how do kids know they have the potty feeling?

Tracy - posted on 02/15/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my 2 1/2 year old daughter started potty traininglast week. it seems kind of promising. she would be several times a day in the potty when i sit her on it. we do a "mikayla went pee pee dance" ,which she loves,and gives her stickers to put on her potty chart. she is still peeing when i put her on it. she refuses to poop on it though. i dont know how to get her to poop in it. but my main question is.....when do they know they have to go? when will they tell you? im not trying to jump a bunch of steps. just curious. since she pees without a problem pretty much. but she still doesnt tell me unless she goes in her diaper.

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Laura - posted on 02/15/2011

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A lot of the sensations develop as certain hormones in the body begin to increase. That's one reason why some kids get it quickly and others take some time--each kid develops differently. You can also expect a few relapses once your daughter is fully potty-trained. You will most likely notice that the relapses (usually only lasting a day or so) coincide with growth spurts. That's because the body grows faster than it can produce those hormones. It eventually catches up though!

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Wai Kee - posted on 03/27/2011

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My son tells me when he has the potty feeling. It was working out quite well initially.. but now this little fella tells me "poo poo coming" alittle too late.

I guess we have to be patient to keep training our 2 1/2 year olds..

As for the "pee pee coming".. he is able to tell when it is coming, and control his bladder a little, but, we still have accidents now.

The kindergarden that he goes to takes them off diapers totally, under their clothes to aid them to go to the toilet easier and to develop the habit of going to the toilet.

Candice - posted on 02/21/2011

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i can't answer the poop question...my daughter is the rare one that did that 8 months before she was trained for pee. But the pee thing, i agree, it's a lightbulb moment. we tried and tried on and off for 8 months, then one day .."BING" totally trained on her own with almost no accidents. At the same time she also stopped peeing in her sleep (mostly) and goes in the morning. Don't know what happened, but i was happy i hadn't pushed her training. i believe kids learn things at their own pace, so i was glad i was right...this time at least. lol.

Gwen - posted on 02/21/2011

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It's kind of like a light bulb going on. I had been putting my daughter on the potty, but often she didn't go, or took forever to go. One day, I took her in there and it was like she just got it. When she peed, her face just lit up with this huge grin and she yelled "Mom! I go pee pee!!". As for the poop, it'll just take time for her to get there.

Louise - posted on 02/21/2011

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My daughter is 2 and 3 months and we started toilet training 2 weeks ago. The best thing to do to let your daughter know the feeling of wanting to pee is not to use pull ups as these take liquid away from her skin so she never feels wet. I put my daughter straight into pants and she wet herself once and that was it. She then learnt the sensation and then began to ask for a wee wee. We have had a couple of occasions where she has felt wet and asked for the toilet nothing major just enough to realise that she needs a wee. Other than that nothing. I have never used a potty I have always but my children straight on the toilet with a seat I think this has helped as she has been coming to the toilet with me for a couple of months.

I did start to reward her for asking for the toilet with stickers but now at the beginning of week three she is not interested in the stickers she is just happy not to be in nappies any more.

Cassie - posted on 02/20/2011

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my little girl i just took her nappy of indoors cleaned up her pee if she had a accident and said oh dear next time we go on potty and had it in the front room so it was easy for her to get to, but i stil asked her eveyr 30-40 mins if she needed to pee, but girls its easier to no when they need to pee boys find it harder because its there and they have to go, but shes probally not telling you before because it just easier to pee in her diaper.

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