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Monday, February 9, 2009

Potty Training - Fine when Naked, Accidents in Underwear: A Solution

Question:

I started the potty training process with my daughter about 3 months ago at 22 months old. It didn't take her long to catch on.

It was late July at the time so I tried to start her off bare butt. She now recognizes every time when she needs to pee and poop and will go to either the big potty or her potty chair all on her own...BUT ONLY WHEN SHE'S NAKED!!!! Yes, my plan backfired on me. If I put panties on her (we're not even talking about pants too) she will go as if she were still wearing a diaper. It doesn't matter how many accidents she has.

I don't think she likes telling me that she has to go potty. She's very independent and likes to do everything on her own and if she's wearing panties she hides and just goes potty in them. I've tried everything from bribery to taking away privileges or toys. Poop is the worst though. She can sometimes remember to tell me when she needs to go pee but she will never tell me with poop. If she has to take anything off, she'll hide and go in whatever she's wearing. If you have any advice I am open to just about anything!

Answer:

You are really at a 'naked' standstill. I think your instinct about her independence is dead-on.

Since it has lasted for months, it might take a creative option. Try this for a few days and let me know how it goes.

Take a pair of panties that you are willing to 'sacrifice'. Then cut out the crotch. Make a BIG deal of presenting them to her. "Wow! Look at this special present! These are special pee-pee panties" You can wear panties that are so special that you don't even have to pull them down to pee.!" (And so on and so forth.) This way she can still use the potty, while 'wearing' panties, and without your help!

If this goes well, we'll talk about how to wean her back into "non-crotchless" panties!!! The first step is a baby one....just to get her to use the potty while doing something besides being naked.

Also, I would have "pantie practice sessions".....for a couple minutes per day, put some on and practice pulling them up/down/up/down. Then take them off. It's just to give her some practice doing it herself.

For some kids, "baby steps" is the magic solution. Go slow, GRADUALLY wean her into panties, and in no time she'll be right on Track.


Post by Suzanne Riffel, author of "The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers" - a new, fast, easy toilet training method that produces remarkable results.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about a knee-length skirt? It would look 'decent' to adults, but still leave the relevant bits in the breeze?

Anonymous said...

Since she wants to be so independent, why not find some very loose fitting panties (I found that bloomers meant to go over diapers worked well for my baby girl) so that she can pull them up and down by herself. Worked for us! I like the skirt idea as well - we always went for a dress with loose bloomers on underneath!

Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic blog... but did the crotchless panties work???

My son does the exact same thing as your little girl did. He's 100% potty trained, but only when naked. As soon as I put underwear on him, he pees/poops in them. And he's very independent, so when he pees or poops in his underwear, he gets embarassed and hides.

Any suggestions? What eventually worked?

Thanks,
Lisa in New Brunswick

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