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I love Gerber training pants. When Red Chief was potty training, I was so afraid of messes that I used disposable training pants. But this bypassed the natural consequences of having an accident. They are too much like diapers, and it was just too easy for him to keep doing what he'd always done with diapers. I actually believe that my using disposable training pants for him is one of many reasons that it took almost three years to potty train him.
This time around, with Tiger Lily, I tried to learn from my mistakes last time. It's only been a couple of weeks, but she's doing great. I think one of many reasons for her success is that I decided to put my fear of messes behind me. We started with training pants right away. Yes, there have been a few messes, but one thing I love about cloth training pants is if the kid starts to go a little, they are absorbent enough that they can get to the potty before a puddle happens.
In any case, the natural consequence of actually being wet when she has an accident in combination with a strong aversion to diapers (because she's a "big girl") have helped Tiger Lily to be quite successful in potty training so far. We're not quite there yet, but I'm hopeful that it will be done in months, not years, this time (knock on wood).
We're not quite there yet! Do you have any potty training tips for me?