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Potty Training Update

Posted Jan 27 2010 12:00am

The potty situation here at the Mossoff house is a bit more under control.  Now, Sammy has what I would call accidents, as opposed to simply refusing to use the potty.  She no longer poops in her pants several times a day, but only once every other day or so. 

Until now, though, she’d been holding out for the naptime diaper a lot of the time, so that even when she didn’t have an accident, she also didn’t use the potty.  Sometimes she could go through the whole day without even peeing in the potty at home (although I’m pretty sure she went at school).  That naptime diaper was a crutch.

However, over the weekend she achieved a milestone:  she took her nap without a diaper for the first time.  This is a thrilling development!   She’s been able to fall asleep in the car without accidents for a while, so I knew she could physically do it.  I was just waiting for a good opportunity.  We had a confluence of good circumstances on Sunday:  her big-girl mattress was being delivered that afternoon, and I had previously told her that as soon as it arrived, we’d try naps without diapers.  (We couldn’t coordinate moving her to her new room with the arrival of the new mattress, so she’s been in the new room on an air mattress for a week or so.)  Even though the new mattress hadn’t arrived yet, she pooped and peed on the potty right before nap and she was in a great mood and not being particularly anti-mommy, so I siezed the opportunity.  I didn’t make a big deal out of it, but told her that since she had used the potty, that she could wear underwear for her nap, and that if she needed to use the bathroom she was free to come out of her room and go anytime she needed to.

Directly after leaving her room, I heard her get up and use the potty and go right back in and go to sleep.  I’m quite certain that she loved this new privilege!  She was dry when she woke up, and very proud of it.

I know we’re in for a lot of dirty sheets, but from now on, there will be no more diapers at nap time in this house.  Yea!

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