potty training??????

Casey - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a 2 and a half year old boy. He takes his diaper off all the time and when I put on underwear, if he has to go, he'll just go wherever he is? He did so well for about a week. I have two other boys, potty trained by 2 years. What to do?

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Claire - posted on 08/10/2009

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My daughter will be 2 on August 12th, and we've started potty training about 2 months ago. Before we began, I conducted a bit of research to be sure I didn't make common mistakes. The first thing we make sure of is that she wears appropriate undergarments; meaning never go back to diapers (it will only confuse them).



We only use "Cool alert pull ups", and we involve her in putting them on. We made sure it was the cool alert kind so that it would help her to realize that by wetting herself, it is something to take notice of. When she notices, we put her on the potty anyway to help remind her that she was supposed to have asked to go to the potty to pee. Kids won't be motivated to use the potty if they can get away with wetting themselves - it's "too much work" to go to the potty if they can just "go" where they are.



Our daughter doesn't yet ask to go to the potty, so we just take her there every hour or so. When she does "make a pee", we show ALOT of excitement, praise, and give alot of high-fives with hugs and kisses. She helps us to "wipe her pee pee", flush the toilet and say "bye bye" to the pee, and then we wash our hands. If she wets herself, we say "uh oh" (NEVER scold her), then we "wipe her pee pee", change pull-ups, and away we go again.



We always take her straight to the potty first thing in the morning and after naps. Also, last thing before leaving the house, before bedtime, and after meals. It's also wise to exercise an ounce of prevention and avoid giving them fluids 1-2 hours before bedtime.



As for him taking off his diaper, and if you're going to use pull-ups, use the Pampers-brand, not the Huggies-brand, because Huggies have "convenient tear away sides" which would make them easier to take off.



Hope this helps.

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