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Well, we sent Charlotte in to day care in underwear today - no diaper.  I also sent in lots and lots and lots of changes of clothes, and made sure that she was wearing the plastic shoes.

Since we had the long weekend and all our projects were indoors, she spent all weekend in undies with the exception of dinner at vynehorn's and a picnic at another friend's house.  They both have carpet.  She took to it like a pig to... well, she took to it very well.  A few minor accidents, but nothing noteworthy.  I don't expect that today will go as well, because there are way more distractions at daycare than there are at home.  At day care though, someone else gets to clean up.  :-)

She's very excited.  I'm not exactly excited about doing a short load of laundry every day or two, but that'll be temporary.

Of course, now instead of traveling with a few extra diapers and diaper covers, I'm going to have to travel with half her wardrobe - and the days of going into the store and leaving the diaper bag in the car are OVER.

If she follows her previous pattern with walking and talking, we're pretty much done.  There's going to be a lot of fine tuning, but she clearly has the idea, which was really most of the battle.

Let's all think dry thoughts for Charlotte...


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Sep. 6th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
Awesome news! Good luck!
Sep. 6th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
My diapers are one step closer to a new existence as shop rags...
Sep. 6th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
You might be surprised. Zeph was very resistant to the idea (he's always been resistant to change). However, once his best friend called him "a baby still in diapers" it was done. He went into underwear that weekend and that was it. He had one accident a few weeks later at a birthday party, which I wrote off to the excitement, and that was it.
Sep. 6th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
She hasn't been resisted, just profoundly uninterested. I didn't see any need to push the matter - we're arguing about enough things without adding the bathroom to the list.

Judging by yesterday, I don't think we'll have many problems. I expect some issues today because there are so many distractions at day care, and I expect a few issues as she works up the control to hold her bladder - if we're at the store, say, but those will all smooth out.

I tend to not make a big deal out of these things to her, and therefore it isn't one. We DID make a point of telling her how happy it made us, and apparently that's a huge motivation.

I'm making a point that rewards are hugs, rather than food.
Sep. 6th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Social pressure will work faster than any promise or bribe or praise ever will. Believe me, sending her to daycare in underwear is the smartest thing possible. It might sound cruel, but one visible accident is going to show her ~quickly~ the social value of not wetting your pants.

It was hard for me with my Char because I worked at home so, no day care. We had several discussions about it (she was smart and into reasoning things out, just like your Charlotte) but only going out in public (I had a day care at the gym) really drove the lessons home.

Nighttime wetting is a different thing entirely. You might want to get some nighttime "pull-up" disposables, because they have a hard time learning how to wake themselves up for bathroom visits.
Sep. 7th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid I had a terrible time waking up at night to use the bathroom, so I'll have a fair amount of sympathy. We're putting her to bed in a cloth diaper still. It keeps the bedding dry, she knows that she's wet, and she hates it. She can also take them off by herself. One thing at a time.

She's VERY excited about "no diaper on my bum-bum," so we've got buy in.
Sep. 7th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
My Char had an awful time with bed-wetting too. She'd just fall asleep so deeply that she never woke up in time. :-/ It took a long time and a load of patience to work through that.

Pull-ups do help though because they come off like regular underwear. They make them now with a special lining designed to feel cold and uncomfortable when wet.
Sep. 7th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
My dad worked through it with a special sheet, a pair of alligator clips, and a siren that went off when liquid closed the circuit. Sometimes it sucks to be the daughter of an engineer.

For now I'm going to stick with the cloth diapers. The diaper covers close with velcro rather than pins these days, so she's very good at taking them off herself. Not so good at putting them back on...

The next thing I'm trying to teach her is that the tag always goes in the back. She keeps putting her undies on backwards.
Sep. 11th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
>>My dad worked through it with a special sheet, a pair of alligator clips, and a siren that went off when liquid closed the circuit. Sometimes it sucks to be the daughter of an engineer.

lmao -- I am so very glad I decided to peruse backwards to the posts that I missed. This image is wonderful.
Sep. 6th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
I was never potty trained. No, I'm not still wearing diapers.

My parents simply told me one day that diapers were no more and I had to use the toilet...and it was done. No accidents, nothing, it was just done.

Freakish. Actually most of the things I did as a baby were a bit freakish. Ha ha, come to think of it, my family still thinks I'm pretty peculiar.

I think the other two were normal, that's the only potty-training anecdote in the family. Maddie, well...she didn't really care if she wet her pants so she was still doing it at five, until she was in school. Then it gradually stopped, after she figured out how to lock the bathroom door at school properly. Before that she wouldn't use it and would just wet her pants instead. (Her father freaked her out about public bathrooms. Argh, I wish he'd keep his paranoias to himself and not burden babies with them. He's the one who made her so scared to ride the school bus, too.)
Sep. 7th, 2011 02:24 pm (UTC)
Given how grim most of the "advice" is, this was surprisingly easy. We put her in underwear, told her to use the potty, sat her on it every thirty minutes until she used it, and told her what a good girl she was. You could almost see the light go on - "THAT'S what they want!" A couple of incidents of minor leakage, and that was that.

Luckily, she HATES being wet or messy. Which is why I used cloth diapers. The new disposables are so good that they have no motivation.

I expect more of a battle about the thumb sucking, but I can see that it's already on it's way out. Again, I don't see any need to make a big deal about it.

I'm not sure who made her uptight about bugs - I'm pretty sure it wasn't me.
Sep. 11th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
Victoria was flipping out over bugs for a while -- and then her fish got big enough to eat them, and she was chasing them for dad to feed to the pet.
(No fish at the moment, sigh.)
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