A few days ago, after studiously watching Elmo's potty-training DVD twice, Suzi told us she wanted to pee-pee in the potty. Jordan sat her on it and it was a miracle! She peed! Jordan called me in to look at and admire the pee-pee, and then I called my brother Brad to let him know the DVD had worked, because he and his fiance gave it to Suzi for Christmas. Then we called both sets of grandparents and let Suzi tell them her accomplishment. We knew this was a good sign, but of course there was still a long way to go.
There aren't very many training pants to fit a child as small as Suzi. Because I only want cloth, and because she's kind of young to be training and small for her age, it will probably be a couple of months before any of the brands would fit her. So last month at the babywearing meeting I was relieved to find out that the best way to help a child learn to use the potty is to allow them to run around with nothing on at all. (Well--a shirt is a good idea.)
This afternoon Suzi began crying and pulling at her pants and diaper because she was wet. Since I noticed a bit of irritation I decided it would be the perfect time to try the no-diaper method. I left her diaper and pants off and sat her on her potty, explaining that when she felt she had to go she should come sit down and try to use the potty. I put some BabyLegs on her to keep her legs warm and she did great. She used her potty like a pro three or four times... until she became distracted by an afternoon snack. Which is when she peed a river all down the side of our end table. Sigh...
We have a lot of puddles ahead of us, but at the end of it all, no more diapers! I can't wait.