HOW DO YOU BEGIN TO POTTY TRAIN

Jeniese - posted on 07/18/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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HI MY DAUGHTER IS ONE AND A HALF AND I WANT TO BEGIN POTTY TRIING I HAVE THE POTTY BUT I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO EVEN START

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Callie - posted on 07/30/2010

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I idea for you Whitney is after every meal, get you child to sit on the potty for about 5 minutes. This time frame "normally" will encourage their bodies to do something. And if your child does not want to stay sitting, give them something to do, like read a book to them or something that will have them sitting for about that 5 minutes. My child normally is consentrating on something else when she has a pee or moves her bowels. So try getting your child's mind elsewhere rather than the task at hand.

Whitney - posted on 07/30/2010

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I am starting to potty train my 26 month old and I have and idea of what to do but my question is. How long does it take before she will actually do something on the potty. I have been potty training for about 3 weeks and she has only peed on her potty 3 times and pooped once. I gave her a reward and praised her when she went on it. She was happy and excited to get the positive reinforcement but it has not helped her go more on the potty. I have tried diapers, pull ups and even regular underwear. But she still pees and poops in them. She hates being dirty and will say "eww": when she goes. She will even take her own dirty diaper off and ask to be changed. I just can't seem to get her to go on her potty. I took her every 20 minutes at first then and hour then every two hours. But it didn't make a difference. She would sit on the potty for up to 30 minutes at times but wouldn't pee or poop.

Callie - posted on 07/29/2010

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What I do with my daughter, I sit her on the potty as I am running a bath. Sometimes she does something and sometimes she doesn't, but the thing is to not push the issue with them. They will get the hang of it after a while. Patience is the biggest key. Also if children go to day care they will sometimes copy what their friends are doing.

Andrea - posted on 07/29/2010

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I was wondering the same thing also. My daughter is 18 months and I didn't know I could start this soon! I've been bringing her to the bathroom with me.... but do you just set them onthe toilet at any random time??

Jenny - posted on 07/28/2010

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We got the potty chair for our daughter at Easter ... she was 13 months. She was coming to the bathroom with me and she understood what I was doing. We have not yet had a successful session on the potty, but she will sit on it. She tells us before she poops, I'm just not fast enough or it happens when we are in the car. i do try sitting her on the potty before her bath and any other time she follows me in. She's not too sure about it yet but the signs are all pointing in the right direction. I'm not forcing the issue at all ... I hear that just makes it harder. I do like the ideas about incentives and might start something for when she lets me sit her on the potty without a diaper. She goes back to day care in a few weeks (I'm a school librarian) and they will work with us so I want her at least comfortable with the idea so she can work on it there as well.

Caitlin - posted on 07/27/2010

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you can write down times during the day when she is dry and try sitting her at those times :) Do this for a couple of days though so you can see the pattern.

Kim - posted on 07/26/2010

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i just started my 17mths old daughter she loves sitting on it but i always seem to miss every time!

Caitlin - posted on 07/25/2010

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Great Suggestions My daughter is almost completly trained at 17 mos. I did the same thing brought her in with me and said "yay" mommy and we clapped when I went lol. She loved that. I also give her a treat when she goes. Pretzels are good if u arent all about M&M's or want to alternate but make sure it is a highly motivating item and its better when she only gets it for toileting. Also we went months with diaper on before going to underwear to keep it a positive experience. I wanted her to be very sucessfull before I went to underwear to maintain a positive experience. I toilet train children a lot at school so feel free to ask me any questions. (I am a special education teacher).

Christina - posted on 07/24/2010

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i knew my daughter (16 months) was ready when she started taking off her (clean) diaper, and squatting on the floor. i had stepped in her solid waste twice before i got the clue that maybe she is ready for the big girl potty now. whenever i go, she goes. sometimes she uses the potty but not always, and when she does, i praise her and give her a treat. usually apple slices and caramel or baby carrots and ranch, hoping i can teach two lessons at one time.

Sherrie - posted on 07/22/2010

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I'm thinking of the same thing with my daughter but it's so diff. now.I just always take her with me to the bathroom, since probably 11 mos. I tell her what mommy is doing,and wiping and flushing.Everyting and try to make it fun, a we wash our hands alot..lol The last 4 or 5 times she went pee in her diaper .I put a new one on frst just to see if she is listening,comprehending.And she was so.I think you should just take her with you and talk to her and explain maybe a few times first and build up that potty chair like a Princess' chair.lol..I am buying the one that sings a ditty when she goes and it's pink her fav. color(i think). So i'm starting next week i'd be happy to keep up and see how were both doing if you'd like !I have 2 other kids that did fine and are adults now, so i'm pretty confident this will work.Hope it helps.God Bless and good luck with next baby, have you picked a name?Write to me if you'd like to be friends.Thanks....Sher

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