Tuesday, February 28, 2012


There are big things happening in my world these days, friends. Big, big things.

BIG things, I say!


Brigid might finally be ready to give potty training another shot!

(Haaaaaa...remember when big things actually meant something that other people, outside of your house, might actually get excited about? Yeah, I don't...)

So, to recap (or maybe to just get it out there in the first place, because I don't remember if I've talked about this before or not): We tried potty training. Brigid freaked out and started holding everything in for hours and hours and hours at a time. We stopped potty training.

Well, recently, she's started asking to use the potty on her own. Most of the time, it happens at night, after we read some books and before I put her into her crib. She complains about her diaper, tells me she needs to go potty, then when I put her on the toilet, she goes. Exactly how it should be, right?

But it only happens at night. It's obvious now that she knows how this thing works, so how do I make it a daytime activity, as well, without scaring her into camel mode again?

I'm ready to be done with diapers. I NEED to be done with diapers. HOW DO I MAKE THIS HAPPEN?!?!?!?


  1. The ONLY thing that worked for us was to remove diapers completely. No more diapers, no more pull-ups. If she went in her panties, she got changed. And actually, since she knew how to hold it in, she didn't have accidents really.

    Although I realize holding it in isn't what you're going for. But my daughter was almost four by the time we finally got her potty trained. It was a LONG road and that was the only thing that worked. We tried SO many things.

  2. First, potty training BLOWS!
    I talked about it a ton and waited until Nate said he was ready and then we never tured back... So, for a full day, I set the timer for 15 minutes. Every 15 we went, I didn't make him campout just try. I think I gave him an m&m for every attempt.. after a few 15 min intervals with no accidents I'd up the timer, 20,30-45 etc. I think it took about 3 days and then he recognized when he had to go. He slept in a diaper for a while, I NEVER used pull-ups. Ever. After 2 weeks of dry morning diapers went to undies. Night time was the easiest part of the entire process, actually.

    He had a TON of accidents during the day for a few weeks. It's so hard and super frustrating but he was getting it, it just took a long time.
    My real advice? Buy some sham-wow's. wash them, use them, chuck them after it's all over. You'll save a load on papertowels.

  3. No pants! I just removed Elizabeth's pants completely and she got the idea pretty fast. She had no problem peeing in underpants, but didn't like to pee right down her leg. I gave her a treat when she went and she liked that. But basically, no pants.


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