Starting the Potty-training thing!

Kelsey - posted on 08/03/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




I am wondering if any of you moms would think if this idea would work. I am thinking of pretty much taking the diapers away from my daughter as soon as we start potty training. I am almost positive my daughter knows the difference between her diaper and the potty, but is being resiliant on using the potty because she knows she can go in her diaper. So i thought about getting her some underwear, and maybe using a thinner maxipad(especially for the first few days). Then slowly get her used to using her undies alone. If I have numerous accidents, I guess I dont care..because I think they will happen no matter how you do it! I was thinking of having her wear a pull-up at night-time. Hoping that a pull-up will not leak. Then diapers for out of the house until she can let me know consistently when she needs to use the potty.
Any suggestions or comments, anything is welcomed.


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Jacklyn - posted on 08/16/2011




i went straight to underwear during the day and pullups at night with my 2 yr old... the first couple of days were rough but then we figured out a schedule and it got better going back and forth will confuse her so pick one way and stick with it

Terry - posted on 08/15/2011




My daughter was resilient as well, she only wanted her panties but she would pee in them as well as the floor. She wanted to start preschool @ 2 and I told her that no school allows children to potty in their panties and she quit cold turkey. Find their incentive and use it to your advantage. I'm hoping my second one will be that easy.

Susan - posted on 08/07/2011




I also say just go with the underwear. Once you switch to underwear, don't go back unless there's some reason you don't think there will be a bathroom around. It took us about 3 days until she was day trained. You'll have to keep on her at first reminding her to use the potty because they just get wrapped up in doing what they're doing and forget to go. Often they forget to go until the last minute and then they have the accident in the bathroom right before they're about to go. One thing we also did was buy her Elmo and Abby underwear because she really likes them. We told her that Elmo and Abby would be very sad if they got wet so she had to keep them dry. I think she understood because when she would go potty, she would point out that Elmo was still dry. I also think pullups are a waste of money. With my daughter we were still using pullups for naps and diapers at night. We were starting to realize that if she had either on, she would make no attempt to use the potty, but if she had underwear on, she would always use the potty. We took away the pullup for nap and she has had no accidents and she'll sleep 2 hours or so. She's still very wet in the morning so that's more of a physical thing so we're sticking with diapers. Many people think pullups are more grownup and switch to them, but they're also more expensive so we're sticking with the diapers for night. We've explained to her she only wears them to sleep and she understands that. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 08/06/2011




with my daughter if she has the pull ups on she will pee in them but won't in her panties so we make sure she is in cloth panties when she is awake and only use the pull ups for sleeping. We have the odd accident and still have issues with the pooping but she normally tells us now when she has to pee.

Also we found a really neat foldable plastic potty at Walmart which fits in the diaper bag and take that with us every where makes going potty on the run really easy as she always has a potty seat

Liz - posted on 08/06/2011




Personally, I would say don't waste your money on pull ups. Just keep a few diapers for her to wear at night time. Pull ups are really just expensive diapers anyway. I started potty training my 2 boys (and soon to be starting my 3rd) by taking them to the toilet every 30 minutes. They wore underwear in between, and I tried to keep them either in the kitchen or on a plastic mat that was easy to clean in case of accidents. It might actually be better for you to keep her in underwear when you take her out (if you have someone to help you with other children, in case you have them) so she can get used to using public restrooms, and so she doesn't get confused. (You know, you give a child an inch, they'll take a mile!) Good luck!

Kelsey - posted on 08/05/2011




Is there a brand name of the panties that you are using for your son? I am looking on amazon to buy most of my stuff for toilet training. and where do you get the inserts?? Thanks!

Kathleen - posted on 08/03/2011




It depends on her. we use cloth trainers most of the time. Then I got pregnant and have been back in disposable trainers. We let our DS go naked for a bit, but boys are different from girls. Most girls won't like the pee going down their it may work quickly. At night we did have him in either cloth diapers with inserts or pull ups, he's still not completly night trained. As for when you go out, it really depends on your daughter and you. If you can remember to take her the first few days/weeks or a reminder to go like when you first walk into the store. Might keep her dry. My son did so much better in cloth trainers when we were out than in the pull up. He kept going in the pull up, the trainers he knew he'd be wet. The ones we have are not like diapers, they are more like underwear. However, slightly more absorbent than regular panties.

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