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05/05/2011 at 11:15
08/05/2011 at 21:02
09/05/2011 at 00:17
Forget the red book - I haven't seen a health visitor since my girls were about 8 weeks unless I went to them!
If you think your daughter is not ready yet then she most likely is not ready yet - as you said, you are the one with her all day every day and so are in the best position to know! Try not to get stressed out about it as she will pick up on it and in my experience the days I'm stressed are the days they have accidents.
My middle daughter is 3 1/2 and potty trained at 22mths, she only stopped having accidents regularly a couple of months ago. My eldest practically potty trained herself at 19mths and hardly had accidents at all, my youngest is currently 19mths and showing absolutely no signs of being ready.
I used the gina ford book, potty training in 1 week (actually takes much longer for the preparation) and found it very useful for helping me to know when they are ready and it talks you through it and any problems.
Once I started potty training I did not use pull ups or nappies unless they were sleeping as they do seem to confuse them, I did try ones with a stay wet layer with them so they could feel they were wet and its not nice without the mess for a couple of weeks before starting to potty train, I think they were by pampers. I also avoided all skirts and dresses as they forget to pull them up and wee on the back, leggings or shorts with elastic waists have been easiest for mine and easiest to keep as spares in your bag too but they need to be a bit big on them so they can get them pulled down quick.
I have a travel potette that goes everywhere with us just in case and have a policy of we have to go to every toilet we see at the moment because one of them always manages to need a wee when there is no toilet nearby. I also still have to occasionally remind my 3yr old to go if she is engrossed in playing to avoid accidents as she will try to have a long conversation about needing to go whilst dancing around otherwise.
Once it all clicks into place and she is physically ready to stay dry its a matter of days and all this will seem a world away! Hope it works out for you!
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