Help... Im Trying To Start Potty Training My Little Girl?

Chrisitna - posted on 09/25/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am a new mom and my daughter is a little over 2 years old She is bright and has done everything on time or before she was supposed to... But this potty thing is a little different.. When we tried to put her on the big potty with a seat she screamed so when she was 18 months or so I got her a potty chair that sings when you use it..She loved it, I have tried to get her to use it a few times and everyone got on me for it.. saying that shes to young and will when she is ready. If I push her it may take longer , so i stopped trying to force her.. She is always going to the bathroom when i go and i have her sit on the potty when i do but she never goes.. My daughter is fully aware when her diaper is soiled and can not stand to wear them that way for even a few moments, so she will tell me or simply take it off herself... I did not know what more to do... So I guess you could sayI backed off, let her move at her own pace, and waited for her to show signs of being ready... Well 2 weeks ago her grandmother was trying to get her to come out of the bathroom and Shut the door... she replied "No grandma I have to potty." Her grandma took her diaper off and sat her on the potty and she went peepee.. Grandma was shocked and Her father and I were gone, So we were called on the phone the moment it happened...And Everyone of course acting a fool and praising her for it (jumping, clapping, yelling, and telling her what a good job she did) the whole 9 yards. But I don't think she was ever rewarded for it and it only happened that one time, I kind of think it may have scared her or something the way everyone was acting .We ask her all the time when she is going to use her potty again like a big girl, and she just acts like we are crazy.. I don't know but To me That is more than her showing signs that she is ready, Heck she did it on her own.. Now I just need some pointers on getting her to do this all the time and if i reward her what do i reward her with( i cant and dont want to give her candy everytime she goes potty, Sheesh.. thats a lot of junk food and cant be good for her) Can anyone give me advice on what to do? Tell me what has worked for your children? Also at what age did you start your child? and approximately how long did it take? Do you think we could have scared her or made her lose interest? Help, In Need Of Advice , A Little Confused ? Suggestions Please...

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Amanda - posted on 11/08/2011

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My son is 29 months old and he is fully potty trained. When he was crawling and walking he would always barge in the bathroom when my husband or i was going and we would explain what we were doing. A month or two before he turned 2 he started taking off his diaper after he peed/pooped and run to the bathroom and get on the potty. We would just continue to ask him all day if he had to go and put him on the potty whether he had to go or not and if he would go we would get all excited and dance around etc. After awhile we bought underwear and put them UNDER the diaper. When he would pee he would immediately take his diaper off and run to the potty because he didnt like the feeling of wet underwear and it didnt take too long til we took the diaper off and just wore underwear. Going out in public i would have a diaper on his and just ask about every 5 minutes if he had to go to keep his focus better. Night time we kept just a diaper and it only took about a month to not have any accidents at all. He was fully potty trained by the time he was 26 months. He still has few accidents when he gets REALLY upset and is crying a lot but thats about it. Id say if your child isnt showing signs just introduce them every few weeks dont push them! GOOD LUCK!

Juleen - posted on 11/01/2011

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You're doing fine. Im also potty training my daughter and its only in the last couple of days she has actually done wees in the toilet. I have put her in underwear since saturday & she's doing well. Only wet herself twice today which is a big improvement because the last time i put underwear on her i went through 4 changes in 4 hours!! When she does go toilet we praise her but don't go overboard or give her treats. we praise her tell her what a good girl she is and give her a big kiss. she is delighted with that. I wouldn't go down the road of giving sweets or anything as my friend did that wit her son & now she has to give them to him all the time which isn't good. just give her time & be relaxed about it. she'll get it in no time then.

Robyn - posted on 10/11/2011

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Me too. My son Christopher is 28 months. He loves to standing on his potty chair to look at myself in the mirror. He is also telling us that he needs a diaper change. How can I get him on thr right track towards potty training so he can be out of diapers before his new baby brother or sister is born? Any advice/suggestions? PLEASE

Gennie - posted on 10/04/2011

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hello....it sounds like you have a good start and that things are falling into place with PTing your daughter. Mine is mostly trained, but we have an occasional accident, usually when she is so involved with something that she forgets until the very last second.....I didn't do candy as an intensive, we didn't do intensives at all with her other than lots and LOTS of praise. We did potty dances and made a huge deal out of her going potty on the toilet, then when she went an entire day without an accident we did a potty party where the whole family (including grandma and grandpa via skype) joined us in celebrating...face it when something is that much fun who doesn't want to do it? LOL I would take a couple of days to log what time she is going before starting anything, kids are more regular than they or you think. After knowing what her times are I would go all in. Hide the diapers and pull ups (don't get rid of them completely just yet) and go to panties and make sure to take her just before her charted times. If she is a heavy wetter during naps or bed put on a pull up or a diaper for those times still....
Good luck, and I hope that something works for you! :)

Chrisitna - posted on 10/03/2011

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Thanks Girl, I actually got her to use the bath room on wednesday and it was the regular one not her potty seat so she has used the potty twice now and is a little better.. Im was so proud but im trying not to be pushy , she seems to know when she wants to go so ill just let her take the wheel from here... :o) Im guessing she will do it on her own time..

Katey - posted on 10/03/2011

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Sounds like you are doing a fine job. My daughter started showing signs around 18 months so we got her a potty chair and she is just now potty trained. For my daughter, she likes privacy while she goes. She gets uncomfortable if we hover over her (really who doesn't). Just keep encouraging her but don't push too hard. Some kids just aren't ready till later on. I agree, candy is not a good reward. We did give 2 chocolate chips everytime my daughter went number 2 but for peeing she got a sticker to put on her potty chair. Potty books also helped. I wish I could give you more suggestions but I don't have any. Every child is so different. Good luck with it:)

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