Potty training my 2 1/2 yo Daughter

Dawn - posted on 04/18/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi Everyone,



I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to get my little one on board with PTing? She hasn't been feeling well lately so this is definaltely a rare occasion, but the other day she completely blew out her pull-up....I mean it was up and out the back and she was happy to sit and play and not tell me she was messy. Is she just not ready for this? Is there a way I can make her ready?



Thanks,

Dawn

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Lisa - posted on 04/22/2009

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I went and bought things that I knew that my daugher would like...ex(crayons, bath fizz, barbies...cheap things from the dollar store. I put everything in a big basket and told her that every time she went and used the potty, she got to pick something out of the basket. She went to the potty 5 times in an hour, just to get stuff out of the basket. I only had to do this for 4 days and she was potty trained. It really worked for me. Now, she did have accidents here and there, but it really worked like a charm.

Holly - posted on 04/22/2009

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I use to keep the potty seat in the living room and if she wanted to watch her cartoons she had to sit on the potty. When she would actually go in it we would make a big deal and giver her stickers to put on her potty chart. Once she figured out that she got praise and stickers she was right on board with the whole potty thing. We would also give her tokens to Chuck E Cheese to put in her piggy bank, and when it got full we would take her to Chuck E Cheese to spend her potty money.

Alicia - posted on 04/21/2009

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I have a 2 1/2 yr boy and I thought he was ready for PT 2 mo ago but it back fired and I did the whole sticker reward thing and he was into it until the 3rd day...I think it was too much for him and he didn't want anything to do with it again. since than he'll go every now and then but still doesn't let us know when he goes poo poo. But I have to say that he has better control of his bladder..he is peeing less in his diaper. I think pull ups are a huge waste of money. It think I will wait for mid summer and just do the underwear wkend thing and I am hoping after he has a few accidents on himself he will just start going from there on plus it will be summer so it will be easier for him to get his shorts on and off. Plus, with girls you really got it good if they wear dresses in the summer!!
This is my first child and it is frusterating but I do agree that we cna't force it and every child is different and it will happen when the time is right!
Its nice to know that other moms are experiencing similar situations. Good luck...let me know what happens!

Kelli - posted on 04/21/2009

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I posted this in another topic but I'm sure it's worth repeating. At first I would have my daughter watch me go potty. Then I started to bribe her with fake tattoos, stickers and Dibs ice cream. At first I'd give her a sticker just for sitting on the potty. She eventually figured it out once she did we made a HUGE deal out of it and gave her lots of praise and prizes. She was motivated to go potty because she loved tattoos so much. She was trained by 2. If you find your child's favorite thing and only give it to her when she tries to potty I think it will work.

Jessica - posted on 04/21/2009

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Just get your LO interesting in the idea of using the potty. I use to take my daughter in the bathroom with me and explain what I was doing. Eventually she got interested and starting sitting on the toilet. She is now 2 years and 1 month old. She just went poo poo on the toilet for the first time. We celebrate her potty breaks by rewarding her with stickers (she loves stickers) and if she poop's then we give her a sticker and a M&M. But lately she does not even care about the rewards. She thinks its a huge deal that shes a "Big girl". What I have learned is to be patient with potty training. Do not force your little one to go potty. Doing so can cause long time problems and accidents. I have had friends who's LO's did not go potty on their own till 3-5 years old and thats actually still very normal. It may seem late but some kids who take their time in getting interest will actually become pro's at potty quicker than a 2-3 year old. My adive is to let your child decide just aid with the interest! Read books as well they offer the same advice and also some alternate idea's for getting you LO interested.



GL!!

Michelle - posted on 04/20/2009

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I too have a 2 1/2 year old daughter who has no interest in potty training. My son is 7 and obviously potty trained, and she will sit on the potty and make gas, but nothing else. She will poop her pants and then not want us to change her. I hae been trying to reason with her, and hopeful it will work. We have been making a huge fuss (excitement) when she does something that a "big girl" does, and then when she poops/pees her diaper we ask her if she is a big girl or a baby, she usually responds with big girl, and then we go on the say that she needs to use the potty like a big girl and that if she keeps going in her diaper, then she is still a baby and will not be able to do things a big girl does. She also comes in the bathroom with me, and I always ask her if she wants to wear underwear like mommy does. I think that if we were able to catch her one time, she would get it. My next step will be a "boot camp" potty training course where I will consistenly put her on the potty every 20 minutes to see if we can catch her. That's what we had to do to get my son to learn, I was just hoping she would be easier.

Sorry if I didn't help you out any, but it is nice to know that I'm not the only mom out there having this trouble. Good luck!

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