I HAVE BEEN trying to potty train my son Christopher ever since he was I5 months old. From the beginning he’s never really been bothered and has used the potty without fuss. I’ve always left his nappy off while he’s in the house, and he has used his potty whenever he needed to. He has also used a toilet training seat and thinks it’s marvellous to be like Mummy and Daddy. However, he’s now 23 months old and although he can control his bladder and bowels I still can’t get him out of nappies. I’ve put him in pants and told him that all he has to do is tell me when he wants to use the potty. But this doesn’t seem to work as he wets his pants without saying anything. If I put a nappy on him, he’s soaking wet within an hour. I have another son, Aaron, who’s eight months old. My sons play together, and Christopher is a very happy little boy, and is certainly not jealous of his brother. Why is it then that I can’t potty train him?
The simple fact is that Christopher doesn’t seem ready to come out of nappies. He’s obviously very nearly there if he’s using the potty and the lavatory so well, but he can’t yet distinguish between pants and a nappy. This problem is quite common with trainer pants, where the feel of the toweling can be the problem. I would suggest using nappies or nothing for for several weeks by using pants. After, say, six weeks, try pants again (ordinary ones), and ifit doesn’t work, go back to nappies again. Although I fully appreciate how difficult it can be to have two children in nappies, I’m afraid that you’re going to have to be patient a little longer.
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