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Old 01-02-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Is my kid potty trained now?

Two weeks ago we went cold-turkey from diapers to underwear with DS. At first we set a timer and made him go potty every hour, then increased the time to every 90 minutes. He only had a few accidents that week. Last week he started telling me when he had to go, yay! No accidents since then. We just got back from an 800 mile, 5 day trip with no diapers and no accidents. He goes 10-12 hours overnight in underwear. The last time I asked if he wanted a diaper for bedtime he acted like I was trying to cut his leg off.

So, is he potty trained now? Should I expect setbacks? Is it safe to put his diapers in storage, or should I keep them out for awhile? Sorry for the silly questions, but he's my first so I don't know what I'm doing.

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Old 01-02-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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I would consider this potty trained. (newly potty trained)

I'd put most of the diapers in storage. But, keep a few out just in case he gets sick. He'll still have accidents if he hurts himself, or gets way too busy to stop.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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I'd keep some prefolds around to clean up accidents with, and like pp said maybe some for a rough day. My 4 year old daughter has been potty trained for a long time but we still have didn't-make-it-in-time accidents every so often. And we still have to remind her to thoroughly wipe after #2 and to flush solid waste. So imo potty training extends well beyond getting rid of the diapers if you know what I mean.

Even so, congrats! It's a nice milestone.
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I would consider him potty trained and put the diapers away. But expect setbacks and accidents for the next couple years. Every once in awhile my 5 yr old will just have a rough day and still have accidents. They are getting rarer and rarer but they still happen. My 8 yr old was close to 6 before all accidents finally stopped - they were rare but sometimes she'd have a rough day.

In my experience though once they are telling you they need to go the accidents truly are accidents and not frequent enough to need diapers again. They get wrapped up in what they are doing and don't go running for the bathroom until its just too late. They hate it and do their best to not let it happen again.
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Yup, newly and successfully potty trained. Congratulations! Your son made it sound easy. He must have great control.

It's been about 2 months since DD fully potty trained and I just put all of DD's diapers away. Expect a setback or two with an illness, change in routines, or something really exciting like Christmas happens. DD wet the bed during her nap on Christmas day. She's rarely even wet her diapers during a nap, so it was a rare occurrence.

I'm not sure if keeping diapers out for use is worthwhile. DD's setbacks have been individual events and not a series of accidents. It wouldn't have made sense to slap diapers back on her. If anything, she's learned from her accidents that she needs to go pee before naps and bedtime like mommy asks and not resist.
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Re: Is my kid potty trained now?

Thanks! Definitely not expecting perfection from him, but I wasn't sure if he'd suddenly start to resist "unnerwear" and demand diapers again, or what, when the novelty wears off. I'm feeling cautiously optimistic about the whole thing, though.

Thanks, danner, it IS a nice milestone!

ETA - I have a 14 month old who is still in diapers, so there are plenty around if needed. But we had a "goodbye, diapers!" party where we packed up all of the ones that my son specifically identified as his.

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But we had a "goodbye, diapers!" party where we packed up all of the ones that my son specifically identified as his.
So cute! Congrats!
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