Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Dreaded Potty Training

            Hey folks! It's been about a year, I think, since my previous potty training post. This time we actually seem to be making progress, though! Until now I've been pretty lax about the whole thing since Myka was still pretty young as far as potty training goes. While I wouldn't go as far as to say I'm forcing her, I've been more adamant about her at least trying to go.
            Now that Myka is 2 1/2 (30 months old for those of you who are anal about that), I really felt it was time to start getting serious about potty training...Especially since I've always heard that the majority of kids who wear cloth diapers potty train sooner. Like, a LOT sooner. Maybe that's just a myth or my kid just happens to be a part of the minority. Lucky me, right? I (foolishly) had high hopes she would be potty trained around 18 months. In hindsight, that is laughable. (For us. Bravo to those of you fortunate enough to have easily potty trained kids.)
            Anyways, I have also heard a lot of success stories about letting kids run around without pants and a diaper on and potty training that way. (Mostly from you lovely people who comment on my posts on my Facebook page asking about potty training!) I will admit: I thought the whole idea was bat-shadoobie crazy at first. Letting your kid run around naked? There's going to be pee and poop all over everything! However, as time went on, it didn't seem so crazy to give it a try if it really does work. So, I gave it a try. And much to my surprise, it worked for us a lot better than I had hoped!
            Given, we are only on our second week, but I still have my fingers crossed. Has everything been perfect? No. We still have days where she wants to wear a diaper more than use the "big girl potty", mostly when she needs to poop. The first week went great, though. No potty accidents at all without a diaper on. She did poop on her bedroom floor the first or second day, but to be honest, I kind of expected that.
            My first mistake was showing her the cute little "big girl" panties I bought for her when she got more used to using the potty. I hadn't intended on her wearing them yet, but she really wanted to, so who was I to say no? Needless to say, she had a LOT more accidents wearing the panties than without. I think she just feels that there is something down there so she goes without thinking about it.
            Since she started off doing so well, we bought a potty similar to ours for my mom's house since she stays all night many weekends. She actually did a lot better than I thought she would! Mom told me she even pooped in it, which she hasn't even done for us! (Go figure, right?)
            To wrap up, I think letting your kid run around naked from the waist down is definitely a good option for potty training if they seem like they are about ready. The biggest drawback I have heard from people who have had success going this route is that their child turns into a nudist for awhile. lol Plus, as some other people have mentioned, hold off on the underwear until they have gone at least several weeks without having many accidents. ;)
            How old were your children when they showed an interest in potty training? How did you go about it?

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