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Old 02-26-2008, 11:13 AM   #21
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Re: " no two year old should be wearing a diaper"

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Frankly, it's easier to have two in diapers than to have a new-to-the-potty toddler you have to run to the bathroom every little bit when you have a newborn at home! He'll learn to potty when he's ready and not another minute before that. No need to add stress when you've got a new one coming. Two used to be the magic age when babies were potty trained. I say the moms were trained, not the babies. Now it's much more common for it to be closer to three.
Amen to that! It is a lot of work in those early months out of diapers when they have to go NOW! Regardless of where you are or what you are doing.

I only had 2 in diapers for a year, but it wasn't really that bad. A toddler doesn't need to be changed as much as a newborn. It's was not that big of a deal to me.

My boys potty trained between 2 1/2 and 3 years without any major problems. My DD is very strong willed and refused to use the potty until she was a few months over 3 years old, even though she was capable. She was just unwilling. She went from diapers to underwear overnight when she decided she wanted to.

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Old 02-26-2008, 01:06 PM   #22
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Re: " no two year old should be wearing a diaper"

I will revert to the all knowing Dr Phil. Maybe she will believe him.

The AAP says don't potty train before 2.

"You can potty train a child at 2 and be done by 3, or you can potty train a child at 3 and be done by 3. "

Here is "his" method. It was a show a couple years ago. http://www.drphil.com/articles/article/264/

While I don't know what DD will do, we are letting her tell us when she's ready to potty.
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:37 PM   #23
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Re: " no two year old should be wearing a diaper"

"No (insert grandma's age here) year old should be scolding a small child for being perfectly normal." Nobody asked her for her opinion.

I've gotten a few comments too, as we have a baby due in June, and DD (27 months) isn't one bit interested in the potty. I can't see where it's any easier on me to escort a toddler to the bathroom continually versus changing dipes. She still wakes up soaked, so I'd still be doing diaper laundry either way. Since she can't be expected to hold it for an hour and a half when we drive to town in the dead of winter (so pulling over really isn't such a great option), I'd still have to wash at least 2 "car" dipes each week. Odds are good that if we did try to force the issue, she'd be right back in dipes when the new baby arrives anyhow, so really, what's the point? Why put a bunch of pressure on myself and DD because her wearing dipes bothers someone who's opinion doesn't even matter?
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:49 PM   #24
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Re: " no two year old should be wearing a diaper"

we pl'd at 18 mos. more of an ec thing. I can't imagine having a 2yo in dipes personally, but we also didn't do it with beatings and yelling as a pp mentioned. Neither did my parents or baby's great grandparents who mentioned that "Kids came out of dipes at a year and sometimes they just had accidentss." But, medically if they're holding it overnight, you can PL them as their bladder is developped enough.

Of course, grandma's behavior in the OP is just over-the-top. I usually just change the subject when my IL's do stuff of that nature.

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Old 02-26-2008, 04:02 PM   #25
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I agree with pp's - a training or newly trained toddler is so much more work than a diapered toddler. I'd take a diapered toddler and newborn over a neborn and freshly pl'd toddler any day. Over the summer, I tried to pl dd. It did not go well - the day I admitted defeat and put her back in diapers was such a relief. No more sitting on the potty every 20 minutes...no more sad little girl if she had an accident...no more stressed out dd geting mad and upset... DD decided in september that she wanted to pl, and did it entirely (except for nights) in a month - two weeks to be fully pee trained, then another for poop, and it was all on her own schedule and her own idea - I just supplied the m&m's (after she started pl'ing spontaneously one day at the sitters when another kid was going the m&m route. guess she'll do about anything for chocolate).

Tell your grandmother to find someone her own size to pick on - pl'ing is so much easier, faster, and pleasanter to do when they're ready and it's their idea.
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Amen to that! It is a lot of work in those early months out of diapers when they have to go NOW! Regardless of where you are or what you are doing.

I only had 2 in diapers for a year, but it wasn't really that bad. A toddler doesn't need to be changed as much as a newborn. It's was not that big of a deal to me.

My boys potty trained between 2 1/2 and 3 years without any major problems. My DD is very strong willed and refused to use the potty until she was a few months over 3 years old, even though she was capable. She was just unwilling. She went from diapers to underwear overnight when she decided she wanted to.
That sounds like my DD1!! She is very strong willed, and even though she is very capable of using the potty she just flat-out refuses!! She just turned 3 in January. Thankfully, she is starting to be consistent about pooping in the potty.....she just had to decide that she wanted to.
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Re: " no two year old should be wearing a diaper"

DS#1 was almost four by the time he figured it out and wanted to train.

DS#2 was two - brother was training, so he wanted to do it, too, so I got a two-fer-one.

Don't let anyone tell you that you have to go by age numbers, because it's different for everyone. Just do what's best for that child and let people think what they're going to think.



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i didn't read all the responses...my dd is 27 months and really has no interest in PLing...she did for a few months but backed off so i just said whatever. when the twins get here i will have 4 kids in diapers and yes it will be rough but it is doable. i think kids do better when you let them decide when they are ready...i am not pushing dd because of that fact - she will go on the potty when she is ready. dh gets so mad at her for going in a diaper and it makes me so mad because really she is still a baby kwim? they grow up so fast - let them be little for awhile!
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Just remember something. It was so easy for our grandmothers to have everyone potty trained so early because they never went anywhere and were always home. I always try to find the upside to things!
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Old 02-26-2008, 10:44 PM   #30
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I introduced the potty to dd at 18 months. For the next six months she occasionally asked to sit on it, talked about it all the time, and accidentally went in it three times, lol. She's 25 months old now and she tells me she wants to sit on it a few times a day but she never actually does anything in it. I'm just going to continue doing what we're doing until she starts going in it. I don't want to push it on her and make her think it's a bad thing. I don't really mind having two in diapers either (ds was born when she was 20 months). I just line them up and change them both at the same time.
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