Weird potty-training issue

Colene - posted on 04/23/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have this weird issue with potty training right now. My 22 month old is interested; she asks to go every time I change her diaper and occasionally at other times. She takes her own pants off, but not diaper. She does go a vast majority of the time, although I think she just likes sitting on it, because sometimes we'll sit there for at least 5 - 10 minutes and nothing happens. I have have to ask her a few times if she's ready to play or go outside before she'll finally get off. The thing is, her diaper is still wet or poopy A LOT even though she is going on the toilet quite a bit. She poops 3-5 times a day and pees many times in very small quantities. So I know she's ready and she has been for well over a month a now, but I also know that her bladder and sphincter are not. Anybody else out there deal with this or have suggestions on the next course of action?

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Sharie - posted on 04/26/2011

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My son is 22 months and he has been using the potty for about a month now. At first he was going pee about every 20 min and not much at all. Then I started watching how much he was drinking during the day! I thought it was a lot so now I only give him water when ever he wants it and milk like 2 times a day. When he was drinking juice he wasn't drinking it because he was thirsty but because it tasted good and he would have about 5 cups if that a day (well it was always mixed with 2/3 water). So now that he mostly only gets water he drinks when he is thirsty. He went from going potty every 20 min to about every 2.5 hours. He can hold it his entire nap and even wears big boy underwear during nap! He still has a few accidents at night but for the most part he wakes up dry.

while she is learning try to limit how much she drinks. If she is drinking a lot she is going to be peeing a lot. Ones she gets the hang of it you don't gave to watch as close. Over the past few days my little guy has just started going to the bathroom by himself and pee in his potty and come back to me naked with his clothes in hand to help him get dresses again.

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Jenny - posted on 05/11/2011

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Go to the toilet every 15 minutes or so (less or more often if needed). That is how I potty trained my oldest. This summer I am going to potty train my middle child! My sister also told me to do this: Don't use pull-up training pants! Not even during nap time or bed time. This actually worked for me also. You might have to change the sheets everyday for a week or two but this will help them (hopefully yours and everyone else's who try this) get potty trained even during sleep time. My friend has a 6 year old still in pull-ups and my son who is 4 and he got potty trained around 2 1/2 years old has never worn them (well he did for a short time till my sister told me to do this). Also don't let them drink anything about 2 hours or so before bed. If they are thirsty I just give him a little to drink not much at all just to satisfy. the drinking before bedtime is the main thing. Jake always drank a sippy cup before he went to sleep so to break him of that was a little hard but not too much. Once he stopped drinking so close to bedtime he stopped going to the bathroom at night. He might wake up on occasion to go to potty in the middle of the night and then go back to sleep. Maybe I am lucky and he did so well with this. I really hope my 2nd child does just as well! It helps me b/c we live out in the country and i let Jake pee outside to help train and he thought that was so much fun. My 3rd is a girl and I can't do that with her! haha! Good Luck on potty training! I hope some of this helped!

Narelle - posted on 05/08/2011

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Sometimes it takes children a little while to know when their bladder or bowel is completely empty. As well as this some children do a poo only once ever couple of days while others go a few times a day. It sounds like she is still learning about how things work with her body. Just keep encouraging her and be positive and it will all come together in the end. Children are just all different and that is ok.



My neice as a little girl had a urinary tract infection which made her wee a little bit lots of times as well. This is something that you could look into as well.

Tiffany - posted on 04/30/2011

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I am in the process of potty training my 22 month old. She was almost completely trained in January but she had a substitute teacher at daycare and I don't think she was taken to the bathroom enough because she just lost momentum, and then so did i. But I am back into it now. Every morning I take her to the potty and she sits there, she usually has a #2 in the mornings so I try to time it accordingly, she has gone #2 in the potty the last 3 mornings and today she is in big girl panties. I have been taking her to the potty every hour. You can't trust what they say sometimes, she will come up to me and say potty, potty, potty and we will go and nothing will happen. But almost every time I take her to the potty she goes peepee. Every child is different and a reflection of how you brought them up so you know what she will respond to best. I give my daughter a sticker every time she uses the potty, she loves it and its kind of incentive to go in the potty. Good luck to you.

Irene - posted on 04/28/2011

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my daughter is 22 months and a week now and have the same problem... she will say she has to pee we will bring her up to the bathroom and she will go... but she will not poo in the potty yet... but try this one weekend my cousin wanted to take her and when she had her she had put a couple drops of food colouring in the potty and she was very much interested and u noe yellow and another colour make a different colour so she had alot of fun with that and it makes her wanna be on the potty so maybe if u try that she will have fun with it as well and might have her wanna go to the bathroom more often with the fun in it :) and m,y daughter gets a kick out of flushing her toilette as well makes her feel like she did good :)

Janessa - posted on 04/28/2011

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My 22 month old is doing very similar things, but what I have learned from my other children is let her call the shots. It is a lot less stressful. I let my little guy sit on the toilet when he wants to, but I am in no way actively potty training him. My other 2 decided on their own when they were ready, and that was when I let them start wearing underwear, and when I started making sure they went in the toilet when they had to go. They'll take the steps necessary naturally if you let them. In fact my second did it overnight. One day he was showing little to no interest, and the next day he was done with diapers and everything clicked, he even did it at night. Anyways, hope that helps, that is just what has worked for us.

Valerie - posted on 04/26/2011

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i would hang in there with her as she likes being there and is successful part of the time...it sure beats having one you have to chase down and hog tie to the potty, lol...perhaps read a book with her or to yourself while she sits...i used to clean the bathroom a bit while they sat

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