potty training ideas! i am ready to give up on it!!

Megan - posted on 03/07/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my youngest is only just over 1, so not ready quite yet, but my daughter is now 2, she seems to know when she has been to the toilet and when she is going.. but i cannot get her to use the potty.
i have tried everything from leaving her nappy-less, to having books etc at the potty so she'll sit there long enough to try to go..and even taking her every hr or so to try and get that idea into her head... nothing seems to work!
any mums have any tips/ideas that work??

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Kaitie - posted on 03/11/2010

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Well i can tell you for me i just had to wait. My girls are now 3 and we tried doing it at 18 mos, 2 yrs, and 2.5 yrs resulting each time with me more frustrated and them more reluctant. So when they turned 3 I tried again. Now they could tell me for quit some time when they went, what they went, even where they went. They would bring me a diaper/ pull-up each time even. The truth is that they will go when they are ready. I had to put them in chonies (at which i did not want to do) and each time they went I would make them sit down in the bathroom for a couple minutes before I would clean it up and change there chonies. Honestly that was the easiest thing. They did not even take a week to get the hint. They would pitch a fit cuz they hated it but then the also learned that they had to go on the potty to not have to sit in it. When I would go to clean it up then I would sit them on the potty while I cleaned and changed them. They would finish going or tell me all done. Just be patient. Remember every kid is not the same and it will happen when they are ready!

Ashley - posted on 03/11/2010

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You know I almost had my lil girl potty trained when she almost 2. Then when we went to the doctor for a regular check up he told me not to even bother potty training her till she is 3. I couldnt believe it and I didnt wanna buy anymore diapers..! I kept with it but then I got pregnant again and she didnt want anything to do with the potty.. Even after her lil sister was born. She would tell me "you want to change my diaper mommie!!" lol how funny she thinks that she is.. But now she is doing great.

Emmie - posted on 03/11/2010

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It is very hard my son is 2 and hes being difficult about it..You know what is good we made him a potty chart and when he tts he gets one sticker and when he poops he gets 2 stckers, the chart is about medium size bc he keep telling him once his chart is full of stickers he gets to pick out a new toy at the store!..Hes still having trouble understanding but he LOVES the stickers on the chart..Little Girls are more advance she may get this quicker ..My cousins daughter is 5 months younger than my little boy and shes already potty trained just bc she picks up better...The chart is a good idea i know alot of ppl who do it, especially when u get stickers of something they like, my son likes fish so he gets fish stickers!

Ashley - posted on 03/11/2010

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I wish my daughter would use the sticker chart.. She would just want to take the stickers for herself and not want to put them on the board if she does something good.. lol I use the m&ms or I tell her that if she doesnt have an accident all day she could get a new toy or something.. Like last night she picked out mark down sunglasses at walmart.. lol (she did have an accident but this is just week one of hard core potty training.. lol)

Ashley - posted on 03/11/2010

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My daughter is not almost 3 years old and just now starting to go to the big girl potty. On this past monday I told her no more diapers and she will have to be a big girl and not be a baby like her lil sister (she is 3 months). So everytime that she may have an accident I put new panties on her.. I didnt give up.. I also asked her if she wants me to stay in there with her.. This is going to sounds weird but I tell her to push.. lol And when I tell her that I make a funny face so she when she pushes she makes the funny face too and then she goes peepee.. lol Sometimes you just have to go think wat ur 2 year thinks is funny and go along with it.. Then give prizes for when she even jus dribbles in the potty because that will show her that she is doing something great! good luck to u

Kirsty - posted on 03/11/2010

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We have a calendar in the loo which we put little stickers on each time she uses the toilet or potty. Seems to be working ok so far - slowly but ok.

A friend put her daughter in knickers and gave her a few mini m&ms at the start of the day. She was allowed to eat them at the end of the day - the catch was that if she had an accident, mummy would eat one. lol

Kelly - posted on 03/10/2010

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i found that a reward goes along way for a 2 year old doesn't matter how small it is. I have tried all that you have with my daughter and sometimes she'll be great and not have any accidents then she will. but as i said rewards are great. even if it is just a sticker chart

Megan - posted on 03/10/2010

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thanks girls!!
will definately try giving a few of those ideas a go... see seems to know what she is doing, she just seems too attached to the nappies.
again, many thanks, now back to trying again.. although leaving it till the weekend sounds easier too, at least then her dad will also be at home and can give it a go too.
its a lot harder doing it on my own, when her little brother follows us everywher too etc..he makes it much more frustrating.!!!
xox

Kim - posted on 03/09/2010

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We had trouble with my daughter, she was 3 yr by the time we got her potty trained. We tried everything. We gave her smarties when she went, we left her in her dirty pants for a bit. We sat on the floor in washroom and sang songs while she was on the potty. You have to be consistent. Try taking her every 30 mins. We trained her over a weekend starting Saturday morning when she woke up - she cried and threw a temper tantrum for 1/2 hr but we did not give in. We told her we were not leaving the washroom until she tried. She finally gave in. We did it every 30 mins and only had 3 accidents over the the 2 days, we had her in underwear - did not take no for an answer when she did not want to sit on the potty.. By Monday she was trained, and has only had 2 accidents in the first 2 weeks. Sometimes it is a power play for them --so no matter how fun you make it they won't do it.

Allison - posted on 03/08/2010

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We literally had to do a new fun thing to get him to the potty every day, but after about 2 months of working on it in the evenings and weekends, our 2 yr old son was almost totally accident free. It took a total of 6 months for him to be 100% accident free. We did books, puppets, races to the potty, potty hide and seek, songs and games on the potty, you name it! Be creative, and try to always keep it positive, even if you are sort of forcing her to stay in the bathroom. We always told our son when WE needed to go potty, and had him come with us. It was like extra bonding time with mom and dad (wierd, maybe, but it works). And be patient, because remember that if they've been in diapers for 2 years, they've learned that's where they should go - their whole life it's all they've known! Also, have you tried using cloth diapers or underwear? Disposables and pull-ups just are too absorbent - our son would NEVER use the potty during times he got to wear those, because they just don't feel wet, and it's way easier to just pee in them rather than go to the potty. If she pees a lot in underwear, you can put a plastic diaper cover over them (try Dappi brand, they're great) to keep the clothes and floor a little more dry. But I think it's good for them to feel wet, so they actually learn that it's no fun to pee in clothes. Also, our son really liked the Dr. Sears kids book "You can go to the potty" - he still wants to read it over a year later, he likes that it tells him he's a big kid now :) Good luck and hang in their, you will be SOOOO glad when you're finally done with diapers :)

Sara - posted on 03/08/2010

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Megan, my little girl is just over a two years now with my youngest 10months. I take my daughter to the potty every 30-45 minutes and I bribe her with change. She loves the hear the sound so she knows when she goes potty on the potty she gets monies to put in her bank. This could be something to try. Good Luck

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