Chicago meetup, assorted, and potty regressions

Chicago meetup this Sunday at 2 pm at the Bean in Millennium Park.

Things are starting to come together in my apartment and for BlogHer. A friend designed cards for me, which are being shipped to my hotel. Now if i can only find a cat-feeder before tomorrow morning…

Curious minds want to know about the apartment: I'm not sure how big it is (maybe 900 sq feet), but it's a two-bedroom, so the boys are still sharing a room, but this one is huge. And I have counter space in the kitchen, which is amazing. The last apartment had barely any.  And it just has a better vibe in general, and no creepy memories. Lots of sunlight.

Today's question is about potty-training regressions. I've gotten a few email questions in the weeks before the move (and from other friends) about kids who potty train and then after a few days or a week regress.

I think there are two distinct situations. One is with younger kids (2-3 years old) who train. It seems like regressions in kids that age are the result of learning the new physical and emotional skill. They do relaly well when they first start doing it, but then get a little fatigued from the concentration and may have a relapse. It's normal and not anything to worry about. Just carry on the same way you did during potty training, and clean up any accidents while still affirming that the child can do it and this is just an exception.

The other situation is when kids who train at an older age (over 3 or so) potty train and then stop wanting to use the potty. This, to me, seems like a more emotional issue. The kids might have issues with being "big" and want to test to see if they can still be a baby. Or it might be a form of rebelion against something else.

This seems to be a little trickier to deal with, since you don't want to turn it into a control game. The goal, I think, is to make using the toilet just a given, with no emotional importance whatsoever. So if an older child regresses, if you can, just keep on as if of course the child is going to keep using the toilet. No emotional response, just staying the course with using the toilet.

What do you all think? Have you been through it? My kids both did the small physical regressions because they both trained before they were 3. How have people dealt with the regression/refusal in older kids?

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  1. Topic shift slightly to basic potty training question.He’s 22 months and has been telling me when he needs to poop and going poop in the big potty for about three weeks now but has shown little interest in always peeing in the potty but this morning at daycare he told me he needed to go potty and it ended up being just pee and his diaper was still dry. So – do I bite the bullet and go straight to underwear and deal with the accidents or go with pull-ups first? Any stories of success with either would be appreciated. Daycare is pushing for pull-ups but perhaps they just don’t think anyone ever goes straight from diapers to underwear. Thanks and sorry again for straying off topic.

  2. Topic shift slightly to basic potty training question.He’s 22 months and has been telling me when he needs to poop and going poop in the big potty for about three weeks now but has shown little interest in always peeing in the potty but this morning at daycare he told me he needed to go potty and it ended up being just pee and his diaper was still dry. So – do I bite the bullet and go straight to underwear and deal with the accidents or go with pull-ups first? Any stories of success with either would be appreciated. Daycare is pushing for pull-ups but perhaps they just don’t think anyone ever goes straight from diapers to underwear. Thanks and sorry again for straying off topic.

  3. @mom2boys: I kinda think pullups are crap. (Oh the potty related humor…) Kids know they’re diapers and it is still an option to go in their pants. My daughter was just a couple of months older than your son when she trained and I made a BIG DEAL out of the “big girl night-night panties with princesses on them!” and yeah, the next morning she tells me “Mama, my diaper wetwetwet.”Back to the original question, mine did the small regression over the mental fatigue, I think. She was really upset over it, but I made it like “Oh, you just forgot, it’s ok, everybody forgets sometimes.” and we got over that hump pretty smoothly.
    Related: How do you know when to bite the bullet and stop with the pullups/diapers at night?

  4. @mom2boys: I kinda think pullups are crap. (Oh the potty related humor…) Kids know they’re diapers and it is still an option to go in their pants. My daughter was just a couple of months older than your son when she trained and I made a BIG DEAL out of the “big girl night-night panties with princesses on them!” and yeah, the next morning she tells me “Mama, my diaper wetwetwet.”Back to the original question, mine did the small regression over the mental fatigue, I think. She was really upset over it, but I made it like “Oh, you just forgot, it’s ok, everybody forgets sometimes.” and we got over that hump pretty smoothly.
    Related: How do you know when to bite the bullet and stop with the pullups/diapers at night?

  5. We went straight from diapers to underwear (although we did the thing where we took diapers off to go potty for a while). He was a little over 2 at the time. I still have that first package of CARS pull-ups I bought.We did no diapers at night at over 3.5 yrs (after being daytime potty trained for a long time). We talked up dry diapers and stickers and a reward and after three weeks of dry morning diapers (after never having more than 3 in a row). Then we bit the bullet and ditched the diapers, but we started taking a limp, sleeping child potty before we go to bed (at about 10 pm). And it’s been mostly dry for the last 5 months (maybe two overnight wet accidents?). Now I’m just wondering when you quit taking the sleeping child potty? Maybe when they show they can wake up and go potty overnight? He does that but I don’t knwo if he was really tired whether he’d do it.

  6. We went straight from diapers to underwear (although we did the thing where we took diapers off to go potty for a while). He was a little over 2 at the time. I still have that first package of CARS pull-ups I bought.We did no diapers at night at over 3.5 yrs (after being daytime potty trained for a long time). We talked up dry diapers and stickers and a reward and after three weeks of dry morning diapers (after never having more than 3 in a row). Then we bit the bullet and ditched the diapers, but we started taking a limp, sleeping child potty before we go to bed (at about 10 pm). And it’s been mostly dry for the last 5 months (maybe two overnight wet accidents?). Now I’m just wondering when you quit taking the sleeping child potty? Maybe when they show they can wake up and go potty overnight? He does that but I don’t knwo if he was really tired whether he’d do it.

  7. We’re going straight from diapers to underpants, but we use cloth, so it’s not such a huge sensory difference. My kid is 2.5, for what it’s worth. We use diapers at daycare because he won’t go potty there, but do underpants at home in the evenings and weekends.It’s been a slow process, probably because our precocious kid went straight past the novelty of going potty to realizing that being a big kid kind of sucks, compared to the easy life of a baby. I’m sure the new baby coming in the fall doesn’t help the situation. We’re trying to link being a big kid with more priveleges instead of increased responsability, but we’ll see what happens.

  8. We’re going straight from diapers to underpants, but we use cloth, so it’s not such a huge sensory difference. My kid is 2.5, for what it’s worth. We use diapers at daycare because he won’t go potty there, but do underpants at home in the evenings and weekends.It’s been a slow process, probably because our precocious kid went straight past the novelty of going potty to realizing that being a big kid kind of sucks, compared to the easy life of a baby. I’m sure the new baby coming in the fall doesn’t help the situation. We’re trying to link being a big kid with more priveleges instead of increased responsability, but we’ll see what happens.

  9. This is a teeth grinder for me!Dd potty trained herself at around 30 months. She was in panties (except for night, because waking her up to go potty totally screws with her sleep and it’s not worth it to me) FULL TIME with NO ACCIDENTS for SEVEN WEEKS. Seriously. We took a road trip to another state, flew home in an airplane, etc. etc. – all these big deal things. NO accidents.
    Then totally out of the blue (as far as I could tell), she had a complete and TOTAL regression. Accidents every. single. time – NO effort to make it to the potty.
    I quietly went out of my mind and put her back in Pull-ups.
    Right now she’s 34 months old and just starting to get back to the place where she runs to the potty, takes her Pull-up down, and goes all by herself. But she’s not the least bit reliable outside the house and honestly now that I’m 9 weeks pregnant, I have no desire or energy to stay on top of “Hmm, when did she go last?”
    So she’ll just be in Pull-ups until college. Oh well! 😀

  10. This is a teeth grinder for me!Dd potty trained herself at around 30 months. She was in panties (except for night, because waking her up to go potty totally screws with her sleep and it’s not worth it to me) FULL TIME with NO ACCIDENTS for SEVEN WEEKS. Seriously. We took a road trip to another state, flew home in an airplane, etc. etc. – all these big deal things. NO accidents.
    Then totally out of the blue (as far as I could tell), she had a complete and TOTAL regression. Accidents every. single. time – NO effort to make it to the potty.
    I quietly went out of my mind and put her back in Pull-ups.
    Right now she’s 34 months old and just starting to get back to the place where she runs to the potty, takes her Pull-up down, and goes all by herself. But she’s not the least bit reliable outside the house and honestly now that I’m 9 weeks pregnant, I have no desire or energy to stay on top of “Hmm, when did she go last?”
    So she’ll just be in Pull-ups until college. Oh well! 😀

  11. My 3o month old daughter has been trained for a month or so now. Problem is she wakes up in the middle of the night asking to go to the toilet ( she wears a nappy to bed). I don’t want to give her an EXTRA reason to wake up at night, but do actully think she doesn’t actully WAKE becuase she has to go, but rather becasue she is 2.5! I ahve tried explaining that until she is a little bigger she has to go in her nappies if she finds she has to go at night, but can’t help thinking, this is confusing. I mean I tell her at nap time she shouldn’t pee cos she is NOT wearing a nappy. But I repeat, I DO NOT WANT to get up at night to take her to the loo. This never happened with my now 4.5 year old ( he rarely woke at night so I guess never thought he needed to go).@mom2boys.
    YOu could try goign the whole hog and see how he goes without a nappy at all. I have noticed having a dry nappy ,especilly in the morning after a full night’s sleep, is usually the sign that they can hold on. If they can hold on, they are usually physically ready to train. I personally find pull ups are better for night in case the kid needs to do a last minute wee stop.

  12. My 3o month old daughter has been trained for a month or so now. Problem is she wakes up in the middle of the night asking to go to the toilet ( she wears a nappy to bed). I don’t want to give her an EXTRA reason to wake up at night, but do actully think she doesn’t actully WAKE becuase she has to go, but rather becasue she is 2.5! I ahve tried explaining that until she is a little bigger she has to go in her nappies if she finds she has to go at night, but can’t help thinking, this is confusing. I mean I tell her at nap time she shouldn’t pee cos she is NOT wearing a nappy. But I repeat, I DO NOT WANT to get up at night to take her to the loo. This never happened with my now 4.5 year old ( he rarely woke at night so I guess never thought he needed to go).@mom2boys.
    YOu could try goign the whole hog and see how he goes without a nappy at all. I have noticed having a dry nappy ,especilly in the morning after a full night’s sleep, is usually the sign that they can hold on. If they can hold on, they are usually physically ready to train. I personally find pull ups are better for night in case the kid needs to do a last minute wee stop.

  13. My daughter is 2.5, been potty trained for a while partly because they really encourage it at her daycare. At home we’ve got a really tiny “Baby Bjorn” potty which she loves and would quite possibly sit on all day if we let her. We just got back from a weeks vacation where she was having almost daily accidents, and I’m suspicious that it was because she can’t let her body fully relax sitting on a big toilet where she has to hold herself up.She’s still wearing diapers for bed & nap-time, and if you ask her does she need to use the potty, she’ll tell you “It’s ok, I wearing diaper”. So she obviously totally understands about the whole diaper thing.
    Whenever she refuses to use the potty we just put her in a diaper (actually, mostly we start putting on the diaper and she decides to sit on the potty), and a couple times I’ve gotten irritated by a series of accidents and put her in a diaper, but that has never lasted more than a day or so.

  14. My daughter is 2.5, been potty trained for a while partly because they really encourage it at her daycare. At home we’ve got a really tiny “Baby Bjorn” potty which she loves and would quite possibly sit on all day if we let her. We just got back from a weeks vacation where she was having almost daily accidents, and I’m suspicious that it was because she can’t let her body fully relax sitting on a big toilet where she has to hold herself up.She’s still wearing diapers for bed & nap-time, and if you ask her does she need to use the potty, she’ll tell you “It’s ok, I wearing diaper”. So she obviously totally understands about the whole diaper thing.
    Whenever she refuses to use the potty we just put her in a diaper (actually, mostly we start putting on the diaper and she decides to sit on the potty), and a couple times I’ve gotten irritated by a series of accidents and put her in a diaper, but that has never lasted more than a day or so.

  15. My daughter potty trained at 22 months. We did it over a weekend by going cold turkey on diapers except for sleep. She had been using a little potty since about 4 months, so she was very used to it and just needed us to provide the nudge out of diapers. By 23 months she was staying dry overnight, too. She sleeps with us, so we put her back in diapers/pull-ups after a couple nighttime accidents in a row, but it seems they were just flukes, so we’ll go back to underwear at night, too. This kid has better bladder capacity than I do!No regressions yet (she’s 25 months now), and we’ve traveled, had a new child care situation, and are working on nightweaning–all times when I thought she might backtrack, but she’s proven more diligent than I imagined possible for a 2 year old.

  16. My daughter potty trained at 22 months. We did it over a weekend by going cold turkey on diapers except for sleep. She had been using a little potty since about 4 months, so she was very used to it and just needed us to provide the nudge out of diapers. By 23 months she was staying dry overnight, too. She sleeps with us, so we put her back in diapers/pull-ups after a couple nighttime accidents in a row, but it seems they were just flukes, so we’ll go back to underwear at night, too. This kid has better bladder capacity than I do!No regressions yet (she’s 25 months now), and we’ve traveled, had a new child care situation, and are working on nightweaning–all times when I thought she might backtrack, but she’s proven more diligent than I imagined possible for a 2 year old.

  17. @paola – my oldest daughter wakes up twice every night to pee – and has every since she night potty-trained herself at 22 months. I think she really has to go. We managed to help her figure out how to do it on her own, so it didn’t mean us waking up too. She still goes to the bathroom every night at least twice. Neither of my other children do this, but my husband pees at least 4 times every night, so I think I know where she gets it!also, I am not sure I understand pullups – how do they differ from diapers? I know they go on differently, but I am not sure I understand the reason for them? They seem more expensive than regular diapers, though.

  18. @paola – my oldest daughter wakes up twice every night to pee – and has every since she night potty-trained herself at 22 months. I think she really has to go. We managed to help her figure out how to do it on her own, so it didn’t mean us waking up too. She still goes to the bathroom every night at least twice. Neither of my other children do this, but my husband pees at least 4 times every night, so I think I know where she gets it!also, I am not sure I understand pullups – how do they differ from diapers? I know they go on differently, but I am not sure I understand the reason for them? They seem more expensive than regular diapers, though.

  19. @momofthreeHow old is your eldest? I can’t trust my 2.5 year old in the bathroom. I’m afraid she’d slip down the s bend. She is actully quite little. My older child does though, but he was 3.5 when we told him it was ok to go by himself.
    Oh, didn’t mention earlier, but she has gotten pretty blase about the whole loo thing too. To the point that she will refuse to go when I tell her she has to ( before say going to the park, or in the car)unless she is tricked somehow ( oh, mummy has to go to the loo, or better still, I ask big brother if he has to go and suddenly it’s as though she has been holding on all day). There have been a series of accidents so I suppose this is a regression, but nothing too serious.
    BTW, pull ups are nappies (diapers). They are just elasticated on the sides so they can be pulled down and up. My daughter calls them undies, but that’s becasue they are actually called the Italian equivalent.

  20. @momofthreeHow old is your eldest? I can’t trust my 2.5 year old in the bathroom. I’m afraid she’d slip down the s bend. She is actully quite little. My older child does though, but he was 3.5 when we told him it was ok to go by himself.
    Oh, didn’t mention earlier, but she has gotten pretty blase about the whole loo thing too. To the point that she will refuse to go when I tell her she has to ( before say going to the park, or in the car)unless she is tricked somehow ( oh, mummy has to go to the loo, or better still, I ask big brother if he has to go and suddenly it’s as though she has been holding on all day). There have been a series of accidents so I suppose this is a regression, but nothing too serious.
    BTW, pull ups are nappies (diapers). They are just elasticated on the sides so they can be pulled down and up. My daughter calls them undies, but that’s becasue they are actually called the Italian equivalent.

  21. this is so timely. my daughter was potty trained at 2.5 years but recently has regressed. she is now 33 months and at school and out of the house she is fine, but for the last week and a half, at home she pees in her pants every time. what we have tried is just telling her, oh, that must not feel good, you probably want to take off those wet pants and clean up the pee. which leads to a lot of crying and a battle. . we would love any advice anyone has. i’m pretty sure this is linked to what one other person said about not wanting to be a big girl.

  22. this is so timely. my daughter was potty trained at 2.5 years but recently has regressed. she is now 33 months and at school and out of the house she is fine, but for the last week and a half, at home she pees in her pants every time. what we have tried is just telling her, oh, that must not feel good, you probably want to take off those wet pants and clean up the pee. which leads to a lot of crying and a battle. . we would love any advice anyone has. i’m pretty sure this is linked to what one other person said about not wanting to be a big girl.

  23. @mom2boys – I am in the exact same situation with 22 month old boy who is having some pretty good success peeing in the potty (not always – but enough to show that he’s made that connection). No luck with pooping (but if he’s naked and needs to poop, he asks for a diaper).We just bought a bunch of gerber training pants and we’ve decided to go cold turkey on diapers next week (except for night and naptime). We’re just going to give it a week and see how it goes. If it’s not going well, we’ll probably pop him back into diapers and try again in another month or two.

  24. @mom2boys – I am in the exact same situation with 22 month old boy who is having some pretty good success peeing in the potty (not always – but enough to show that he’s made that connection). No luck with pooping (but if he’s naked and needs to poop, he asks for a diaper).We just bought a bunch of gerber training pants and we’ve decided to go cold turkey on diapers next week (except for night and naptime). We’re just going to give it a week and see how it goes. If it’s not going well, we’ll probably pop him back into diapers and try again in another month or two.

  25. Okay, this might be derailing the comments, so bear with me – but does anybody have quick advice on how to get started w/ potty training? (I’ve read about “signs to know he’s ready”, but am less clear on how the whole thing actually works. Do you start by introducing the concept of the potty and working up to peeing on it/ underwear?

  26. Okay, this might be derailing the comments, so bear with me – but does anybody have quick advice on how to get started w/ potty training? (I’ve read about “signs to know he’s ready”, but am less clear on how the whole thing actually works. Do you start by introducing the concept of the potty and working up to peeing on it/ underwear?

  27. My little man pretty much trained himself at 27 months. After 2 months of being about 95% reliable, I made a push to get to 100%. Little man literally woke up a few days later and said “I want to be a baby. I go in my diaper and you clean it up.” Awesome. Its been 3 months of complete refusal to use the potty since then. We had no choice but to back off completely. I’m just waiting for the morning that he wakes up and says “I want to be a big boy. I go in the toilet and you don’t help.” Please let it be sooner rather than later.

  28. My little man pretty much trained himself at 27 months. After 2 months of being about 95% reliable, I made a push to get to 100%. Little man literally woke up a few days later and said “I want to be a baby. I go in my diaper and you clean it up.” Awesome. Its been 3 months of complete refusal to use the potty since then. We had no choice but to back off completely. I’m just waiting for the morning that he wakes up and says “I want to be a big boy. I go in the toilet and you don’t help.” Please let it be sooner rather than later.

  29. @Erin.Both my kids trained withouth much fuss. After noticing the ‘signs’, I simply told them one day they didn’t need their nappies any longer and slipped a pair of undies on them. I told them they had to tell me when they needed to go ( they never did in the beginning) and popped them on the toilet ( neither ever liked the potty) every half an hour or so till they started to actually start telling me they didn’t have to go. They also went out without nappies from about the first week, without ever having accidents. Be prepared for lots of toilet stops though ( whenever my daughter sees a door in a public place, she suddenly becomes incontinent!) After a month or so, I told them they wouldn’t need their nappy for naps, but as far as nights went(go, in my 30 month old’s case)it took a year before I felt it safe for my then 3.5 year old to go without.
    My daughter took about 2 weeks to get the poop in the toilet concept BTW.

  30. @Erin.Both my kids trained withouth much fuss. After noticing the ‘signs’, I simply told them one day they didn’t need their nappies any longer and slipped a pair of undies on them. I told them they had to tell me when they needed to go ( they never did in the beginning) and popped them on the toilet ( neither ever liked the potty) every half an hour or so till they started to actually start telling me they didn’t have to go. They also went out without nappies from about the first week, without ever having accidents. Be prepared for lots of toilet stops though ( whenever my daughter sees a door in a public place, she suddenly becomes incontinent!) After a month or so, I told them they wouldn’t need their nappy for naps, but as far as nights went(go, in my 30 month old’s case)it took a year before I felt it safe for my then 3.5 year old to go without.
    My daughter took about 2 weeks to get the poop in the toilet concept BTW.

  31. Well, we justfinished the switch directly from diapers to underwear about 3 weeks ago, so this is timely (son is almost 3).He’s been “using” the potty everyday at school for about a year and a half now, meaning they have designated times when they plunk the kids on it and see if anything happens – that’s helped enormously.
    I kept waiting for him to be “ready” meaning expressing an interest, and he ket saying he didn’t want underwear, so, with the advice of his daycare teacher and another mom, just went for it.
    We’ve had only one “regression” which was really just a few days in, we stopped prompting him to use the potty and he wet himself a lot. Like, A LOT.
    We didn’t make a big deal out of it, just changed his clothes and started prompting more often the next day. 2 weeks later, he’s remembering to tell us every time he needs to pee or poop – although he still expresses some anxiety over pooping in the potty.
    We’re bribing him with chocolate chips or cookies, which he gets only when he poops in the potty. The question now is, how do we wean him off THAT bad habit? 😉

  32. Well, we justfinished the switch directly from diapers to underwear about 3 weeks ago, so this is timely (son is almost 3).He’s been “using” the potty everyday at school for about a year and a half now, meaning they have designated times when they plunk the kids on it and see if anything happens – that’s helped enormously.
    I kept waiting for him to be “ready” meaning expressing an interest, and he ket saying he didn’t want underwear, so, with the advice of his daycare teacher and another mom, just went for it.
    We’ve had only one “regression” which was really just a few days in, we stopped prompting him to use the potty and he wet himself a lot. Like, A LOT.
    We didn’t make a big deal out of it, just changed his clothes and started prompting more often the next day. 2 weeks later, he’s remembering to tell us every time he needs to pee or poop – although he still expresses some anxiety over pooping in the potty.
    We’re bribing him with chocolate chips or cookies, which he gets only when he poops in the potty. The question now is, how do we wean him off THAT bad habit? 😉

  33. Oh, and I should mention he still does diapers at bedtime, but not always at nap. We just explained that his body is too little to always wake him up when he needs to pee. But we’ve made it pretty clear that when he’s awake, he’s in underwear and uses the potty, not the diapers.

  34. Oh, and I should mention he still does diapers at bedtime, but not always at nap. We just explained that his body is too little to always wake him up when he needs to pee. But we’ve made it pretty clear that when he’s awake, he’s in underwear and uses the potty, not the diapers.

  35. Thank you all for sharing your advice and experiences!@finnsmom – that is a great story. and just the sort of thing I’m afraid of happening if I make the push to real underwear. the whole it’s easier at two because there isn’t the power struggle that comes with 3 – ha. He’s already refusing to go pee before we put on his nighttime diaper only to say he needs to go right before I put him down in his crib. Ah well, the joys of parenting.
    @ Erin we just sort of started talking about the potty and what it was for. We bought a little seat but he didn’t like that at all. At some point he was in the bathroom and I just sat him on the potty and he peed in it and I made a big deal about how great that was. And then a few weeks ago he started saying Poot and grabbing his diaper and I guessed it meant he had to potty and so I took him, he pooped and has been doing that ever since. He’s not afraid of it at all, like to flush the toilet, is learning how to wipe. I think the hardest part is that he can’t get on and off of it himself and mr. independent doesn’t always want mommy’s help.

  36. Thank you all for sharing your advice and experiences!@finnsmom – that is a great story. and just the sort of thing I’m afraid of happening if I make the push to real underwear. the whole it’s easier at two because there isn’t the power struggle that comes with 3 – ha. He’s already refusing to go pee before we put on his nighttime diaper only to say he needs to go right before I put him down in his crib. Ah well, the joys of parenting.
    @ Erin we just sort of started talking about the potty and what it was for. We bought a little seat but he didn’t like that at all. At some point he was in the bathroom and I just sat him on the potty and he peed in it and I made a big deal about how great that was. And then a few weeks ago he started saying Poot and grabbing his diaper and I guessed it meant he had to potty and so I took him, he pooped and has been doing that ever since. He’s not afraid of it at all, like to flush the toilet, is learning how to wipe. I think the hardest part is that he can’t get on and off of it himself and mr. independent doesn’t always want mommy’s help.

  37. I’ve been sitting my little girl on the potty since she was about 12 months. By about 21 months she was pooping and peeing on the potty pretty well so I switched to training pants at home. I highly recommend potty patty (potty Scotty for boys but I have no experience with boys). They are the only training pants that have a small enough size for my peanut 23 month old (19.5 pounds), and they are the only ones that don’t leak a puddle with every accident. I’m very frustrated right now because after about 3 weeks of pooping only on the potty, we went on vacation and since then she has started pooping in her pants again. I did take the potette plus (a travel potty which I read about here and is awesome). That helped prevent a full blown regression. I figure she is just still pretty young and I’m doing the same as before. I put her on the potty every hour or two and congratulate/ reward her when she goes. I’m using pull ups when we go out and at night but would love to find a cloth alternative that won’t make a big mess to clean up at the zoo, park, etc.

  38. I’ve been sitting my little girl on the potty since she was about 12 months. By about 21 months she was pooping and peeing on the potty pretty well so I switched to training pants at home. I highly recommend potty patty (potty Scotty for boys but I have no experience with boys). They are the only training pants that have a small enough size for my peanut 23 month old (19.5 pounds), and they are the only ones that don’t leak a puddle with every accident. I’m very frustrated right now because after about 3 weeks of pooping only on the potty, we went on vacation and since then she has started pooping in her pants again. I did take the potette plus (a travel potty which I read about here and is awesome). That helped prevent a full blown regression. I figure she is just still pretty young and I’m doing the same as before. I put her on the potty every hour or two and congratulate/ reward her when she goes. I’m using pull ups when we go out and at night but would love to find a cloth alternative that won’t make a big mess to clean up at the zoo, park, etc.

  39. I will be reading with interest. My 25-month-old has been using the potty if we put her on it for seven months or so, until recently! Now she about has a heart attack if we suggest the potty, and she has accidents quite often. She does try to hold it, which leads to tons of pee-pee in the bed. We’re always changing the sheets. So I guess it’s a control issue? Or maybe it’s the wanting to be a baby (she likes to pretend she is a baby)? We’re back to mostly diapers, since my husband keeps her while I work and he isn’t willing to do the pushing to potty/cleaning necessary to have her in panties. Why does she get so mad when we suggest using the potty? We tell her to let us know when she has to go, but she always says no — she doesn’t need to, then tells us she had to pee-pee, AFTER the accident. I’m really stumped on this one. And my sis-in-law just told me that her niece is still in diapers at age 7, so I’m a bit nervous about it!

  40. I will be reading with interest. My 25-month-old has been using the potty if we put her on it for seven months or so, until recently! Now she about has a heart attack if we suggest the potty, and she has accidents quite often. She does try to hold it, which leads to tons of pee-pee in the bed. We’re always changing the sheets. So I guess it’s a control issue? Or maybe it’s the wanting to be a baby (she likes to pretend she is a baby)? We’re back to mostly diapers, since my husband keeps her while I work and he isn’t willing to do the pushing to potty/cleaning necessary to have her in panties. Why does she get so mad when we suggest using the potty? We tell her to let us know when she has to go, but she always says no — she doesn’t need to, then tells us she had to pee-pee, AFTER the accident. I’m really stumped on this one. And my sis-in-law just told me that her niece is still in diapers at age 7, so I’m a bit nervous about it!

  41. @Erin – we used the process outlined in “Toilet Training in Less Than One Day” (the authors escape me — both PhD behavioral psychologists) to introduce the concepts & reinforce the expected sequence of events. It did not work in “less than one day” but once we worked on the basics for a day or so, I was confident she knew WHAT to do when she was eventually ready to do it by herself.2 Saturdays ago, at 31 months, she went straight from diapers to underwear (except for naps and night). She’s still working on pooping in the potty (we alternate between a few days of withholding and going in the pants, interspersed with 3 times of going in the potty) but has not had a single wet accident in 10 days.
    We do food rewards (I know, there goes my Mom of the Year nomination) and escalated to an ENTIRE candy necklace as a reward for poop in the potty. It worked last night! We’ll see if it takes!

  42. @Erin – we used the process outlined in “Toilet Training in Less Than One Day” (the authors escape me — both PhD behavioral psychologists) to introduce the concepts & reinforce the expected sequence of events. It did not work in “less than one day” but once we worked on the basics for a day or so, I was confident she knew WHAT to do when she was eventually ready to do it by herself.2 Saturdays ago, at 31 months, she went straight from diapers to underwear (except for naps and night). She’s still working on pooping in the potty (we alternate between a few days of withholding and going in the pants, interspersed with 3 times of going in the potty) but has not had a single wet accident in 10 days.
    We do food rewards (I know, there goes my Mom of the Year nomination) and escalated to an ENTIRE candy necklace as a reward for poop in the potty. It worked last night! We’ll see if it takes!

  43. My little guy was potty trained for #1 by probably 30 months but it took a few more months to get the pooping on the potty thing down. Still he was fully potty-trained at 33 months. He was staying dry during naps from 30 months not overnight.Since I am expecting any day now (due in 1 week), I wasn’t going to stress about the night-time training as I was expecting some regressions. But um, he seems to have night trained himself with an accidental reward from me. He is big/tall for his age and had outgrown his 4T undies, so I had to move up to the XS little boy undies. My choices for characters were a little more mature (Spiderman, Mr. Incredible, Buzz Lightyear etc). He was so enamored with the new undies that he insisted on wearing them to bed and promised to keep them dry. Its been about 2 weeks with only one accident.
    Given the new baby, I am fully expecting some regressions but maybe I’ll get lucky.

  44. My little guy was potty trained for #1 by probably 30 months but it took a few more months to get the pooping on the potty thing down. Still he was fully potty-trained at 33 months. He was staying dry during naps from 30 months not overnight.Since I am expecting any day now (due in 1 week), I wasn’t going to stress about the night-time training as I was expecting some regressions. But um, he seems to have night trained himself with an accidental reward from me. He is big/tall for his age and had outgrown his 4T undies, so I had to move up to the XS little boy undies. My choices for characters were a little more mature (Spiderman, Mr. Incredible, Buzz Lightyear etc). He was so enamored with the new undies that he insisted on wearing them to bed and promised to keep them dry. Its been about 2 weeks with only one accident.
    Given the new baby, I am fully expecting some regressions but maybe I’ll get lucky.

  45. Here’s a related funny. My son is 3 1/2. He’s been using the potty for about 9 months now. But he has vehemently refused to poop in the potty. He could hold it in and whimper for 4 hours (road trip) until he got a diaper. We gradually imposed limits (you have to put the diaper on yourself, take yourself to the bathroom) and rewards (a basket of wrapped presents in the bathroom) but he refused to try the potty or to tell us why.Then 2 days ago, he accidentally did it! And whatever he had been afraid of went away. Now he has figured out the present angle, and HE WENT THROUGH THE ENTIRE BASKET OF PRESENTS IN ONE DAY. Went potty 6 times while I was at work yesterday, and squeezed out a little something every. single. time.
    When I stop marveling at this and laughing, I will wonder about how to wean him off gifts.

  46. Here’s a related funny. My son is 3 1/2. He’s been using the potty for about 9 months now. But he has vehemently refused to poop in the potty. He could hold it in and whimper for 4 hours (road trip) until he got a diaper. We gradually imposed limits (you have to put the diaper on yourself, take yourself to the bathroom) and rewards (a basket of wrapped presents in the bathroom) but he refused to try the potty or to tell us why.Then 2 days ago, he accidentally did it! And whatever he had been afraid of went away. Now he has figured out the present angle, and HE WENT THROUGH THE ENTIRE BASKET OF PRESENTS IN ONE DAY. Went potty 6 times while I was at work yesterday, and squeezed out a little something every. single. time.
    When I stop marveling at this and laughing, I will wonder about how to wean him off gifts.

  47. My 3.5 year old has been potty trained for 6 months. We had a little seat that you put on an adult toilet at first.For poops he was bribed with a toy, then Smarties, then M&Ms, then yogurt drops – and it lasted for months! But my husband was clear about not messing with pooping in the potty. And I think that he was right. It is AWESOME not having to deal with 2 kids with dirty diapers. And my son did eventually stop asking for a treat afterwards. Perhaps we ran out of the treats. I think that it took about 3 months though.
    I felt really overwhelmed about ‘how to do potty training.’ My husband simply loathed changing nappies, and when we were on vacation for a month, announced there were no more nappies. And we kind of muddled our way through it. (2 pooping accidents… in hugely crowded places … pretty hideous.) Though my son had definitely been showing the signs for a while.
    Still in pull-ups at night. He regularly soaks the bed and clothes with all the pee. So I think that it might be a while until we stop nighttime diapers.

  48. My 3.5 year old has been potty trained for 6 months. We had a little seat that you put on an adult toilet at first.For poops he was bribed with a toy, then Smarties, then M&Ms, then yogurt drops – and it lasted for months! But my husband was clear about not messing with pooping in the potty. And I think that he was right. It is AWESOME not having to deal with 2 kids with dirty diapers. And my son did eventually stop asking for a treat afterwards. Perhaps we ran out of the treats. I think that it took about 3 months though.
    I felt really overwhelmed about ‘how to do potty training.’ My husband simply loathed changing nappies, and when we were on vacation for a month, announced there were no more nappies. And we kind of muddled our way through it. (2 pooping accidents… in hugely crowded places … pretty hideous.) Though my son had definitely been showing the signs for a while.
    Still in pull-ups at night. He regularly soaks the bed and clothes with all the pee. So I think that it might be a while until we stop nighttime diapers.

  49. With my twin boys we loosely followed ‘Potty Free Before 3’, sitting them on the potty around 10 months. The idea is to gradually increase the number of times they sit, then around 12-18 months, get out of diapers cold turkey. Both were pooping in the potty quite well by about 12 months, and I was thinking I’d never have to change another poopy diaper, when we hit a major regression and they wanted no more potty. I think they were just too interested in learning to walk etc, and couldn’t be bothered with the potty. I just backed off completely, then gradually started again (a few months later) with a pre-bath potty sit, which worked well. Around 21 months I put them in gerber training pants, cold turkey. There were LOTS of accidents at first, even with the ‘pre-training’ they’d had, but after a few weeks they decreased dramatically. There was also a mini regression at this point, as the novelty of the undies wore off. It was frustrating, but I just continued to explain how cool they were, also let them go naked if they preferred. They got over it in a week or so.I agree completely that pull-ups are just diapers. The flip side is training pants, at least the ones I have, are basically just undies- they offer very little extra absorbancy!
    They’re 28 months now and one is totally out of diapers, never has accidents. The other has occasional pee accidents and still wears a diaper at night and nap.

  50. With my twin boys we loosely followed ‘Potty Free Before 3’, sitting them on the potty around 10 months. The idea is to gradually increase the number of times they sit, then around 12-18 months, get out of diapers cold turkey. Both were pooping in the potty quite well by about 12 months, and I was thinking I’d never have to change another poopy diaper, when we hit a major regression and they wanted no more potty. I think they were just too interested in learning to walk etc, and couldn’t be bothered with the potty. I just backed off completely, then gradually started again (a few months later) with a pre-bath potty sit, which worked well. Around 21 months I put them in gerber training pants, cold turkey. There were LOTS of accidents at first, even with the ‘pre-training’ they’d had, but after a few weeks they decreased dramatically. There was also a mini regression at this point, as the novelty of the undies wore off. It was frustrating, but I just continued to explain how cool they were, also let them go naked if they preferred. They got over it in a week or so.I agree completely that pull-ups are just diapers. The flip side is training pants, at least the ones I have, are basically just undies- they offer very little extra absorbancy!
    They’re 28 months now and one is totally out of diapers, never has accidents. The other has occasional pee accidents and still wears a diaper at night and nap.

  51. Total support for the physical piece. My second was almost completely trained…until the day we went swimming for 3 hours, visited friends, missed naps, and had grandparents for dinner. He Just Could Not Do It at that point and it made me appreciate how much of an effort he’s expending to handle it already. Poor little guy.And my first did not really train until he was just about 5, but has been completely accident free since. There’s hope. I was sure he’d be in PullUps at college.

  52. Total support for the physical piece. My second was almost completely trained…until the day we went swimming for 3 hours, visited friends, missed naps, and had grandparents for dinner. He Just Could Not Do It at that point and it made me appreciate how much of an effort he’s expending to handle it already. Poor little guy.And my first did not really train until he was just about 5, but has been completely accident free since. There’s hope. I was sure he’d be in PullUps at college.

  53. My little girl is 4 and 3 months, and still has accidents very frequently, like every couple of days. She was late to start training – part of the issue is that she is just not fastidious. At all. It would hardly occur to her to change wet pants – she’s only now starting to admit that they’re a little uncomfortable. She also gets very involved in what she’s doing and doesn’t want to stop and run to the bathroom and fuss with clothes. During the summer she does best around the house just staying naked.Her little brother, two years younger, is almost a more reliable pottier than she is. So I think there’s a huge temperamental piece to the puzzle that is often underestimated.

  54. My little girl is 4 and 3 months, and still has accidents very frequently, like every couple of days. She was late to start training – part of the issue is that she is just not fastidious. At all. It would hardly occur to her to change wet pants – she’s only now starting to admit that they’re a little uncomfortable. She also gets very involved in what she’s doing and doesn’t want to stop and run to the bathroom and fuss with clothes. During the summer she does best around the house just staying naked.Her little brother, two years younger, is almost a more reliable pottier than she is. So I think there’s a huge temperamental piece to the puzzle that is often underestimated.

  55. My daughter is 5 and a HALF and has been totally fine during the day for a long time – like 2 and a half years, but has still not gotten reliably dry at night. For the past almost 9 months our lives have been pretty unsettled a lot of the time and I haven’t wanted to make a big deal of it. Also we were sleeping on other people’s mattresses kind of a lot and I didn’t want to wreck them, so I’ve relied a lot on pullups.However. I’ve been feeling like a bad mom for having such an old kid still in pullups at night – not to mention, they’re pretty pricey – so I’ve periodically tried to get her out of them. She stays dry all night sometimes, but it’s totally random, as far as I can tell. I remind her to pee before bed, beverage routine is always the same, I don’t get it.
    There are some kids whose bodies take a long time to develop the connection between the bladder full I have to pee feeling and waking up – I think it’s not that uncommon, but I don’t know how close we’re getting to the outer edge of that spectrum. I do know there doesn’t seem to be much I can do about it.
    We’ve spent the past week or so with no pullup, hoping for the best, but I’m sick of a urine soaked bed (did I mention she still usually… ok basically always… sleeps in my bed?) I use a waterproof pad over her part of the bed but of course she always manages to not be on it when she pees. And somehow is able to soak to quilt on top of her as well. So tonight she’s back in a pullup.
    I don’t know what I can do – she does NOT wake up, even a little, even, often, when she is soaked. Last night I came to bed and she had soaked herself and the bed and was still sleeping blissfully unaware right in the middle of it. She doesn’t seem embarrassed or upset about any of it. Sometimes she says pullups are uncomfortable, but tonight when I said she should wear one she said “good”. So I’m trying not to worry more than necessary and going with the flow. So to speak.
    And yes, pullups are just diapers, but they are easier for the kid to put on independently. And at least in our case they don’t make regular diapers big enough.

  56. My daughter is 5 and a HALF and has been totally fine during the day for a long time – like 2 and a half years, but has still not gotten reliably dry at night. For the past almost 9 months our lives have been pretty unsettled a lot of the time and I haven’t wanted to make a big deal of it. Also we were sleeping on other people’s mattresses kind of a lot and I didn’t want to wreck them, so I’ve relied a lot on pullups.However. I’ve been feeling like a bad mom for having such an old kid still in pullups at night – not to mention, they’re pretty pricey – so I’ve periodically tried to get her out of them. She stays dry all night sometimes, but it’s totally random, as far as I can tell. I remind her to pee before bed, beverage routine is always the same, I don’t get it.
    There are some kids whose bodies take a long time to develop the connection between the bladder full I have to pee feeling and waking up – I think it’s not that uncommon, but I don’t know how close we’re getting to the outer edge of that spectrum. I do know there doesn’t seem to be much I can do about it.
    We’ve spent the past week or so with no pullup, hoping for the best, but I’m sick of a urine soaked bed (did I mention she still usually… ok basically always… sleeps in my bed?) I use a waterproof pad over her part of the bed but of course she always manages to not be on it when she pees. And somehow is able to soak to quilt on top of her as well. So tonight she’s back in a pullup.
    I don’t know what I can do – she does NOT wake up, even a little, even, often, when she is soaked. Last night I came to bed and she had soaked herself and the bed and was still sleeping blissfully unaware right in the middle of it. She doesn’t seem embarrassed or upset about any of it. Sometimes she says pullups are uncomfortable, but tonight when I said she should wear one she said “good”. So I’m trying not to worry more than necessary and going with the flow. So to speak.
    And yes, pullups are just diapers, but they are easier for the kid to put on independently. And at least in our case they don’t make regular diapers big enough.

  57. Oh, and I forgot to say that in the past couple of weeks she’s had several accidents during the day, which is totally unexpected, and hasn’t happened for YEARS. I think she’s feeling some stress, and I think she’s been waiting too long to go to the bathroom so sometimes she’s just not… quite… making it … in time.

  58. Oh, and I forgot to say that in the past couple of weeks she’s had several accidents during the day, which is totally unexpected, and hasn’t happened for YEARS. I think she’s feeling some stress, and I think she’s been waiting too long to go to the bathroom so sometimes she’s just not… quite… making it … in time.

  59. @ maria – I have known a few families where children had night-time accidents when the children had dairy late in the day/after dinner. This was especially true as the children got older. Sounds odd, I know, but they swear this is true. So you could look for that pattern.@paola – we live in a tiny, itty-bitty place, so it seemed pretty safe for her to go on her own at night. Plus, we didn’t ask her to, we just started hearing her getting up in the middle of the night, going pee, then going back to bed. Next time her independent nature is creating behavior that makes me want to strangle her, I’ll try to remember that it has it upsides too!

  60. @ maria – I have known a few families where children had night-time accidents when the children had dairy late in the day/after dinner. This was especially true as the children got older. Sounds odd, I know, but they swear this is true. So you could look for that pattern.@paola – we live in a tiny, itty-bitty place, so it seemed pretty safe for her to go on her own at night. Plus, we didn’t ask her to, we just started hearing her getting up in the middle of the night, going pee, then going back to bed. Next time her independent nature is creating behavior that makes me want to strangle her, I’ll try to remember that it has it upsides too!

  61. @momofthreeThat’s so cute, particularly for a 22 month old. I guess using the potty by yourself and the toilet are two diferent things, especailly at niight. Might try introducing the concept of the potty at night time. Thanks.

  62. @momofthreeThat’s so cute, particularly for a 22 month old. I guess using the potty by yourself and the toilet are two diferent things, especailly at niight. Might try introducing the concept of the potty at night time. Thanks.

  63. My son trained at about 3 years and we had a lot of back and forth (since we also moved around that time). He still wears a diaper at night and is NOWHERE NEAR waking up dry.His routine has been pretty standard, and he usually poops once a day–generally right before or right after the evening bath. Recently, though, he’s big into refusal and prefers to wait until he’s wearing his nighttime diaper to poop. What’s working for us now is just refusing to put him in his diaper/pajamas until he’s at least tried to poop. After a little while of running around naked while we studiously ignore him, he wanders into the bathroom and takes care of business.

  64. My son trained at about 3 years and we had a lot of back and forth (since we also moved around that time). He still wears a diaper at night and is NOWHERE NEAR waking up dry.His routine has been pretty standard, and he usually poops once a day–generally right before or right after the evening bath. Recently, though, he’s big into refusal and prefers to wait until he’s wearing his nighttime diaper to poop. What’s working for us now is just refusing to put him in his diaper/pajamas until he’s at least tried to poop. After a little while of running around naked while we studiously ignore him, he wanders into the bathroom and takes care of business.

  65. I don’t know if anybody is still following this but after a few days of total poop regression I wanted to amend my recommendation for Potty Patty. These training pants are great for absorbing pee but it sucks to try to get them off without making a mess after a poop accident. I think there are some that unsnap on the sides but I haven’t tried any of them.Can I just complain that this regression sucks.

  66. I don’t know if anybody is still following this but after a few days of total poop regression I wanted to amend my recommendation for Potty Patty. These training pants are great for absorbing pee but it sucks to try to get them off without making a mess after a poop accident. I think there are some that unsnap on the sides but I haven’t tried any of them.Can I just complain that this regression sucks.

  67. my daugher (3yrs2mos) has a bladder of steel. she totally holds it in forever (or at least until she has a diaper on). she’ll sit on the potty and say “i’ll sit, but i won’t make a pee pee” and then as soon as the diaper goes on (only for naps or bedtime) wet it almost immediately (sometimes before i’m even done closing the velcro). on a typical day she holds it in from 7am until naptime around 1:30. she’s been doing this for over a year now with no accidents.so two days ago, i decided enough was enough and enticed her to stay on the potty through naptime with the bribe of soda and juice (we only let her drink water and milk, so both of these are special treats).
    20 oz of coke, 20 oz of fruitpunch and two yoohoo boxes later (oh, and several hours, now approaching 5pm and she hadn’t peed since 7am when the underpants went on) she got hysterical and very visibly uncomfortable, red face, sweating, crossing legs, crying… i felt terrible…. and then, a little bit “leaked” onto the potty (her potty plays a song when it gets wet). daddy and i did the appropriate cheers, we opened potty presents, yippie you did it, we called everyone in the family to congratulate her… and she was furious. “i don’t like pee pee on the potty. only diapers” then, we put a diaper on, and she flooded it (and the two after that).
    today, she refuses to sit at all, doesn’t want underpants. only diapers. why????? clearly she’s physically ready (my god, i peed 6 times while waiting for her to unleash the floods), i guess there’s more to this emotional readiness thing than i was prepared for.
    so, back to diapers we go 🙁

  68. my daugher (3yrs2mos) has a bladder of steel. she totally holds it in forever (or at least until she has a diaper on). she’ll sit on the potty and say “i’ll sit, but i won’t make a pee pee” and then as soon as the diaper goes on (only for naps or bedtime) wet it almost immediately (sometimes before i’m even done closing the velcro). on a typical day she holds it in from 7am until naptime around 1:30. she’s been doing this for over a year now with no accidents.so two days ago, i decided enough was enough and enticed her to stay on the potty through naptime with the bribe of soda and juice (we only let her drink water and milk, so both of these are special treats).
    20 oz of coke, 20 oz of fruitpunch and two yoohoo boxes later (oh, and several hours, now approaching 5pm and she hadn’t peed since 7am when the underpants went on) she got hysterical and very visibly uncomfortable, red face, sweating, crossing legs, crying… i felt terrible…. and then, a little bit “leaked” onto the potty (her potty plays a song when it gets wet). daddy and i did the appropriate cheers, we opened potty presents, yippie you did it, we called everyone in the family to congratulate her… and she was furious. “i don’t like pee pee on the potty. only diapers” then, we put a diaper on, and she flooded it (and the two after that).
    today, she refuses to sit at all, doesn’t want underpants. only diapers. why????? clearly she’s physically ready (my god, i peed 6 times while waiting for her to unleash the floods), i guess there’s more to this emotional readiness thing than i was prepared for.
    so, back to diapers we go 🙁

  69. Robincn – WE HAVE THE SAME DAUGHTER!!! (though mine will be 3.5 next month). How is it possible to hold pee that long? How is it possible to be THAT stubborn? Arg! I am at my wits end!! Contact me if you want to commiserate.

  70. Robincn – WE HAVE THE SAME DAUGHTER!!! (though mine will be 3.5 next month). How is it possible to hold pee that long? How is it possible to be THAT stubborn? Arg! I am at my wits end!! Contact me if you want to commiserate.

  71. I highly recommend Potty Patty. The lined ones won’t wet the clothes, though both the lined and unlined hold a full pee. The ones that unsnap on the sides (I think they are called night-time) always seem to leak for some reason, though when I tested them in the sink they absorbed more than the others.As to regression, my 4 year old didn’t wet the bed for six months, then had the flu last year and hasn’t been dry since. I don’t get it. I have finally put her in pull-ups at night, as the cloth training pants don’t hold enough for night and I figure one pull-up can’t be worse than two loads of laundry for the environment (including blanket, mattress pad, etc.). I am considering trying two or three layers of Potty Patties at night in increasing sizes so she feels it but isn’t drenched. Any thoughts?

  72. I highly recommend Potty Patty. The lined ones won’t wet the clothes, though both the lined and unlined hold a full pee. The ones that unsnap on the sides (I think they are called night-time) always seem to leak for some reason, though when I tested them in the sink they absorbed more than the others.As to regression, my 4 year old didn’t wet the bed for six months, then had the flu last year and hasn’t been dry since. I don’t get it. I have finally put her in pull-ups at night, as the cloth training pants don’t hold enough for night and I figure one pull-up can’t be worse than two loads of laundry for the environment (including blanket, mattress pad, etc.). I am considering trying two or three layers of Potty Patties at night in increasing sizes so she feels it but isn’t drenched. Any thoughts?

  73. Okay, I am at my wits end:My 3.75 year old is fully day trained for #1. He has full control of #2, but refuses to do it in the pot. Seriously – we were at a baseball game last night when he announced that he had to go poop. I told him that I didn’t have any pull-ups with me and he said he would hold it – and did, until the next morning. He goes to daycare in undies and only poops at home before or after school.
    We have offered him everything short of a pony to even try pooping on the potty.
    I thought about just announcing that we are ALL DONE WITH PULL-UPS in this house, except that I don’t trust his ability to stay dry at night at all, and he’s too smart to have pull-ups for night time but not for poops….

  74. Okay, I am at my wits end:My 3.75 year old is fully day trained for #1. He has full control of #2, but refuses to do it in the pot. Seriously – we were at a baseball game last night when he announced that he had to go poop. I told him that I didn’t have any pull-ups with me and he said he would hold it – and did, until the next morning. He goes to daycare in undies and only poops at home before or after school.
    We have offered him everything short of a pony to even try pooping on the potty.
    I thought about just announcing that we are ALL DONE WITH PULL-UPS in this house, except that I don’t trust his ability to stay dry at night at all, and he’s too smart to have pull-ups for night time but not for poops….

  75. We are on the other side of a great move-in Andrew and Ona have been here 2 weeks and for us it is like old times!! We have noticed that Ona is now a wife and tends to help out in the keichtn more!! So it has been easier for me . So I am sure that Joan is experiencing the same .waking up to her grandbabies everyday what a joy!! So sit back and enjoy Gramma and Poppa and continue to remind your babies of the wonderful time they had living at Poppa and Gramma’s house.Potty training is so fun! I was blessed to potty train my own and because we loved babysitting we potty train a few more. With Megan(Dan and Linda’s)I put a basket full of new panties in the bathroom and we talked about those panties for a week,She was at our house for 2 weeks. We then started. The first day I spent telling Megan its potty time and we would run to the bathroom(practicing every 15 minutes)Then that night I shared with her that tomorrow she gets to remind me,when the alarm goes off,to run to the bathroom! By the third day they are potty trained!! I have done this several times and it works every time!! I think the reason it worked with Megan and the others was they were not my own babies mine were all grown so I wasn’t so tired. I would suggest that you ask Joan if she would take on this task! As gramma I am sure that she would LOVE IT!Love you Kelley

  76. We are on the other side of a great move-in Andrew and Ona have been here 2 weeks and for us it is like old times!! We have noticed that Ona is now a wife and tends to help out in the keichtn more!! So it has been easier for me . So I am sure that Joan is experiencing the same .waking up to her grandbabies everyday what a joy!! So sit back and enjoy Gramma and Poppa and continue to remind your babies of the wonderful time they had living at Poppa and Gramma’s house.Potty training is so fun! I was blessed to potty train my own and because we loved babysitting we potty train a few more. With Megan(Dan and Linda’s)I put a basket full of new panties in the bathroom and we talked about those panties for a week,She was at our house for 2 weeks. We then started. The first day I spent telling Megan its potty time and we would run to the bathroom(practicing every 15 minutes)Then that night I shared with her that tomorrow she gets to remind me,when the alarm goes off,to run to the bathroom! By the third day they are potty trained!! I have done this several times and it works every time!! I think the reason it worked with Megan and the others was they were not my own babies mine were all grown so I wasn’t so tired. I would suggest that you ask Joan if she would take on this task! As gramma I am sure that she would LOVE IT!Love you Kelley

  77. I am a Mom (Brenda) who invented Potty Training Rewards. I biveele children needpraise in every aspect of their lives including potty training. PTR offers thispraise followed by a fruit chew reward. Please view my online demo atwww.pottytrainingrewards.com If you decide to order, email me your order number andI will be happy to send you an additional one FREE. Being a Mom this is my way ofhelping other Mother’s with potty training.

  78. I am a Mom (Brenda) who invented Potty Training Rewards. I biveele children needpraise in every aspect of their lives including potty training. PTR offers thispraise followed by a fruit chew reward. Please view my online demo atwww.pottytrainingrewards.com If you decide to order, email me your order number andI will be happy to send you an additional one FREE. Being a Mom this is my way ofhelping other Mother’s with potty training.

  79. I use both cloth and disbpsaole. Cloth when we’re at home, disbpsaole for over night and when we are out/travelling. I decided to use cloth for my first because it’s cheaper and diapers sitting in a landfill for (potentially) hundreds of years kills me. Yes, cloth uses a lot of hot water, but I feel it isn’t a significant as the landfill issue.I put all the waste down the toilet, whether it is in a cloth or disbpsaole, and that is the yukiest part, so throwing them in the laundry isn’t a big deal. The cloth ones I use are the flat ones with liners and covers and I’ve been very happy with them for both my little ones.When I go back to work we will undoubtedly use disbpsaole most of the time, but at least I know I did a little something to help.

  80. I use both cloth and disbpsaole. Cloth when we’re at home, disbpsaole for over night and when we are out/travelling. I decided to use cloth for my first because it’s cheaper and diapers sitting in a landfill for (potentially) hundreds of years kills me. Yes, cloth uses a lot of hot water, but I feel it isn’t a significant as the landfill issue.I put all the waste down the toilet, whether it is in a cloth or disbpsaole, and that is the yukiest part, so throwing them in the laundry isn’t a big deal. The cloth ones I use are the flat ones with liners and covers and I’ve been very happy with them for both my little ones.When I go back to work we will undoubtedly use disbpsaole most of the time, but at least I know I did a little something to help.

  81. I am due in three weeks and am committed to using cloth diperas. So many chemicals are used to make them and then there is the landfill issue, and I just don’t see how anyone can think they are more enviromentally friendly than cloth. I found a great system with the Grovia diperas. You can either use a washable cloth insert or a biodegradble disposable insert for traveling. They have supercute covers that the inserts fit into. I am sure it is more work for me, but my baby’s health and future is worth it!

  82. I am due in three weeks and am committed to using cloth diperas. So many chemicals are used to make them and then there is the landfill issue, and I just don’t see how anyone can think they are more enviromentally friendly than cloth. I found a great system with the Grovia diperas. You can either use a washable cloth insert or a biodegradble disposable insert for traveling. They have supercute covers that the inserts fit into. I am sure it is more work for me, but my baby’s health and future is worth it!

  83. I have just been introduced to this reenct cloth diaper fad I have two young children 13 months apart, both still in diapers (although my daughter is moving onto pull-ups now that she’s 2!) and could not imagine adding diapers to the mountain of laundry that seems to never be complete!! I applaud the moms that can make it happen, but this full time working momma is thankful Huggies makes a great diaper!

  84. I have just been introduced to this reenct cloth diaper fad I have two young children 13 months apart, both still in diapers (although my daughter is moving onto pull-ups now that she’s 2!) and could not imagine adding diapers to the mountain of laundry that seems to never be complete!! I applaud the moms that can make it happen, but this full time working momma is thankful Huggies makes a great diaper!

  85. Both are required for physical and mental activity to create energy. A good night’s sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and in rejuvenating the body, mind and soul. So it makes a lot of sense to invest in a good mattress and pillow to improve your comfort and overall health. Improving you r sleep quality can be as simple as sleeping on a better mattress and pillow.

  86. Both are required for physical and mental activity to create energy. A good night’s sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and in rejuvenating the body, mind and soul. So it makes a lot of sense to invest in a good mattress and pillow to improve your comfort and overall health. Improving you r sleep quality can be as simple as sleeping on a better mattress and pillow.

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