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        04-29-2013, 04:59 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Thanks everyone. I will get some stickers, yes. He is very passionate about cars, cows and horses so I'll search some with those. He started also announcing before, I am surprised, since we did not start yet for real. Hope this works , of not, well , we try later again.
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        04-29-2013, 06:48 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I also used cloth diapers and did the same as AC's mom: babies didn't like to be wet and they learned fast.

    Tiny - one of my children was potty trained at just over a year old - no kidding. Not to say he was perfect, but he knew the drill and most of the time got it right.

    The second child didn't learn until after the age of two, but that was because we had a new business and he was being babysat by a "little old lady" who would try to get him to pee in a potty in the middle of the kitchen. Yuck. He absolutely refused and the situation deteriorated from there. I wasn't a happy camper. :(
         
        04-29-2013, 06:51 PM
      #13
    Trained
    ...and to add... my sister, my brother and I were all trained before the age of two. I think I was the slowpoke at just under the 2 year old mark. My brother was 1, my sister was somewhere in between.

    And, you know, even if the kids don't necessarily get it perfect from the start, it sure it nice to be able to learn their signals and to keep them clean and dry. I never, ever had to deal with diaper rash. Didn't even know what it was until someone asked me what to do about it for their kid. I was surprised to find parents that left their kids in dirty/wet diapers at all, and absolutely SHOCKED at the length of time some kids spend dirty/wet. Yuk.
         
        04-30-2013, 06:37 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    I am 100% sure that cloth diapers do help, meaning that the children can actually feel when they are wet. However, since we started with the other ones, now I guess it's a bit too late. Maybe with the next one.
    The disposable ones are so performant, at lest some a=of them, that the child actually can't feel much most of the times. I had mixed feelings when I heard about a kid who was 4 years old when he discovered with great surprise the mechanism of peeing. He had never been left out of them, so he had no idea he is the one thar produces it, where does it go, how does it look. All he knew was that the diaper was getting heavy.

    Anyways, today is my kids last day with diapers...well...kind of. I will start from today, keep it up for 1 week and then see the results. In nursery I have to bring minimum 1 diaper though. They must wear them when they sleep at noon:/ I offered to bring water resistant mattress covers, let's see how that goes.

    Potty ready, smartphone ready (yes, I am going insane, and yes, he has 1 bubble pop game he loves and I will use that to our advantage), chocolate ready.
    Bracing myself and wishing for the best :)

    Edit: would you suggest butt naked, t shirt and leg warmers, or pants, panties etc? I am not even sure what would be better. I think I'd go for the butt naked thing.
         
        05-01-2013, 08:50 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    My girls were both putty-trained at just over 2 years old. It helped that their birthdays were nicely timed so that they were just over 2 during the spring/Summer. It also helped that we have very private acreage. Why? We stripped them naked from the waist down and let them run around that way on nice Spring days. We had a potty out there, but they liked going in the bushes. It really made them away of what was going on with their bodies. And they thought it was really fun to go in the woods.
    When not running around naked, I put them in cloth diapers so they could really feel when they did something.
    They learned to pee in the topilet very quickly. Pooping took much longer. I finally found what they loved (Thomas the Train wooden train pieces). For each poo in the toilet, they got an engine for their train set. When they had a whole train (8 pieces), we went to the zoo to celebrate. Yup, I paid them off and bribed them, but it worked. They were thrilled to have a whole train-set, and I was thrilled to have them out of diapers. Everybody happy.
         
        05-01-2013, 10:55 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Inaclick - YAY! Don't stress over the mistakes and don't stop. A week is the start of forever! If you stop, he learns it's okay to not go in the toilet. Forgive mistakes, but keep it going.

    Naked vs. not -- it depends on you, the kid, the environment. Whatever works for you. Personally, I kept them in panties in the house and at the very beginning, I put a menstral pad in the panties. Our oldest would be so proud if he could still have the same pad at the end of the day. I just didn't want little pee shots at various spots in my house, so the panties stayed on. Outside, it was whatever they wanted, in line with the weather (including hot sun!).
         
        05-03-2013, 03:35 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Hi all.
    It's been just 3 days? Feels like centuries.
    Nearly gave up today, maybe he's not ready? He completely disliked the toilet bowl, with or without the baby seat, and would sit on the potty, but simply just to please me. Then get up and pee next to it, etc.
    With no 2's , well, we got 2 of those, both in the toilet, with much dismay and protests from him - and loads of yayz and hurrays from me. However peeing does not seem to phase him, he just goes. Even touches with his hand.
    I nearly gave up tonight, trying not to get frustrated and carry on. He was watching something, he went, LOOKED and then returned to what he was doing. I said "Alex, the potty" , he looked over the shoulder and I swear he gave a slight shrug lol. "Meh, sod it, too far".
    What does encourgae me is that he can stay dry for hours outside. So he can hold.
    From tomorrow we start with panties though. I noticed he is not amused at all if he gets wet. Not planning to soak him in his own piss, but hoping to get him to make a connection that he can avoid this IF he gets to the potty.
         
        05-03-2013, 03:53 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Hang in there!

    If he doesn't want to go to the potty because he'd rather be doing something else, have HIM clean up the mess. Being interrupted to clean up your mess isn't much fun at all.
         
        05-03-2013, 07:12 PM
      #19
    Showing
    Hubby took sons, 4 yrs apart, into the bathroom whenever he needed the facility. We set a small wooden box beside the toilet that was the right hight for a toddler. He was out of diapers and in thick training pants. He got the idea to pull them down and mimic dad - two big boys having a wiz. His bowel movement happened right after his nap so while he was a bit groggy I'd park him on the pot with a few ounces of juice and half a cookie. The snack seemed to prompt things.This daily routine continued until he felt and recognized the sensation.
         
        05-03-2013, 09:30 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by inaclick    
    What does encourgae me is that he can stay dry for hours outside. So he can hold.
    From tomorrow we start with panties though. I noticed he is not amused at all if he gets wet. Not planning to soak him in his own piss, but hoping to get him to make a connection that he can avoid this IF he gets to the potty.
    I think you have the right things in mind. He is just being a smuck about it. Keep going and if he does pee or poo his pants he won't like it. Ditch the diapers so he knows they are no longer an option. It's learn or be wet and dirty!

    Do you take him to the toilet in the middle of the night? I always did for my kids. They'd be still asleep - walking with my help, literally eyes closed on the toilet, but they'd pee and then back to bed for them. I usually did it right before I went to bed and early AM. Gotta lose the diapers at night too you see...
         

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