Best potty training tips for girls

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Kinzie - posted on 08/12/2009

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my daughter just turned two and we've had great success potty training. however I wouldn't call it training. i was given the advice from a reputable nanny that said the way to tell they are ready is when they have the desire themselves to go on the potty and if they go down for a 2 +/- hour nap and wake up dry. that shows they have the ability to hold it. we introduced the potty at about 18 months and never pushed anything. she'd sit on it and do nothing, then one day she went. we just gave her lots of praise but tried not to push the issue or ask her if she had to go all the time. kids are very independent at this age and we wanted her to feel like it was her decision. i'd say just give a lot of praise, if you kids like stickers or something similar, you can create a chart that is sort of a reward for going. we had sections on the chart: just sitting (this praised them for even just trying to go), peeing, pooping, flushing the toilet, and staying dry during naps. this motivated her without me having to pester her every 30 minutes to see if she had to go. you have to wait until your child is ready or else you are just training yourself to ask them and take them to the potty. it can be a long process (my doctor said that on average it takes 8 months to be fully potty trained) so don't worry if it doesn't happen overnight. best of luck to you all!!

Ashley - posted on 08/11/2009

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My daughter just turned two and has no interest in using the potty.I won't push her to do it, because when I've tried to make her sit on the toilet, she gets scared. Help!

Carman - posted on 08/11/2009

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Well I introduced my daughter to the potty at about 18 months old and I would take her every 30 minutes. She would gladly sit on her potty and sometimes peed but now she's two and will only sit on her potty three to four times a day, won't go pee and gets mad if I ask her to go any other time. I am trying to go back to every 30 minutes but not too much results so that's why I was asking for tips.

Yolanda - posted on 08/11/2009

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I'm glad you posted this..cause I'm wondering the same thing. My daughter will be 2 on Friday and has no interest in using the potty. She'll sit on it but that's it.

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