Tales from the Potty: The Naked Approach?
Now, back to our regular programming and one of our favorite topics - potty training. Here's one for you. What's a mama to do about the poo when it doesn't quite make it to the toilet? Have you used the naked approach to potty with success and have advice for keeping it off the furniture? One mama writes:
My son is just beginning to show some interest in the potty and we have had a few coincidental pees/poops on the potty (playing around while mama sits on the potty, and actually happened to go, etc). Of course I don't want to pressure him and I realize this "interest" could go on for several more months before any progress ever really takes place. But if he truly has an interest I want to leave that option open for him to explore if he wants. Several people have given us the advice to just take the diaper off for a weekend or more and let him really become aware of when he is going. Nothing like an immersion program (of sorts) to really learn the "language/culture". So here's my question: As all other mama's out there of a 19 month old I am no stranger to poop. I don't mind it so much. I can't say that I particularly want to clean it off my couch or bed on a regular basis though. We do have hard wood floors so that helps, but what do other mama's and papa's have to say about what happens when you're hanging out sans diaper and you get a poo on the furniture? Does it just happen once or twice and then they get it?
We certainly spend time naked in the house and have had a few poo's slide down his leg to the floor. I have noticed though that he seems to get freaked out, and subsequently stop pooping, if you pick him up and hustle to the potty. Too much pressure. That's the last thing I want. Its still kinda summer time, so I know that's another option to hang out outside a lot, but we just don't spend all day outside. And lately its been so hot, that its better inside than out, even with out A/C.
If I had known it existed at the time he was born I would have been very interested in Diaper Free training instead. But now here I am and all "Diaper-Free" literature out there has info starting from birth. But it sort of seems like that's what this weekend+ adventure would be in a way. In any case I would be interested to here what parents/veterans of potty training from all philosophies have to say on the subject. Suck it up and deal w/ the occasional poop on the couch or...?