To be or not to be

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Registered: 01-14-2008
To be or not to be
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Sun, 08-09-2009 - 2:14pm

I have a 21 month old daughter who started to show interest in potty training almost a month ago.

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Registered: 06-25-2005
In reply to: swk4u
Tue, 08-11-2009 - 7:34pm

Grrr. I just typed a response that disappeared. I'll try again.

First off, it sounds like your dd is actually doing pretty good with the potty training.

You may want to switch from pull-ups to training underpants with plastic/vinyl covers full-time. Pull-ups keep the moisture away from the skin which is good for infants, but you want potty-training toddlers to KEEP the moisture against their skin to help them learn cause-effect of wetting and to help them be uncomfortable to motivate them to stay dry. Switching back and forth between pull-ups and underpants may also be confusing since your dd may forget whether she's wearing the kind of pants that can be peed in or not.

Since your dd is doing so well with potty training at daycare, you may want to ask whether they'll let your dd stay in underpants as long as she keeps the plastic/vinyl covers on (like the covers for cloth diapers) to reduce messes.

As far as poop goes, it really IS easier for most people to poop while standing up or while bracing their feet against the floor. You may want to see if you can find a taller potty chair or elevate your current potty chair if you can keep it stable. Another option is to have your dd squat over the big toilet while standing on a stool.

If the reason your dd needs to stand while pooping is 'cus her poop is too solid/hard, you might consider giving her a daily dose of a stool softener type laxative while poop potty training to make it easier for her to potty train. Some good products are Miralax, Benefiber, Milk of Magnesia, Fiber Choice (with inulin) and mineral oil.

BEst wishes.

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Registered: 01-14-2008
In reply to: swk4u
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 8:26pm

Thank you so much for your suggestions!!