I have a 2yr old and need potty training advise.

Venessa - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I first introduced the potty to my daughter at 1 yr old. At first she loved it then all of a sudden she would have nothing to do with it. Now we're getting back on but she won't go potty on it any more. I've even tried putting the toddler seat on our seat. Help.

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Melissa - posted on 01/26/2010

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We have been working with my two year old daughter for a few months. I bought her the potty one evening, the next morning, she sat down and used it...then we have began to bounce back and forth with it. She hasn't been interested at times and something that worked for me to get her interested again is getting my cell pohne and put the AT&T tone on and tell her that we have a "potty dance" she got so interested to sit, the next thing that we use is her toothbrush. She LOVES brushing her teeth and she sits down, brushes her teeth and most of the time she uses the potty chair. Every time she does, we don't do anything extravagant we just use high fives and she loves it. Good luck in the adventures of potty training! :-)

Chelsa - posted on 01/24/2010

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Around 16 months my son decided he wanted to start using the potty on his own. I didn't introduce it or anything, but after about 2 months he was done with it. He wanted nothing to do with it and would through a fit if I tried to get him to use it. So I stopped. I waited until he turned two and slowing started encouraging it and after about a month he decided to use it on his own again and another month later he was trained.



My sitter said this is normal behavior for a child when trying to potty train under the age of 2. However, he was fully trained by the time he was 2 yrs and 2 months. Maybe since your daughter is so young, she just needs a break from it and try again after a few months.



Good luck!

Enjoli - posted on 01/24/2010

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I'm kinda in the same situation so don't feel bad. My 2yr old son started potty training at 18 months. He did really well at first but all of a sudden it seems that he is going backwards. We take him whenever we go and sit him in front of the tv for a long period of time. Sometimes he goes and sometimes he doesn't, he always potties in the pull-up and never says he has to go. I think I will try some of the suggestions from the other moms as well. Good luck!!!

Kyrsten - posted on 01/23/2010

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Don't stress when friends' kids hit milestones before your child. Every little one has her own pace. It's part of her unique package that makes her special. My son didn't walk until 17 months; my girl was walking at 11 months. Both are brilliant and amazing! So is yours. :o)

Kyrsten - posted on 01/23/2010

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Don't push her if she's not ready. You'll only stress yourselves out. I found a great book when I was getting ready to potty train my son: "The No Cry Potty-Training Solution." (Sorry, can't remember the author.) They provided a check list to be sure both me and my son were ready to begin. The advice was simple and practical and completely took the stress out of the process. One year is REALLY young to start. Many would say 2 years is young too. The most important thing is readiness. My boy was 2 years, 9 months and I couldn't believe how easy training was. (For future reference, a couple of friends said boys are typically ready later than girls, so even 3 isn't too late to start.) Best wishes!

Cristina - posted on 01/23/2010

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Wrap up a bunch of your toddler's toys with gift wrapping paper and put them in a bowl were he/she can see it. Every half hour put your toddler on the potty. When he/she uses the potty give him/her a toy to unwrap. My son use to try his hardest to go as often as he could just to be able to unwrap a toy. Even if they were his old toys.

Lisa - posted on 01/23/2010

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girls are usually easier to potty train. i had no trouble wit mine. i think for girls its all about timing or wen the feel ready themselves they willl learn.

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Hi Vanessa,

I totally understand your situation. For me it was kind of the same thing. I introduced the potty to my son also when he was about 1 year old. He thought it was cool, but we had so many changes in our surroundings( we had to move twice and then for a while I was lazy) that it was a constant on off project. Finally I decided it was going to be up to me especially to really focuse on this. So I bought real boy underpants(in your case girl ones) I wrapped them up in a present. I also bought a toddler seat which didnt wiggle around when you put it on the toilett seat. Then I got a big jar and filled it little gummy bears. This time around my son was 2 years old and 3 months. Way ready for this. That morning I woke him up and said its his "I am a big boy now Birthday!" I let him unwrap his present and he loved his new underpants. I tried training pants but they didnt work. I told him that now he was like all the big boys and to keep the underpants clean he needed to go to the toilet. I took him to the toddler seat and sat him down. He went pee pee and he was excited. We all cheered and that was part of the celebration. I heard of other people even having their kid decorate it with stickers etc.to personalize it. Then it was up to me I had to find out kind of what his schedule was like so for the first two weeks I took him to the toilet every 15 minutes. I soon realized he needed to go about 5 min, after he drank something., and poopoo came about 5 min. after lunch. I also introduced the candy jar. I told him that every time he would go on the potty even if it was with help and did his business he could hve a gummy. He could choose. It worked. After a while I was concerned he was eating too many sweats so I changes it into stickers and washable tattoos. He got a stickers when he went peepee and a tattoo for poopoo. Certainly accidents happend but I also learned not to get upset about it as kids react to that. Its been 6 months now and he is clean. I can go everywhere without a problem. No more diapers. And one more thing. Once you start do not stop. Hope this helps.

Monique

Maria - posted on 01/21/2010

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I did the same as Terryl. I put my daughter's potty seat in front of the tv. I bought her favorite character's potty dvd (elmo's potty). U can look for ur favorites. Its like monkey see monkey do. When I go to the bathroom I praise myself for going to the "potty" and I let her flush the toilet for me. Also regular underwear if they have an accident they wont want to sit in it for to long. Good luck

Dawn - posted on 01/20/2010

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I was actually having the same problem and discussed it with my pediatrician and he said it depends on when they are neurologically ready which happens between the ages of 2 and 3. My daughter is now 30 months old and instead of trying harder I just quit asking if she wanted to use the potty. Now if SHE wants to I let her go on the potty. I think my issue was trying to early and it backfired on me and made it worse.

Danette - posted on 01/18/2010

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Check out the 3 day potty training! It really works.
www.3daypottytraining.com

Venessa - posted on 01/18/2010

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Thank u very much everyone for your help. With all your advise I now know other methods and my stress of it not happening yet has pretty much gone away. Thank u all very much, she's my first so it's a little overwhelming when u hear all of these other babies doing things before her.

Jane - posted on 01/18/2010

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try again in 3 months. get a dvd and a book. read the book at bedtime, just casually mention it once in a while. leave the potty out in the kitchen. watch the dvd while she eats breakfast.

Catherine - posted on 01/17/2010

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Just bought the book Potty Training for Dummies. Getting ready to start my son on a regimen for potty training with rewards and lots of praise. We will see how it goes. He is ready physically but just not so sure about mentally. He loves saying no when I want to put him on the potty. He will be 3 in March. Boys do take longer.

Brandi - posted on 01/17/2010

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If they are not ready you can't rush it.And always make it a pleasant experience.This comes from a mother of six and I also have a 2 year old I'm trying on with no luck.

Amanda - posted on 01/17/2010

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Well I have a son and he is two. We are potty training him. What we do is everytime we go to the bathroom we take him to the potty too he has one in our bathroom. Plus we made a potty song and everytime he goes to the potty he gets a sticker. He is doing pretty good with it. He will walk around the house singing the potty song. I hope this might help.

Samantha - posted on 01/17/2010

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i bought my son the training underwear..they are a little thicker than regular underwear...he had one accident and didnt' like the way it felt and has been in underwear ever since...he wears a pull up at bedtime and underwear during the day...just don't go back to diapers once you move on to underwear it will confuse her....i hope this helps

Terryl - posted on 01/17/2010

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I bought a small toddler potty and put it in my living room. When she sits on it I put TreeHouse on or one of her favorite movies and she sits for a while without complaint! My daughter did the same thing though, loved it, then would have nothing to do with it! But now we're doing great!

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