the first time we tried to train her, i put her toddler potty on the floor in the living room, as per her doctor. he told me that it may make things easier at first, and if she did well with it, then slowly move it back into the bathroom. the problem was, she just looked at it as a toy, and would take it apart. i expressed to her that it's a potty, not a toy. it's not something we play with or take apart. only mommy or daddy takes it apart, and only to empty the contents. she ignored me, and continued with the behavior, so i put it back in the bathroom for good. right now, it serves the purpose of a cushy spot for me to sit while she's on the big potty. i was a bit reluctant at first when she told me she wanted to train, because of my situation. like i said, it seems like she has the most inopportune time to go, as in when i'm feeding my newborn. when i'm not dealing with her baby sister, i drop everything when she tells me she needs to go. i realize that as long as she is in diapers, she will not fully train. the first time we trained we put her in regular cotton undies, and then plastic undies over that in hopes of minimizing the mess. it proved unsuccessful. that's why i want to try the cotton training pants this time around.