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Cooper: Potty-Training Update at 23 Months

As promised, here's an update of Cooper's potty-training progress: Zero, Zip, Zilch, Nada, Nothing.
Cooper turns two on February 23rd. He's an outgoing little man with dirty blond hair, big blue eyes and dimple. He loves balls, trains, cars, his Bear and his pacifier. And he hates the potty. I mean, he really seems to dislike it, and for the life of me, I can't figure out why. I can understand why the big toilet, with the high seat and loud flushing noises might intimidate a little kid...but I'm not sure why he's so hesitant to even sit on the training potty. I can count on one hand the times I've gotten him on it and most of those times have required bribery: a chocolate chip or a TV show. Even then, he sits long enough to get his chip and is up and running. I wonder if the plastic is cold on his little buns? One day last week, I decided to roll up the rug in the living room, put the potty in the middle of it, undress Cooper and give him a sippy cup of water to drink. He now tells me when he's peeing and when's he's pooped and we talk about putting pee-pee and poo-poo in the potty. I tried to get him to sit down every once in a while. After an hour without any accidents on the floor, I knew he probably had to "go". However, it was soon evident that he wasn't going to be able to relax enough to "try" on the potty. I had been hoping serendipity might play a role and that with an enthusiastic enough round of applause from Mommy, he might get the idea. A moment later, I saw him casually leaning on the couch, with an elbow propping him up and looking like a much younger version of the man he will become. He cocked his head, looked at me with a big grin on his face, and said "Pee-pee" and then peed on the floor. I think it's safe to say "He's still not ready," but I want to keep trying every so often just to make sure I don't miss a window of opportunity that might get me out of washing diapers for too much longer. The good news is that his Size Two Thirsties are still working just fine for us. I've been using the Size Twos since he was about eight months and after dozens and dozens of washes my snaps, gussets, elastics and covers, Duo Fab-Fitteds and inserts are holding up just fine. Are any of you currently potty-training your cloth-diapered toddler? If so, how's it going?
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  • It would be extremely necessary for the new parents to get potty training tips so that they can handle one of the most complex parts of raising their baby in the rightful manner.

    Jack on
  • I LOVE the blackbird design. Can’t wait to try it on our son. My cousin told me she loves Thirsties so I’m expecting great things! :)

    Becky@ Purposeful Homemaking on
  • Well, it’s been 8 months since Cooper turned two. What potty training method finally worked? It’s funny how children learn and develop in their own time. There aren’t too many 8 year olds still in diapers :-). I hope you enjoy your parenting journey.

    Sandra on
  • Yeah, we tried this too. We were very laid back and low key until he turned 2.5 (almost exactly) and then we boot-camped it for a week when we were all home and could focus on it exclusively. It worked! I think it was a combination of age, being ready/able and the personality of our son. It was stressful until he actually went when he sat down. Once he went that one time, we essentially threw a ticker tape parade for him and because he loves praise, that was all he needed. We were good from there on out. However, a year later, he is still in super undies at night, but I’m not too concerned since he’s 100% self sufficient during the day. Night time stuff will come. And I have to wash his sister’s diapers anyway, so no big to throw his in there with hers. Good luck on your journey!

    Stephanie on
  • I’ve been doing part-time EC with my one-year-old since she was 3 months, and she’s given signs that she sometimes knows what she’s doing. When weather warms up and she’s a little older we plan to roll up the rugs and boot camp her. It would be awesome for her to be trained by the time we’re ready for number 2!

    Melanie on

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