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Mar. 24th, 2010



Welcome our new member!

 Hi everyone, 

I just approved a new member, [info]princessdammitt  

We're glad to have you on board! Please feel free to jump right in with any questions or concerns you may have!! We're here to help and support you in any way we can! 

Jun. 16th, 2009


So freeing

It is so freeing now that Kieriana (age 4) is potty trained. It hasn't been all that long really. We had been trying since she was 2 1/2. It wasn't conistent mostly because she just didn't understand or didn't seem ready. We would try for a week and after not having one single result we would hold off for a few months and then try again.

I thought she would never be ready. I kept on feeling like she would be wearing diapers when she was in kindegarden. However this just wasn't so.

When she was finally ready it was so easy. It happened without much effort. It was a bit messy the first week. But after that things just moved along and now she's fully potty trained.

All I did was something similar that I did with my son (who was potty trained before 3). With him I had him run around the house naked for a week. I did the typical putting him on the potty when he had an accident and repeatedly telling him that pee and poo go on the potty.

With my daughter I put her in underwear and did the same thing. Hence why it was so messy (pull ups don't work with my kids becaue they both felt it was just a different type of diaper). I also had been telling her every time I changed her that pee and poo go in the potty. Even now she'll tell me every so often what I had been telling her. lol

BTW...my daughter was diagnosed with autism when she was just 2 days past 2 years old. When she was about 3 1/2 they changed her diagnosis to developmental delay. She didn't start talking until she was about 3 (though she did sign language). So we had to sign "potty" when we started teaching her about it.

Anyway, if she could do it then others who are having trouble could too. :)

Apr. 30th, 2009


She's doing it!

OK...so this weekend we didn't put a diaper on Kieriana (who is 4) except at bedtime. Sunday she went on the potty twice.

Her school said it was OK to have her wear underwear at school if I sent in extra clothes and underwear. So she's only wearing a diaper to and from school.

At home after school she's been in just underwear. But she hasn't wanted to use the potty.

And today she used the potty again. She came home wearing the same clothes she went to school with. So I think she went there. Plus shortly after she got home she began doing the pee pee dance and said she needed to use the potty. So we ran into the bathroom and she used the potty.

She doesn't usually ask to use the potty except for AFTER she's gone in her pants. So asking to use it before was a really good sign. Plus she was still wearing a diaper when she did the dance. Another really good sign.

I'm so happy! My little girl is growing up!

Apr. 25th, 2009


I'm desperate

When I potty trained my son it was easy. At 2 1/2 he was fully potty trained. I just let him run around with nothing on at all and by the end of a week he was using the potty consistently. At the end of the week I put him in a pull up to go grocery shopping. He was so used to using the potty that he didn't want to go in the pull up and used the restroom at the store. I remember thinking, "Man, potty training is easy!"

When my daughter was 2 1/2 I tried getting her to use the potty. At the time she was diagnosed with PDD (a form of autism) and her therapists kept on saying that maybe she wasn't ready when she wouldn't use it. When she was 3 her diagnosis was changed to "developmentally delayed".

I'll try for about a week and then cave in to what everyone else is saying. "She's obviously not ready." So I'll wait a few months and try again. It's been a long, frustrating, and messy road.

In March she turned 4. I never thought she would be 4 and still in diapers. It's to the point where the diapers don't fit her anymore (we use size 6) and the pull ups are snug on her too. When she's home I have her in just undies and a shirt. At the school she goes to they put her on the potty every hour. I've asked if they would let her wear underwear if I send extra pairs of undies and pants to school with her. They said they'll let me know on Monday.

I'm so frustrated. I just don't know what to do anymore. I've tried everything. I'm to the point where I'm trying to use M&Ms as a reinforcer. For the record I HATE giving the kids candy. They only have it when someone else gives it to them (like my Mom who doesn't understand). I've never used a food reinforcer because I don't believe that they're healthy. But I'm desperate. I'm trying everything at this point.

My husband said that there's a book called "Potty train in just one day" and I'm thinking about getting it. Someone he works with suggested it. Has anyone used this book?

I need to do something. In September she'll start Kindegarden and I know she won't be allowed in school until she's potty trained.


Feb. 26th, 2009


Potty Training at its best.

Hello everyone,
I actually teach at a daycare with the older two's or preschool prep children. potty training is our big goal for all of our kids.
Right now we have a system that every two hours (which can be a burden but trust me it works) we have them sit on the potty. we ask if they wet the diaper and ask if they would llike a new one. Then we remind them that we all use the potty. I dont know but maybe its is the constant routine or maybe its the choices but Its always works. Try it. But always remember instead of changing a diaper wherever bring them to the potty and have them sit and try. Eventually they will go. Give huge praise.

Feb. 11th, 2009



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I got rid of the spammer who was leaving the survey messages. Sorry about that!

I am wondering if anyone would be interested in taking over this journal. My youngest is now 4 and we're way beyond the potty training expirence.

It's definately a bittersweet feeling when you realize you are done with potty training (or at least til your kids have kids...). :)
My pocketbook is happy, but my heart is a little sad to know that chapter of my life is done. :)

Oct. 21st, 2008


Any ideas?

Hi everyone.  I have a daughter who is almost 4 1/2, and potty training has been mostly a dismal failure.  She has been diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), which basically means that she has trouble understanding what people say to her.  We have tried every method we can think of to potty train her.  Stickers on a chart with prizes every so often woks fairly well, but even that depends on her mood.  If she wants to go on the potty she will.  If not she won't.  Asking her if she needs to pee pee or poo poo in the potty is the same way.  We have thought about just letting the diapers run out and seeing what happens, but I'm a little nervous about that.

Does anyone have any other ideas?

On a related note, we will start potty training our 2 1/2 year old son soon, and I have joked a couple times that he will be potty trained first, but now I'm starting to think it might actually happen that way!

Aug. 31st, 2008

grr, yegods, mad


Night-time frustrations

So... my youngest is 3 and-a-half.  She's been fully potty-trained for at least six months... I don't know the exact date.  There were a few months where she had the odd accident... significantly more poop accidents than pee accidents, though... (odd, all the books had said that poop training comes first, and pee next... my oldest is 5 and she peed on the potty long before she got the other down pat... my youngest did the same thing).  But she eventually got it all down pat, her sticker calendar was full, and she's been proudly in undies ever since.
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Any advice, PLEASEEEE!!! I'm going crazy and I don't know how to help her. :(
She's always so disappointed in herself and sad when she has to ask me for new undies. :(

Mar. 26th, 2008




We are basically to the point of being completely potty trained. The last few weeks she has been doing great. Hardly no accidents at daycare and hardly none at home, except for those couple of nights we forgot to put a pullup on when she went to sleep. This past weekend we went to an Easter party and I took her in panties and she told me everytime that she had to go to the bathroom. She will be 3 monday and her party is this weekend so I will be happy that she can go in underwear and not worry too much. I was hoping we would get this accomplished before she turned 3 and we have!

Dec. 6th, 2007

Mommy Milk Doll


potty training w/ a new baby in the house

I'd love some advice from some moms who have been there/done that!
our daughter is now 28m old.  back in May (so when she was 21m old) she started showing HUGE signs of being ready for the potty - learning how to undress/dress herself, waking up from naps/bed time w/ a dry diaper and washing her hands on her own. So we bought a potty and showed it to her - got some little books for the potty and voila! she started using it with great success!  she'd use it every morning and every after noon (after waking up) and sometimes before her bath.  this went on until about September or so - i was weeks away from giving birth to DD#2 and was put on maternity leave early - and i think that me being home all the time (not that i worked full time - i only work about 25hrs away from home) kinda threw her off.  soon i would ask her if she wanted to use the potty and she'd say NO and that's that.  
baby sister was born 10/29.  not once since DD#2 was born has our older daughter wanted to use the potty.  well, that's a lie - she sits on it and reads books but won't actually USE it.  9 out of 10 times if i ask her "do you need/want to use the potty?" she YELLS at me - NO!!!
so this is where i am:
-i don't want to push it on her at all.  i was hoping that her memory would help her - she was doing so well for a couple months and now it seems like she wants nothing to do with it.  but i don't want to push it on her and make it a BAD experience for her.
-i'm thinking that having a baby in the house is helping to keep her distracted from the potty.  perhaps in a few weeks i should try the potty again?  after the novelty of a baby wears off?  
- should i wait for her to bring it up again?  should i still be asking her if she wants to use it? 
- is she too young for me to be worrying about this?  my MIL keeps reminding me that DH was about 18m old when he was potty trained and his sister (My SIL) was not yet 2yrs old when she was potty trained.  but it seems like friend's children are more near 3yrs old and still learning ... so what gives?


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