Trying to Potty Train My 2yr old! HELP

Michelle - posted on 08/22/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Been trying to potty train my daughter since last Dec 2008. She is now 2yrs and a couple of mos. We tried Pull-Ups and those confused her. We had have some sucess with the cotten underwear and plastic underpants. She knows when she must go but mostly its to late! We're trying to be patience and understanding with her. Any tips????

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Corie - posted on 08/26/2009

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You have to learn her schedule of going to the restroom; what i mean by that is that you have to figure out how long it takes after she has had something to eat or drink it takes for her to go to the restroom

Rebecca - posted on 08/26/2009

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Just remember that two is still pretty young. My Daughter is two and a half and she just started to use the potty. I did try the incentive thing when she was two but she had no interest. She would scream when we put her on the potty. So I backed off and waited until she showed more interst. I think that it is good to wait for them to show you that they are ready. Every child is different however and you need to find out what is right for them. My son was three before showed any interest.

Andrea - posted on 08/25/2009

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every kid is differnt my oldest was 4 my middle was 18mths my youngest was 2 just remind her often to go

Melissa - posted on 08/25/2009

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Hi Michelle, One of my friends was training her daughter and everytime the little girl would do a wee on the potty or toilet, they would have someone who was in on the training, like your Mum or a friend, and when she did a wee, they would ring the friend and ask for Dora or someone the little girl loves and tell Dora she did a wee on the potty and of course Dora would make a big deal about it, and so on. Then oneday when down the track as time goes by the litle one was weeing on the toilet and had forgotten all about Dora..Hope this helps some what..:-)

Analilia - posted on 08/25/2009

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I have a 2 year old daughter who has been potty trained. What I did at first I would let her run around with just a shirt on NO diaper or pull up, or under pants so that when she had to go it would reminder her that she didn't have anything on, causing her to sit in the potty chair. I would also ask her every 5 to10 minutes "Do you what to sit in the potty?" or "Do you need to go potty" to remind her that she needed to use it. On top of all that I would give her a lot of water, so that she would eventually have to go. It took us like a month or so to train her. Shes fully train to go in the day, and now I'm working on having her go at night. I will let you know how it goes...

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To be totally honest i waited till my son was three i tried at 2 but he to me wasnt ready. But as soon as he turned three I put underpants on him and within two weeks he was fully potty trained. And I truly believed it was because i waited and he knew what to do...

Sharron - posted on 08/25/2009

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Place her pottie chair in the place where she is most comfortable. This is a little strange, but girl go where they are most comfortable. If she squats in the corner of the living room then put the potty chair there. Just try it she will start to go often. It just reminding her that she has to go, because she can see the chair.

Michelle - posted on 08/25/2009

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Michelle, it is really trial and error. What works for one may not work for another. My oldest who is 19 trained himself. I didn't do a thing. I can't even remember how I trained my second one. My third I let run around without a diaper/pull-up or anything for a few days before it all clicked. My fourth and fifth were the hardest. I started trying to train them when they were 2 but nothing I did seemed to work then when they turned 3 they both just figured it out.

The best advice anyone can give you is to be patient and realize it is a small thing that will eventually just happen.

Michelle

Donna - posted on 08/25/2009

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I have a 5 year old son. he was 4 when he was potty trained, but he was trained within the day. I just let him decide when he wanted to go, and one day I had run out of pullups for him, so I put him in underwear. He had maybe 2 accidents that day, and then after that he used the toilet regularly. It was almost too easy.

Rachael - posted on 08/24/2009

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Don't push her. It will happen when she is ready. Sticker charts are great. Find something she likes, but always remember not to make it a power struggle.

Kim - posted on 08/24/2009

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As stupid as this sounds I had to take pics of my daughter to potty train her. It included sitting on potty, a turd in the toliet, washing her hands, putting her sticker on the board everything! Then i put them in a little photo album and she'd look at the pics and finally is all trained! I know this sounds crazy but it was the only thing that worked for my stubborn little darling. Good luck

Gretchen - posted on 08/24/2009

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Honestly-each child is different and what works for one-won't for another-my oldest needed to "see" another child going potty-my youngest just needed cloth underwear-pull ups were too confusing for both-sometimes 2 year olds aren't quite ready yet-your child will let you know when the time is right-and honestly don't listen to my child was trained in a day-that doesn't happen often-if at all-there are usually lots of accidents

Vickie - posted on 08/24/2009

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My daughter was two and a half before we were able to potty train her, She would want a diaper on all the time, we finally had to take all diapers away and tell her to go "try" to potty every 45 min or so, with in a couple of days she had it down and we have been in big girl panties ever since. Beware though that she refused to poop for a week before she would poop in the potty, by the time she did poop it was very painful for her. My son is 3 1/2 and we are still having potty issues. We poop in the potty just fine but peeing is a off and on thing. A lot of times he is just too distracted to remember to go potty, may take slowing things down for a couple of days and working with her without a lot of extra things going on. Good Luck!

Tamara - posted on 08/24/2009

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For my daughter I bought her a chair that sings when something goes in it, then she got to put a star sticker for every potty on a chart on the wall. With my son I put fruit loops in the toilet, just a few, and told him to aim at them. This was great fun to him so he wanted to do it a lot! Good luck!

Bridgett - posted on 08/23/2009

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I know exactly how you feel. My son is 5 and we just got him fully potty trained. My daughter is 4 and we are still trying to fully potty train her. We have tried everything from rewards to punishments. Finally we gave up and she started going in the potty. My advice..just let her be. She will do it when she is ready. The more you get upset about it the less interest she will have.



My daughter really wants to go to dance class, so we told her that she cannot wear diapers or pull ups to dance class and that seems to help. Don't stress about getting her potty trained. I have been told that the average child isn't fully potty trained until 4.



Good Luck, Bridgett

Ariel - posted on 08/23/2009

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Hello, I have three children. All of which I have potty trained by reminding myself. I set a timer every 40 to 50 min. I set them on the potty. sometimes they wont go but they get the idea. It only takes a few days of training then you just remind them.

Michelle - posted on 08/23/2009

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Thanks for all the encouraging advise Ladies! Last night she went on the potty a had lit ones and then when we came home she had an accident in her panties but we fixed it !!!

Will keep you all updated with whats going on with Lit Miss Briana real soon!

Thanks Again,

Michelle

Sherri - posted on 08/22/2009

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Hello :) Not sure if this will help but this is how I potty trained my 2 oldest children ... We went to Walmart and bought one of the little kids gum despensers ( you can use any kind of special treat ) , at first when we took them and they just sat on their potty chair we gave them one of the treats ( this got them interested in going to their potty chair and overcomming their fear of it because they no longer seen it as a scary thing ) . We would take them to the potty chair about every 30 minutes to an hour ( it may be different with your child ) . Then after the first few days of that we told them that they had to pee in their potty ot get their treat , it seemed like it was no time at all and they were peeing in their potty chair . After a few days of that we told them they could have another treat once they went poo poo in their potty ( this took alittle longer , but it worked ) . They still had accidents , but we just reassured them , gave them a hug and told them it was ok :) . Hope this helps . With our little girl all she wanted was big girl underware ( ones with barbies , dora the explorer and so on ) so we told her when she started using the potty in her potty chair that she could have her big girl undies and within a couple monts she had it down . :)

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I have 2 boys and we also used to give them prizes. Small cars or stickers. I bought a huge book of stickers and cut each page to 4, like that every time they got a few and didn't cost an arm and a leg. Show her what a big girl she is and how much you are proud of her. A friend of mine used another method with her son. She had a huge table on the wall in the bathromm with the days and every time he got it right she marked it for him to see. At the end of each week he got a prize. The daily system didn't work for her so she extended it for a week to give him a prize. I am a big believer that when it comes to kids the best method is the one that works for you and your child. I hope you find the right one for the 2 of you. Osnat http://maaslife.blogspot.com/2009/08/goi...

Stacy - posted on 08/22/2009

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Hi, what worked for us since I stayed at home w/ Hannah we had her go about 3 days w/ o pants, of course we couldn't leave the house but it worked. We did the same w/ her twin sisters recently and it worked for them as well. Now if we could get our 4 yr old to stop bed wetting we'd be pullup free! Goodluck!

Michelle - posted on 08/22/2009

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Thx for all the help Elizabeth! God Bless You! You did have your hands full, but I bet it was easy with the last child. I will be more consistent and patience with her! Thx again!!

Michelle:)

Elizabeth - posted on 08/22/2009

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Hi, I'm a mother of four children. Two who my husband had in a previous marriage, one I had before meeting my husband and one of our own.When I met him, they were two and three, and my daughter was one. They were not potty trained so I had a lot on my plate. I was also a working mother. I immediately put them in underwear, showed them the potty and gave them little incentives such as recess pieces or an M & M. I would make sure ten to fifteen minutes after drinking I had them sit on the potty. Being consistent is a must. Alternating pull-ups and plastic undies is a waste of time. There will be accident but eventually they get it. The children are now eight, seven, and six. Now I have a three year old, who was so easy to potty train seeing her big sisters. So be patient, you will survive potty training. Then comes all the other fun stuff.... :)

Michelle - posted on 08/22/2009

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Thanks for the advise, Alana! I have a 5yr boy who though most of his potty training was fairly simple. Like what you did with your daughter we did that with my son but with small cars from the dollar store! So we will see what happens with our daughter!!! Again Thanks so Much!!

Alana - posted on 08/22/2009

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My husband potty trained our daughter in one day. Everytime she would go to the bathroom in the potty he would give her a piece of candy. Not a big piece just like a couple M&M's or something like that. She was trained that day. Good luck!!

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