I have been loosely trying to potty train E since she turned 18 months old. Actually, we first introduced the potty to her when she turned one and she has been sitting on it on and off since then. I figured it was a good place for her to rest while I was using the potty. At 18 months I tried to get more serious about helping her learn but something went awry. I actually think she scratched her back on it one day because after that she would cry if I sat her on it at all. I decided to take a break for a few weeks and then give it another shot.
She is almost 20 months now and I have started working on it more and more with her. She has been asking to watch her Baby Signs Potty Train DVD so I have been letting her watch that in place of her usual Signing Time DVD. She sits bare butt on her potty while watching the video in case she feels inspired! Just the other day she was inspired to poop on the rug next to her potty while watching her video. :) Then she came to get me in the kitchen so she could show me her masterpiece! I actually think she started to go on the potty, got scared, and tried to walk away mid movement. Oh well. it was actually an easy clean up.
I let her sit on the potty whenever she asks. Considering she is such an active kid, she is really good about sitting and reading her books. We usually sit for a little bit before nap time. This past weekend I started putting her on the potty when she first wakes up in the morning. She is almost guaranteed to pee when she wakes up so I know she will feel successful. We have been doing well with this so far so I am feeling encouraged too.
I am not really in a rush for her to be potty trained. I know her personality type usually trains a little later. She is really very busy and I can see her never wanting to stop to go potty. However, she has been letting me know more often when she is going in her diaper. She is also sticking her hands down the back of her diaper after she makes it dirty. I think she is trying to separate the uncomfortable diaper from her body which is a good sign. I know that if she isn't trained by the time baby arrives we may have to put it off for a few months so we are taking a stress free approach to the training.
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