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to think having a naked toddler is part of potty training

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biddysmama Wed 13-Jul-11 15:32:38

dds decided she wants to use the potty...... and not wear any clothes...

my mother was horrified when she came round uninvited grin

Angel786 Wed 13-Jul-11 15:33:41

No harm done as long as she is warm enough?

AuntiePickleBottom Wed 13-Jul-11 15:35:05

imo the best time of the year to potty train is in the summer, playing out the garden.....any accident then go on the grass smile

PuppyMonkey Wed 13-Jul-11 15:35:24

Mine always kept their clothes on. Keeping pants on helped teach them about feeling uncomfortable, so they wantid to do a wee in a potty instead.

cookcleanerchaufferetc Wed 13-Jul-11 15:35:31

That was a perk of potty training kids in summer ..... Naked so generally they would not get cold whilst peeing in the potty - or garden!

SortingHardHat Wed 13-Jul-11 15:40:35

IMO YABU but thats because I toilet trained mine without the need for them to be naked but I do appreciate it's not the same for everyone.

Tillyminto Wed 13-Jul-11 15:44:18

Some kids just love being in the buff for no reason. My son was at his happiest without a stitch on in the garden but a pair of wellies and a sunhat (plenty of photos for any future stag-party :-))

If it helps with the potty training, why not?

PaperView Wed 13-Jul-11 15:56:26

Well it has never been part of potty training any of mine but i completely understand.

fatlazymummy Wed 13-Jul-11 15:57:08

It's not really a part of potty training IMO, as it's quite possible to learn to do this while wearing clothes. However it's your house and your child, so it's up to you and not your Mum.

cantspel Wed 13-Jul-11 16:00:20

To me potty training includes learning to deal with underwear, pushing it down far enough so you dont pee down the back of your pants and then being able to pull them up again without leaving the skirt tucked in so no potty training doesn't involve being naked but each to their own.

DogsBestFriend Wed 13-Jul-11 16:02:11

I didn't have naked children running around nor did I potty train my DC, I taught them to use the loo instead, which for me was far more sensible, practical and less troublesome. Similarly you should do what suits you and take no notice of your mum's disapproving looks.

LadyThumb Wed 13-Jul-11 16:04:48

When younger I used to be a Mother's Helper at a very nice lady's house - and the call "LadyThumb, Ruthie's had a motion in the garden" will haunt me forever!! Cue me poo-picking with the special spade and bucket!

Having said that, I think it is fine to potty train naked - saves all the mess that might otherwise ensue!

Driftwood999 Wed 13-Jul-11 16:05:33

Peeing in the garden yuk What does that teach a child?

biddysmama Wed 13-Jul-11 16:07:35

shes only 27 months and i didnt think she was ready yet but she does so im just going with the flow so to speak grin

DogsBestFriend Wed 13-Jul-11 16:08:41

Driftwood, so you too have visions of DC cocking legs against pergolas and barking at the neighbours then? grin

I never did get that, "It's okay to pee in the garden" thing! (Then again, to be fair, I've never got the potty thing either, horrible, dirty and pointless things IMHO).

greenbananas Wed 13-Jul-11 16:09:56

Don't let anyone judge you! - do what you believe best for your child.

I agree with cantspel that children must learn to deal with underwear/clothes eventually, but I also think that having them run around half-naked in the summer is a really good idea, and saves a lot of hassle when they are learning to use the potty or loo.

Tillyminto, I bet your son looked lovely in just wellies and a sun hat grin

Whogivesa Wed 13-Jul-11 16:14:25

YANBU maybe its not for everyone but whatever works for you and yours. You don't want potty training to become a battle or an issue. I always thought kids loved to be naked....or is that just my exhibitionists?!!wink

maypole1 Wed 13-Jul-11 16:24:16

I think thats just old people my dd came down in boxers at Christmas last year I thought hid granddad was gonna have a fit.

We are a bit more relaxed about nudeness his parents are in their 70s

My son loved running round but naked nothing wrong with that

Mollymax Wed 13-Jul-11 16:24:48

My youngest daughter spends half the summer in the garden. Naked. What is the big deal.

spookshowangel Wed 13-Jul-11 16:26:26

i dont really get what it has to do with potty trainning, the best bit for my kids was the buying of the new pants and how grown up the felt wearing them but i guess it different for everyone.

HeadfirstForHalos Wed 13-Jul-11 16:36:46

I was telling a "friend" about how I was planning to potty train ds over the summer holidays (ds is 3 1/2 , has speech problems and is starting nursery in Sept-eek!), and how I was worried as he was quite late and needs to do it by September.

She told me not to worry, that summer is the ideal time to potty train etc (i agree) then went on to say I could even make it more fun by letting him water the plants and aim it in the grid, and how her boys had loved doing that shock I smiled politely made my excuses and backed away slowly....

YANBU, there's nothing wrong with naked toddlers whether they're potty training or not. Just don't let her pee in the grid grin

Driftwood999 Wed 13-Jul-11 16:47:57

DogsBestFriend - a much loved friend used to allow her boys to pee in the garden. You did not have to actually see it, to believe it, especially if you sat near the drain. I think she forgot to sluice it down with a bucket of something. Why not provide a bucket to pee in, in the garden, if you do not want children going through the house? Bigger and more obvious than a potty. Also more fun if you take into consideration the communal aspect. Good enough for our ancestors grin OP, nothing wrong with little children going around naked in warm weather, and if that coincides with potty training, then great! Just bear in mind that for most part of the year, we have to cope with clothes.

Georgimama Wed 13-Jul-11 16:51:33

Ds loves being naked but I always kept pants on when toilet training to teach him that contending with pants are a normal part of the process. Obviously trousers are too but he had more accidents than he has trousers (awaits chorus of "he obviously wasn't ready" - he was. He was also damned lazy).

Peachy Wed 13-Jul-11 16:52:06

there appears to be a naked pottry training toddler standing on my shoulders atm so nope, YANBU

IME start with naked kids, move to new fancy pants then lastly pants and trousers, far easier.

No ppeing in garden here though' its pottry training not dahlia training!

thestringpeople Wed 13-Jul-11 16:53:01

Its not essential, ds wore clothes but if you find it easier with them being naked I can't see a problem with that.

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