"Naked Trained"! But how do I get clothes back on him?

Mande - posted on 10/17/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 2 1/2. Has a "mild" speech delay, which we're working on. But there's a pretty big communication barrier between us. We've been potty training - he basically runs around at home with no bottoms on and never has an accident. But as soon as we put undies on him or a diaper or a pull up or anything - accident.. I can only assume it's a sensory type of thing because he's pretty eager to use the potty and get a reward at any chance. And because of this communication barrier I'm having a hard time getting him to tell me when he has to go. The little potty is just there and he goes when he has to go but never tells me until he's done it and waiting for his reward. Any advice on getting him to express to me that he has to go before he goes? Any advice on getting clothes back on him and keeping them dry? Thanks so much for any advice!

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Elfrieda - posted on 10/18/2012

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Haha, just went through this! It was so frustrating, because although he was fine at home, people look at you funny if you bring a naked toddler out, and I don't like staying home for days and days. And what do you do about the cold little legs, it's not summer anymore!



It just took a little bit of time. And by a little bit, I mean 5 or 6 days, so it felt pretty long. And it's more difficult, because he can't pull his pants and underwear up and down, so I have to help him with that. But overall I'm happy with him being a little more civilized.



Maybe you could encourage him to shout "pee!" as he runs to the potty. (by doing it yourself and running with him - you'd have to keep an eye on him and do it as he runs over to the potty) After a few days with no accidents, try the underwear (with no pants to start with... my theory is that there's too much pressure from a lot of fabric and it messes with the boy's ability to feel when he needs to go). If it doesn't work, take off the underwear, wait another day and maybe it will work the next day. I don't know effective that is, but that's what I did and it worked within a couple of days. My son always says, "Uh-oh, pee!" and that works very well, communication-wise.

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