lets give eachother potty training tips.

Dana - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 102 moms have responded )

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it seems like after reading the conversations most of us are training our 2 yr olds.i think it would be helpful for us to share our own experiences.successfull or not. we can try all options or just read for a good laugh.

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Sonya - posted on 01/07/2010

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We just potty trained our youngest son who is 3 1/2. He has been the most difficult, but I blame that on myself. I went against everything I did with my oldest 4 kiddos and tried to rush him and it ended up back firing on me and took longer to potty train him. A few tips that worked with all 5 of my potty trained children:

1. Don't use a potty chair. These are not available in public bathrooms and make it difficult for a child to understand why there is a difference at home.

2. If your child is ready it will only take 3 days to potty train them. A child is generally ready to potty train when they wake up dry 3 or more days in a row. Take them immediately to the potty.

3. Don't try to start potty training on a day that you have 5 million errands to run. You will need to stay home for 3 days and concentrate only on potty training. Forget about doing anything else.

4. Never potty train in the winter time. You'll be doing laundry for days, and who needs more laundry?? (I don't know why this is, it's probably an old wives tale, but I tried with two of my kids to potty train in the winter and I swear they peed 9000 times more than they normally do.)

5. Don't buy pull ups. They are a waste of money. Underwear will be a great investment and if your child is truly ready you will only have 1 or 2 accidents anyway.

6. Know your childs body language and help them to understand what they are feeling by talking about it when you see they are "doing the pee pee dance" or the "poop squat/squirm" when you take them to the potty.

7. The day you start potty training, your child has woken up dry for the 3rd day in a row, take them to the potty immediately! Praise them greatly. Reward them with hugs and kisses or stickers, not junk food! After the first trip to the potty go every 30 minutes. If they go without an accident, push the time to every hour, then if no accidents after 3 times, move to every 2 hours, then every 3 hours etc. On the second day you will repeat the same steps but will be able to move more quickly to spreading the time out. By the end of the second day your child should be starting to understand the "feeling" of needing to urinate or have a bowel movement. By the third day, start out the same way, but your child should be telling you at this point that they need to go potty. If after and hour or so, just remind them by telling them to make a quick trip to the potty.

8. Relax. There has never been a child start PreK in diapers unless they had a medical condition that wouldn't allow them to potty train. They will do it when they are ready and they understand what is required to do. Many times when they are ready, they will instigate potty training on their own, be ready to jump on it! :D

Happy Potty Training! Here's to many successful pottiers!!!

Jessica - posted on 03/26/2010

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My little girl is now 2yrs 9months and completely potty trained. She's been fully potty trained since thanksgiving (our 3rd attempt). We tried at 20 months but she definitely wasnt ready. We tried at 2yrs b/c she was so curious but still no success. Then on thanksgiving I decided to give it all I had. I seriously tried every single piece of advice I received. I had a seat for her in the bathroom & our living room. I had a potty chart w. stickers. I praised like no other. Used pullups at night. But what really truly worked were 2 things that I couldnt believe would. First I offered treats (candy or cookies) for every time she went. Worked like a charm! 2nd someone suggested that I explain to her that she cannot wet on tinkerbell (her undies) b/c if she got tinkerbell or cinderella or little mermaid wet then they would be really really sad and wouldn't be able to fly or dance or swim (I know what you are thinking).. & still to this day, 4+ months later she tells me she promises she wont pee her panties b/c she does not want to make her undies sad. She was potty trained mainly from these 2 ideas in a matter of 2 days. Amazing!



Oh & she has only wet maybe 2 times during the night. She actually wakes up and goes to the potty everytime she has to go. I thought the "sad panties" thing was kinda cruel, but it taught her another lesson.. Self-responsibility to not pee on these characters she loves so dearly & caring about how she makes others feel. It was a win/win!

Shannon - posted on 01/10/2010

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I wasnt having the best of luck with Haley. Day care was even having a hard time with her. We were also told we were trying to train her to early....but i was tired of paying for diapers...you know, pissing money away. I used the potty chart method. You make a chart for 5( and a spot for each day that you can place multiple stickers) weeks. Make it with your child so he/she feels involved and let them pick out the sticker they want to put on it. At the end of each week if they have no "major" accidents, reward with a prize..a cheap toy or candy they're never allowed to have. At the end of the chart you should be almost there. Give the big reward...like a toy they've had their eye on for a while. This really worked for Haley and every month or so she gets to pick out new panties (She's panty crazy now). For the boy...put a cheerio in the toliet and let him aim for it..make it a game. Worked for my nephew. lol Good Luck! (Haley is 2! using the potty with out me knowing and cleaning perfectly)

Angela - posted on 01/07/2010

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my 1st child was very hard to potty train, I tried everything, nothing worked. I sat down one evening and told myself that I had to come up w/ my own salution.I had to 1st get her interested in even going to the potty. @ 3 yo still she could not care less but would remove her own soild pull-up or remove it to poop in hideing, it was deff. time! it was a controll issue for her so I had to make her think it was her idea to go. I told her a story the next day about poop that I made up that night and for the most part it worked! I told her that all poop has a home. Home is in Brownville. Her poop needed to get home to its mommy and daddy and the only way it could get there was if she sent it down the potty or the poop highway( yes this was gross but she did respond to it). She was empathetic because she could not imagine needing to get home to her mommy and daddy. She is almost 5 now and still says w/ every flush "bye poopy/pee, you go home now." Child number two heard her say this as she got older and just kinda knew the story w/out ever realy being told. She was potty trained by 2 1/2yo, I did almost nothing to train her.

Jessica - posted on 01/02/2010

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You can't force your child to go potty. I know my son (PJ) isn't ready to be potty trained. Once in awhile, he will go to the bathroom. He will take out his potty seat (that does directly on the toilet seat) , step stool and go potty while reading a book. I don't do pull ups, they are just like diapers. I didn't buy a potty seat, because then you have to teach your child to pee/poop in the big toilet after you get done teaching them in the potty seat. Boys are normally ready to be potty trained couple of months before or after their 3rd birthday. My mom has had 4 boys, and they all were potty trained before (couple of moths) or after their 3rd birthday.

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Upasana - posted on 03/20/2011

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my elder son who just turned 4 yesterday learnt potty traning when he was 2 1/2 my younger son who is 2 1/2 now does not want to sit on the pot plz suggest how to train him as he is going to start going to school in another 3 days

Gloria - posted on 08/18/2010

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My 3 year old Boy Started potty training at the age of 2. A year later he was fully potty trained at school, home, outings, all night (no pull ups, just big boy underwear)... Then out of no where he starts wetting the bed again! it's so frustrating. i don't wanna go backwards and put pull-ups on him again, Is this normal, what do you suggest?

Kat - posted on 08/15/2010

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Okay so here's my situation if any have advice I am open to them all.... My 3 year old daughter has a speech issue so she doesn't always understand and can't really explain herself clearly on everything. She has learned a lot in the last year and I'm sure she'll keep learning but she is not potty trained at all. Within the last month we have been telling her she needs to go potty in the bathroom and on the toilet but we know she doesn't really understand... Then one day when changing her she said "I poppy" and she was.... Now she says "I poppy" and sometimes she is sometimes she's not she'll say "I wet" but most of the time she says these things after she's gone in her diaper.... Then I've notice sometimes that she pulls on her diaper and says "my diaper" so I feel that's her way of telling us she's ready to learn but I just don't know where to go from here... So any tips would be helpful

Ebony - posted on 07/29/2010

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Putting my 2 yr old in panties did the trick for me. Within days she was going to the potty all on her own. This has worked out for alot of other moms that I know.

Candis - posted on 07/19/2010

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I guess my daughter was a slow starter because she would love the idea of sitting on the potty but never used it and they say poopy is the hardest to get them to do well believe i or not for about the past year she has been pooping on the potty no problem as far as pee its been for about 5 months i didnt do the rewards because i felt that my child shouldnt learn you will be rewarded for something you are supposed to do without say so i just bought her panties and she loved it cause they had characters and she has had some accidents but for the most part night and day pee on the potty now if only i could get my 14 month old to do it too lol

Jackie - posted on 06/30/2010

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This is our second and final attempt at potty training (we will be having our third child in November, and our son will be 20 months old, so I do not want to even go there). My daughter turned 3 a couple of weeks ago, and we have been potty training for two weeks. The first time I attempted to potty train her, she did great for almost a month and then decided she was going to have nothing to do with anything but the diaper. I saved myself some frustration and decided to wait a little bit.

I am still doing the same thing I did before as far as method, but the great thing that she does now is actually tells me when she needs to use the potty, or if I ask her if she needs to go use the potty she might say no, and then after thinking about it knows she does have to. She has great control, so I don't have to worry about her telling me and not holding it until she gets there. The only thing I am doing differently that she likes better is using the little potties. The first time, we just used to seat that sits on top of the big potty. She actually went over to some friend's without me or my husband and stayed dry the whole time, so I know she can do it just fine.

The lingering problem with her is getting her to poop in the potty. I stopped putting pullups on her during her day time nap, but still at night time. This afternoon she pooped and peed in her panties and then proceeded to drop the poop in the potty, so she is getting half of it, just not sitting and not going somewhere else first. She has been saving her time to poop until night time when the pullups are on her, so this afternoon was the first time she has pooped in her panties in at least 3 weeks. I think it might take a little longer for her to get that she needs to get out of bed and sit on the potty, I am not sure.

Does anyone have any ideas? Should I put her little potty in her room when she goes to bed so she can see it? She is doing very well, she has just never gone poop sitting down, and I think it might be a comfort level type thing to have her pullup and go in it. And she didn't go to her potty to tee-tee, so I am thinking it might just be her being in bed.

Tina - posted on 06/28/2010

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I know this tip won't help any of you now only if you have to potty train another one. I have 5 and I have done it pretty much the same with all of them with a little differences here and there. As soon as my kids turned 1 I introducted the potty to them. They would sit on the potty as soon as they woke up or when I went. My daughter went the first time ever put on it. When doing it this way they think it's something cool. It's before their independent stage and when they want to do what you are doing. One of my sons were potty trained at 13 months. One son prefered to pee outside. My daughter was a late walker and was pretty much potty trained before she walked. Potty training was never a big issue for us. My neice did the same with her kids and they did extreemely well also.

Wendy - posted on 06/27/2010

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My son Devin just turned 3 and was doing well at potty training at daycare, so I put him in pull-ups and tried potty training at home as well. He was somewhat successful, but not always, so I just assumed that he wasn't completely ready yet. He moved into another class at daycare and it seems like the potty training has gone backwards. All of a sudden, he's had no interest in going on the potty at all, so I'm not really sure what's going on. He had no interest using the floor potty seat, just always stood up to go pee pee, never has pooed on the toilet yet. He's comfortable sitting on the potty seat (when he feels like it) but most of the time, it's a real fight to get him to go potty anymore. I think I may have been pushing him too hard to go on the potty, so I think I'm going to back off some and see if we can move ahead with it. I was hoping he would be trained by the end of the summer, but maybe not! I'm glad to read that I'm not the only one frustrated with potty training!

Thea - posted on 06/03/2010

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my daughter is almost 3 and she will use the potty when she feels like it. most of the time she poops in it and will not pee. she will put the potty in what ever room she is in so she don't have to go far to use it...

Leslie - posted on 06/01/2010

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Don't ask if they "have to go?" instead take them to the potty every 20 minutes or so. They will always say "no."

Catherine - posted on 06/01/2010

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tried my son on a couple of occassions but he just was not interested so I did not stress just thought ok , he was at pre-school one morning went to one of his teachers and said " take off my nappy please I am a big boy" 3 weeks later we have had no more nappies only at night and only 3 accidents in this time my advise would be let your child decided when ther ready unless your up for cleaning up lots of accidents alot less stress that way x

Nancy - posted on 05/18/2010

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I try everything but one day I decide to put him only regular underwear and I tell him if learns soon he can go to school (he has been asking to go to school like his cousins) he had accidents day and night but he was good in 3 days he even wake up at midnight or 3am to go if he needs too but no drinks 2 hrs before he goes to sleep but I'm still have a problem with poo he goes sit down and nothing then like 1 or 2 hrs later he do it in his pants... Please help me if you know something

Leanna - posted on 05/13/2010

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My Little girl has NO interest in potty training for me... She will go for just about everyone else... including her 9 year old cousin... but if mommy tries... its a NO GO! I want her to be a big girl and shell sit there all say with me but will hold it until someone else comes in! Ive tried everything... bribes and big girl panties... Is anyone elses daughter so anti-mommy on the potty training front??

Kristin - posted on 05/11/2010

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we started potty training with keeping the little potty chair in the room where my son spends most of the time. he would sit on the potty watching his tv shows. after he did his thing, we would reward him with stickers that were kept on the bathroom sink and his reward chart was taped to the bathroom door. he now doesnt want stickers; he just wants us to praise him and he says " I WIN" everytime he goes to the potty. he also likes to dump it in the big potty and flushes the toliet all by himself.

Jayne - posted on 05/01/2010

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I THINK FOR ALOT OF YOU THE ANSWER IS YOURHILDS NOT READY! They will tel you when they ready to come out of diapers/ nappys not yolu telling them. my daughters been wearing pants for a day or so because SHE wanted to! If they out of pull ups or nappies dont put them back in them it only confuses them! and if ou wait til they bout three you'll find they'll not only use the toilet butthey'll tell you when they need to and there wil be nothing to train as it will be natural. there may be an acident if there's no access to a toilet but otherwise it shouldnt be hard work (THE'L GO WHEN THEY'RE READY)

Jayne - posted on 05/01/2010

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Sounds like my wee 1 shel be 3 in june started trainig a couple o days ago! (recommended age in UK is 3) been rilliant understands it all and in 3 days i've had 1 accident partly my fault as we'd went swimming and i dressed her before putting her on toilet! but apart from that all good doesnt really say when she needs to go but when i put her on she goes only prob is doesnt go to toilet at bed time so i still putting nappy on but she takes it off and puts pants on but there's accidents. tryig a potthair in her room as she comfy using it!

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I had my soon to be 3 yrs old's potty in the living room and had him sit every hour then when he pee in it i told him baby pee needs to get home to his mom and dad lets go flush him it worked because he started telling me every time he had to pee i then started putting him on our toilet in the bathroom about a couple days later. I then completely took away the diapers unless he was going down for a nap or to bed for the night and he wore underpants not pull up and has a couple accidents but quickly learned he didnt like being wet. He pooped once in his underwear and got so grossed out he's never done it since and excitedly tells me he has to go pee or poop now this has been going on for the last 3 weeks yeah. He's not allowed any thing to drink 2-3 hours at night and hes only had one accident in that 3 weeks at night. he's only allowed pull ups sometimes when we go on longer trips where we dont know where all the toilets are but hes been really good holding it. Potty training takes alot of patience make sure you have nothing to do so you can get a good routine going then start little outtings good luck and they will eventually get it. this is our 3 attempt and i think we did it dont give up they truly have to be ready.

Reward them with underwear when they use the toilet no candy.

Katrina - posted on 04/22/2010

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my daughter haley did well for about a couple weeks, then all of a sudden she just stopped and went back to going in her pullups. She wants no part of going on the potty and says that she's still a baby and doesnt want to be a big girl. I just don't know what to do. i'm trying to not push it but she's about to be three and i would like her potty-trained before summer starts.

Fyonna - posted on 04/07/2010

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Oh yeah, forgot the mention the method!! LOL.
I would set an alarm at home for every hour, and when the alarm went off, I'd jump up and yell excitedly, "It's potty time!!!" BJ would then sit on his potty for a few minutes and he knew if he had a wee in it, he got a little lolly, and if he did a poo, he'd get a lolly pop.
We did this routine every day at home for 3 days, then when we went out of the house, I'd make sure we were always near a toilet, and we'd go (with his travel potty) every hour. It took about 2 weeks of this, then after that time, he could stretch out to about 2 hours in between wees. After about another week, he would tell me he didn't want to go wees when I asked him, so I'd just keep reminding him that if he wanted to go to the potty, he had to tell me.
I'd also prompt him every couple of hours and ask, "Do you need to have a wee?" This went on for a few weeks until he got to the point where he would actually say, "Mummy, I need to wee." Wonderful!

Fyonna - posted on 04/07/2010

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My almost-3-yr-old son is fully toilet trained now. I was advised by my childcare centre that my son, BJ, seemed ready for potty training (this was about mid-January), so they helped me during the day while he was there (3 days a week) and I did what they were doing while we were at home. He used the potty at first and nothing else, but then we got steps with a toilet seat and showed him how to use the toilet at home. He then wanted to wee just like daddy so we bought him a little heat-sensitive picture you stick into the back of the toilet for him to aim at. When he wees on it, a picture is revealed. Lots of fun!!
He still wears nappies at night time and still has a few accidents on the odd day, but he's really good now. Also, when we go out, he won't use a big toilet - only a baby toilet or his travel potty. I've learnt this one the hard way!! I'm looking forward to my 16 month old daughter wanting to use the potty next, because I think BJ will be really helpful.
The one main thing I've had to remember is to not get angry with BJ when he has days where he wets his pants all day, or doesn't make it to the toilet in time. Patience, patience, patience!

Jackie - posted on 04/07/2010

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We started potty training 3 or 4 weeks ago, and I really wanted a method, or an idea of a method to go by before I started with my daughter. The first three days we sat on the potty every twenty minutes (with the help of a timer), which is A LOT, and took pretty much all of my time those three days. We are at the point now where I can get her to sit on the potty and go 30 minutes or so after she drinks something, and I believe she holds it in until she sits on the potty unless its too much. She still does not tell me if she needs to go, and she saves going poop for when I put a pull up on her at naptime, and it doesn't phase her a whole lot to go in her panties during the day, she just tells me that she needs to be cleaned up. So thats a hurtle I am trying to get over right now, but haven't been able to unless she is having a hard time going and wants to sit to help her out. I have gone out in public with her wearing panties, and haven't had any accidents yet - these are usually short trips, and she has gone through a whole Sunday with church and everything without having an accident. She is doing much better now, I just really want her to tell me when she needs to go, and for her to want to sit on the potty to poop - because even if I catch her going, she still doesn't want me to help her get to the potty. Any suggestions would be nice!

Franny - posted on 04/05/2010

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well, i have a daughter at 2 yr and 8 months still won't use the potty. she's an extremely stubborn child so we haven't tried to push her, but try to gently encourage her. the thing is, she totally KNOWS how to use the potty, and has used it successfully for both pee and poop since just after she turned 2! we always make a big deal and cheer her on every time. (she's used both a little potty and the regular toilet.) but she WON'T use the toilet regularly. when i try to talk to her about it, she'll just say "No" and doesn't want to talk about it anymore. On the weekends i let her run around naked if the weather isn't too damp and she is more likely to use the potty then, but at daycare she won't even try. sometimes he she will bring me a diaper and demand i put it on her. i am exasperated - so ready to be done w/ diapers - anyone have a clue here of I can do?

Tammy - posted on 04/05/2010

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i so hope the wait till they are ready is true for all kids cos my almost 3 year old little girl is making me very frustrated. She will wee and poo in the big toilet and potty but i have to ask her if she needs to go all the time. She wont tell me when she needs to and sometimes ill ask and she sez she doesn't need to go but 5 seconds later shes wet on the floor. She goes to daycare and they say she tells them when she needs to go but they have small toilets and i think she likes doing it there cos she sees everyone else but how the heck can i make her at home ive tried all i can think of

Nancy - posted on 04/03/2010

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Our daughter who is 2 1/2 just decided a few months back that she didn't want diapers anymore. She took her diaper and threw it on the ground yelling "No more diapers" We had been using the timing method where we took her every 90 min ( a time that we figured out she went most) We didn't ask if she had to go it just became a part of her routine. This took her 2 months on and off until that wonderful morning she made her decision She didn't want diapers. The only difficult thing is that she didn't want them on at night either so I'm finding myself getting up at 1 am and putting her on the potty half asleep. It works for us and so far only a couple of accidents.

Marisa - posted on 04/02/2010

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Honestly I think they just have to be ready. I have a neighbor whose little boy was potty trained before 2 (all though he had an older brother to watch) and my son was 2 1/2. I was ready for a tough battle but it took 3 accidents and one day. I didn't make him sit on the potty, we talked about it, I put him in his bog boy underwear, he had 3 accidents in a row and then the 4th time he told me he had to go potty. That was in January and he has been successful ever since. He even stands up now and goes by him self a lot of the time.

Randy - posted on 03/27/2010

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Right there with you all with my daughter....she was going to daycare and doing well with going there, but since she has been home with me it has been the complete opposite. She cries when I put her on the potty, I tried putting it into the living room, I have tried the sticker thing, the toy thing, the big girl bed thing, and nothing will work...I swear she is going from pull ups straight to depends...any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Reanne - posted on 03/26/2010

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you could try not giving them anything more to drink after six or two hours before going to bed whatever time they go to bed and encourage them to go bathroom before bed that worked really well with my older kids and is working well with my youngest but they do have nights where accidents happen and sometimes its good to wake them up in the night to get them to go bathroom just so they recognize getting up and going we would give them a sip of water or something before bed too just to wet their mouths hope that helps good luck and lot's of patience smile.

ARSENIA - posted on 03/25/2010

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My daughter is fully potty trained in the day!! I don't know to teach her to go pee pee at night...... help please!!!

Reanne - posted on 03/23/2010

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my daughter is 2 years 9months old now and she is doing a great job at potty training she goes on her own doesn't bother to ask me for help anymore it took about a month in a half but she loves to run around the house naked and right now it works she doesn't wear pull ups at all during the day still at night for now i tried training her early when she was just under a year and she was doing great she would go potty with me every time i went til the day her grandpa made a stupid comment that it doesn't count til she can go there herself and do it! Right then she stopped cold turkey and i had to wait to start again when she was 2 it was very discouraging she was ready she was showing me she was ready by keeping her diaper clean and crawling to the bathroom but now things are back on track and she is very independent she loves her big girl panties and she has only had a couple accidents while we were out but that's pretty darn good if you ask me the potty chairs i keep one in each bathroom my advice is once you start using underwear don't fall back into the diaper/pull up situation stick with it sure she had more then a few accidents in hers but then she realized time to go potty and keep her panties try we always do a high five after each potty break she takes. big key part let them come with you and their brothers and sisters to the bathroom to show them this is what they should do etc.... but with little girls watching daddy or their brothers wait for the mess on the floor when they try standing to pee haha too funny been there a few times already with 3 daughters and only one son. but good luck to you all it can be fun training just don't get frustrated or discouraged it will happen in time.

Becky - posted on 03/17/2010

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With my daughter she was potty trained during the day before her 2nd birthday. Granted it was a little tough but well worth it. My tip for daytime potty training is, when he/she first gets up put panties/undies on. Take he/she to the potty about every 30mins, they will get them in the process of going. When he/she goes make sure to praise them, make it a big deal about them potting. With me I would dance around the house with my daughter telling her that she was such a "Big Girl" for using her potty, I would go out & buy her favorite cartoon panties. After 4 days of steady working with her she was daytimed like that. With night time it was a little tricky, but she got it down in about a week, We set her a time that she can't have anything to drink which is 7:30pm, which is about an hour before she goes to bed. This time may not work for everyone it just depends on what time your child goes to bed. I also go into her room and wake her up 12 to get her to potty just in case she happen to have something to drink after 7:30. She has now been fully night time potty trained since the second week in January, day time potty trained for a year now. All children are different when it comes to potty training, I have read books that say some children could wait till they are 5 before they are ready, that it is normal. If you would more advise you message me.

Jolene - posted on 03/10/2010

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The best tip I can give is, don't rush them. When they are ready to use the potty, they will and you'll only frustrate yourself by pushing them too soon. My older two weren't trained until they were 3, and my June 07 baby trained himself this past December. Every kid is different.

Judith - posted on 03/10/2010

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I went with the NAKED technique! At 30 months I told my son we had no more diapers, took his pants off and POOF he was potty trained in 2 days! Now, naptime and bedtime is another story! Still need diapers for that! Another great tip I used with my oldest ... we spent alot of time hiking and camping so that meant alot of outdoor potty times and little boys just love to pee on trees and ants!

Natasha - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son is almost 3 now! I am trying to get him to use his potty! I let him wear undies all day, but he will pee in them! I told him to use his potty but he said No I use my diaper LOL! I dont know what to do! I have to clean up behind him all day and have a huge load of his pee pee laundry end of the day! Any suggestions? My daughter didnt need any more diapers at 2.5! I didnt have any problems with her! One day she was sitting on the toilet all by herself! =) I had one of those toilet seats tho! I tried that with my son but he says his scared to sit so high!

Nedine - posted on 03/06/2010

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Hi Dana!
Thanks for the suggestion! My little person is 2.5 and we just started potty training. He sits on the potty during his class time at daycare but at home, we just started "Operation Potty" and have rented books and videos from the library to talk about using the potty. Also, a friend suggestion a "treat" if he were to use the potty. Our treats are something special that he is not accustomed to having. We use sugar free lollipops and gummy bears. We only had to use treats for less than a week. Now, even when he is visiting my Parents, he will ask to use the potty. He are using the potty at least 2 times a day. I am not in earnest forcing the issue. My goal is to have him fully potty trained by age 3.

Richelle - posted on 03/03/2010

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honestly i have two older girls, so my two year old just wants to be a big girl like them. and letting them pick out their own underwear at the store helps.

Zoey - posted on 03/02/2010

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I started potty-training my son at 25 months. At first, I had the hardest time with him...he only went pee in his little potty-training toilet, but wouldn't go poopy..only in the big toilet. I couldn't use pull-ups on him, he treated them like a diaper...he had to wear his "big boy chonies". I finally got fed up with the little toilet after a month because he was too big for it and there would end up being more pee on the floor than in the potty, so I took it away all together and gave him a stool to stand on in front of the big toilet and that's where he's been going since. It's so cute, when he has to go potty he comes up to whoever and says "holda my hand i go bafroom."

Leah - posted on 02/25/2010

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My 2 1/2 year old daughter has a definite interest in using the potty, but she doesn't really know what to do. I've tried putting her in panties at home, and she'll sit on her potty chair, but has no idea what to do on it. I tried taking a dirty diaper and putting its contents in the toilet to show her that's where the poopoo goes, but she still isn't getting it. She even watches her older sister go potty, but still is quite lost as to how to tell when she needs to go. My older daughter, I had the same sort of issue, although she would go pee in the potty once and a while. She finally picked it up one night after watching my boyfriend's 4 yr old son go potty. After that, she never wore another diaper again. Occasional accidents, but not even needing a diaper at night anymore. She was just a month shy of her 3rd bday when she got it down. I'm worried that it's going to be a lot longer than that for my younger daughter. But she is definitely interested, tells me she doesn't want to wear a diaper, takes it off when it's wet and brings it to me.

Nicole - posted on 02/23/2010

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No worries...your not alone! My boy ( 2nd child) is doing the same thing. I think his main issue is that he gags when he looks at poo. He dreads and resist sitting on his potty. With my first child a girl potty training was not hard. She had a very cool purple dino potty chair with the dino neck and head to the front and a cute tail on the back; to start with and loved it. I looked around for something like my daughter's dino potty for my boy but have never found one ;(

Natalie - posted on 02/18/2010

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OK SO IVE BEEN TRYING TO POTTY TRAIN MY SON FOR AWAHILE BUT HE WONT SIT ON THE POTTY! HE HATES WEARING A DIRTY DIAPER AND IMMEDIATELY TAKES IT OFF BUT EVERY TIME I TRY TO GET HIM TO GO ON THE POTTY HE SCREAMS NO AND RUNS AWAY=( ANY SUGGESTIONS?

Jess - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son nathan is a very difficult lil guy, hes smart but he plays dumb all the time.. n hes been like this with everything... crawling.. walking.. and now potty training.. he doesnt do it til he absolutely has to.. until he finds it benefits him.. And ive tried offering rewards if he goes on the potty or even tells me that he went poop or pee in his diaper.. he refuses to come alert me when he goes in a diaper/pull-up and even when i stay on him n put him on the potty every half hour or so.. he'll sit on the potty for a good 15 mins at a time and not go n then go potty in his diaper/pull-up.. hes stubborn n i dont know wat to do.. hes also still in the crib im wonderin if i move him to a trainin bed maybe it will help with potty training somehow? make him feel like a big boy? hes almost 3 and hes just so stubborn i dont know what to do.

Zayni - posted on 02/16/2010

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Glad to hear i'm not the only one with that problem.Potty training is a nightmare.My son never took to the potty.We got him to pee standing up but the refuse to poo at all.We even decided to leave him with this dirty pants but his way to clever and takes it off all by himself

Raina - posted on 02/14/2010

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Well apart from my previous post on this subject I am using the M & M method. Two for pee and four for poo. He also gets a prize for poo. It is working very well so far. Still having a little trouble with the poo part but most of the time I can catch before he goes. hope it helps

Angel - posted on 02/05/2010

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my daughter is the same way just recently ive gotten her to go twice in the potty yesss! lol and she'll tell me if she needs to go and then just sit there and not do anything. If she poops she'll go stand off somewhere and say "dont bother me" or "go in the living room" lol until shes done then she'll want to be changed, I think she picked that up from her big sister she did the SAME thing at her age!

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son is 2 1/2 and has peeing in the potty down. He just wont poop! I have tried the reward system and he just says, "No thank you poop in potty." Very polite, but very frustrating. I have an 11 month old, as well as a baby on the way and I do not really fancy having 3 in diapers! I dont want to force anything, or get stern, because I think it will get worse and he will have no interest at all. He knows when he's got to go, he'll bring me a diaper and say, "Mom, I've gotta poop." Child! If you know you gotta go, then use the potty!! lol Good to know though that I am not the only one with a 2 1/2 year old that is having a difficult time getting the total hang of things! Best of luck to all the mommies trying!

Ivelisse - posted on 02/01/2010

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Well, my son is 2 1/2 and he refuses.... I mean REFUSES to use the potty. Screams through the entire house trying to get away from me. I purchased the potty trainer when he turned two and it's now 7 months and I can count on one hand how many times he's used it. I finally decided to buy him pull ups which I didn't use for my oldest and even that was drama. He didn't want anything to do with them. I finally have him used to the pull ups after letting cry for an hour with them on and now wondering how the heck I'm going to get him past this stage. I don't want to traumatize him but I don't want to have a 3yr old still pooping in a diaper plus it's getting expensive.....

Kandace - posted on 01/30/2010

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potty training for me is always quick and easy. take all diapers away. its messy but they get the hint!

Melissa - posted on 01/28/2010

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Our 2 1/2 yr old is down right stubborn and refuses to go on the potty and wear the underwear (btw we let her pick out) I'm letting her tell me when she's ready, it's not worth fighting with her I figure when she's ready she'll let me know, she does wear pull ups though ...NOW on the other hand my 4 yr son was so easy (fully potty trained by 2 1/2I offered him a quarter everytime he went on the potty (we didn't have a glorified kids potty, I bought the potty that goes over the regular toliet bowl, I see potty as something they must do not a game) and we put a piggy bank on the back of the toliet, when he went potty I gave him a qtr once he filled it 1/2 way we'd go buy a toy and he was potty trained in no time.

Susan - posted on 01/27/2010

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I am so happy to hear of other mothers having the same challenge as me....we are down to using pull ups only at night, but am tired of the wet pants during the day..On a ggod day he will use at least 2 pants (good day because he was reminded every 30 minutes to go) on a bad day he could use 5..The biggest problem is that he will not volunteer the information on when he wants to go, although he has much to say about what channel of TV we should watch, wanting to wear my perfume, shoes etc etc etc..I am thinking of quiting until he asks to go to potty himself, but am weary he may be the only kid in pull ups at kindergarten... The struggle continues and yes its become a struggle

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