Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Poll Discussion: Potty Training

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Today's poll is on potty training! This is definitely a topic people love to hear tips on and know what experiences people have had. It is easiest for me when compiling the results if you copy the questions, along with the numbers, and paste them into your comment. Then answer the questions. If you do not have an answer to a question, you can just put "N/A." Thank you!

1-How old was your child when you started potty training that ended successfully?
2-Did your child have a hard time learning to pee in the potty?
3-Did your child have a hard time learning to poop in the potty?
4-Did you ever use pull ups? If so, when?
5-How long did it take your child to stay clean and dry in underwear relatively consistently?
6-How did you have your child dressed from the waist down during potty training? (i.e. bare-bum, underwear only, fully dressed, pull-up...)
7-How long after starting potty training could your child take a nap in underwear?
8-How long after starting potty training could your child sleep at night in underwear?
9-Did you do a "dreampee"? If so, for how long?
10-Any tips for potty training parents?

9 comments:

Sarah said...

1-How old was your child when you started potty training that ended successfully? APPROX. 3.5 YEARS
2-Did your child have a hard time learning to pee in the potty? NO TROUBLE LEARNING, SHE JUST DIDN'T WANT TO
3-Did your child have a hard time learning to poop in the potty? SAME AS ABOVE
4-Did you ever use pull ups? If so, when? USED AS A PRECAUTION IN THE BEGINNING, BUT SHE USUALLY STAYED DRY OVERNIGHT. SHE'S 5 YRS OLD NOW AND SHE STILL USES A PULL UP AT NIGHT IF SHE'S SICK; WHEN SHE'S NOT FEELING WELL SHE HAS HAD NIGHTTIME ACCIDENTS.
5-How long did it take your child to stay clean and dry in underwear relatively consistently? SHE RESISTED TRAINING FOR A LOOONG TIME, BUT ONCE SHE DECIDED SHE WANTED TO USE THE TOILET, SHE JUST DID IT BY HERSELF WITHOUT ANY ACCIDENTS. SHE WAS ALMOST 3.5 YEARS.
6-How did you have your child dressed from the waist down during potty training? (i.e. bare-bum, underwear only, fully dressed, pull-up...) FULLY DRESSED
7-How long after starting potty training could your child take a nap in underwear? DON'T RECALL EXACTLY, i PROBABLY PUT HER IN A DIAPER OR PULL UP FOR A FEW WEEKS JUST IN CASE, BUT I DON'T THINK SHE WET IT REGULARLY
8-How long after starting potty training could your child sleep at night in underwear? BECAUSE OF HER AGE, SHE COULD HAVE STARTED IN PANTIES AT NIGHT RIGHT AWAY.
9-Did you do a "dreampee"? If so, for how long? NO
10-Any tips for potty training parents? #1 TOILETING EARLY IS NOT A MORAL ISSUE. #2 A LOT OF "POTTY TRAINING IS "PARENT TRAINING".

We started to potty train with a celebratory shopping trip to buy a potty and prizes and treats--we made a huge deal of the day potty training would begin. She was 15 months old. It was an emotional and long day. Our kiddo is strong willed and is absolutely not motivated by prizes and treats. I vividly remember sitting on the family room floor at the end of the day next to a potty on top of a beach towel and just crying. Everyone said it could be done in less than three days!!

As time went on, we tried every six months or so, but it wasn't until she was almost 3.5 (and her baby sister was due in a few months) that she started toileting herself. Once she decided it was time, she did it independently with no accidents, no reminders and I only needed to wipe her. Let me tell you, hearing your child put themselves on the toilet is one of the sweetest sounds you will hear as a parent!

In my opinion, it really doesn't matter how old a child is when they start to wear underwear. My children are well behaved and obedient and smart and loved. Potty training is not a measure of how good a parent you are (I beat myself up about this.)

It's certainly worth trying early, but if your kiddos are strong-willed like mine I think it's okay to put the potty away and try again in a few months. Also, if you're in a season as a mom where you're physically unable to pack a toddler to the potty every hour or cleaning up accidents will put you at odds with your sweet little person, just let it go until you can.

As moms of young kids we're steeped in the stats of our children; growth percentiles, milestone ages, hours of sleep, yadda, yadda. "Age of potty training" is not something that will every be of importance beyond toddlerhood peer group comparisons. Just do what works best for your family.

Jennifer said...



1-How old was your child when you started potty training that ended successfully? 2 years, 2 months
2-Did your child have a hard time learning to pee in the potty? No
3-Did your child have a hard time learning to poop in the potty? Yes
4-Did you ever use pull ups? If so, when? Yes at naps and nighttime
5-How long did it take your child to stay clean and dry in underwear relatively consistently? 1 week
6-How did you have your child dressed from the waist down during potty training? (i.e. bare-bum, underwear only, fully dressed, pull-up...) underwear only (it was summertime)
7-How long after starting potty training could your child take a nap in underwear? 2 months
8-How long after starting potty training could your child sleep at night in underwear? Still in pull ups at night 6 months after potty training daytime
9-Did you do a "dreampee"? If so, for how long? No, but we may try that soon!
10-Any tips for potty training parents? I have learned there is not one right way to potty train. It's more of what the parent can handle. After trying the 3day potty training method I learned I am not ok having my child pee all over my house. I would much rather take them to the potty every 15 mins. Once we switched to a method we were comfortable with potty training was less stressful and went much smoother.

Also, it's ok to start then stop. We first tried at 2 years and she wasn't ready. We went back to diapers then tried again in 2 months and she was ready then!

Julie Thompson said...

1-How old was your child when you started potty training that ended successfully? 27 months
2-Did your child have a hard time learning to pee in the potty? no
3-Did your child have a hard time learning to poop in the potty? no
4-Did you ever use pull ups? If so, when? naps and nighttime only. also we took a plane ride a week after we started potty training so on the plane too.
5-How long did it take your child to stay clean and dry in underwear relatively consistently? less than a week
6-How did you have your child dressed from the waist down during potty training? (i.e. bare-bum, underwear only, fully dressed, pull-up...) underwear only at home, fully dressed otherwise
7-How long after starting potty training could your child take a nap in underwear? 4 months, but he only had a wet pull up a couple times during that period.
8-How long after starting potty training could your child sleep at night in underwear? still in pull ups (5 months after starting)
9-Did you do a "dreampee"? If so, for how long? no, never heard of that before
10-Any tips for potty training parents? we tried when he was 2 and he wet his underwear 3 times in 30 minutes so we stopped. then one day he said he didn't want to wear a diaper so we switched and he never looked back. i would definitely wait until your child is ready. theres nothing to rush and if it doesn't work out the first time, just wait a little longer

Cole said...

1-How old was your child when you started potty training that ended successfully? 15.5mo for daytime, but still diapering at night/naps (27mo)
2-Did your child have a hard time learning to pee in the potty? not really.
3-Did your child have a hard time learning to poop in the potty? YES
4-Did you ever use pull ups? If so, when? no, but continued to use diapers at night/ naps
5-How long did it take your child to stay clean and dry in underwear relatively consistently? 1.5-2 weeks
6-How did you have your child dressed from the waist down during potty training? (i.e. bare-bum, underwear only, fully dressed, pull-up...) naked
7-How long after starting potty training could your child take a nap in underwear? haven't started working on that yet.
8-How long after starting potty training could your child sleep at night in underwear? haven't started yet
9-Did you do a "dreampee"? If so, for how long? N/A
10-Any tips for potty training parents? I know a lot of people wait until the child is much older and are successful, but seeing now what a strong willed child my daughter turned out to be, I am SO GLAD I did it before she become obstinate! It seems like it would be impossible right now given her personality at 27mo. So for parents who think they might have a strong willed child on their hands, it might be worth it to potty train earlier, even if it takes a little longer.

Jacqueline said...

1-How old was your child when you started potty training that ended successfully?
Started potty training right before 2nd birthday. Fully "pee trained" within a couple weeks, fully "poop trained" at 2.5 (but rarely had poop accidents...just waited for pullup at nap/bedtime).

2-Did your child have a hard time learning to pee in the potty?
No, but I had a game plan (a potty training bootcamp of sorts), and I think that made a big difference.

3-Did your child have a hard time learning to poop in the potty?
Yes - he would wait and "save it" until we put on his pullup at nap/bedtime. I think he was fearful of it, but we turned the corner at 2.5 and haven't looked back.

4-Did you ever use pull ups? If so, when?
Yes, as soon as we started potty training (not before), and only for nap/bedtime. We called them his "night night underwear."

5-How long did it take your child to stay clean and dry in underwear relatively consistently?
Just a few weeks.

6-How did you have your child dressed from the waist down during potty training? (i.e. bare-bum, underwear only, fully dressed, pull-up...)
Started out with underwear and then switched to bare-bottom until he got the hang of it.

7-How long after starting potty training could your child take a nap in underwear?
A few months.

8-How long after starting potty training could your child sleep at night in underwear?
He is currently 2.5 and we still use a pullup overnight. He could probably do underwear now since he always wakes up clean/dry, but we have a newborn. So, we're waiting to cross that bridge after his little brother starts extending nighttime sleep.

9-Did you do a "dreampee"? If so, for how long?
Yes, we are still doing at 2.5.

10-Any tips for potty training parents?
Have a game plan. Search for potty training bootcamp posts on Pinterest. I pulled the parts I liked best from a few different ones to devise our plan.

Alicia said...

1- 28 months old.
2- no.
3- Yes. She refused to poop on the potty till she was 32 months old.
4- Yes. Can't remember when we started, but she uses them for bed.
5- Almost immediately.
6- When she started with pee she was naked. With poop she was fully clothed and in panties.
7- A month after pooping on the potty.
8- Still can't.
9- Haven't tried.
10- As cliché as it is, wait till they are ready.

Janice Schmidt said...

1-How old was your child when you started potty training that ended successfully? 25 months
2-Did your child have a hard time learning to pee in the potty? No
3-Did your child have a hard time learning to poop in the potty? No
4-Did you ever use pull ups? If so, when? Never used
5-How long did it take your child to stay clean and dry in underwear relatively consistently? Did pants with no underwear for the first couple weeks, then added the underwear in. Could probably count the number of accidents on one, maybe two, hands that happened once any kind of clothes were added in.
6-How did you have your child dressed from the waist down during potty training? (i.e. bare-bum, underwear only, fully dressed, pull-up...) bare bum for 3 days, then pants or a dress with no underwear for 2-3 weeks I think, then underwear added back in.
7-How long after starting potty training could your child take a nap in underwear? 7 months
8-How long after starting potty training could your child sleep at night in underwear? 7.5 months
9-Did you do a "dreampee"? If so, for how long? No, but DD wakes up in the night and calls to go pee most nights.
10-Any tips for potty training parents? For naps and night it worked for us to just wait until her diaper stayed dry for a period of a couple weeks and then stop using the diaper. That happened younger than I expected, in our case 32 months. I found that the Oh Crap Potty Training method worked extremely well. I did bare bum for 2-3 days (no forced attempts; just rush them to nearby potty when they start to go until they go by themselves or tell you when they have to go), then pants/dress only on the bottom for a couple weeks and then undies. It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be!

Zephyr said...

1-How old was your child when you started potty training that ended successfully? 2yrs 5mo
2-Did your child have a hard time learning to pee in the potty? Not really, she was pretty easy once we committed.
3-Did your child have a hard time learning to poop in the potty? Actually easier than learning to pee
4-Did you ever use pull ups? If so, when? Only ever for naps
5-How long did it take your child to stay clean and dry in underwear relatively consistently? We went naked below waist for the first month or so, and even now if we're inside she's naked below the waist, but she was pretty good after a week (we still have very occasional accidents if we're having too much fun outside)
6-How did you have your child dressed from the waist down during potty training? (i.e. bare-bum, underwear only, fully dressed, pull-up...) Bare bum
7-How long after starting potty training could your child take a nap in underwear? Still not, but she wakes up dry from her nap (not overnight), so probably could take the plunge...
8-How long after starting potty training could your child sleep at night in underwear? N/A
9-Did you do a "dreampee"? If so, for how long? N/A
10-Any tips for potty training parents? Don't panic, it'll happen. Don't use pull-ups, they just confuse them. Bare bum made it so much easier for her to realise when she had an accident. It's worth committing to three days at home to really consolidate the potty for pee-pee

me said...

1-How old was your child when you started potty training that ended successfully? 14 months
2-Did your child have a hard time learning to pee in the potty? No
3-Did your child have a hard time learning to poop in the potty? No
4-Did you ever use pull ups? If so, when? No
5-How long did it take your child to stay clean and dry in underwear relatively consistently? 3-4 days
6-How did you have your child dressed from the waist down during potty training? (i.e. bare-bum, underwear only, fully dressed, pull-up...) Underwear (so she could feel the wetness, I think that works better than bare bum?) When we went out, I would put underwear with a diaper on top, so she could still feel wetness.
7-How long after starting potty training could your child take a nap in underwear? After about a month I realized she was always dry so I quit the diaper
8-How long after starting potty training could your child sleep at night in underwear? 3 months, at 17 months. If I would put her on the potty immediately upon waking up.
9-Did you do a "dreampee"? If so, for how long? Yes, a year
10-Any tips for potty training parents? I personally believe earlier is better. In Europe where I come from, early potty training is common; my mom trained her 7 kids before 18 months. My oldest was 14 months and we are currently working with our second. If you can get them trained before the 2-year-old stage comes along, you will save yourself trouble. It was so much easier than I thought. Here's what I did, I put her on the potty once a day or so from 6-9 months of age, just a couple minutes to get used to it. Every once in a while she'd be successful. At 14 months we went hardcore. I put her in underwear and I set a timer every 20 minutes. She would get 1 chocolate chip if she was successful. A couple days later we were done and she never looked back. Night training went by itself, she was in underwear at 17 months and she has only wet the bed 2 or 3 times since she was trained... she's 3 now. Another tip I have is to always use your "potty word" whenever you notice your baby is going potty in her diaper. I did this from birth on up and she started saying the word at 8 months. So helpful when they can tell you when they need to go. There is definitely no right or wrong way to go about potty training, but this is my perspective...

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