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Looking Forward To A Diaper-Free Existence…Someday

By Naomi Odes |

toilet paperWith many areas of  this whole child-rearing thing, I have not had it easy. My kids are terrible sleepers, both nursed like vampires every 15 minutes: Shnook until I cut him off at 19 months– when I was pregnant with Fuzz, and the Fuzz is still going strong, nursing umpteen times a day at his request. I didn’t have a baby who slept through the night without any work, I didn’t have a baby who self-weaned. I hear friends who say their kid “just became too distracted to nurse so she stopped!” and I cock my head like a confused puppy. Wha? How does that happen?

However, I consider myself lucky (so far) in the potty-training department. Shnook was pooping in the potty since he was two and completely out of diapers (daytime) at two and five months.  It was mostly my husband’s effort, with a lot of help from youtube, but really I guess he was ready and that’s all there was to it. He still has the occasional accident, and he still wears training pants at night, but that is 100% due to parental laziness/fear of pulling the plug. 5 out of 6  mornings, he wakes up and it’s dry. We swore we’d do it this summer, but then…never got around to it. By the way, I subscribe to the theory that pull-ups/training pants cause potty training delays. We skipped them altogether during the day.

So, when I read stories like Emily’s about potty training struggles, I feel a little guilty…until I think that probably, their kids slept through the night at twelve weeks. Then, I feel better.

My sympathies go out to you if your kid didn’t sleep AND you have potty training struggles.

I’m hoping Fuzz will be an easy trainer too, but only time will tell.

Like my own struggles with sleep, it’s good to be able to laugh about them, like in this post on Babble Voices by Samantha Bee and Allana Harkin. Give it a read, when you get a chance. You just might pee your own pants.

Photo Credit: Flickr/David Blackwell

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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Looking Forward To A Diaper-Free Existence…Someday

  1. Emily says:

    Nope, my kids are not great sleepers, they sometimes still don’t sleep through the night, and they’re almost 4 and 2! :) It’s okay, I did have very easy going babies who were happy and content (not crying or colicky) almost all of the time. Every mom deserves a break in one area of parenting! Glad yours is in the potty training department!

  2. Danielle says:

    We had potty training challenges with my older daughter, and I am convinced that we would have had more success if we 1) started when she was younger than 2, and 2) did not give her pull-ups. It was a huge battle to get rid of the pull-ups, she was so attached to them. I remember one day shortly after her 3rd birthday, we did the “cold turkey” method of taking them away, and she basically cried for two hours, refused to eat or get dressed, and we gave them back to her. She developed a complete dependency on them to provide her with security. She was peeing on the potty at school starting at 2.5 years old, but refused to poop on the potty until she was 3.5 years old. She had major control issues, and at one point did not poop for one week…we ended up having to give her a small dose of daily Miralax to keep her regular. Not fun at all. With Abby, I am planning to do the 3 day diaper free in the house method sometime before her 2nd birthday. If it doesn’t work, we’ll deal with it, but I don’t want to repeat the drama that our oldest went through. On the other hand, she was also very attached to her pacifier, and was sleeping for 11 hours straight by 9 months old, which is something that Abby is not doing with any regularity yet, so we’ll see.

  3. Naomi says:

    @Emily, oh that stinks! BTW, my three year old would still wake up multiple times a night if he didn’t cosleep. He likes a warm body near him!

    @Danielle- we definitely did diaper free around the house, but Shnook wanted to wear underpants. I don’t know why, but we tried to encourage naked time last summer in Vermont (it seemed crunchy and all) but he was SO not down with it. He still was into going on the potty, though.

    Also, we have friends who encouraged their kid to pee outside all the time, now whenever he comes over, he runs into the backyard, drops his pants and pees.

  4. rebecca says:

    Surprisingly, Pull Ups work great for us and my son potty trained in 2 weeks. (daytime, that is!) I like using them when we go out, so that we don’t have to worry about accidents out of the house. He gets that they aren’t a diaper and doesn’t want to “go” in them, but feels OK if he has an accident.

  5. Naomi says:

    @Rebecca-glad to hear pull-ups worked for you! It seems logical but my kid just thought it was a diaper, and that it’s “ok” to go in there. So it wasn’t moving us forward.

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