Any Ideas??

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Registered: 02-03-2009
Any Ideas??
Fri, 09-04-2009 - 11:09am

Hello! My daughter is 3 and if she does not have pants on she goes poopie and pee-pee in the potty about 95% of the time. She knows when she has to go and will go. However, if she is wearing underwear she will just pee in them and then let me know. I switched from pull-ups to underwear all the time (except at nap and bedtime) last week because I think the pull-ups hindered toilet training. If she is wearing a pull-up she won't even try to go on the potty. Any ideas on how to get her to go when she is wearing her underwear and clothes? On saturday she had two accidents in Target (and one was when we were actually in the stall and I was getting toilet paper - she didn't tell me she had to go we were just going to try) and on Monday she had an accident in the supermarket (about 10 minutes after we had tried on the potty). Any ideas at all would be helpful. I know that she knows when she feels she has to go because she does it at home consistently (and has for awhile). Thanks!


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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: jas1124
Fri, 09-04-2009 - 3:26pm

Hello Jenn.

It looks like she knows what she is doing,just a bit off on the timing.

as she is still wearing diapers/pull-ups at night and nap,she is used to just going in them,you are quite right about the pull-ups hindering the training,they are really nothing but expensive diapers and have always been used by her for going potty from birth.

Do you have any plastic panties for her? if not,you might want to invest in a few pair,these will help keep the moisture against her so she will feel when she is going and how uncomfortable it is.

Just give her a gentle reminder every now and then that she can stop wearing the plastic panties when she stops having accidents.

Almost forgot,the plastic panties go over her regular panties for now.

I hope this helps.

Many Blessings.


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Registered: 09-22-2005
In reply to: jas1124
Sun, 09-06-2009 - 6:20pm

I second Mac. For us, pull-ups just encouraged inconsistency and prolonged the process. It was rough for a few days, moving to undies with vinyl pants over them, but the kids "got it" faster as they recognized the signs and were more uncomfortable when wet.

I use these pants... maybe they will help you:

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Registered: 05-18-2006
In reply to: jas1124
Tue, 09-15-2009 - 10:35am

Hi there Jenn!