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Old Mar 3rd, 2014, 08:56 AM   1
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A potty milestone (Update and question post 9)


Violet has phases of potty use, but lately it's just been a couple times a day. It mostly happens when she wakes up or when she comes to me while I'm using the toilet in the morning, however...

Violet has been saying "pie" and I had no idea why. It was clearly a word to her, but I had no idea what it meant. This morning, I was trying to figure out what she meant by it and realized it had the same beginning and ending sounds as "potty." I put her on the potty and she pooped! She has never used language to tell me she has to use the potty. This is a first!



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2014, 11:53 AM   2
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Great work little one! So exciting! I can hardly wait for this moment with my little dude



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2014, 00:23 AM   3
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Well she might have said it and it was great to get the poop in the potty, but the rest of the day really was just as it usually is. My husband is the one to stay home with her and I asked him if he reinforced the word "potty" with her. He said "no." I'll try to encourage him to do so. This evening, however, she did say it with me. She resisted when I brought her to the bathroom, so I didn't put her on the potty, but she did have a wet diaper shortly after that. I feel like it's a good sign. It seems that when people use the method that I've been using, 18 months is about average for potty learning completion. Some complete it as young as 12 months while others are as late as 2 and a half. Violet is 16 months, so she's approaching that 18 month mark and while I don't know that she'll be done with diapers by then, I feel like she's on the right track toward it. I think when it happens, it will be sudden. This is certainly not a linear process.



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2014, 11:29 AM   4
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What method are you using? I have been looking into the 3 day training method which has worked perfectly for many of my friends, my son doesnt say much right now and he doesnt seem to really know what im saying when I talk to him about his dirty bum lol so I dont think we are quite ready for this step but am interested in the different methods to look into.



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2014, 15:19 PM   5
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My LO tells me about half the time before e poos that he needs to poo. He says 'poo'. So I put him on the toilet and he poos in it. It's great! He doesn't seem aware yet that he has to pee before he does, so we are a long way from being toilet trained, but I'm so happy we are getting some poo in the toilet!

Go violet! Sounds like she's doing great.



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2014, 22:30 PM   6
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What method are you using? I have been looking into the 3 day training method which has worked perfectly for many of my friends, my son doesnt say much right now and he doesnt seem to really know what im saying when I talk to him about his dirty bum lol so I dont think we are quite ready for this step but am interested in the different methods to look into.
Well, we used EC. At this point, EC and regular potty training kind of blur together...



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2014, 11:22 AM   7
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She is continuing to say "potty" on occasion. Today I decided to have a diaper-free day with the exception of going out in public and nap time. This morning, she was a bit tired and I wanted to get some stuff done, so I threw her in the carrier on my back and got to work. She was content back there but then wanted to get down after a while. I took her out and then she said "potty." I took her to the potty which happened to have a book near it. I have never attempted to make potty time into book time. However, once I had her seated on the potty, she asked me to read her a book. I did and I could tell she was peeing. When she was done peeing, I asked her if she wanted to get up, but she didn't want to. She wanted me to keep reading. I did and then I could tell she was pooping. So our diaper-free day is going well so far! It's 9:21 AM and I'm thinking I will need to put a diaper on her soon and get her to nap. I'm going to give her lunch and take her to the library when she wakes up. We'll see how it goes after that!

Edit: Oh, I forgot to mention that this was the second "elimination" of the day after getting out of bed. The other one was a pee on the toilet.



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2014, 21:14 PM   8
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She was diaper free from the time she got up around 7 o'clock until about 7 o'clock at night, with the exception of nap-time. We had 3 pees in the potty, one of which was accompanied by a poop, a nap-time diaper-pee, and an accident. Not bad for a 16 month old.



 
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Old Mar 10th, 2014, 22:05 PM   9
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So this past weekend I took Violet's diaper off for the majority of the day. She did wear one for nap-time and when out in pubic as well as for night time. On the first day, she peed mostly in the potty or toilet. She did pee in her diaper at her nap and had one accident in the evening. I don't remember how much she used the potty at night, but she used it for her morning pee at least. I think it was for half (or maybe a little less) of the night time pees. Then on Sunday, she used the potty several times as well. She stayed dry during her nap and peed in her diaper while we were out and about. She also had an accident in the evening without a diaper. Today I worked,but my husband is a stay at home dad. He said that she used the potty all day with the exception of her nap time pee. When I was with them in the evening, Violet also peed in her diaper while we were at the beach.

She has been communicating about her potty needs in a variety of ways including gestures, words ("potty"), and body language. It seems that in the morning she is very communicative and it's hit and miss with nap-time pees. In the evening, she is more prone to accidents, and at night, she is beginning to go through fewer diapers.

I guess I know that because of the nature of potty training and because Violet is only 16 months old, there's no telling where we actually are in our potty progress. I know that the average age for the potty learning method I use is about 18 months, but potty learning is so non-linear, that there's no telling where she is in the process, but given all the gains she's made in both her willingness to use the potty and her communication skills, it feels possible that we will be able to move away from diapers soon. What do you think?

Edit: Oh, and on all three days mentioned, she pooped in the potty as well.



 
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