I need help with ideas for potty training?

Melisa - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 32 months and has used the potty once, she was happy about it.I praised her so much! But this going on a couple of weeks now, and is back to being scared of the toilet if her pants are down.. She is still ok when she has her pants on??? I just would like some ideas, this is my first child and really have no ideas where to begin.Please Help!!

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Melinda - posted on 02/18/2009

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Try using a potty watch. It worked wonders for my daughter. They are only about $10 (I think). I think you can only buy them online at pottywatch.com. Worth a shot. Good luck!

Pamela - posted on 02/18/2009

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It seems to work for us to have both a little potty and potty seat on the big toilet, that way she picks which she wants to use. The way we started and it worked great for us was using a timer. Started out in 15 mn. intervals, sitting every time the timer went off. Sometimes she'd pee, sometimes not. But it seemed to help easing any fears or weirdness about the potty. I now know she goes about 70 mn. before having to potty. And now she is starting to tell us she has to go so we're slowly letting go of the timer.
She gets on "chocolate bean" (m&m) when she pees and 3 when she poops. We've done a sticker chart as well. She likes picking the sticker and placing it on the chart, and she knows when the chart is full she'll get to pick out something at the store.

Another thing we do to reinforce peeing in the potty is when we go out she wears a pull up, potty before we leave, find the toilet and potty as soon as we get there, and again before we leave to come home. We remind her a few times a day she's wearing her panties (she calls it her bathing suit). So far so good. Sometimes we have accidents because one of us is distracted, and she's not keen on pooping in the potty, but I feel we're getting there.

User - posted on 02/17/2009

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The potty you have might be uncomfortable or simply the wrong colour or size. You might need to take your daughter shopping for a new potty, one that she likes, one that she chooses for herself. Let her hand over the cash & help carry it to the car & unwrap it at home.



You may also find a toilet set with step for big girls so she can use the real toilet just like mummy. Let her see you going to the toilet, sing a song & smile while on the toilet. Always, flush with the lid down, never with the lid open - the noise alone scares some kids.



Always give a hug, well done darling, clapping & smiles every time she tries, even for just one second on the potty. A wee or poo deserves a reward such as a sticker or cookie.

Krysta - posted on 02/17/2009

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We did a stcker chart on the wall next to the potty... when he was done he put a sticker on it... but we let him pick out the sticker while he was going.. it seemed to take his attention away from the potty.

Olivia - posted on 02/17/2009

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have you tried using one of t he little potty,s?  Allow her to watch you when you go potty.  I used rub on tattoos for pee in the potty and pandoras natural licorice for poo (they r sm, about 1 inch long).  also put her in big girl undies, they dont like it when they are wet.  try wonder woman or some kind of super hero or ballerina.  let her know that super heros and ballerinas go in the big girl potty.  make suer she uses the bathroom as soon as she get up in the morning, before she leaves the house and every hour until her bladder has more control

Amanda - posted on 02/17/2009

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I woulld just keep talking about it. Sometimes when they go to a daycare where others are going they get kind of a peer pressure to go as well. My oldest took forever. My 2 year is taking a while too. They are both boys and I hear they are harder.



Have you tried a seperate potty chair type thing. This may be less intimadating than the big potty. I also do a reward system. You get a candy if you do.



The biggest advice is that when she is ready she'll go just keep talking about it and encouraging her to go often. Another thing is to get some cute underware that she picks out and put her in them, no diaper or pull ups. She'll get tired of being wet and want to go more.

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