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Old 09-28-2012, 07:58 PM   #31
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lol the only down side of her being fully potty trained by the time of Disney is that I have to do every potty run since DH does not want to take her into men's room but if we are near a companion one I will just tell him your turn lol
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:58 PM   #32
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This made me laugh!

Also, are there two parents? We had two times in line where he had to pee. One parent took him while the other stayed in line. They were both lines where we could sneak back in easy, other parents understand and don't mind.
We do have two parents, but with two not-yet-3-year-olds it tends to get a little chaotic. If one gets to leave, the other wants to go too, but then when we get to the potty they both refuse to go. The twin dynamic is insane. When people tell me they have always wanted twins I want to have them take mine to Target for a half hour and see if they change their minds! It is not for the faint of heart!

I think we will do the pull ups over underwear thing and see how that goes. I know we go through a LOT of pants here, I don't wish to be bringing a half dozen pairs of pants with me everywhere. Sigh.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:19 PM   #33
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When my youngest was just about potty trained, we had already planned a trip to Washington DC by train, and I was nervous about being able to find a bathroom in time if she waited til the last minute to tell me that she had to go. So I bought a pack of Pullups to bring on the trip with us. (We had not used pullups before).

Anyway, I told her the Pullups were her Big Girl VACATION panties. We all made a big deal about how she had VACATION panties.... She was so excited! She wore them and never had an accident. I took her to the bathroom everytime she said she had to go, and it worked great!!!
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There is a cure for that - having more children! I had one who walked at 10 months - and one who walked at 15 months. I had one speaking clearly in full sentences by 15 months - and one who had NO language at 18 months, and needed ST. I had one who potty trained herself just over the age of two - and one who finally got it at 3 1/2 (well, just pee - poop took until 4 1/2).

And they were all different children - ones that did some things first, did other things last. And there was nothing I could do to change the timing.
This reminds me of when I was a young mother.

My firstborn walked at 9 months and she was practically born talking. She was bright, outgoing right from the start, and a complete joy to be around. She was way ahead of the guidelines I was reading in parenting books, and as a result, I was feeling pretty smug. I was patting myself on the back, thinking... My, what a good mother am I.

Then 4 years later along came baby # 2. She didn't walk until 13.5 months, and at 2, she wasn't even babbling and spent the next 4 years in ST. (Ear problems.) To top it off, she was clingy!

I understood our firstborn had the advantage of having all my attention, and now my attention was being divided between the two, but I also realized reaching those milestones had less to do with who I was as a parent and more to do with who they were as individuals.

OP - We delayed the potty training of our 4th child, as we knew I was carrying a baby who would be born with a birth defect which required us to deliver and seek care out of state. A new baby and Mom & Dad going away for several weeks was NOT the time to start potty training, although he showed signs of readiness.

Once we returned home with the new baby and settled into a routine, I decided to focus on our nearly 3 y/o son's training. I asked the Dr. for tips, (although we already had 3 girls, this was our first boy.) The only advice the Dr. gave me... "Make him responsible." That's all he said.

I talked about it with our son for a few days before starting and took him out to buy big boy pants. The morning I decided to start, I said, "The Dr. says you are old enough and should be going on the potty. Here's a clean stack of underwear and some wipes. If you have an accident, put on a clean pair and set the dirty ones on the side of the tub."

IT WORKED! He wet the very first pair he put on, changed them and put the wet one on the tub, and then never had another accident.

Now, like I said... He was almost 3 and was probably ready to train a few months before we started. I don't know if this would work with a child closer to 2, (right after their 2nd birthday's in when I trained the girls, and I used the naked bum method with them) but as an almost 3 y/o, he clearly knew what was expected of him and was physically able to so.
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We do have two parents, but with two not-yet-3-year-olds it tends to get a little chaotic. If one gets to leave, the other wants to go too, but then when we get to the potty they both refuse to go. The twin dynamic is insane. When people tell me they have always wanted twins I want to have them take mine to Target for a half hour and see if they change their minds! It is not for the faint of heart!

I think we will do the pull ups over underwear thing and see how that goes. I know we go through a LOT of pants here, I don't wish to be bringing a half dozen pairs of pants with me everywhere. Sigh.
Sorry goteamwood, the escaping line comment was directed at the original poster. I have no idea what to do with twins, i can't even begin to imagine it. And bringing them both to the bathroom, holy cow that must be so hard. I have such a hard time with only one.
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When we potty trained we just went straight to undies, I dont find it much hassle to carry around a change, I would take them in case she spilled food or something all over herself anyway. Just make sure you (or part of your party) are willing to leave line to take her when she asks even if you offered before you got in line and she said no!
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Sorry goteamwood, the escaping line comment was directed at the original poster. I have no idea what to do with twins, i can't even begin to imagine it. And bringing them both to the bathroom, holy cow that must be so hard. I have such a hard time with only one.
yes there is two of us so there is always someone who can take her to the potty!!!
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Honestly, if she's fighting you on it, it might be easier to have a kid in pullups than a newly potty trained kiddo who will inevitably have to pee 2 seconds before you board the ride that you just stood in line 25 minutes for.
I was going to say the same thing.
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I think potty training is so individual to the kid, mine was just READY but LAZY, lol. We were in the same boat about 5 years ago; a quickly approaching vaction & her on the fence with being trained. I love the pullups over underwear idea!

We worked our Disney trip in as a way of rewarding her for training & I regularly faked receiving telephone calls from Mickey, Ariel, Tink, etc. for weeks calling to check & see how DD was doing. She has always been able to connect with the idea long-term reward but we still celebrated with little rewards along the way... dancing like fools when she had successes, bribed her with M&M's & didn't pressure her in a way that would set her up to feel like a failure if she didn't master the act by the time our trip rolled around. She was probably 95% there by the time we left.

We also made up a rule that first year in the park - "When Mommy Goes, I Go." I drink a lot of water & pee a lot by nature so I made her go every single time I went. (even if we had to wait for a few extra mins to accommodate the public restroom noises, etc like the other mentioned. I also worked with her ahead of time to close her eyes & relaxxxxxxxxx & just focus on going.... this helped her later in the public restrooms A LOT! ) Eventually she just got fell into a synchronicity with me & it helped her overcome that last 5%. She was fully day-trained by the time we finished our trip, including the car ride home.

BTW - the rule still stands through all of the parks & trips we've taken since... When Mommy Goes, I GO! lolololol!!
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Darn. I thought maybe the Goodnights were enough like "real underwear" that maybe she wouldn't think of it as a pull up she can pee in. Sorry I couldn't be of any help.
Nope. They're just like diapers and no matter what they say in the commercials, if a kid wears them to a sleepover, they're friends are going to notice if they see them. My 9 year old has special needs and still isn't completely potty trained and that's all that will fit her without special ordering them.
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We do have two parents, but with two not-yet-3-year-olds it tends to get a little chaotic. If one gets to leave, the other wants to go too, but then when we get to the potty they both refuse to go. The twin dynamic is insane. When people tell me they have always wanted twins I want to have them take mine to Target for a half hour and see if they change their minds! It is not for the faint of heart!
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I had a 6, 4, and 1 year old when my twins were born, so it was hard, but I think having the others make it a bit worse. I was one who never wanted twins. However, once they were over 3, I realized that I had no idea how I did it with singletons! Having twins make things so much easier for me - built in buddy. Granted, most of my kids are lost if they are the only child home.
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I'm at a point now where I have to decide whether to PT now or wait until after our trip. I would love to not have to worry about diapers, but at the same time, in many ways diapers are easier because if they pee in line you don't have to leave and can change them when you're done. Then you have kids like my 4 year old who has been PTed for over a year, but insists he has to go everywhere, even if he just went. We joke about his international bathroom tour. I'm afraid if I have him and a newly trained 2 year old we'll spend all of our time in the bathroom. Then there's my DD with special needs. If we bite the bullet, I think she *could* do fine, but because of her lack of expressive speech, she'll either not tell us when she has to go or tell us when she doesn't have to so we're running her to the bathroom when she doesn't need it.
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I have enjoyed reading this thread since we are toilet training here. I laughed at the “don’t pee on the princesses” comment. I used that with my daughter when she was training. Now, it’s don’t pee on Diego as those are the undies my son has. When we are out and he is in pull-ups, I tell him if he wets them the (insert the disappearing design) will go away.

He is actually doing pretty well at staying dry. He is even dry through most of his naps which for me other than his understanding of the concept when it was presented to him, was a big sign he was ready, but he is very dependent still on being offered the chance to go. It’s almost like in his mind if I don’t say anything, he has permission to wet himself. If I ask him and he has to go he will say yes and go when I take him, which was actually the biggest hurdle with my daughter. She was even telling me when she had to go, but would say no when asked even if she had to go. Never figured out why she did that. It got to the point where I didn’t trust it when she said no.

With my son, if I say, “do you need to use the bathroom?” he will say “Yes,” and go. If I miss offering the toilet, he will wet instead of telling me he has to go. Then when I ask if he has to go, I get, “Sorry, mom I already did.” Seriously!?!?!?

We are not home that much with my son either. He wears pull-ups at school and know those things are notorious for delaying training because of the lack of the eewwwww factor. My daughter had the ones that gave you the cold feeling when they got wet, but for some reason they are hard to find now. I try to break out the undies at home. One day he wet his undies and I had him sit in them for a couple of minutes. It was so hard not to laugh when he grabbed a sock off the nearby pile of laundry and started wiping his leg whimpering “help.” I agree naked training is very effective. The only time my son actually went when he had to without me saying anything was when he was naked. I wish I had more time for this one. I do undies under pull-ups a bit too.

I had people telling me too about children that were toilet trained at 15 months or whatever. I just had better things to do when my children were that age. He’s about 32 months now. I really felt that if I tried then, I’d still be potty training now. I’m going to ask more of his daycare teacher in the coming week, but I’m not sure what is going to get him to tell the person he is with if they don’t ask.

We are not planning to return to WDW until the end of May next year at which time he will be a bit shy of 3.5, so I’m hoping we are down to night time pants then. I would also really love to plan a cruise for the fall of 2013 and even though we want DCL, I don’t want him limited to the Nemo area since his sister who will be 10 next year, won’t be allowed in there.

But, I can already see I’m going to have the same battle with public restrooms with him that I had with dd. He’s over his fear of falling in now. Every time he gets up on a public toilet he will loudly proclaim “I’m not going to fall!” He is though afraid of the automatic toilets. Our church where we go a lot and where his daycare is and the library where we go once a week when my dd meets with a reading specialist doesn’t have them. But the mall… Sometimes before I can cover it, the thing flushes before he even gets up there and it’s over then.

And no, bankgirl05, you are not a bad mommy for the night time pull-ups. My dd wet 1 or 2 nights a week until well after her 5th birthday. My pediatrician said 40% of children with no health issue wet until age 6. I got pregnant somewhere in there though and told her I was not going to buy her night time pants and diapers for the baby unless her doctor gave me a reason she was going to keep wetting. She was out of them like 2 weeks after finding out I was pregnant
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