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Crystal - posted on 03/13/2009
Just keep doing what you are doing and eventually she will do it again make sure to praise her when she does and hear you tell other people about it. Doing that will make her proud of it and want to keep going on the potty... Sometimes a reward like stickers or something she likes helps too.
April - posted on 04/02/2009
I just bought my daughter a potty. Right now, I am just trying to get her comfortable with it. I let her go to the bathroom with me and explain that the potty is where the pee pee and poo poo go. We've been doing that a couple of weeks, and now, she wants to use it before bath time. I've not been forcing it, just letting her do it on her own pace. I know she isn't completely ready yet, but want her to know what everything is for when she is.
Mary Lynn - posted on 03/28/2009
We are going to buy a potty tomorrow, but only to start 'the conversation' with our daughter. We are encouraging her to tell us when she has gone poopoo, and that is hit or miss. Once she is more consistent in telling us, we'll encourage her to tell us before. I noticed on the July 2007 babycenter boards that so many people were starting at like 15mo. I just can't imagine.
So, to answer your question, I'd lay off the actual potty and get her to talk about needing to go, when she's going, and knowing the difference.
Michelle - posted on 03/27/2009
A few mths ago i wanted my son to sit on the potty, and surprisingly he managed to go but now that he is 20 mths he doesnt want to have a bar of it.
Any suggestions on what i should do regarding this matter?
He is officially walking, but i would more so now would love him to be going to the potty.
Leslie - posted on 03/20/2009
I am surprised you are starting so early! I was going to ask if anyone had some suggestions on how to at least start the process. I have heard boys take a little longer to train, but if I can get some fundamental skills to start with that would be great. I remember when we were helping our neice learn, we all took turns reading to her while she sat on the toilet and then her parents would reward her with an M&M when she went. Now she is a pro!
Jennifer - posted on 03/16/2009
I don't know how you feel about streaking, but last week we were at my mom's house where she has a totally fenced in yard with privacy. We stripped down Jojo and let him run around for about 20-30min. A couple of times he went pee and we told him what he was doing. I figure this is a good way of showing him directly what he is doing. We aren't trying to potty train yet though. We are just trying to lay a foundation so that when he is ready he is prepared and knows what we are talking about.
Cary - posted on 03/16/2009
My 20 month old has been on and off the potty for a few months on and off. I think that giving her the option helps her feel in control. We let her do it at her own pace and have been reading stories to her on the subject so she has other kids to relate to. She went pee on the potty yesterday for the first time...if she goes again great...if not, we will continue letting her tell us. Good luck!
Jamie - posted on 03/16/2009
WAIT. Why are you training so early? At nineteen months she has no idea how to control her body that way. She might seem interested in doing it but it is just the imitation phase. I bet she likes to help you cook too, and she probably tries to get on the computer, right. There are a lot of signs that she is ready, one being that she stays dry through the night. Another is telling you that she has gone in her diaper. If you feel that she is truly ready, I wish you all the luck in the world and if it works, please tell me what you did. If she does want to continue, encourage her. But don't push her too hard, it will only frustrate you and her. Again, good luck with watever you choose to do.
Kristin - posted on 03/14/2009
I have 3 girls and my two oldest didn't potty train until about 2 1/2 years old. I wouldn't worry much about it right now. My 19 month old will occasionally tell me she has to go but only when she sees me going. I let her get on the potty but only when she wants to. I think at this age their little bladders are completely mature enough and also don't think they completely understand the concept. My advice is to just relax and she'll do it on her own time. Good luck.
Meretisa - posted on 03/14/2009
Just keep giving her the option to go and praise her when she does- tell her "oops, no potties/poopies" if she doesn't. It'll come. There's no need to worry just yet. Kids don't need to be trained until like 3-4 anyway- when they have more control and can understand verbally what you want from them.
My own son will ask to use the potty, but rarely actually goes. I feel all this "practice" is a good thing.
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