Am I doing this right?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Am I doing this right?
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Sun, 07-12-2009 - 5:38pm

As far as potty training... we've done the boot camp method with a few tweaks here and there. It's day 5 I think and I feel like it's going really well. They have NOT got pooping in the potty chairs down yet (except maybe Sophie). So I don't really know how to get past that part, but that's not my main question (though if you had some advice, great)!

I don't set a timer or anything, but I do say "ok, everyone to the bathroom!" every so often. Sam and Sophie ALWAYS pee when we do this. I do it maybe every hour or so? Maybe a little longer. I for sure do it if we are going to go somewhere or outside to play, and then when we come back, and after eating.

So my question is, will this discourage them from telling me when they need to go? They have told me a few times, but usually it's just me telling them to go.

Is feeling the need to go something that usually comes right along once they're really comfortable going in the potty chairs? Or should I expect to have to keep telling them to go for a while yet?

OH! And another question. We like our sleep! I know I know, we're so weird, right?! :wink: Well the kids have always been such good sleepers - going down around 7:30 and getting up around 8. And when they wake at 8 we usually let them play and talk in their cribs (w/ crib tents) while we get a leisurely wake up. but now I feel like the second I hear them, I need to go in there and get them out so they can potty. (They've been waking up dry so I'm sure they need to go by this time).

PT Boot Camp says to get them up like 2 hours after they go to bed and have them try and we have been doing this and they've never gone at this hour. Would it be a horrible habit to get into to get them up at more like 4 or 5am, when they're more likely to have to go, but still likely to go back to sleep, so that when they wake again at 8 we can still be leisurely about getting up? Ok after typing that I realize how lazy that sounds, but I'm still asking! :lol:

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 12:40am

Hello lgliser.


how old are they?


Have you tried the naked method?


Initiating is the last step in the training process,this takes time.


Are you using disposable diapers/pull-ups or cloth diapers/training pants?


Please answer these questions and I will let you know which method may be the best help.


Many Blessings.


mac

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 3:16pm

Hi!
They are 2 years and 9 months.

We have not tried the naked method. We just use regular cloth underwear that they picked out. No pullups or anything like that.

I'd appreciate any help!
L

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 6:18pm

Thank you for the return answers.


I would start with the naked method,let them run around the house naked for a few hours each morning,or when you find it more convenient to watch them,try and mark down the intervals when they need to go.


once you get an idea of timing,set the kitchen timer for around that time and let them know,that when it goes off,they are to go to the bathroom and at least try to potty,about 5 minutes is normally enough time,if they do not deposit in that time,reset the timer for 1/2 the time and try again.


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 07-17-2009 - 10:24pm

I so appreciate your advice!

Do you think that the method that you suggest about putting plastic undies on over soiled undies would work best for poop? As it's been a few days since my original post, I feel like this is our biggest hurdle right now.

My son actually held it in for 3 days until finally he just unloaded in his underwear. He didn't seem disgusted or anything. He didn't even come and tell me. I had to smell it on him and ask him about it.
Thanks again!
L

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Registered: 02-12-2007
Sat, 07-18-2009 - 4:21am

I think the idea was to change them and then put the plastic ones on over the fresh panties that way if they had another accident they could feel it better.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 07-18-2009 - 2:57pm

You are completely right Patti and Joe,the plastic panties are for over the new panties and should be changed within 5 to 10 minutes after use if possible.


As for the pooping,yes fibre or a light child's laxative to help them from withholding.


Many Blessings.


mac