All the posts recently about potty training have got me thinking... I know I have at least a year or so before I need to worry about this, but since it's been a hot topic, figured I'd ask now, as it's on my mind!
I have pretty much done EVERYTHING very gently and baby-led. Baby led weaning, solids, sleeping alone, all that. I let her set the pace and neither incentivise (is that a word?) (though obviously I praise and get excited) nor scold her.
I want to do something like that for potty training. I'm in NO RUSH for her to get out of diapers. First, they're cute (cloth). Second, we are out and about a LOT, and a lot of places where there is no toilet or it's only an out house, and I don't really want her going in the bushes (hello poison oak where the sun don't shine...) or to be carrying around a portable potty chair. I also don't really want her on nasty public toilets. And, I'm in no rush for her to grow up and become a "kid" any faster than she already is!
Now, I know that that might change in a year or two, and I would probably feel differently if I had two in diapers (what I wouldn't have given for that...), but at this point in time, I'm in no rush.
With that said, I would be fine if she went to kindergarten in diapers, because I figure then she'll have peer pressure and start using it in a few days.
BUT, after reading about everyone's issues and how they're pushing it and stuff, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm way off on my logic. Will NOT PTing (at all, really) and just letting her do it when she's ready cause issues? Will it allow her to form bad habits, or maybe get her horribly ridiculed at school or something??
And by not PTing, I mean, when I imagine this in my head, it will have no "incentives" or sticker chart or bribes or anything. Just a "you peed / pooped in the potty!" and maybe a happy potty dance or something when she does it on her own. And then, if she does PT herself, but then regresses (as seems to happen a lot), it would be no big deal, I'd just put her back in diapers until she's ready again.
Like I said, I'm mostly just worried that I would be allowing her to form bad habits if I went about it this way, since NO ONE else seems to. I even googled this topic (I'm really bad at googling...), and the only things I could find was EC, which is not at all what I'm talking about!