Thought I'd share my success story :)

Cierra - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 27 months and has been potty trained (night and day) since 2 weeks after her 2nd birthday. I had introduced her to her potty when she was about 14 months and she would even pee in it every once in a while (when SHE felt like doing so). A few days after her 2nd birthday we ran out of diapers. I am currently expecting #2. The diapers were gone and I decided I did not want to be a diaper changing robot when the new baby arrived. Soo, I put my daughter in her underwear. Because there were no diapers I could not cave and put her in one. Day 1 was hell. She did not successfully use the potty even once, though she did stay dry during her nap. Day 2 she successfully used her potty more times than not. By day 3 she had no accidents. For the first week she did not poop because she was afraid to do so in the potty. After 3 poop accidents she decided that she did not like the feeling of it, or the gross cleaning process. After 2 weeks she had no more night accidents either. So now, we are diaper free and loving life! :)

I highly advise the "cold-turkey" method of potty training. I think it is best for both mom and child; because sometimes it is us, the parent, who is more attatched to the diaper than our child.

Good luck mommys! Let me know if you used/use this method and if it was successful for you and your child.

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Jackey - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hey Cierra I agree with you..I pretty much did the same thing with my son. He is 26 months and I introduced the potty to him when he was about a year and a half. I would let him mimik going to the bathroom, getting tissue, and wash his hands. Even though he would rarely actually go to the potty. I went semi cold turkey with him. I tried to put regular underwear on him around the house, but he'd rather be free and just wear his pajama pants. Anywho, I noticed that he would pull down his pants to pee pee, but i would rush him to the potty. On January 15,2010 he stood on the toliet seat and released. I was so happy. Maybe about an hour later he sat down on his seat and pooped. He has been going to the potty on his own, but I have to keep watch and he stays dry at naps and night. I decided to not allow him to drink anything a couple of hours before going to bed at night. I know Im not out of Pamper land yet, so I decided to allow him to wear Easy Ups when we go out, until I know for sure that he has mastered the art of Potty Training.

Fran - posted on 01/21/2010

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This method only works if your a stay at home mom though. I work full time so the Daycare will not do this nor could I put this upon my parents when they are watching my daughter. My daughter is 3 and is in underwear all day but still wears the pull-ups when she poops and at when she goes to bed at night. She refuses the potty when she has to poop and we've had way to many accidents at night trying the underwear so it's taking us longer than most probably to get her fully potty trained. It is very frustrating but our Pediatrician said all kids are different so it's just a matter of finding out what works for your child. I'm hoping we find the right method for our daughter soon and I hope all of you do as well. Good Luck!

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Sajidah - posted on 11/05/2013

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Hi to all the mums

Today is day 6 and my 3yr old pooped in the toilet for the first time. I feel boys take a little longer than girls and it got a lot to do with you staying positive.

Kristian - posted on 07/01/2013

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Started this method today and going out of my mind! Your post was SUPER ENCOURAGING! I will hang in there! :)

Amy - posted on 05/07/2013

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Thanks this helps alot. I'm on day 1 with my 27 m old daughter and today was....well messy. :))
Hoping for a better day 2!!!

Erin - posted on 01/31/2010

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Tina
My daughter is 29 months old and we started potty training cold turkey a week ago. My daughter was still having a bottle of water at night, so we still put a diaper on her at night. Luckily she tore the nipple on her favourite bottle so we took this as an oppourtunity to get her off the bottle. We had her throw the broken bottle in the garbage and she has barely asked for it. Now she asks for a cup of water before bed and that is it. She is also sleeping through the night more often. :) I still am putting her in diapers for bedtime though. I will do this until she starts waking up dry.

Erin - posted on 01/31/2010

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When I read Cierra's post about a week ago, I thought she is right this is what I need to do for my daughter. I potty trained my son this way. So the next day i started putting her panties on her and even bought her some "special" Dora the Explorer panties. The first day was horible, the second day she peed in the potty, the third day was horrible, but she is starting to get the hang of it. She poops on the potty more than she pees on it, but I am sooo happy about that.
Thanks!

Joanna - posted on 01/29/2010

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I completely agree with the "Cold Turkey Method", however, I think the timing in which you apply it will differ from boy to girl and child to child. Potty training will be successful depending on the routines that your child already has in place. Potty training is not an exact science, and so many factors will influence the success of it. The reality is you as a parent are more to blame for the lack of success. I have a boy who has just turned three, and is only potty trained in the day, but not the night. Im the only one who's to blame for his set backs, I have turned his little world upside down in the past year. The moment you start re-introducing structure and routine, things start to fall into place. Always look at the external factors that might be hampering the success of your child's potty training.

Tina - posted on 01/28/2010

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Congrats on your success story ..Thank you for sharing this information. Can i ask when is her last drink at night?.. My daughter is 29 mths. old and she goes #1 when she wants to but never #2. My husband and i want to try "the cold turkey" method but she still wakes up in the middle of the night for a sippy cup of 1/2 milk & 1/2 water... I don't know what else to do !...She loves the BIG GIRL UNDERWEAR but over her diaper =(

Any suggestions?

Jamie - posted on 01/28/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter going poop in her pull-ups and going pee in the potty. I just kept trying to get her to go and one long day later she did when she was ready. I figured out if I pushed it on her it made it worse. I know some parents are anxious to get rid of the diapers all together but sometimes the child just isn't ready.
Be patient is the only advice I can give.

L - posted on 01/28/2010

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thanks a ton! my daughter would be 13 months soon and am having a tough time making her sit on the potty and she does it in that only once in a while(when she wants to), although she is in her underwear most of the day

Christy - posted on 01/28/2010

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Guess im going to have to try that. My daughter will be 3 in June and will tell you that she wants a diaper no underwear. Guess if I take them away she can't ask for one. Great Idea never thought of that! I will let you know how it goes, Thanks

Linda - posted on 01/27/2010

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Going to try this with my son starting next week as he will be 3 in May and all other attempts last year have been a complete failure. He will happily sit on his potty in the morning but try after that and it's a screaming/crying match, very frustrating. Here's hoping this will work, especially after he pooped in the bath tonight, yuk!

Angie - posted on 01/25/2010

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I agree....sometimes the diaper can be so much easier. I am guilty of that. Good advice:) My son will be 3 soon & is just now getting the basics down. I will def try it!

Melissa - posted on 01/25/2010

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Hi Cierra..thanks for the advice. My daughter turned 2 in Dec and we have been potty training since she was 18 months. I feel stuck! I feel pull ups are the sanme as diapers, she acts no differently in them. I will try the cold turkey method. Hopefully this will work! I have a 1 yr old boy, I feel like a diaper changing robot as you put it!

Debbie - posted on 01/24/2010

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I'm now really working on the whole potty training thing. She just pooped and peed in the potty this morning but the whole time she was whining for me to put her diaper back on. I think I'm going to go cold turkey after she has her first accident in her undies. I put a pull up over the undies so she can feel the wetness a bit more but not actually be sitting on the couch or something when it happens. I think that's what freaks me out the most is thinking of her sitting on the furniture and trying to get the urine (or heaven to bid feces) off of the couch. I can handle the floor so much better than the couch.

Taneeshia - posted on 01/23/2010

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i agree with u that worked with my lil girl n is now working with my boy both at age 2

Jade - posted on 01/23/2010

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My daughter is pretty good i started when she was about 20 months... nd she's 2 atm, she wears undies all day but i put a pull up on her when we go out or when she goes to bed, she's poo'd in her undies a cpl of times but tells me when she's in the middle of doing it, that's the only problem i really have... but thanku for the advice i wanna try her cold turkey coz am also excepting in a cpl of weeks as well, she is very good though she barely has accidents at all anymore but it's just getting the poo bit down pact... nd the going through the night thing... waht did u do at fisrt though! did u just put plastic down on her bed during the night??? so if accidents did happen it'd be a bit easier to clean, she's getting her new big bed next week so i would hate to ruin it brand new... thanx darl... jade

Tracy - posted on 01/21/2010

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Thank you for your story I really appreciate it. My son is 27 months and is hyper active. Today is the first day and we have been in underwear all day with 3 accidents. I hope tomorrow will be better. I have a Leapster and it is the only way I can get him to sit for a couple of minutes. We are going for Speech Therapy, and he has been evaluated for an Occupational Therapist in a Preschool Setting. We are now on a waiting list, 8 - 10 months. They now start Junior Kindergarden in Canada at 4 yrs old.
1 yr and half to go.
I really know that I am doing the right thing with the Potty Training. Thanks Again

Hannah - posted on 01/21/2010

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It's always good to read a success story when you're feeling frustrated with the whole potty training thing! Thanks!

Mandy - posted on 01/21/2010

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I would definately agree that the cold turkey method is successful especially if your child is around the 3&1/2 mark as if like me youve tryed every other method and just feel like pulling your hair out as it's not getting you anywhere. i did this with my son who is the same age and by the end of week one i felt that i had finally managed to get it to click with him that he needed to go wee wee on the potty although i'm struggling to get him to poop i know it will start to click with him soon as he is now in nursery and all the other children are potty trained already. what i will say though is bear in mind the strangeness of it to the child with regards to doing it all at once just try daytimes first and if that goes successfully after a week and half try during the nights as well..

Audrey - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter always says "Not just yet!" when told that it's potty time. We started with the insert for the toilet, and it seemed to be going well but then after a while she stopped wanting to sit. So then we bought a potty just for her, but for the past month she only sits on the potty and doesn't do anything in it. Even if it's in the same room that she's currently playing in, she won't stop to use it if she needs to go. I'm frustrated beyond words and I probably will end up throwing out the pull-ups and put old sheets down to protect the carpets from accidents.

Erin - posted on 01/19/2010

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I did this with my son, it worked well.
However my daughter who is 29 months old, seems to not know when she has to pee until it is too late. She also seems to pee and poop alot more than my son did. I really want her out of diapers as they give her a horrible rash. I think I will just have to give this a shot and hope that it works. Wish me luck!

Marsha - posted on 01/19/2010

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My twin girls just turned 22 months on the 13th. I am trying them with the pottys. One of them she will close the lid and pee on top of it sometimes and the other one just makes the noise like she is peeing. So cute but thats what I taught them. Shame on me. I made the noise when they got on potty to pretend they were peeing.The only time I get to work with them is the weekends and at night because I work during the day and babysitters don't have pottys like at home. They do let me know when they pooped in their diapers so they know. I think this is a beginning but I hope they get it soon because the diaper thing cost a lot. I think I might try the panty thing on the weekend and see if that would work for a start.I have a lot of carpet in the house so it could be yucky so i will see. I'm trying.

Morgan - posted on 01/18/2010

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Wow - - That is AWSOME! I will for sure try it out My daughter which is 2 just turned 2 in December

Kristine - posted on 01/18/2010

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We are planning on trying this method in a few days too..since we are off for a week thought it would be a good time to try it..our son will be 2 in March..he has grasped all concepts of the potty with the exception of ACTUALLY going in it lol..knows to pull pants down..sit on it..flush..and put the seat down lol..so cute..thanks for your story! Hope we have the same good luck u did :)

Andria - posted on 01/18/2010

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my boyfriend and i seriously need to just get on the ball and do it cold turkey. this is our last baby so i think mentally we dont want her to grow up, but she keeps ripping off her diapers and running comando. lol! im sure she is ready. now its time for mom and dad to be.

Crystal - posted on 01/18/2010

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Thanks for sharing! I think Im going to try the cold turkey method because my 3 1/2 year old just plain out refuses to use the potty ALL the time like she's suppose to!

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I will try this, my son is 2.5 and wants to pee on the potty but when he gets there he doesn't go.

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