Last month, we started having our 21-month-old daughter wear panties during the day instead of diapers. It actually unraveled in a rather uncomplicated and natural way. We started with a pack of Hanes 2T underwear (which fit our petite daughter surprisingly well), a BabyBjorn Potty Chair, and a positive attitude.
In the mornings, we just started putting her immediately on the potty and she would pee...and we would clap and say we were proud of her and describe the process as she went. At first, I was hesitant to say good-bye to diapers completely, but - after a few days - I thought "Why not?" and just went forward. We've had our fair share of accidents (there have been a lot of them), but - fortunately - we have tile and so it's extremely easy to clean up and actually not very stressful. Our daughter has acclimated extremely well - she'll tell us when she has to "pee" or "poop" and often she'll run into the bathroom on her own and just sit right down.
About two weeks ago, we had our first accident-free day. Since then, we've had a few accidents here and there, but she's doing quite well and the whole experience has been - dare I say it? - rather peaceful.
All that said, she's not fully potty trained yet and we still have her wear diapers when we're out and about (although I'm thinking we may have to try the potty training on-the-road thing soon...any tips for us?) and at night.
If you have a toddler between 12 and 24 months old, you might be interested to know that Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn say that period is "ideal" for potty training. In fact, the goal of their program - the Baby Signs Potty Training Program - is "to help parents potty train their babies before age 2."
The complete Baby Signs Potty Training Kit comes with:
I should emphasize here that we didn't use this program or any "program" with our daughter. We preferred to "dance to the beat of a different drum" and do things our own easygoing way - partly because we only recently started letting our daughter watch TV (at all) and even now it is very minimal so we didn't want to introduce the potty DVD.
But this approach might work for you. Or maybe bits and pieces of it will work. If nothing else, perhaps it will be a way to teach your baby some basic signs to help him/her communicate better.
YOUR TURN: Share your potty training story! Are you currently potty training? What age do you think is ideal? What "method" did you/will you use?
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*UPDATE* The winner is #44 Amanda Chapman. Congratulations!