potty training my 2 year old (GIRL)

Julie - posted on 04/25/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I'm having problems getting my 2 year old to go to the potty. She only goes when she wants to and she never poops in the potty. Anyone have any advise?

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Melissa - posted on 08/03/2010

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I think what worked best for my daughter, who was potty trained before 2 1/2, was putting her on a schedule. Pick 3 or 4 times during the day that you will put her on the potty, like when she wakes up, before lunch, after nap, and after dinner. Do it consistently and make her sit even if she just went in her diaper. If she goes on the potty, give her a reward. I used small pieces of candy like 2 or 3 M&M's. I know a lot of people don't like the idea of using candy but things like stickers just didn't work for my daughter. Making it just a regular part of your routine makes the power struggles and meltdowns much less of a big deal.

Also, if she's having trouble pooping on the potty try to have her poop on the potty with her diaper on. The end result is that you will still have to clean her up but it can help to get her comfortable with the idea of doing it on the potty.

Ashley - posted on 05/11/2010

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Stickers really work as well. This week Courtney only wants to go to the potty upstairs because she knows that is where the potty stickers are. We will be downstairs doing whatever and she says, I have to go potty upstairs so I can get a sticker.

Yes, running around with just undies or wearing a dress has helped as well since there is less to pull down. No buttons or zippers make potty time much easier!!

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Carly - posted on 08/14/2010

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hi, i potty trained my daughter at 2,1/2 and she out of nappies day and night now, had bit of hassle first few days but its all about perservierance she would only poop in her nappy and the begining when she was in them on the night but i would sit her on the big toilet for a bit each day and she got the hang of needing to go after about a day or two, also she got a small sweet each time she went or told me she wanted to go x

Erin - posted on 07/29/2010

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Hi! My daughter wasn't potty trained until she was between 3 and 3 1/2 but once she was, she was potty trained through the night too. I was always told to let them do it in their own time. She started to let me know when she went in her pull up so I took her to the store to let her pick out some "big girl" undies and I just let her wear those around. She hated the wet feeling and so very quickly she became potty trained. I'd say it was about 3 days with her and, as I said, she was dry through the night as well... With going #2 in the potty, when she was wearing pull ups and would go in them, we would dump it in the potty and let her flush and she felt like such a big kid.... so she picked up quickly to not be afraid... we would even say "Bye" to it (I know that's gross, but it helped her to not be worried or scared). Best of luck to you. Honestly though, the best advise I can give is what worked for us and that was to let her let me know when she was ready. Oh, and we also did a rewards chart. She LOVED getting stickers and she LOVED getting to pick out her own undies. Good Luck! I hope this helped a little...

Tina - posted on 07/22/2010

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Every kid does it at there own pace but my 2 year old girl is potty trained except for when shes sleeping i still put a pull up on her. I did it by asking her every 20mins. we would go and sit her on her potty and me on mine lol. i had a box of things for her to do while she sat there like books, color books etc. She got the hang of it in about 2 weeks some accidents here and there of course. The key is mommy don't give up and dont get mad it will happen.
GOOD LUCK.

Alice - posted on 07/10/2010

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Oh, and Kat & Ashley are so right about the clothes! Less hinderence the better. At that stage they want to do everything "by myself" and it makes them feel independent so the more they can do themselves the better.
We have a "potty song" and when they sit on the potty we sing it and usually they laugh (which helps them pee!) and then get to encourage them with "Yeah! Big girls tinkle/poopie in the potty, you must be a big girl!"

Alice - posted on 07/10/2010

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Just the fact that she's interested is a good thing! With my first I worried about potty training and she would backslide every move (at 12m, 18m, 22m, and 28m) finally one day she just quit having accidents. With my 2nd & 3rd I just let nature take it's course and they pretty much potty trained themselves at 16m and 25m (I let them sit on the potty if they wanted to, but really just encouraged).
I love my mother-in-law's advice... "Have you ever met an adult who isn't potty trained?" My mom stressed about it and everyone in my family was late with potty training... she didn't and all her boys were early - I wish I'd followed her advice with my first!! :)

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I have tried letting her run around with just undies on and she seems to have increased a little on wanting to be on the potty from that. If you figure out something good to do let me know!

Ashley - posted on 05/06/2010

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Yeah Courtney did that for a few weeks as well. It was so frustrating. One night I had her sat on the potty for 1 hour...she was late going to bed that night and never actually when potty, but as soon as I got the diaper on her she went. I thought I was going to go crazy. Then one night she just decided to go. And last weekend when we were traveling to TN she decided to tell us she had to go when we stopped at Wendy's for me:) After 2-3 minutes of nothing I told her we would get ice cream if she went...that did the trick!! Then when we got to the car, my husband started a potty dance to celebrate...so that's the new thing. She loves to do her potty dance, but we ONLY do it when she actually goes pee pee in the potty. Good luck and hang in there!

Cassie - posted on 05/06/2010

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I am having an awful time with my daughter two! She holds it all night and during her nap times and she knows when she has to go. She just chooses to pee in the diaper. We have sat her on the potty and she will hold it crying for her diaper so that she can pee. So you are doing much better than we are. If anyone knows how to break her of this I would love to know!

Ashley - posted on 05/05/2010

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Give it time. My daughter is 2 1/2. She has been going potty at daycare for a little over a month, but just decided she wanted to go at home in the past week or two. She still doesn't always like to poop on the potty, but she does sometimes. We introduced the potty months after she turned 1, but she is just now really deciding she is ready to take the leap.
Good luck!

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