ideas on potty training 3 year old girl?

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Danielle - posted on 01/18/2014

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My daughter is three years old and gets excited about panties and says she needs changed. But I cant get her to go use the potty. I have tried the praise and I have tried stickers and I have tried training pants the plastic ones, but no luck. She still will not go I have told her that she needs to know that big girls wear panties she says I am a big girl. I said only big girls who go to the potty wear panties.. I don't know what else to try help!!!!!!!

Katie - posted on 05/17/2009

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My little girl will be three in July and the Sticker Charts on freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com worked for us. For the first few days (until she started to use the potty regularly) she would get a sticker each time she successfully went to the potty. The trick then was to make a HUGE deal out of the success. Clapping, cheering, BIG smiles, a few times Grammy even made special phone calls when we were out so DD could tell us that she had gone potty. The key is to make a huge deal out of success. Before long the praise will be more important than the stickers and treats.
Before going this route we had alot of problems getting her to use panties. She was VERY attached to her diapers and excrement. For this issue we found panties/pull-ups that she wanted to keep clean. She loves Dragon Tales and we found store brand pull-ups that had the disappearing dragons. She wanted the dragons to stay so we made sure she sat on the potty for about 5 minutes every half hour. If you can do this for 2-3 days she’ll soon figure out on her own when she needs to go. Good luck.

Airon - posted on 05/16/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

Good luck....My son is a little over 3 and has his days where he'll go potty other days he is so stubborn on NOT wanting to be a big boy. I've tried everything other than the cheerio method (which is mainly for boys and aiming). I've tried hyping it up, I've tried the sticker chart, I've even tried putting him big boy undies and letting him feel the wetness against his skin and none of it's worked so far...


Have you tried having him go in the potty with a very trusted adult male. With my son we did the cheerio thing but I also had Daddy take him in the bathroom with him every now and then to show him how Big Guys go pee. It helped my son out because he could relate to him better in the potty then with mommy because mommy didn't have the proper "equipment" to show him how guys go potty.

Kari - posted on 05/16/2009

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The biggest thing I learned with my first is just biting the bullet and putting her in panties. That brought dicipline to me to make sure I asked her every hour if she had to go potty cause I didnt want to be changing/washing dirty pants all the time. It helped at daycare too.

Jessica - posted on 05/16/2009

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Good luck....My son is a little over 3 and has his days where he'll go potty other days he is so stubborn on NOT wanting to be a big boy. I've tried everything other than the cheerio method (which is mainly for boys and aiming). I've tried hyping it up, I've tried the sticker chart, I've even tried putting him big boy undies and letting him feel the wetness against his skin and none of it's worked so far...

Kari - posted on 05/16/2009

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Sticker chart. For every 14-30 days that she goes without an accident she gets a sticker on that day and after she goes X amount of days in a row with stickers she receives a present or something special. I would find some toy my girl would enjoy on the clearance rack and wrap it up in wrapping paper and show her that once she received so many stickers she would get it. I would start with 5 days and then keep extending it longer and longer.

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