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  1. I just read this out of interest, as I have a happy, potty trained son. I wish more people knew about EC, or infant potty training. It too is a process, but there is no shame or pressure. We began slowly at 12 weeks, and since 4 months there have been a very limited number of poopy diapers. We used cloth diapers throughout, and he began wearing underwear part time at a year. At 15 months we went to underwear full time. He wears a diaper at night still, at 19 months, as he still nurses throughout, so he is dry 3-4 mornings a week at this point. I know it’ll come on its own. I can’t express how great the process was, for all of us. Perhaps some of the techniques and philosophy can be applied to late starters – I highly recommend researching for future kids at least.

  2. It sounds like you started way too early, 16 months?!?!? no wonder it took 10 months+. If you started when she was ready it probably would have took only a week or so. Even “a couple of months” is quite long time for potty training.

    I really don’t understand why you’ve just accepted “oh, its a long process” rather than emphasising start at a correct time for your child. You would have been at the same result at the same time, but getting there would have been a whole lot easier.

    Toilet training does not have to be a difficult and long winded thing at all, I think a lot of people overcomplicate!

  3. Buy potty training pants!!!! SERIOUSLY wish someone had told me that BEFORE we spent 6 months in pullups!!! 2 weeks in cloth training pants- we loved the Blueberry brand and our son was potty trained…granted he was already “mostly” there!! But it made ALL the difference in the world….1 month later and we are still accident free!! Thank you God!! I can only handle ONE baby in diapers!!!

  4. Watch them like a hawk or you’ll end up cleaning the bathroom, rugs and child more times in one day…

    I helped potty train my niece who got it by the time she was 15 months! Now I am potty training (fighting) my son and he is 3 years old and as tall as a 5 year old! Now imagine your kid yells in the middle of a prayer at an extended family gathering that he has poo’ed in the diaper. He won’t be attending any until we’re out of diapers and pull-ups.

    (This too shall pass…)

  5. Don’t underestimate the power of peer pressure – if your child’s friends are out of diapers, they will want to be too. If you are going first, find a friend who’s child is also ready and team up. Also, outdoor naked time is awesome. If the weather is nice, let them go bottomless. The mess is reduced and it helps the child “sense” what’s going on. I agree with the long-term view…it WILL take! Then you can look forward to seeing every bathroom in every place you ever go!

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