holding it for really long time

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Registered: 05-24-1999
holding it for really long time
Sat, 06-05-2010 - 8:35am

Hi I started toilet learning with my 2.5 yr old on Wednesday. We have been doing the "naked bottom" technique, where she bare bottomed at home. She can control her bladder b/c she holds it when she doesn't have pants on. She will hold it for 3-4 hours. She did well at home with no pants. I put underwear on her to go out and she was dry all morning (8am-noon).

We came home she tinkled a small amount in the potty. I cheered wiped her pulled her pants up, went to make lunch. No more than 30 seconds later she was behind me saying, "wet pants", her pants were soaked. I hadn't taken them off when she went b/c she had her shoes on and I didn't want to bother taking everything off, I just wanted to get on with making lunch as it was late.

So, this same thing happened the previous day. So she voids a little bit but not the whole bladder. It's like she waiting for diapers to be put on her (she wears them at nap and bed).

Is this a normal step in the process? I don't remember this with my older girls. One of them caught on quickly, the other, well it took a while.

Cathie mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs, Libby 2 yrs
Cathie, mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs, Libby 2 yrs
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Registered: 04-09-2003
Sun, 06-06-2010 - 12:20am

if she isn't resisting sitting on the potty then maybe try reading to her or singing to her and keeping her on a few more minutes.



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Registered: 05-30-2008
Mon, 06-07-2010 - 11:24am
Hi, Cathie and welcome! It really does sound to me that you are on the right track, and that Libby knows what to do. I do agree with Elizabeth, that maybe some extra time on the potty will help. Songs, games, a book or magazine for her to look at will help occupy her time and give her bladder a chance to completely empty. If she is waking up from her naps dry, could you try not putting a diaper on her during that time? Then she couldn't be dependent on the diaper and will know that she really needs to use the potty. Keep us posted on her progress.