potty training disaster

Nicole - posted on 09/03/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have been trying to potty train my daughter the problem is that she thinks going to the potty means telling me AFTER she has already gone in her panties. how do I teach her to tell me BEFORE she goes?

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Telling you after is actually part of the process. I know it is really frustrating but before they learn to recognise that it is GOING to happen, they have to learn to recognise that it has ALREADY happened. We put our daughter back into nappies while this was happeneing but everytime she told us she had done something we took her to the toilet, made her sit for a little while & flushed etc. We had a few successes where she managed to do something while she was sitting there & eventually she started telling us that she 'needed' to do a poo & we got going that way.

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Lenka - posted on 09/29/2010

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More progress than I've made...she is still entirely dependent on me to prompt her, and will happily sit in wee if i don't.

Brandy - posted on 09/24/2010

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OMG...that is my problem too! How the heck do you do this??? I have tried everything...and she seems as if she wants to and she really wants to wear big girl panties so she could go to pre-school...but still tells me after...we have 4 stickers on our potty chart and I think they were all by accident! LOL...anyone please give advise!!!

Leeca - posted on 09/22/2010

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My son is not potty trained yet. I ask him throughout the day if he has to go potty and he typically says no. I dont think he is really ready yet. He wont even admit he has poop when he does. But when I put him on the potty and ask him to try he does go. Pee only not poop. Keep trying.

Johanne - posted on 09/22/2010

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I started to introduce the concept of potty training months before my daughter (born March 18) turned two. I was somehow pre-conditioning her mind by telling her that she is growing up and that she'll eventually have to "pee" and "poo" in the potty like mommy and daddy. Occasionally, we would watch videos or little snippets on youtube about it--my goal was just to have her mind ready so I didn't buy a whole DVD. So from there, I just waited till she showed signs of readiness.

And so I started potty training the day she told me to ( at 25 months). She was excited but her enthusiasm wasn't the same with her progress! But I knew she just needed more encouraging. I let her run around the house without any underwear on. I purposely let her "pee" on herself to let her know what it would be like without the diapers! But I did also put her in the potty every 1.5 hours. Eventually she kind of got the concept but, like your child, would feel the need to go to the potty AFTER she really needed to. But I had to recognize that that was progress! I commended her for "knowing" and encouraged her to keep trying. When she did get it right, I offer a treat and jump up and down with excitement just to show her how happy she made me! My daughter finally caught on to it. There were still some accidents even when she knew she had to go. But now she is fully potty trained during the DAY. The whole no-more-diapers-at-night thing will be a whole different feat! Good luck!

Anna - posted on 09/21/2010

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I would love to know the answer too. My daughter is 2 and a half. For a while she did well with her dad and I taking her like every 2 hours to at least try to potty. But now she is back to the telling after she has done it business. I am really considering putting her in the training pantie and hiding all of the diapers so she thinks she has no choice but to potty like a big girl. There are days that I do want to give up, my daughter is incredibly stubborn.

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It is definately a stage of the training process, my daughter went through this for some time before she could tell that she needed to go and not just that she had already been. Keep perservering they all do it in their own time. We have been working at it for several months and still not fully trained, but I am letting her do it in her own time and not pushing. plenty of encouragement and stickers are helping me.

Laura - posted on 09/04/2010

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my daughter just turned 2 1/2 and with her the more i pushed the more she wouldn't do it. so i gave up and told her we couldn't go to the park or library any more till she learned to use the big girl potty 2 weeks later she decided to do it on her own. Good luck

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