Potty Training: How Lil Tank's strong will is butting heads with mine

Don't get me wrong - I am beyond thrilled, ecstatic and proud that Lil Tank is potty training. But her strong-willed nature isn't jiving with MY strong-willed nature.

As I explained in my previous post, I am not ready for Lil Tank to wear ONLY panties 24 hours a day. I mean we only started cold turkey, panties-only potty training exactly one week ago today. But she is adamant. She must wear them ALL. THE. TIME. Even when sporting a cloth diaper during nap and night-night time, she insists on wearing big girl undies on top of them. Now, she's taken it a step further.

ENTER: STRONG-WILLED NATURE.  Result? A frustrated mama.

Hearing her sweet voice as she talks to herself, I walk into Lil Tank's bedroom after nap time. What's the first thing I see? Her cloth diaper on the floor. GREAT, I'm thinking she went #1 all over her sheets. I peer into the crib. There she is... completely dressed. Sheets completely dry. Diaper on the floor, not so much. She apparently doesn't like the feeling of being wet, so much so she changed herself! Sometime between when I laid her down for her nap and when she woke up two hours later, Lil Tank took off the cloth diaper and slipped her panty and shorts back on with both legs in one hole so it looked like a skirt. Anyone else's child have trouble with "one foot in each hole"? 

As proud as I am of Lil Tank and her potty-training efforts, her strong will is starting to butt heads with mine. I'm not ready for nap time and overnight potty training, but apparently that doesn't matter to this child. I will put her in a diaper during said sleeping sessions, she mocks me. Takes off the diaper and gets dressed again. Maybe she's ready? But what if I'm not? She still sleeps in a crib. That means converting to a toddler bed so she can go to the potty in the middle of the night should the need arise. Moving her to a toddler bed also concerns me. It means she can come into our room at ANY time. We already have a four year old who does that. We don't need to add another child to the list.

So what do you think? Does it sound like she's ready? Should I give in and let our strong-willed child start nap-time potty training as well? We'd love to hear your opinions.  




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