Any advice on slow-going potty training at 3 years?

Bobbie - posted on 04/23/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned three last week, and we are not making any progress with potty training. I haven't been pushing her at all because I wanted her to go at her own pace, but as this fall approaches, I am going to start getting worried that she won't be able to attend preschool. She is very smart and will use the potty when I ask if she needs to, but she rarely tells me she needs to. She doesn't mind staying in a wet or poopy diaper. I have tried to make the switch to panties twice, and it was so traumatizing to her that she begged for diapers after a couple of hours. Even worse, after the underwear experience, she reverts back to refusing to even sit on the potty. We have been using one that sits on the floor because I thought it would be less intimidating. We tried rewards and lots of praise and she seemed excited for a while, but I could really use advice! My daughter is rarely around other children so she doesn't have that type of "motivation" to lose the diapers. She also has a younger brother who is 14 months. I'm not sure if this has something to do with her hanging onto the diapers.

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Bobbie - posted on 05/21/2012

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We went to my daughter's three year appointment and the pediatrician asked about our potty progress. I told her the situation, and she had a talk with my daughter. Her pediatrician explained to her that we were going to do "no more diapers." Fortunately, I think it stuck with her. A week later, she was ready to give up her diapers. There were a lot of accidents the first few days. I was beginning to think she wasn't ready, but we stuck with it. I would ask every half our at first, if she needed to use the potty. After two days, I was beginning to annoy her so I started asking every hour. She slowly had fewer accidents, and I would act like the accidents were no big deal at all and would praise her every time she used the potty. I believe we are into week three now, and we've only had one accident in the past week, which was number 2. That has been a bit more difficult. She has been not having a bowel movement for five days at a time because she wasn't ready to use the potty for that, and then when she finally went it would be when we were out and she was distracted and in her underwear. Yesterday, we finally hit a big milestone. I'd been giving her prunes and fiber gummies to help encourage a movement and we were at her Grandmas when she started to squat. I told her she needed to use her travel potty (we bought one because she's terrified of the automatic flushing public toilets) or she would make a mess. That worked! She pooped in the potty and has gone three times today! lol. I guess that's because she only went twice in 10 days!! She still wears a diaper at night, but it's just undies all day. I'm not sure when we'll take the next step and remove the diaper completely.

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I dont have any advice, I have the same question however. My grandbaby will be 4 this year and has stated that she likes peeing and pooing in her diaper. She has all the skills and awareness just not the full desire to use the potty fulltime. My kids were a breeze to train, and so training this lil gal is a bit beyond my creativity. I would like to tag along and see whats offered up if you dont mind.

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