekend, thinking it would keep from having to buy them a new couch lol. He called them diapers and we had a major setback...but only for a couple of days. He was having 1-3 accidents a week before the trip, and he's doing about that now, about 2 weeks later. Usually accidents are when we are in the car because for some reason, he doesn't tell us so we can stop. Best of luck! Just stick her back in those big girl pants and she will pick it back up in no time.

Jaclyn - posted on 05/04/2011

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that stinks thx for advice not yet to pull up stage. but idea i used at work, put underwear on n pull ups over will hate the feeling of it cuz not absorbing ruin a few pairs of underwear but it worked

Jennifer - posted on 05/03/2011

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Another thing that is good (rather than taking the potty with you, although I don't like using potties so I'm not sure if this would scare the ones that use them) are the potty seats they have, you can also use them for on the go bathroom trips. They have foldable ones, too....

Jennifer - posted on 05/03/2011

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Another thing that is good (rather than taking the potty with you, although I don't like using potties so I'm not sure if this would scare the ones that use them) are the potty seats they have, you can also use them for on the go bathroom trips. They have foldable ones, too....

Jennifer - posted on 05/03/2011

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LOL yeah the plastic pants seem like a good idea, although personally I'm not in a financial position to buy any....Adrianna, if she's ready to start potty training at night then I'd say either let her wear the big girl panties to bed and deal with the messes (that's what I had to go through with my 5 yr. old after she was potty trained in the day and I was potty training her at night, though it wasn't too bad, only 3-4 initial accidents) or you could put a daiper on over the panty (since pull ups are basically daipers, only more expensive!). If you're not trying to potty train her at night yet, though, I don't see the problem with daipers at night. Brycelyn had them at night initially because I worked with her on the day time first and after she had mastered that then I went to the night time....

April - posted on 05/03/2011

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do you have a link or something to that? I've never heard of the plastic pants before?

Sarah - posted on 05/03/2011

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We are using pull-ups with my 3yo son and are having no issues. In fact, the few accidents he has had are when he has underwear on, not pullups.

Adrianna - posted on 05/03/2011

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Thanks for the advice. I'm in the mist of potty training myself with my 2 1/2 year old daughter. I wonder if the pull ups at night will have the effect that you are having your self's. I have been debating on getting pull ups for the night time or just keep her in big girl panties. I don't want to relapse and have deal with all the frustration. What have you guys been doing and what has worked for you daughter? My daughter seems to go when I wake her up before she realizes that she has to go. I also make her go before she goes to bed and I do not give her anything to drink after 8p.m. So maybe the pull ups may not be a good idea?

Jonelle - posted on 05/02/2011

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i agree valerie i did this about 4 months ago so when we went away from easter we took her potty with her and it was great she has improved so much. my daughter is 2 and a half too and now we are home she does still have accidents but hates a nappy and only wants them at night. they do say never put a nappy back on when going away make it like at home as much as you can hope it gets back on track it will but you will have to start again i've had to do it you will

Diana - posted on 05/02/2011

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Oh no! Hope the setback only lasts a few days!! So frustrating when things go backwards like that!! It is really tricky when you are out for long periods of time as you don't want to be constantly having to clean up little messes (especially on other people's carpets!!) or carrying about dozens of changes of clothes but I guess in the long run it is worth the risk and hassle?? Good luck on getting things back on track quickly!!

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sorry but y would u do that, they only learn from their mistakes, family should understand that, i hope it works out again and doesn't take too long to get her back to normal,

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