Posted by Karen.C on January 16, 2004 at 22:57:11:
In Reply to: Re: Potty Training Help needed posted by karen on January 16, 2004 at 11:38:00:
The naked method has worked well for us so far. I've been doing it with my son (he'll be 3 in March) for a couple of weeks now and it's going well. He still doesn't 'get it' while wearing clothing of any kind but I figure that will come in a little time and in the meantime I have much less laundry to do!
I also live in Canada and we're also having -40 C temps here but it hasn't been a really big deal for us. I did slightly up the temp in the kitchen and living room but nothing major (maybe a degree?). I put him in a long, loose sweater that covers his bum and a nice big pair of socks and he's fine (doesn't complain about being cold and his skin doesn't feel cold either).
I do have hardwood floors in the living room though and that has made the odd mess easier to clean up. But honestly he hasn't had that many. I think he's had a 'real' accident twice (once when we first started and once when he got really upset and lost control...). Other than that it's only been the very odd drop here and there (maybe once a day at most) and he helps clean it up!
It helps that he was ready for this stage though. I tried this a couple months ago and it just wasn't the right time. He had a couple major accidents and it upset him a lot (not that I pressured him or anything, but just seeing himself pee like that upset him). So I just stopped and waited till he was ready. This time he loves it and is sooo proud of himself!
Unless your home is very drafty I think it would be fine to leave him bare bum and give it a shot. You'll know for sure wether he's ready or not this way. This is definetly what works for us, I did this with my daughter as well and things went from going nowhere to no diapers all day in a matter of 2 days. I've found that for my children anyway, having something on their bum (even if it's just a training pant or even regular underwear) really hinders potty training, they just don't 'get it' until they're naked. And then, if they're ready (that's always the key really), it goes great!
Just go with the flow (no pun intended!) and it'll happen when he's ready. Fretting over it will only likely make things worse and if you relax about it you'll see that time will fly and before you know it it'll all be over!