how to potty train my daughter
Dove - posted on 09/03/2012
If your child is ready to potty train... anything you do will work. If she's not ready.... nothing you do will work and it will end in a big frustrating battle for both of you. I know people who thought their kids 'should' potty train, but the kid wasn't ready and ended up with constipation problems that lasted for YEARS (like talking a 7-8 year old terrified to poop cuz the parents didn't let her take the potty training lead... and pushed when she wasn't ready).
Yes, you CAN potty train a one and two year old if the child is ready to do it, but if not.... save you both and wait.
There is no harm in introducing potty training to her. Take her to the bathroom with you to see how it's done. Let her have some bare bottom time and sit on the potty if she's interested. Etc....
Brittney - posted on 09/03/2012
Do not use diapers or pull ups, use undies or bare bum. You have to be persistent, so you have to keep reminding, keep taking her to the potty. Let her come in the bathroom with you when you have to go, when she has a wet diaper tell her she is wet and you are going to make her dry. When training, you have to take them frequently...I did every 30 minutes. Don't let people put you down by saying she isn't ready, I trained my daughter starting at 4 months (routine trained by 6 months) and on her own trained before 15 months. It is possible and I don't believe in those readiness signs, its just a scam to keep the diaper companies happy making more money.
I would get a small potty and put it in the room she is in the most often and every so often (like 30 minutes) put her on the potty and tell her to go potty, if nothing happens then nothing happens, just try again in another 5-10 minutes. For out and about, just make sure she goes potty before you leave and once you get to where you are going. Good luck! and if you have any other questions, just ask!
Amy - posted on 09/03/2012
Are you talking about your daughter that's not even two yet? In general I would say its to early to potty train but you can introduce her to the potty. Also if your child is showing the developmental signs of being ready you can try. Things you should look for are the child's ability to sit for a few minutes, can dress and undress themselves, can follow simple directions, has the language skills to say they have gone to the bathroom, does she respond to praise and want to please you? If she's showing these signs then take her to the store to pick out new underwear and a reward, we did stickers. At first she got a sticker for just sitting on the potty, then she got one for actually using the potty. My daughter had a few accidents the first day in just her underwear but caught on very quickly. Remember that by starting this early you're not guaranteed to have her trained earlier than most if she's not ready. By the way my daughter was 2 1/2 when she potty trained.
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