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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 am not looking forward to potty training

    Kayla Stamp on
  • I have to say that pee training was really not too hard, my son was young so he just needed a lot of “practice” and the right motivator to get going. Poop training was much harder due to dietary issues that leave the poor guy super constipated :-(

    Melissa C. on
  • My daughter is 2 1/2 and we are going through the exact same thing. She was showing all the signs of being ready, but now refuses to go in the potty. She’s very likely our last baby so I’m not pushing it. It gives me more time to dress her up in cute cloth diapers.

    Lily Ivey on
  • I was the same way with my daughter. The more I tried, the more she resisted & finally I threw up my hands and said “whenever you’re ready… I’m ready.” It took 2 weeks of me crying and trying everything I could think of, and it only took her a week to decide she wanted to do it.

    Caitlyn on
  • This little girl in the photo is so cute! Her story reminds me of my 4 year old son, that still have to wear diapers to bed. He’s such a heavy sleeper, that he just sleeps through everything including pee.

    Johnny Rachel Miller on

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