Any tips on how to know or start potty training a little girl?

Amanda - posted on 12/28/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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When is a good age to start potty training a little girl she will be 2 in feb?

Any tips on how to start everything and how to get her to use her potty and poop in it too.

thanks any advise is helpful she is my oldest and we also have a 7 month old little girl too. she loves to sit on her potty just not sure how to get her to potty in it.

thanks for the help

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Megan - posted on 01/04/2012

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Mine came to me while I was in the shower and told me "Potty, Potty" so we have started putting her on her toilet. She is more interested in playing on the potty but has gone on it a couple times. We have always talked to her about her potty and told her what it was for. You will know when yours is ready. We let her pick out her own panties and pull ups and she gets to wear her new panties over her diapers so she can be a big girl.

Sarah - posted on 12/31/2011

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I started letting my daughter come to the bathroom with me when I had to #2. So she could see how it's done and #2 is much easier to point out in the potty than #1. We started this after she brought me her changing pad twice over our Thanksgiving holiday when she was wet.
Also for a few months now I have been asking her, "Are you pooping?" when she is doing the I'm pooping grunt.
I'm still pretty new at this myself but yesterday she peed in the potty 2 separate times. Today has been slightly less successful (pottied twice with her diaper off very near to but not actually in the potty).
It seems as though the first step is getting them to acknowledge that something is different "down there", show them how it's done, & then keep showing them how while pointing out where they can do it too.
Everytime I took my daughter into the bathroom and sat down I also talked about her potty, which is 2-ish steps from ours.
Hope this helps! Like I said, I'm new at this too.

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Heather - posted on 01/17/2012

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I have 2 daughters one is 5 and the other is almost 4. Both of which potty trained fairly easy. I started them in the cool alert pull ups, it seemed to help their awareness of being wet, and even when they peed in the pull up I would ask them if they wanted to sit on the potty (the answer started out as a real hit and miss). Eventually they would begin coming to me asking to sit on the potty once they went. This is when I began to ask them every few hours (or about 30-45 minutes after meals/drinks) if they wanted to go sit on the potty. Once they started using the potty at this point they pretty much finished off the process by themselves. I found this much better than bribery because now I don't have to worry about them asking for sweets or something if they have used the toilet, nor did I have to begin to ween them from a treat after they went.



Hope this helps!

Brittney - posted on 01/11/2012

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I started potty training my daughter when she was 5 months old, she is now in trainers but still pottys in her diaper during the night. Shes 15 months now. Just sit her on her potty and tell her to go potty, just wait a few minutes and if she goes praise her and if she doesn't you still praise her for trying. I had mine stay in the kitchen bare bottomed for a few hours and when she had to go, she went to her potty.

Catrina - posted on 01/10/2012

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I have a 4 year old girl and I actually started around 2 1/2 she would sit on it now and then and we would talk about big girl underwear you know the ones with princesses on them and she was excited to get some but, she had to potty like a big girl first. To start we used the huggies pull-ups with princesses. We did this for about 6 months and a week after her 3 rd birthday WOOHOO she caught on and started to use the potty it is basically you daughters call she will do it when she is ready you just have to encourage her in my opinion. She had a few accidents the first few months and pooping is harder then peeing it seems for girls so just be patient and it will happen like overnight when they train.

Nete - posted on 01/09/2012

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I had bought two potties on sale and they where located on a shelf close to the floor for a while, meanwhile I had picked up a 1 dollar book about potty bear at target that we had been reading and I had told them that one day when they where ready, they too would be like potty bear ...but no rush whenever they where ready, I really had no intentions of starting so early.. but one day out of the blue my girl when to the shelf pulled out the potty and started using it ...very proud to be like potty bear! soon after her twin followed ... I then got 2 more potties and always had them in the room we were in... I then pointed out that they when they felt like it ...it would be cool to do all biz in the potty so their bums wouldn't need to get stuff on them when using the diaper.... sure enough about a week later my girl told me she only wanted to use the potty and her twin followed shortly again... once they where using them on a regular basis I started moving the potties closer to the bathroom, until they where only in the bathroom ....



I then did the same with the transition to the toilet, got the seats showed them how to put them on, use the step stool.... huggies was running a commercial about pull ups showing a kid on the loo ''I'm a big kid now'' I think they watch it once or twice ...and on they went to the loo on their own ... '' ok call mummy when you done'' and at 3 1/2 they where both fully trained ...I always stayed relaxed about it... never pressured and we never had one single tear or fuss about it ...good luck

Melissa - posted on 01/09/2012

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She would go but she still had alot of accidents and refused to go #2 in there. It wasn't until she was three til she really got it down. Now she is almost 3 and a half and dry even at night. Don't force the issue too hard or get too upset if it doesn't seem to be workinh at first. she'll get it in her own time.

Melissa - posted on 01/09/2012

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We also started shortly after turning two. To kickoff the training process I put together a potty box. It included new underwear with her favorite character on it, a fun book about using the potty, progress chart, stickers, m&ms (for reward). I had her sit on the potty about every half-hour.

Tessa - posted on 01/05/2012

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Oh, and we also let her pick out her own big girl undies at the shops which REALY helped!

Tessa - posted on 01/05/2012

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What we did is at the age of about 2 I popped her onto the potty in the morning while I was getting ready for work in the bathroom and she would sit there and chat to me while I did my makeup etc, whenever I heard her do a wee I would get VERY happy and excited with her and congratulate her and tell her how grown up she was and blah blah blah - making her feel proud of herself for doing it so that she would be keen to keep it up. After a couple of days when she was getting keen with it we would pop her onto the potty at night before bed as well. My grandmother looks after her during the day while I am at work and lets her watch a bit of TV while she cooks lunch/does the washing etc, and my grandmother would pop her onto the potty instead of on a chair as well, every time she did a wee or poo my grandmother would spoil her and give her a lolly to congratulate her (we didn't do this with her, but well, the woman IS Lily's GREAT grandmother so we figured she's allowed to spoil her ^_^) Sometimes she really did NOT want to go to the potty and we didn't really make much progress with it at all until she was almost three and she told me and my partner that she didn't want to wear baby nappies anymore, after that it was only a fortnight before she stopped with nappies - completely! Every now and then she has an accident in bed - like once a month! But we are very proud of her! Basically the moral to my epically long story is that you can encourage it etc etc, but your childs not going to really go anywhere until SHE wants to get out of those darn baby nappies!

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