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  1. Whozat
    November 18, 2011

    That’s more or less what we did (minus the bootcamp, more laid back), but FYI, there are some pull-up cloth trainers, and in particular, bumGenius has one that’s just been released (available now for pre-orders, shipping by early December) that’s a pull-up, with side snaps for an “escape hatch” for poops. It’s a shell that comes with five snap-in liners, that you can change out when wet, without changing the whole shell. I had all intentions of moving my daughter from a panties / diapers combination to panties / trainers when they were available, but we ended up ditching the diapers sooner than I expected, even at night. (Altho she still doesn’t tell us when she has to go, so I don’t really consider her “potty trained” yet.)

  2. karen
    November 18, 2011

    Wow! I’m going to put aluminum foil over my head because OP stole my thought! My daughter is just over 2 and in cloth diapers and I’m asking the SAME question though we have #2 due in Feb so maybe this is a waste of time. FWIW, I ordered two of the new Kissaluvs Trainers and thought those would be great but they were too diaper-like so I returned them. Daycare will only potty train in pullups so I broke down and bought a box of disposables since I couldn’t find a good cloth option. For a cloth diaper user it’s like nails on a chalkboard to buy any diaper but, meh, I’m over it. I also found several of the Imse Vimse semi-waterproof underwear on Craigslist and this is what we will use for the accident-prone transition phase. They will leak a tad around the legs but are like underwear otherwise. Once I came to grips with the fact that my daughter is not a magical potty trainer (like my friend’s daughter is), it because easier to stomach the additional purchases as Part Of Life With A Kid. Good luck!

  3. Elizabeth_k
    November 18, 2011

    We just potty trained our two-year old, and our three and a half year old potty trained just exactly at his second birthday like his sister. Both were in cloth, for both we just — took off the cloth. It was pretty much exactly like Amalah said. 

    The negative? We can’t figure out naps and nighttimes. I mean both still SOAK their diapers during both, and we keep encouraging and waiting and encouraging and waiting for them to keep them dry, but … no. And my third baby is due next week. So, four diapers a day (two at naps, two at bedtime) plus newborn is okay, but we’d WAY prefer only newborn diapers. 

    But changing the sheets multiple times per night? No, thank you. 

    Anyway — sounds like YOUR child is totally ready! Sorry to ramble on and on about my children. 

  4. JCF
    November 18, 2011

    Yes, we also did the cold-turkey method with our cloth diapered kids. It did take a few days for them to really get the hang of it (and my daughter really needed a couple of weeks, but she got it).

    @Elizabeth_k–we also just took off diapers at naps and nighttime (our kids were both 2.5 when they trained), and after a few days of accidents and changing sheets, they stopped wetting the bed. I was shocked. I only did it because my sister told me to (she has older kids), but I totally didn’t think it would work. My daughter NEVER wets her bed, and my son does maybe once every two weeks (he’s 4 now). I don’t mind changing the sheets occasionally, in exchange for no diapers, period. Give it a try–you might be pleasantly surprised! Oh, we limit drinks after dinner. They can have sips of water if they’re thirsty, but no full sippy cups after dinner. And they MUST pee before bed.

    I have also seen the new Cotton Babies pull-up style trainers. I bought a couple of Imse Vimse trainers when we first started, but once we decided to go cold turkey, they never really got any use. They seem nice though!

  5. Megan
    November 18, 2011

    I used that same book and it was A DAY. We went to a party with a bounce house the next day and there were no accidents. At night we went without anything for a while,but she jsut couldn’t hold it in all night, so we’ve used a pull up OVER underpants for a about 4 of months and she’s been dry for about 2 so we will drop the pullups when we run out. I could have done it if it was just her, but I was getting up with a newborn and sick of changing sheets.

  6. Julie
    November 19, 2011

    Very timely – I have a 2.5 year old, and we’ve been talking up the planned transition to big boy underwear after we get back from the Thanksgiving travel. So I’m glad to see all the tips!

  7. Olivia
    November 21, 2011

    This is good timing for me. My daughter is 2.5, in cloth and we are going to go boot camp over Christmas break. We tried about 5 months ago, but she wasn’t ready. First day was full of accidents, second day she just held it all day until about 7 pm when she asked for a diaper, same thing the third day. But, we’ve got a baby on the way so I’ve been telling her she needs to give her diapers to the new baby, and she has daycare friends using the toilet so I’ve been pushing the peer pressure. Fortunately, she’s been dry overnight and during naps since she was 18 months so hopefully we won’t have nighttime accidents.

  8. OP
    November 21, 2011

    Thanks for the suggestions. He asked to wear the big boy underwear for the first time before Amalah answered my question, so we did one day of them. He did ok. We are now hunkered down for the 3 days of boot camp. My next question is do I take him every 20 minutes for all 3 days?

  9. Wallydraigle
    November 21, 2011

    We used Potty Training in Less Than a Day, too, and she WAS daytime trained within a day. I was amazed. She had a weird phobia about going number two, which have only resolved in the last week (NO effort on our part, aside from completely chilling about it and not breathing a WORD or pressuring her in any way). But she had zero accidents from day one back in July until a couple of weeks ago when we spent two weeks away from home in a somewhat stressful environment. And even then she only had two in that entire span. Potty Training in Less Than a Day is possible, but I do think the book is a bit ambitious about HOW potty trained the child will be. She’s only just staying dry during naptimes. She naps in our room, so I’m not even a little bit okay with her peeing in bed. :P

    It’s a really great book, and I now recommend it to everyone, if you can get past the scattered organization and somewhat outdated attitudes (I’m a stay-at-home mom with very traditional views, and it even grated on me a bit).

  10. Sid
    November 21, 2011

    This is perfect. I’m printing this post off and bookmarking it. My daughter is 27 months and we’ve sort of been casually working on potty training for a while. On the advice of my in-laws, we were going to wait for warmer weather anyway before going all-out on the training (we’re in Canada, winter = snowsuits = pain-in-the-butt for potty training) so your approach sounds perfect.

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