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Pants on or off? Which method works quicker?

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mumznet Tue 26-Nov-19 20:00:10

Potty training 2 year 2 month old son on weekend. I've heard both ways one is no pants for two days and staying bare bottom, then pants on day three. Other way is to keep both pants and trousers on from the start, so he can feel it when he wets himself.

I'm confused, but seem to think bare bottom will work quicker?


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Yakadee Sat 30-Nov-19 22:01:25

@mumznet - you may have started already but I thought I'd reply. My son was much older than yours however I Found that just underpants worked. He hated feeling wet and he actually cracked it in no time at all (I was amazed!).

Good luck x

marmitemayonnaise Sat 30-Nov-19 22:06:06

Another option is nothing day 1, then trousers but no pants day 2. The feeling of it running down their legs is supposed to be more unpleasant than wet pants so encourages them to use the potty more.

NannyR Sat 30-Nov-19 22:08:00

I've always done pants on from the beginning.

GailTheFish Sat 30-Nov-19 22:09:24

We did the “Oh Crap” method of no pants or trousers for the first two days, and then trousers but no underwear for a couple of weeks. Apparently the tightness of underwear can mimic the feeling of a nappy. Worked well for us!

Bluerussian Sat 30-Nov-19 22:10:01

Yes, I did pants on and he asked for help if he was wearing something like dungarees, other than that he managed OK.

Karwomannghia Sat 30-Nov-19 22:11:03

I’ve done it recently and did bare bum so I could quickly scoot her onto the potty when she started to wee. Went onto pants a couple of days later but practised pulling them up and down separately to when she needed a wee and gave her a lot of help with that part at the beginning. She soon got the hang of it.

elaeocarpus Sat 30-Nov-19 22:12:15

I did pants only. I was worried about freefall poo 😱. At least pants would catch and contain

mumznet Mon 02-Dec-19 18:58:08

thank you All so lovely to see the messages. I did two full days bare bum then half a day on day 3 with trousers only.

He's gone to childcare so had to put nappies back on again on day 4. Does this mean I have to start from day 1 again? This time I do have four days with him and then I'm going to give the childminder a potty for him as well. does stopping and starting not helo or can they still learn something this way?


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mumznet Mon 02-Dec-19 18:59:42

yes there was freefall poo everywhere @elaeocarpus, but cleaned immediately because I had covered everything. thankyou to me!

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mumznet Mon 02-Dec-19 19:04:25

my last sentence above should read:

does stopping and starting not help or can they still learn something this way?

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Karwomannghia Tue 03-Dec-19 07:13:20

It’s fine. I did 2 days and then a nappy for a day As I took her for a day out and then back to it and i actually think it gave a bit of a break and processing time as it really clicked the next day (she was nearly 3 though).

mumznet Tue 03-Dec-19 10:40:13

@Karwomannghia thank you I'm glad to hear the effort will not be wasted....I can put him on the potty in the afternoons at least on days he is with childminder.

is there a set time when to put him on potty or is every 30 minutes okay? I'm not really giving extra fluids now as he stopped drinking it after the first day.


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Karwomannghia Tue 03-Dec-19 12:22:12

They really differ, one of my kids didn’t drink a lot and hardly did any wees but the other 2 did loads and needed putting on the potty a lot more. The most recent one I watched v carefully and plonked on when she started but again she is older so I think that made it easy.

mumznet Tue 03-Dec-19 17:40:43

you're right, it depends how much they drink. I never seem to know when he wants to go, I didn't notice any sign when he was bare bottom
( like somewhere I read kids twist a foot or sometimes pause then do it). So, its really hard to figure out at the moment when he wants to go!!

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mumznet Tue 03-Dec-19 17:42:53

@Yakadee same here he hated the wet trousers. I will try underwear and trousers now

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Outnumb3red Tue 03-Dec-19 17:45:22

I did no pants with my first when we were at home. He never actually told me when he needed the toilet, just took himself to the potty. I'd have it in the room he was playing in. He was off nappies by 2 yr 2 months.

Spacerader Tue 03-Dec-19 17:45:59

I work closely with a toilet training health visitor as part of my job, and just had to complete toilet training training.

The official guidelines say a child should be able to keep themselves dry for at least an hour before they are ready to start and then straight into pants as children won’t like being wet so will learn quicker to use the toilet.

Karwomannghia Tue 03-Dec-19 17:46:23

Very early on it was when she actually started weeing I’d try and get her on mod flow and then I noticed very little signs like hesitations. Fortunately we’ve always had loads and loads of warning for a poo as they don’t come so easily!

mumznet Wed 04-Dec-19 10:44:13

thank you. you're right about putting them on as soon as they start weeing. I'm going to try that as well.

well done @Outnumb3red thats a very good age to be potty trained

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mumznet Wed 04-Dec-19 10:51:30

Spacerader thank you. trying with underpants now.

for night time should should take potty to bedroom or just put pull UPS pull UPS sleeping. we don't have a potty upstairs and i usually was just putting pullups in the evening's he was too tired to sit on potty...

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Yakadee Wed 04-Dec-19 11:31:57

@mumznet - good luck xx

f00k Wed 04-Dec-19 11:44:18

We did a week without pants then a week with, which was mostly teaching DS how to pull them up and down to use the potty. Never put him in nappies in the day again once we decided to potty train to avoid confusion, so personally I would also encourage the childminder to do away with the nappies. For nighttime DS was in nighttime pull-ups. Potty training at night isn't really a thing as it's a certain hormone they need to produce that stops them weeing during the night. They'll do this at their own pace when their body is ready, so it's not something you can teach.

mumznet Thu 05-Dec-19 14:05:26

thank you.

it's going mostly in underwear, I sit him on the potty but he doesn't do it then. sits there for about 10 minutes then has an accident few minutes later....

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mumznet Thu 05-Dec-19 14:21:24

he's asleep now, for daytime naps do you use pull ups or just leave the underwear on?

so far he knows wee wee goes in the potty. other than that it seems like its going nowhere....

is he too young?

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