Anybody got any advice on whether you think pull up's help or hinder? My DS is 3 at end of month and though I'm not interested in 'competetive' potty training feel like should be getting somewhere now. He use's potty if leave him naked from waist down but it's getting abit nippy now! When tried pants about 4 months ago he'd just wee in them. Think he's got more idea now and want to try again. Like idea of pull ups when out but am worried it might confuse him.
If he uses the potty when he is naked from waist down then he has control. If he is nearly 3 then you have the advantage of being able to explain things to him (easier than you would to a child just over 2)
Ime you just have to accept that for a few days you will get wet pants/clothes etc, until he gets the hang of it fully. I honestly think that most of us have to go through that stage.
That's kind of how I feel but I've got a quite hideous vision of trying to leave the house! I know DS knows to use potty when he has urge and but I also know what a stubborn little monkey he is and he's giving it "I like nappies they're nice, pants are yukky"
The nursery that our two go to 3 days a week said no pull ups please when potty training. They agree with the parents when to try and its pants all the way regardless of accidents. They had one mother recently insist on pull ups as she thought they were something important to wear during potty training (the power of marketing) and the staff were not impressed. Nursery manager said they are a waste of money. If you want to go out just take some changes of clothing and a potty. Swapping between pants and pullups causes confusion and potty training takes much longer.
(I have potty trained 2 now so consider myself an expert )
feedthegoat - cast the hideous version from your mind.
This is the worst that will happen - you will go out. ds will need a wee. He will either hang on (and you will be prepared either with potty or know where nearest loo is) or he will wet himself. If he wets himself you continue calmly on to loo/back to car and wipe him over and change him.
(hope that sounds supportive rather than harsh btw)
pull ups are FANTASTIC for when you have a toddler that won't lie down for nappy changes - as a toilet training tool - well it beats me what the "use" of them is - they're just another form of nappy which makes life easier for those of us who have un-cooperative toddlers/babies at nappy change time..
I do use a star chart though I've steered it away from just potty training and tried to incorporate other things as found he was trying to use potty all time and getting cross. When asked him why he said it was because he wanted a sticker but couldn't go. This has stopped since included stickers for other things. He's abit on the willful side. Often find people telling me he's abit of a character (learning thats playgroup speak for handful!)