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I just took nappies off DD1 at around 2 yrs 2mths mostly because she kept kicking and fighting when I tried to change her. So I basically just had a temper tantrum and said, "no more nappies for you."
Day 1 she pee'd all over the floor.
Day 2 she always realised she needed to go to the toilet, and probably got there half of the time.
Day 3 she had it sorted and knew how to get to the toilet in time, and we had no accidents.
I never took her to the toilet, but frequently asked her through the day if she needed to go. I never made a big deal of her making a mess on the floor, just grabbed her and ran to the toilet if I saw her doing it, and cleaned her/the floor up.
She's still not dry at night. I left her in pull-ups when going out for about a week just in case, but we had no problems.
She's had maybe 5 accidents since she was PT beyond a PT regression she went through just before she turned 3. That lasted about 3 weeks and drove me crazy but we got through.
We never had any issues with her managing peeing abut not pooing or vice versa.
I think a lot of it has to do with them being ready for it.
Pack a ton of patience.
Day 1: We did no pants, no underwear. That way there was nothing in the way of her going to the bathroom in time. We had about 8 accidents.
Day 2: Again, no pants no underwear. 2 Accidents. Both days I asked every 15 minutes if she had to go.
Day 3: Underwear, no pants. No accidents.
Day 4: Pants and Underwear. Again no accidents.
Day 5: Sent her back to daycare with 6 outfits. She went through every one of them.
Day 6: 2 accidents at daycare.
Day 7: No accidents.
We've had a handful of accidents since and she was potty trained at the beginning of 9/12. In 10/12 we ditched the pull-up's for nap time. Later the same month we ditched them for night time. She hasn't needed them since.
We just started potty training DD last Monday. I plopped her on the toilet when I thought she might have had to pee, she peed, I made a HUGE, HUGE deal about it and she's been peeing on the potty since, telling me every time she has to go. I also say "Tell mommy when you have to go potty" about every 5-10 minutes.
She's only had two pee accidents since Monday (she's still in a diaper at night) and 3 (out of 5) poop accidents. She is getting better about pooping though, today she knew she had to go, ran to her little potty, and pooped right as she sat down.
We had tried potty training a couple times before this last time and it never worked. I'm now a strong believer that the kid needs to be ready.
I recommend this downloadable book.
We started about 9 days ago with no diaper, no undies - nekked from the waist down - for 2 days.
Commando - sweatpants but no undies - for the next week.
Today we started underwear and sweatpants.
I can count on one hand the accidents he has had. I am beyond thrilled that it's been this easy and hope it continues!
My DD was "ready" a few weeks ago... but at first she didn't "get it". We bought the fisher price princess potty that plays music when she would pee. She liked that but still was having problems. I tried showing her how one of her dolls "had to pee" and hid a squirt bottle behind and let her watch... she was intriqued, but kept having accidents. Finally after a week and half, I broke down and tried bribery... in our case mini m&m's as a reward. I would ask her (when I knew she would have to pee) "do you need to go pee pee?" and she would always tell me "no". Then I showed her the mini m&m container and asked her "do you need to go pee pee?" and she said "yes" and went immediatlely. We only gave her 3 mini m&m's each time and would count them together, so I wasn't loading her up on chocolate... that and with a lot of praise, the princess potty music, and she loved to wash her hands afterwards... she soon forgot about the m&m's as a reward a few days into it. I know some people will say not to use food as a reward, but honestly it was the only thing that worked to get her to pee at first for us. Good luck... potty training takes a lot of patience and what works for one child may not work for another.
Oh, I forgot to mention... I have a 6 week old newborn also while I was trying to pt our DD. So I couldn't always be as focused sometimes. I waited until after the baby came home and she adjusted (which she had no issues) before starting potty training.