POTTY TRAINING!!!!!!!!!

JoVonne - posted on 02/19/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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hey!!!! my daughter is 16m, and im tryna start potty training her, if i sit her on the pot she will go but she never says she has to or anything.... does anyone have any suggestions on how i can better this experience for her n myself....

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I see no harm in potty training a child early...so long as it's not forced and doesn't become a source of frustration for mom or baby.

I think the problem you are describing is the same problem my daughter had. She knew she was supposed to go in the potty...but didn't know she had to go until she was already going!

One day she just "got it." We did use a technique I'd read a few days before, but I'm not sure if it was the technique that caused her train or if it was just her time. For what it's worth, here's the technique:

When she used the bathroom on the floor, I took her hand and pointed to her accident. I said, "no tee tee on the floor." Then we walked to the bathroom and I pointed to the potty and said, "Tee tee in the potty." Then we walked back to the accident, "No tee tee on the floor." Then back to the potty, "Tee on the potty." We did this over and over. She had a good time running back and forth and repeating those two phrases with me. If I was having to drag her back and forth...I wouldn't have used that technique, but she was genuinely enjoying it. Like I said though, I don't know if it was that technique that made the difference, or if she was just ready.

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Amanda - posted on 02/26/2011

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i suggest getting a video for them to watch with a character they like. It makes it fun for them and explains it at their level. There are also books for them to read about going potty, i have one called "Princess potty" which comes with a crown and diamond stickers as rewards to decorate her "throne" or whatever else. My older daughter watched video and pretty much trained herself after it was explained more at her level.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 02/26/2011

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By the way, do YOUR own research on this matter (the pros and the cons) because many are opinionated about potty training to early, like my mother, she told me that its “Taking away from his childhood,”
Just rolled my eyes…like whatever, I didn’t realize that not wearing diapers was taking away from my baby’s childhood!

I have looked up why some think its wrong to potty train to early…and its absurd, many of the reasons why are based on information before the 1990’s, and many parents were mean and horrible to their children.

Good luck and keep doing if you want

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 02/26/2011

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Im potty training my 10 month old….I started two weeks ago, So far he is doing pretty good, I have been teaching him signing since he was 4months, and so Im teaching him the one for “Toilet” but I say potty, and in a sing-song voice I say “Mikah go peepee shhhhhh,” over and over while doing the sign for it, and if he goes or not, I say happy words and ask him for a high-five (that he gives and he smiles)

I also let him play with my tooth brush...lol but only in the bathroom when he is on the potty.

i put him on about 2-4times aday



I think the best you can do it make it fun and happy for her, let her play with something while she is on the potty. give her good feed back if she goes or not

Abbie - posted on 02/26/2011

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Why are you potty training so young? Does she want to go? Or do you just not want to pay for diapers? There is a HUGE difference in you being ready vs her being ready. 16 months is still quiet young, most are not even close to being ready til closer til 2. Also if she isn't asking ot be changed or asking to go to the potty, I would say she is not ready. I have son who is almost 3, and I found when he was ready, rewarding him well for going potty was what made it really a fun thing for him. Also to not scold her for wetting her diaper.

JoVonne - posted on 02/23/2011

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there has been time where she has walked to the pot or held herself butshedoesnt do that alot, i was thinking i should wait but im over the diapers.

Louise - posted on 02/20/2011

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You are going to have a job on your hands here as most children can not control bowel movements until 2 and bladder control comes slightly later. 16 months is very very early to start training, it can be done but it will take twice as long and could be stressful for both you and your daughter. My advice is to wait a few more months when your daughter is old enough to ask for the toilet. Unless your daughter is very advanced in her speech how is she going to let you know that she needs a wee in time to not wet herself. Give you and her the best chance and wait a while.

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