How do you start potty-training a little girl!!??

Jessica - posted on 12/26/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I have a 20 mo. old little girl! She seems to be interested in the potty, she knows what poop is, and understands that the toilet is a potty! This has been my biggest fear this whole 20 month process!! I already have a little girl panties for her!! If there is some advice to how to get this thing kicked off, LET ME KNOW!!! Thank you ladies!!

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Holly - posted on 12/08/2012

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My nearly 20 month old is showing interest in using the potty too. She has always joined both myself and her older sister in the bathroom, so she knows the basics. And this morning I asked her if she wanted to go potty she said "yes". With Christmas around the corner, I think Santa might just bring her a training potty. I am both excited and saddened for her to take this big step. Good luck to you!

Catherine - posted on 12/27/2008

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We kicked it off a over a holiday weekend (MLK weekend 2008). We basically had a Potty Weekend. I showed her the big girl panties, which she really wanted. We sat on the potty every hour on the hour or whenever she wanted to. We read books in there. We basically spent 72 hours in there. She's been in panties and peeing in the potty ever since. Poop has been a longer, harder road, but for pee, the big weekend worked like a charm.

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Chele - posted on 12/27/2008

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One thing I read was to have a potty chair where they are at most of the day. Basically saying that it was inconvinient to go to the bathroom for a 2 year old. So we had a potty chair in the living room during naked weekends. Then she started going to the big potty about a month after she got her new panties. So by the time she was 2 she was fully potty trained, pull ups at night. She was night and day by 3 1/2! You have many good suggestions. Main thing to remember... don't get frustrated, it will happen. :)

Amanda - posted on 12/26/2008

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The panty thing works for a lot of kids, especially girls, they don't like to be wet or gross, oftentimes. My daughter totally worked in stages. She was potty-trained for poop by 18 months, but didn't master pee until she was 3 years old. She is 4and a half now, and still sleeps in a pull-up. One thing that I found helpful was the suggestion to get rid of the change table and start doing all the diaper changes in the bathroom, then they are there anyway. We also would empty poops (when possible, I know that is not always something you can do) into the toilet to start giving her the visual that poops go in potties. Just don't push too hard. One day a flip gets switched in their heads and bodies, and they are ready to start learning. It sounds like your little girl might already be there. good luck!

Amanda - posted on 12/26/2008

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i am currently potty training my 19 month old and i am doing a lot....lol....we have naked weekends...she has her own potty....she has big girl panties on the weekends too....and i take her to the bathroom everytime i go and she pulls her little pants down and unbuttons her onesie and says "Pee Pee"...and now everytime she sees a toliet she starts tugging at her pants and says "Pee Pee"...she also knows what toliet paper is for and when to flush the toliet....now grant it she has the basics down but she hasn't quite figured out when to go to her potty....for example a few days ago we were having naked time lol...and she used the bathroom in my living room floor and then ran to her potty...so it is still a work in progress but we are working on it...good luck with your little one

Amy - posted on 12/26/2008

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We have a sticker chart, funny thing was when she started potty training the first time she was using the chart faithfully, wanting a sticker every time she went. She lost interest when I became pregnant again and started having accidents. About 2 weeks after that she started using the potty again and we started putting her in big girl panties instead of those pull ups. She is doing great...unless daddy is in charge ....hmmm....

Kyrie - posted on 12/26/2008

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my twins werent potty trained until they were 3 and that was because i waited 4 them 2 let me no they were ready. my youngest will b 2 next week but unlike her sisters is already showing signs she is ready. she lets me know wen she is wet/soiled which is the 1st step but i dont feel she is ready 4 no nappy right now so we have pull ups. that way if she has an accident its no big deal and she can try again, try lookin 4 the signs that ur daughter is ready like is she aware that shes wet or dirty? maybe wenever she does go u can sit her on the potty even if its 2 late, then she should start associating the potty with going to the toilet.

Paulette - posted on 12/26/2008

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Well if your daughter is ready she will cue you. She may get upset or feel uncomfortable in soiled diapers. She may even try to take them off. She may follow mommy to the bathroom. There is a dvd called Once Upon A Potty--for her. It will give her a fun learn experience. You may want to let her pick out her own potty chair and underwear too. There is a website I went to called www.pottysolutions.com. They have advise and products to help.

Beth - posted on 12/26/2008

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My 2 year old daughter is currently potty training. She showed some interest a couple of months back, so I created a giant potty chart for her (a calendar so to speak). I told her when she was ready to go potty, everytime she went we would put a sticker on the chart. She wasn't really into it at first, but the more she recognized that she was peeing in her diaper, the more she was ready to learn. We bought her a potty chair from Wal Mart and some big girl panties (she picked them out). She started out by going once a day on the potty, I didn't push her at all, but constantly asked her throughout the day if she had to go potty. Eventually she started to tell me she would have to go and now runs in and goes on her potty by herself. Today, for the first time, she pooped on the potty (which is a big thing for her!!!). It just takes time and a lot of patience. The biggest thing that worked for us was to get excited everytime she did go on the potty. Clapping, praise and stickers are wonderful rewards... we also had potty toys. A little bag of inexpensive toys from the Dollar Tree. She got to pick one out everytime she went potty. Anyway! Hope some of that helps. Good luck!! When she is ready, she will let you know!

Jessica - posted on 12/26/2008

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Thank You Ladies!!! THAT IS FANTASTIC!!!! Hopefully this will be a breeze!! did you guys use a potty chair or the toilet!?

Rick N Nicole - posted on 12/26/2008

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For my daughter, I started asking her every 1/2 hour to an hour if she had to go. Sometimes she did, other times, she didn't. We also started giving her a penny to put in a jar every time she peed. If she pooped, she got 2. And, if she told me she had to go, and she went, she got 3 pennies. It was a great incentive for her and she loved putting the penny in the jar. After awhile, she didn't even ask for the pennies anymore. I just let her put the pennies in her bank when stopped asking for them.

Chele - posted on 12/26/2008

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Naked weekends!!! That's how we did it and in 2 weekends my daughter was potty trained. I bought plain panties and she had a couple accidents, normal. BUT... then I took her to the store and let HER pick out special panties (Strawberry Shortcake is what she chose) and I told her, "You can not potty on Strawberry Shortcake", the first accident I threw the panties away. May sound mean - sorry - but it worked no more accidents!! So try naked time and let your girl pick out her own panties - Good luck.

Urasia - posted on 12/26/2008

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I agree with Susan. Its going to take a great deal of patience and persistence. Just put her on a pair of panties and take it from there. Also limiting her liquid intake can help too. With my daughter, by the time she was 20 months she was almost done training. When she turned two she was fully trained, day and night time.

Also when she does go, make a big deal out of it, give her high fives, clap....lol. The more positive reinforcement the better. Hope this helps some!

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What I did with my three girls is ..It may sounds weird but it worked and it takes a lot of patience . I let my daughters run around the house in their panties ..but I keeped asking every 5 minutes if they needed to use the potty-that is the most important part is to keep asking .Now if they have an accident it will be very uncomfortable to them it will be itchy and well just like if you were to pee on yourself it would be very uncomfortable . For my girls after I started doing that they were potty trained in 2 days.I also started potty training a little later than you are However I think it's great that you are teaching your daughter early getting her used to the potty .I hope I helped you a little

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