My daughter is 3 years old and only uses the potty at daycare. Never at home. Help? Tips?

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Melissa - posted on 04/26/2010

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I would ask what the daycare is doing and see if its something different. Maybe they are offering an incentive and that's what is getting her to go. My oldest was told at daycare that he would get a toy if he went potty.

Carolyn - posted on 04/23/2010

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Hello Sarah, What are the tools you are using? I used them all, brib, chart, new potty chair, Potty insert, got rid of diapers and used pull up (big girl undies) and stickers. She would go on the potty once and a while, but the most part thought it was a game not to. What i finally did was dug my heels in and told her she is a big girl and all big girls go on the potty and wear real undies. I put her real undies on her that she got for Christmas and said we are going every 20 min to the potty to see if you have to go. she had a few accidents, but by the fourth day no accidents she was taking her self to the potty it was amazing. We high fived after every time for a few days until she got bored of that. She wears night time pull ups at night just in case and so I know she is having a good nights sleep.

Kayla - posted on 04/22/2010

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We did big boy underwear and basically just stopped the pull ups because they seemed to be the reason that he wouldn't go in the potty, kind of like a diaper. We do the potty chart with stickers, a toilet insert on top of the regular toilet, small rewards for when he goes all day without an accident and a bigger one when waking up dry. We jump up and down in excitement when he does go and wash his hands. The underwear so far has been the best thing that has worked for him though. Trying praising her when she does go and get super excited. At first I felt real dumb when I did this but he liked it and was very happy when I acted like a dork. LOL!

Casey - posted on 04/22/2010

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We put big girl underwear on our daughter and it helps. When she has a pull-up on she feels like she can just go in that. With the big girl undies she doesn't like to feel wet so when she starts to have to go she tells us and she goes. Good luck!

Valerie - posted on 04/21/2010

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My son just recently did the same thing. We just started putting big boy undies on him and he wet them a few times and really didn't like that. We just kept to it and asked him everyday when he got home from daycare. He finally decided he didn't like being wet anymore at home and went to the potty. I hope that this helps. We have to ask him every 30 minutes or so but now he will tell us when he needs to go.

Angie - posted on 04/20/2010

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My child is somewhat the same way, He will use the potty before he gets in the bathtub at night but not any other time. We celebrate and clap and tell him what a good job that is and while it is very frustrating at times like during the day when he doesn't want to use it at all, I'm just taking it all a little bit at a time... I do like the other mom's here and use stickers and he thinks you are giving him the world... I'm going to make him a chart to put the stickers on so he can fill it up and see if that helps... I let him go to the store and pick out his own potty, I didn't care as long as it got him interested and it still took him a while, but I'll take this little bit over nothing at all! Maybe get a potty like they have at the daycare if that is possible... my child has no interest in a big potty but I have heard of the cheerio trick before! Hang in there, she'll catch on before long!

Michelle - posted on 04/20/2010

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Sometimes the larger potties are scarier then the smaller ones that they have at daycare...
do you have a fun potty insert? We have a princess one that my daughter loves.
Sometimes when she doesn't want to go potty before bed we try the same approach as with little boys... we throw a couple cheerios in the toilet and see if she can pee on them!

Dori - posted on 04/18/2010

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Have you tried a potty chart?? I trained both my son and daughter with a potty chart, make calendar type chart, everytime she goes, let her put a sticker in the box, when the chart is filled up, let her go get a prize... Dollar Store toys are cheap... she will love it...

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