There is always a learning curve associated with introducing clothing back into the mix after a period of naked or bottomless time during potty training. (I recommend only 1-1 ½ days of bottomless time) As with everything, it's going to take some practice for your kiddo to adjust. Remember, they've spent their entire lives up to this point peeing and pooping in diapers, so when you put clothes back on at first, their automatic muscle memory could kick back in and trigger more accidents. This is normal!!
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Here are some extra tips to help your child as they are reintroduced to clothing during potty training:
- Buy underwear in a size too big. The looseness will feel less like a diaper and make all their sensations much more apparent (and accidents more uncomfortable!).
- Stay consistent! Continuing to switch back and forth between naked and clothed is only going to prolong the process.
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- Offer extra reminders. It's perfectly okay to offer some extra reminders or prompts after making this switch.
- Help your little one practice pulling their pants up and down. If they are more confident with this skill, they will be more likely to stop and go when they feel the urge.
- Go commando. Stick with one layer instead of two for the first few days to help with awareness if accidents aren't improving. This continues the learning but still allows you to be out in public!
- Buy ENOUGH pairs of underwear! Two or three packs (12 to 18 pairs) of underwear will be necessary so that you won’t have to do laundry a million times in one week!
With any new skill that we learn, mistakes are all a part of the learning process. When kiddos are just beginning the potty-training process, there is a lot to learn, and they often experiment with how long they can hold their bladder until they can’t hold it anymore! This can result in accidents, and that is okay! Practice makes progress!
Bottomless time is helpful for the first day or day and a half, but too much bottomless time can create a dependency on only being able to stay dry when naked. Use this bottomless tool sparingly and apply the above tips to help ease the transition for your kiddo!
This is a BIG change for our little ones, and they need our patience and encouragement through this process, even if some accidents occur. I have faith in them AND you!
Be sure to check out my online course, “10-Day Potty Training Challenge” which will give you the tools to guide your kiddo through the potty-training process in a step-by-step and clear way! My online courses will offer the opportunity for potty training to be smooth sailing from here.
Happy and successfully potty-trained kiddo makes for a happy parent!
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Allison Jandu, Owner & Founder of Potty Training Consultant is a parent who wants the best for her kids, just like you. When she started to potty train her oldest, she was quickly overwhelmed by all the conflicting information available online and was really missing the support and science-based guidance she was after. She didn't think it seemed fair for parents to have to guess their way through potty training - toddlerhood is challenging enough! So, after over 5,000 hours of research on topics relating to potty training, early childhood development, human behavior and psychology, she founded Potty Training Consultant where she has helped thousands of families potty train. She doesn't just provide a place to get that one-on-one expert support, but an entire community where parents can come together without judgment, ask the hard questions, and get evidence-based facts that drive potty success.