Potty training an almost 2 year old girl...HELP!!!

Odette - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I've tried praise, reward and discipline, now I'm on the "go with the flow," and hope she chooses to train....HELP!!! Any suggestions. She's a leap year baby so she'll be 2 on Mar 1st this year. She's ready, she goes and hides in a corner to pee and poop. She tells me when her diaper is wet or has a BM in it....I KNOW she's ready.

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Odette - posted on 07/29/2013

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Katherine,

It took A LOT of patience, praise, "poopie pops" (dum-dums) as a reward and buying a potty seat with two steps on it (like a step ladder) with handles to get her to go. Once all of those were in place she trained fairly quickly. Never had any accidents and never looked back. :D

Stephanie - posted on 02/17/2010

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Well I have a plan. Leave her without her pants & big girl panties then put a potty in her favorite corner =) You might have to help her for a bit, but that way she can get to the potty herself and quickly. Worked for our son (we just put his potty in the middle of the living room.

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Katherine - posted on 07/29/2013

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I can relate my daughter will be 3 in December and im so desperate for her to use the potty. She has come to the point where she doesnt want pampers and wants to put on panties and when i go to put them on her she grabs the pamper and has me put in on and simply place the panties above them. She already dislikes the discomfort when she does go in her pamper but refuses to use her potty. I have tried Stephanies suggestion but still no luck i guess the distraction from playing allows her to forget she is without a pamper on and in some big girl panties. although i remind her constantly to do pee-pee and doodle in the peepee cocky toilet (what she calls her potty) she still goes on the floor..Any other suggestions?

Enza - posted on 02/17/2010

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Have you tried putting her on the potty about an hour after she has had something to drink? Usually your bladder is full by then. Keep track of the times when she hides in the corner and try to put her on the potty at that time each day. Your in training too.

Odette - posted on 02/17/2010

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Thank you for your responses Stephanie and Kirsti. I really appreciate it. I think the encouragement and knowing that others have gone through this really helps!

BTW Kirsti, I think you're right; but, I don't want to give in to Bella, she's VERY strong willed and I have a feeling letting her have her way with this will be the embarkment of a path I just DON'T want to go down. ;)

Kirsti - posted on 02/17/2010

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Biggest tip - do not force her. She may be ready in most signs but she has to WANT to use the toilet or potty. I tried rewards, sticker charts, the works. But if she is adverse to this then the whle effort will be pointless and just frustrating. I started by having my son go AS SOON as he woke up every morning and progressed from there as part of his routine and this worked wonders.

Stephanie - posted on 02/17/2010

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Sounds like you are doing eveything right, you are just going through that seriously frustrating part. Don't give up! That's the worst thing to do. Just take her potty A LOT, at least every thirty minutes, candy for going and hugs for trying. REALLY celebrate when she goes, jump up and down and act like a weirdo haha. If you are using a little potty, maybe she doesn't like that she is using a different one than you. My daughter got much better when we went and got a "Dora" seat that is pink and sits on the regular toilet. We got her a pink stool with stars on it and when she has to go she potty she yells potty! Hurry! Then she runs in and says "Dora" puts the seat on, then says "stars" and puts the stool where she needs it. Then she takes off her pants and panties and throws them into the hall and says "go" (I don't know why she does that one: ) Then she jumps up there and goes! We had to help for a while but now she is 26 months and doing it all alone. We have had her potty trained since about 20 months and started trying at 17 months.

Odette - posted on 02/17/2010

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Awe Tonya, I feel you. I just turned on the heater and I'm "hot," because of it. But, Bella's not cold anymore, so I guess it's a small price to pay for potty training her. ;)

Yes, Samantha. My son was a breeze: he potty trained himself at 17 months. Woke up one morning, went to the bathroom came out without his diaper and said "no more diaper." He was done. LOL It was great! That experience disillusioned me with Bella! I was hoping it would only take her one day, two days at the most! LOL

Stephanie - posted on 02/17/2010

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We know ALL about the cold. I'm from Iowa (hoping to get out of here soon). We just have a 2 br apartment, so we invested in a space heater for the living room and shut all the other doors to keep it nice and toasty.

Tonya - posted on 02/17/2010

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i am with stephanie but live in maine so cant let my 2 year old run around naked to cold :(

Samantha - posted on 02/17/2010

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Girls are far harder then boys.lol My daughter was stubborn about the potty till we got her a "special Dora" potty seat ...she was sooo convinced her fav tv character would be sad if she didn't use it that she started using the potty imediatly after.lol The seat was great..purchased at Walmart for 10$ and it fits right onto the regular toliet seat. Goodluck

Odette - posted on 02/17/2010

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Melanie, thank you for your response. I really appreciate it. I'll give potty training a try for a week or two and if it fails then I'll go back to diapers and try again at a later date. :)

Melanie - posted on 02/17/2010

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i understans where you are coming from. my girl was like that from 2 and a half. in the summer just b4 school started she trained herself. just wears pull ups at night

Odette - posted on 02/17/2010

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I did, that's how I'm potty training her. I'm putting "big girl panties" on her and hoping the feeling of being wet is uncomfortable enough to want to use the potty. Thank you Bretta, I appreciate your response. :)

Bretta - posted on 02/17/2010

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I know your tired of trying to make that transition but give her time and go shopping for big girl panties with her favorite characters on them. Let her know that if she goes in the potty she can start wearing them

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