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The Potty Training Fight: Not worth the battle...for now.

Potty Training Fight. Bert Anderson for Thirsties
Well, I thought my daughter was ready to potty train this past December. She exhibited the signs: dryness when she woke up from her nap, telling me when she went in her diaper and then wanting it changed, and she was showing interest. One Saturday morning we decided that we would just dive right in. The first week went well; better than I had expected. She even pooped on the potty which is something my son struggled with when we were training him. Then the busyness of the holidays happened and little by little she became more careless. After a few weeks we started to just let her walk around the house pantless. Man, I got tired of looking at her naked little bottom half! So, I thought that perhaps we just needed to be persistent and have her wear underwear around the house so she got used to the idea that even though she was wearing something she still had to actually use the toilet to relieve herself. We had a few mishaps but for a week things were looking up. Then a change happened and everything went downhill; it's unexplainable really. I think the problem started because of our busy schedule. Three days a week my son has preschool and, naturally, his little sister is along for the ride. When we're out and about I have been using disposable trainers so basically, there's nothing uncomfortable about having an accident in a Pull-Up. It was a few accidents here and there when we were away from home and then she was consistently having accidents at home. I took away the underwear and went back to her being pantless when we were at home. No such luck, suddenly she was peeing all over the floor like she did when she was 18 months old (she's 32 months now). So, I've gone back to using diapers on her and you know what? She's completely fine with that. She hated being told what to do and the battle of wills has just been too much for this pregnant mama to bear! For some reason, it was a hard pill to swallow. I felt like it was my fault; did I push her too soon? The more I think about it, the more I begin to believe that she really was showing me that she was ready. Now, for whatever reason, she just doesn't care. It's not my fault and eventually she'll be interested again. She's been back in cloth diapers for four days now and she isn't bothered by it at all. One day she'll be out of diapers today just isn't that day.
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  • i really needed to read this right now. im only half way wanting to try to PT but I know if I do it it needs to be all the way. not sure if my daughter is ready but I think we both need a little more time

    Sarah Hayes on
  • I potty trained my daughter over the Summer starting at 16 months. It took a few months start to finish for her to be consistent with other caregivers and to use the potty at night without my waking her, but it was so worth it. Especially since I have another baby coming in about a month and I didn’t want two in diapers!

    Melanie on
  • My daughter is only 8 months but I’m already dreading potty training a bit!

    Courtney N. on
  • THanks for sharing, though we have a while before potty training

    Amanda H on
  • first of all your daughter is sooo cute! :) thanks for sharing, we are pretty far from potty training now, at least it seems that way haha, but I really like to educate myself and read about what’s to come and different experiences. I like your approach that you let her tell you she was ready and the. when you realized she wasn’t just yet you let it go. this is a great attitude to have and you’re absolutely right that while you’re building another precious being you need to just pick your battles and not be stressed!

    Taylor Schell on

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