working mom potty training

Amber - posted on 08/02/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hello all... my son will be 2 in september and he is actin like he wants to used the potty. i nave got the pull ups and the potty but i am not really sure how to go about it because i work everyday.....

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Stephanie - posted on 08/03/2009

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I had the same problem. Pull ups didn't work because he thought they were just like diapers. We did't pressure him, but would keep his diaper off every time we were home, and tell him to use the big boy potty like us. He had several accidents, but once he started watching adults use the potty, it became pretty normal. Jacob dosen't wear diapers on the weekends/our days off unless were going somewhere where we'll be gone for more than an hour, and sometimes we just keep him in training pants all day, and don't worry about the accidents. It's all washable. Today he went poop and pee by himself, wiped his but and flushed the toilet. Just give it time and presistence.

Brandy - posted on 08/02/2009

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start on your first day off, no diaper, nothing, ask constantly if he wants to go and let him know everytime he goes in the potty he gets his favorite treat, candy whatever works. Know many this has worked great for!

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H.J - posted on 08/03/2009

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It depends on if he is in child care, being looked after at your parents or the like. Get who ever is looking after him on board or you are likely to have a lot of trouble getting him used to going to the potty. If he wants to go then let him. Pop him on the potty every time you change his nappy. Personally I don't like pull ups they are an over commercialised form of a nappy the child doesn't feel the discomfort of needing to go to the toilet or the feelings associated to needing to pass urine of feces. I have gone through the process of independent toileting both from a child care professional point of view and a parental point of view and I have found it hardest when a child is in a pull up. If you want to know more about independent toileting there are some fantastic websites like http://www.parenting.sa.gov.au to help or go to your doctor or child care / day care provider to get help. If you want to discuss this more send me and email and I can give you more info on toileting.

Renee - posted on 08/02/2009

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First thing I rec. Only is the pull up if you have too. I think they are too much like diapers. My 2 y/o figured out that they wouln't leak so she would just pee in them. I went to target and got three mattress covers the kind that don't wrap around, you just set them on top then I placed one on the top of the sheet. I fshe peed in the middle of the night I changed her pulled the pad off and put another one on. I didn't have to change all the sheets at 3am. She soon realized she didn't like being wet and would come tell us she needed to go. Now she is done potty traiing and only has a few accidents. I also have a 4 y.o who did it in one day and has only had one accident since she has been trained at 2. It wa sreally hard but worth the extra loads of laundry and was cheaper than using pull up as diapers. We used them only if we were going in the car for awhile, and when our sitter insisted she wear one. Good lUck!

Stephanie - posted on 08/02/2009

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We started on friday night (i'm off weekends). I took our son out of diapers and let him run around naked. & seriously by Sunday he was getting himself to the potty every time. It was in the living room where I could see him. I did this after work for the next week and then the following friday I tried him with the pull ups on. I quickly learned he would just use them as diapers so used underwear. He soon got use to the idea that he had to take the underwear off before going and by week 3 everything was great at home with underwear and he didn't have many accidents in his pull ups at daycare.

I think letting him be naked and rushing into the potty when you first catch him having to go is A LOT easier and less stressful than putting him on the potty and HOPING he has to go soon.

Ky - posted on 08/02/2009

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When ur home with him just put him on the potty every couple of hours or when he acts like he wants to use it. It's still early so there's no rush. Do it when u have time. It's understandable that u work everyday it's hard. Maybe u can get the people that watch him for u to get on board so ur not just doing it alone. Hope I helped

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