Potty Training ! 2 yr old is Terrified ! Any ideas ?

Nichole - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 2 yr old who will be 3 in august is terrified of the toilet ! I've tried buying special seats and different "cool" stuff for the bathroom but nothing is working, i dont want to force him but i also have to start him in school next year. Any Ideas

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Catherine - posted on 05/10/2010

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You can't make them go by pushing it on them. They have to do it at their own pace.

Jessica - posted on 04/24/2010

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im lucky that kendall wants to go to the potty...but she has always followed me to the bathroom (and so did her 8 year old brother when he was a baby). maybe let him go to the bathroom with daddy or an older brother if there is one. with my son we also used little treats like mm's. maybe let him know that it will help him be a big boy instead of a little boy.

Julie - posted on 04/23/2010

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Have you tried any videos? My daughter likes the Elmo's Potty Time video. My daughter will be 3 in August as well and had NO interest in potty training. I've just decided to wait until "school" ends (she goes to Mother's Day Out twice a week) and then let her wear underwear and have accidents or something...I may move the potty out and let her watch a video while sitting on the potty.



Would he have any interest "aiming" at a target? I think they make little dissolvable targets you can put in the potty and he can try to hit them.



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Erica - posted on 12/07/2011

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I have to say that I honestly dont agree with the wait until she's ready... what I did with my now 3 year old was I was on leave for 2 weeks, for the second week of my leave I would wake up in the morning with the girls and set my timer on my stove for 20 minutes, when the timer went off we went to the potty, my daughter didnt like the little potties, but i think that was because her older sister was using the regular potty. Anyways, the timer went off- we went to the potty, I kept her in a shirt and panties all day, and every 20 minutes we went to the potty and we sang a song while she sat there for a couple of minutes. This enables them to go pee, or poop and start realizing what the feeling is that they get before they have to go. Give her juice or water frequently throughout the day. If she has an accident, then take her straight in and sit on the potty and tell her this is where we go potty not in our pants. It takes a lot of time, but by half way through day 2 she was telling me when she had to go and we didn't have any accidents from then on. Bed time- i decided after she started to have frequent dry diapers in the morning. hope this helps!!

Kerrie - posted on 07/28/2010

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with my little one i made it a game i told her that every time she got to the toilet and pull her pants down and sat on the toilet before mummy she got a stamp or a sticker i hope it helps ♥

Laura - posted on 06/05/2010

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we have had a lot of luck with buying our daughter Elmo underwear that she really wants to wear. And we are persistent. We would ask her if she had to go pee and she would always say no. But today something clicked! She would say yes. We also bought the doll "Emma" which is anatomically correct and can wet herself. Comes with a little diaper and a little potty seat. We tell our daughter to teach Emma how to use the potty. Both Emma and our daughter both have potty charts with stickers! Best of luck!

Rebekka - posted on 06/03/2010

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make a game outta potty training if he is scared then let him know it wont hurt him and that u will be right there for support. try cheerios in the potty and have him aim at them i heard that seems to work. always reward afterwards also that is how i am getting my daughter to want to potty train. also try having play dates with kids a few years older then him if he sees them going into the bathroom it may help him want to be a big boy too!!

Alyssa - posted on 05/20/2010

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My son is having the same problem...my son will also be 3 in august, and i am at a loss here..I have tried many things as you have..if you have some success, with any of the suggestions please let me know!!!

Lynnea - posted on 05/19/2010

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I agree with everyone above. We are still working on the potty training with my daughter too. She's not scared of the potty, she's just too busy to remember that she has to go, I think.

We made the potty fun. We let her pick out her own training potty and decorated it with stickers, etc. So it's special for her. We also got one of those seats that fit on the "big" potty so that she doesn't feel like she's going to fall in.

Dessalea - posted on 05/11/2010

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I am a mother of 6 and all are potty trained except my 1 yr old. with all my kids at age two they were not ready to be potty trained. If they still wet at night they are not ready to be potty trained. when they are dry when they wake up in the morning then they are ready. Get a Potty chart from FreePrintableBehaveiorCharts.com.look to see which one you like the most. have your child help you pick which one you both like. and follow what the chart says. my sons is a police officer trying to get to his car.you have to color in the badges every time your baby uses the potty. and when the use it give them alot of praise and make a big deal on them using the potty. then when all is colored in they get a treat or a new toy or something. I had to use this process only once took about 4 days. hope this helps.

Christina - posted on 05/03/2010

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I have three kids and with my first (a boy) I tried to potty train to soon and it made it so bad on me and everyone else in our house! He cried a/b the potty, he would hide and use #1 and #2 in toys, corners, or where ever else he could find just so he didn't have to use the potty. I gave up and waited and one day he came to me a/b it and I never had a problem again. I have two more kids one is 4 now and one is 2 and I just potty trained my 2 year old but only b/c he wanted to. You will know when he is physically and mentally ready and you don't have to put on a show or anything. When he is ready he will just....go. It's so much better than the fight of doing it to soon. I hope I helped a little :)

Laura - posted on 05/02/2010

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my daughter hated the potty but i started bringing it with us everywhere we went and in every room until one day she asked what to do so we showed her with a teddy and she tried, for about 2 weeks she just sat there and didnt do anything, and then one day she just went without saying a word. i think its important that its not just sprung on them, just dont make a big deal out of it and see how he goes, good luck

Karen - posted on 04/29/2010

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I put a poster on the wall behind my daughter's potty and everytime she went to the toilet, I rewarded her with a sticker and a candy. This worked really well !

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2010

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We did a sticker chart with my oldest she is 4 1/2 and was potty trained about 2 months before she was 4. My youngest was almost potty trained right after she turned two then we went on vacation and she was terrified of the public bathrooms because they were so loud. She just started using the potty again with in the last 6 weeks. I am not pushing her and letting her go at her our pace.

Nichole - posted on 04/24/2010

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Thank you So much i will most deff have to try this because he isnt interested at all ! Thank you !

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