Slow and steady with pull-up? or potty boot camp with undies? which was most effective for u?

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We've been doing pull-ups for some time and since having the flu we've lost all interest in going potty. My son is 3 1/2 and he was going probably 3 times a day (peeing only, hiding for the poo's) but was successful with the sticker chart. Now that we've lost all interest, I'm thinking about having a weekend where we just make the switch to real underwear and seeing what happens. Am I setting myself up for disaster? Or does that work?

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Heather - posted on 01/23/2010

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it works my daughter is 20 months and we tried useing pull up but she thought of them as a diaper so i bought real under wear and for the first two days i put the pull up over top of the under wear so she felt more of being wet and by the second day i didnt need the pull ups any more its only been 3 wks now and only had may be 6 accidents the first wk now she goes to the bath room when she has to go she even sleeps all night and doesnt wet the under wear

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Sue - posted on 03/23/2010

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Heather, I am sooo going to try that, what an awesome idea. My son is just over 3yrs & has been in pullups for a while, apart from being expensive, I'm sure he also treats them as a nappy, in part anyway. He will use both potty & toilet for wees, but hides for poos. I've done the chart & he has now lost interest in it, so now I put his poo's down the loo as suggested by Huggies & he flushes them away, but so far he is not interested in doing one on the loo. This may be the brain cracking idea I need to get onto the next stage...

Sinead - posted on 03/23/2010

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i have my daughter in undies all day and nappies at night and she is 16 months old and i never used a pull up on her it was undies the whole way

Amanda - posted on 03/21/2010

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I just wanted to do a update. We started undie boot camp 1 month ago. She has been wearing big girl undies this hole time she still has accidents everyone in awile but she is pretty much patty trained. She hasn't had any accidents for about a week now. The undie boot camp really works!

Amanda - posted on 02/19/2010

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I can't really give you any advice because me and my bf are trying to get are daughter potty trained right now too. One thing that I have noticed that has helped her want to go more is that we starting giving Macknezie (are daughter) 1 fruit snack when she goes potty. She gets 2 fruit snacks when she goes poop in the potty since were having a really hard time with that.

But I have to thank everyone that gave advice. I never even thought about just having her wear big girl undies but after reading all the storys tomorrow morning we are going to try just having her wear big girl undies and see how that goes. I'm excited that start it :)

Michelle - posted on 02/19/2010

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i feel the best way to teach them toileting is to let them run round with normal pants on, that way they get used to the feeling before they go and start to connect it with going for a wee. it also makes them feel all grown up.

Ashleigh - posted on 02/19/2010

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My daughter is 20 1/2 months. I decided to start potty training her two days ago. The first day, I put her in easy-ups (only because my Grandma bought them for me... I personally think they are a more expensive diaper). I took her to the potty every hour, and she didn't go in the potty once. The next day, I decided to just go for it. I put her in her big girl panties. I took her to the potty every hour. She didn't go in the potty. She wet her panties 7 times, and every time, I would say, "You're peeing, we pee in the potty." And I would take her to the potty, clean her up and put on a new pair of panties. Today, I put her in her panties, and followed her around really closely all morning. I got her to sit on her potty this morning, and she actually peed. I made a huge deal out of it. I jumped up and down and cheered and clapped, we exchanged high fives. She got to put a sticker on a piece of colored paper on the wall, and she got a piece of candy. After lunch, I took her to the potty again. She sat a few minutes, then she got up and walked around the bathroom. A few minutes later, she ran to the potty and peed in it again! Once again we made a huge deal of it. I am putting a diaper on her for naps and bedtimes for now. But I think that real underwear are the way to go! I am excited to see how we do for the rest of the day when she gets up from her nap! I hope you are doing well with your training!!!

Julie - posted on 01/27/2010

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I have a son and we tried the pull ups first and at first, he was getting the hang of it and then he wasn't going potty anymore...he would have an accident and then go change into a new pair of pull ups so we changed to the underwear. I think he had one accident and so far he has been pretty much potty free -- the occasional accident, but it's been great!

Lynn - posted on 01/26/2010

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i skipped the pull ups completely. mentally prepared myself for potty training all weekend. went out and bought him underwear, let him pick them out (he chose Cars, and Thomas). We started on a friday, and i drilled it in his head that he's a "big boy" now and if he needed to pee or poop, to let us know. He had one accident per day for about a week and after that week, he's only had just a couple random accidents and only 2 overnight accidents. he still poo's in his diaper though. that one is tough

Tammy - posted on 01/26/2010

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go to undies!!! i potty trained my now 9 year old at age 2 and half and it took me 3 days! Cut the drinks about 3 hours prior to bed. He never had issues with wetting the bed. I am now working on potty training my now 2 year old. i have been showing him potty time movie and he loves it. he comes to me and tells me "Mama poo" as he points to his backside. We wont officially start him for another couple of months, but very looking forward to not buying these diapers anymore.



I agree that pull ups is only another diaper and it will just drag out the process of teaching them.

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I know it's kind of gross but i found that pull-ups only prolonged potty training for me so i used to just let them pee and poo in their pants and clean it up after. I saved the pull ups for when we left the house. Try taking him to the store and having him pick out his own underwear (my daughter loved her princess panties and hated peeing on them) Sometimes it can take a couple of weeks for them to get it. Just don't make a big deal when they have an accident, but really praise them when they go on the potty. I used the sticker chart with my daughter and i set a goal of 20 stickers. When she got 20 stickers i would take her to the dollar store, or let her pick out something special to do (get a happy meal, go to the park) She really loved that.

Heather - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter would not go to the bathroom in pull ups she continued to potty in her pants. I bought big girl underwear and decided to just go for it (she's 3) and she went on the potty after that, we've had a few accidents but she pretty much goes on the potty all the time its been 3 weeks now.

Angie - posted on 01/25/2010

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I would say go w/the underwear! We are in the middle of potty training as well & my son will do well all day w/underwear on but as soon as I put a pull up on him he thinks that it's ok to pee/poop in his pants. I'm still having issues w/him pooping in the potty though. Which is so weird because it was exactly the opposite w/my older son. My older son was difficult....we worked w/him for over a yr & at 3 1/2 yrs old he just decided he wanted to start using the potty! And from then on we had no worries....not even at night. He just did it. Good luck....I think the pull ups are a joke to be honest. They are just like diapers to the kids, w/underwear they know right away that they had an accident.

Angie - posted on 01/25/2010

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with my first child, i got sick of the diaper duty so i threw them away and made him wear underwear. the first day he pooped in them and he was really uncomfortable. after that he used the potty and has ever since.

Catherine - posted on 01/25/2010

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I just did that 3 day boot camp & my kid has regressed completely back to only peeing in the diaper. I thought i was doing the right thing, but he won't pee on the toilet because I forced him... It only works if he wants it to work...

Karen - posted on 01/24/2010

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Potty boot camp with undies! My son was 3 years old and stubborn. Also used the pull ups like a diaper. I put undies on him and let him run around the house with nothing else for about a week. I pushed drinking juice pretty hard and then put him on the potty every 30 minutes for the first couple days, then every hour. I rewarded just for sitting on the potty because that was hard enough the first day. I covered all couches/chairs with towels and washed alot of floors. You just can't give in. Make a 7 day committment and you can do it! I work in the schools so it worked for me to do this in the summer. If your child is in daycare it might be a little more challenging, but they should honor your request of extra liquids, potty breaks and rewards. Unfortunately we still struggle with poops, but potty has been great! Good luck!

Catherine - posted on 01/23/2010

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I had the same problem with my 3 year old I had to do the undies boot camp thing with her. She still wont poop in the toilet and runs off and hides but she wees in the toilet. They do get there eventually in their own time

Bridgette - posted on 01/23/2010

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I have a friend who has a one yr old (i have a two year old) and my kid thinks of her kid as a "baby" and the "baby" is potty trained. And I pointed it out that she was a baby and still went on the potty. She is a baby that potties. And Hannah (my kid) totally got that. and we went right to undies. First day pee 7 times next 4 next day 2 next day none and then only peed once in a while. She only wears pull ups at night tho she wakes me to say she has to pee. Maybe it will work for your. Just make the switch to undies be persistent and he will get it.

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