How to potty train my 32 months old girl?

Solmary - posted on 07/08/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I'm a first time mom and I am at the stage of potty training I don't know how to start.

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Brooke - posted on 07/12/2009

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If I can give you any piece of advice at all, it is to let her watch the rest of the family going to the toilet- it sounds gross, and a lot of people are uncomfortable with it at first, but how else will she know what she is supposed to do there? Tell her that "This is what big people do" and if she is using a separate potty, rather than the big toilet, make sure you let her know that is for the same thing.

Regarding the type of potty, some children are aprehensive about falling into the toilet, and will quite happily use a potty until they are more comfortable with the idea of sitting that high up. Others, however, may be 'grossed out' by their waste being in the potty, and will refuse to toilet train unless they can flush it away. There are 'kid seats' you can get that simply sit on top of the toilet seat, stopping the problem of falling in. (Unless she decides to climb in one day, which is a distinct possibility! lol)

Tina - posted on 07/08/2009

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My personal experience is, don't waste your time with pull ups except maybe at bedtime or in an emergency. They don't work because the pull up absorbs the wetness just like a diaper and they even feel like a diaper to the child, and so they don't feel the discomfort of being wet. When my daughter was being potty trained, I always used regular little girl cotton panties and plastic pants over them. That way, when she wet, she felt it, and would come to me and tell me. Yes, of course, you are going to have accidents and your child will be uncomfortable for a few minutes if they have an accident, until you are able to get them cleaned up, but the lesson is in the discomfort of being a little wet. They don't like it, so when they have an accident, you remind them to come and tell you when they feel like they are going to pee, so you can help them get on the potty, so that they don't pee their pants. It's a process, but it works and it doesn't take long for them to catch on. You do have to change them right away though if they have an accident, so that they do not continue to have wet panties, because that can cause a rash. They usually will come to you immediately anyway, because they don't like being wet. The plastic pants should keep the accidents from being too messy. Asking them about every 15-30 minutes if they need to go potty helps also. It gets them thinking about it. And sometimes having them sit on the potty anyway, "just to try", helps also. Then when they pee on the potty - BIG ENCOURAGEMENT, PRAISE AND REWARDS!!!! They need to feel like they've accomplished something really special that makes them a big boy or girl! It usually takes a few weeks, more or less depending on the child, but eventually, they get it and wouldn't wear a diaper if you forced them to.

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Melissa - posted on 09/19/2011

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i have been trying to potty train my 32 mnth old since she turned 2, weve been knicker shopping and shes only pee'd on the potty once a couple of months ago ;(

Rachael - posted on 07/12/2009

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Quoting Solmary:

Yes, I feel like I have so many good ideas. I need to get over the fear of her falling down the potty, she's really tiny, and do it.



Try her favorite character(mine was Dora) on those little foam rings that make the potty "hole" her size.Worked for me! You can get them at most home improvement stores or children's store like toys-r-us

Solmary - posted on 07/11/2009

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Yes, I feel like I have so many good ideas. I need to get over the fear of her falling down the potty, she's really tiny, and do it.

Kathryn - posted on 07/11/2009

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All of your experiences are extremely informative thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely refer to your information when we get ready to potty train!

Leslie - posted on 07/09/2009

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I have a 25mo old that I would say is 95% potty trained--when she gets too involved with playing she still has an occasional accident, and somtimes at night she will wet the bed. I started out by just letting her walk around naked--seeing that she was pulling off her pants and diaper anyways, and any panties I put on her, so then the pee ran down her leg, and she didn't like that feeling. Then as soon as she peed, I sat her down on her little potty and made her sit there for 5mins, telling her she needed to pee in the potty. Then I looked at the time and took her every 15mins after that time, and then graduated to 30mins intervals, and then up to an hour before I made her go. But after every meal, I took her 15mins after she got done eating, and then adjusted my time from then on. The only time I put her in pullups, was when we went out and when she went to bed. This training lasted for about 2mos, then after I felt she had the hang of using the little kid potty, I moved put her in big girl panties and moved the little kid potty seat into the bathroom, and used it as a step up to the big potty. To help encourage your child to pooh in the potty, I suggest using the probiotic yogurt, to help regulate her system and to get her to go pooh at a regular time, so you know when she has to go. That has helped me termendously with my 25mo old.

Rachel - posted on 07/09/2009

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I have been very lucky with both my girls in the sense that they both potty trained before the age of 2.
Best thing to do if your thinking of going for it is to take your little one pants shopping to chose there own and i did a star chart for when a wee was done on potty or toilet and a choc button when i was asked to put them on rather than just doing it when they were put on the potty.
Also stand your ground and don't give in. It can be hard and messy especially if poos are done in pants and fall out as happen to me with my youngest! nice... The reward is great though when potty training is fullfilled.
Good luck and all the best.

Shelia - posted on 07/08/2009

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i got my lil girl who is now 3 fully potty trained by 2 i used skittles (what ever candy your kid likes best) and gave her a reward for every time she went potty eventualy i weend her off the candy and she went with out a reward just encourging words it worked for me better than giving her a book or some other discraction

Sonia - posted on 07/08/2009

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MY SON IS 2 NEXT WEEK HE IS ON THE POTTY ALL I DO IS WHEN WE GET UP I GET HIM TO TAKE HIS NAPPY OFF AND I PUT HIS POTTY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM AND HE GOES AND SITS ON IT I GOT HIM USE TO THE POTTY BYE SHOWING HIM HOW TO DO IT BY USEING HIS TEDDY HOPE THIS HELPS YOU

Philippa - posted on 07/08/2009

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just managed to get my 36 month old girl to wee on the potty last week. going well so far but still won't poo on the potty. I't tried alsorts for ages but then took the plunge and put her in knickers-well scary (lol). She had loads of accidents and i felt like giving up and going back to nappies but just kept saying it doesn't matter we'll try again next time. After 2 days of mostly accidents she cottoned on and started to wee on the potty and we haven't looked back. If you think she's ready take the plunge. Good luck!

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