Diapers, both disposable and cloth, cost money. They both have an environmental impact as well. Even if you are using used cloth diapers, you still have to wash them. The earlier you potty train your kids, the more money and resources you save. With those facts in mind, I finally decided it was time to start potty training in earnest.
We’ve been casually doing “Infant Potty Training” from the beginning, so Frances is very family with her potty. The use of the potty has been directed by me from the beginning, which seems to be holding back her progress in being completely potty trained. If I don’t take off her diaper and put her on the potty every hour, she just pees in the diaper. She hasn’t figured out that she’s supposed to tell me before she goes so I can put her on the potty, but will usually tell me as she is peeing.
I saw someone on Facebook mention The Naked Method in reference to potty training, so I decided to try out our own version of the program. We didn’t set aside a three day period to dedicate to training or use any gimmicks. I just left Franci naked from the waist down whenever we were at home (and awake) and reminded her to pee in her potty every 15 minutes.
The first week she had a couple of accidents, but most days she used the potty as intended. Now that it’s routine, I don’t have to remind her very often and she is going longer stretches and taking bigger pees. She still tells me after she’s done, so I can empty the potty into the toilet. She loves to flush it and watch the water swirl around.
Now that she’s had a week of no accidents, I tried to introduce underwear. The problem is that she can’t pull it off by herself. A few times a day I practice putting it on and off with her, but she still doesn’t get it. She’s still not entirely stable on her feet, which may contribute to the challenge. Yesterday I left her underwear on to see what would happen, and she sat on the potty and peed right through them as if they weren’t there. Back to the drawing board!
It’s not a big deal to be naked at home, but she has to wear pants at daycare and when we leave the house. I’m not sure how to take this next step. I would love to hear your potty training stories and any suggestions you might have for us!