How in the world do I get my daughter to be interested in potty training????

Joyce - posted on 07/18/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Leah is being so darn stubborn!!!

I need to have her trained by the end of the summer for preschool.

HELP!!!!

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Alica - posted on 07/18/2009

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They have dolls that go "potty", get her one of those, and have her teach the doll to go "potty".

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Maj-Britt - posted on 07/18/2009

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I am in the process of potty training my daughter and part of it is that they will be ready when they are ready. We have a potty chair for her that sits on the floor next to our toilet and when I go I let her come in and sit on her potty as well. I give her lots of praise and tell her how cute she is and how much of a big girl she is for sitting on the potty. Even if she doesnt go I give her tons of praise about just sitting on it. We have potty treats that we keep in the cupboard that we give to her only when she actually uses the potty. It has all broken down to consitancy. When we first started I put her on the potty once every half hour and eventually she has taken more of an interest to want to use it on her own. Always remember potty training is usually something that takes months and doesnt just happen over night. Good luck!

Yvette - posted on 07/18/2009

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my mom told me to buy panties, which works for aubrey. they dont have to be princess or dora, she'll just like the feeling of bein a big girl and wearin panties i dont see a point in puttin a new diaper on after everytime she pees in the potty. but she has to be ready for it too.

Sabrina - posted on 07/18/2009

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Hey!! First off I have 2 daughters. A four year old and a 17 month old. I introduced my 4 year old to the potty at 18 months, she would occasionally come in with me and use her potty, but wasn't too interested going by herself. Well, I didn't pressure her, I just let her do her own thing and apparently she thought that it was time to start going to the potty b/c by the time she was 26 months, she was FULLY potty trained. My youngest I was going to do the same at 18 months, but just 2 days ago she had gotten on her sisters step stool, after ripping her diaper off, and not only did she pee in the toilet, but she pooped as well. I just so happen to hear her say in the sweetes voice "Mommy, eeewwwwwww" and I went to look and she was on her way off the toilet. So I will be getting her potty this weekend!!!!!! I think if you just let them do their own thing, while continuing to introduce and encourage them, they go faster and its saving you lots of tears, frustration, and ucky clothes!!!! lol GOOD LUCK!!!!

Michelle - posted on 07/18/2009

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Reward her for staying dry, ignore or make light of the times she goes in her pants, and let her wear underwear. It is messier, but it is known to help because she will feel the wetness, unlike wearing a diaper or training pants that soak up the wetness.
Be patient and remember that if she refuses to train now, it is just because she will only do it when SHE is ready.

Jessica - posted on 07/18/2009

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My little girl is 2 1/2 and began taking her diaper off or telling me when she had pooped in her diaper. She let me know that she was ready to potty train by doing this. I let her go with me to the potty and we "take turns". Mommy goes 1st, then she goes. I made a HUGE deal out of her successes on the potty and told her we needed to go get her big girl panties and we could give the diapers to her baby dolls bc she didn't need them anymore. Her response: " No, me BABY!" So I convinced her that mommy's baby girl needed to wear panties. I took her to the store and bought the cheaped pack of panties I could find but she chose which package (it made her involved in the process) and told her that if she peeed or pooped in her new panties that we would have to throw them away. After one accident I threw a pair in the trash and she's been successful (except for while sleeping) for 2 days now! She does NOT want to lose any more panties to the trash can. I tried to potty train her at the beginning of the year around her 2nd birthday and though that she just wasn't going to go to the potty until she was ready...now I know that was true. Be patient and don't rush her. With my daughter, the more easy going I am about it all, the better she does!

Cinamon - posted on 07/18/2009

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Reminder her she's a BIG gril and big girls get to use potty instead of sitting around in stinky smelly dipers.

Cinamon - posted on 07/18/2009

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Frist is she staying dry during nap time if not don't potty train her bladders not ready yet. If so get one of the many books out there for kids to read about going potty and then reward her like crazy for going!

Esme - posted on 07/18/2009

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I had great success with the reward program. Smarties and/or a favourite toy , given after success. It does work , do not put the child in a diaper or pull up at any time after the first potty session. EVER. She won't revert back if she feels the wetness or the poop in her pants. Plus she can't enjoy her usual fun times if wet, she'll learn , but you need to loet her learn. And yes please have her trained before pre-school.

Edith - posted on 07/18/2009

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Take her to the bathroom every 2 hours and put big girl panties on her. Tell her she is a big girl and that big girls go to the potty. Put books in the bathroom and make them only hers. That way she will sit there and relax and before you know it she will be potty trained. But remember it is all about consistancy. Good Luck!

Carie - posted on 07/18/2009

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Leigh, I like that you can stand up for your child!
I can't buy into the reward system, clearly she isn't. Asking her all the time and having her try when you go might show her the way it works. Good Luck Joyce!

Meagan - posted on 07/18/2009

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Well try to get an idea on when she pottys and then start sitting her on the potty, or try putting her on every 30 minutes or doing a sticker chart for her only when she goes in the big girl potty, does she hate sitting on it or is she just not doing anything on it? If none of that works I say wait until she seems to want to do it, most children come around about it on there own :-) GOOD LUCK!!

Susan - posted on 07/18/2009

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Have a potty seat in the same bathroom as where you go and make a BIG deal out of it , go to the dollar store and buy gifts for a job well done!

Leigh - posted on 07/18/2009

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I just told the preschool to pound sand and deal with my son in diapers until he was ready. At the age of 3, he used the potty on his own and never had one accident in his underwear. You're just putting yourself through a lot of frustration and urine-soaked laundry if you try to do it before the child is ready. Also, I think all this pressure that we put on kids to grow up to fast cause psychological problems. I'm not a psychologist though so I couldn't tell you how it affects them.

Agnes - posted on 07/18/2009

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She feels your pressure, calm, breathe and let imitate you. Does she follow you to the bathroom only allow her to come in when she sits on potty next to the big potty. She wants to do what you do, they are our shadows use it to your advantage.

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I'd be willing to bet, she is only as stubborn as her parents are! Little ones can't really be trained until they choose to be.How old is Leah? The first thing I recommend is to start taking her in with you:when you use the bathroom. Monkey see monkey do. And make a regular routine of course.Praise praise praise! My daughter was easy to potty train at age two. But my son was a little harder, age 3.5. And don't let the pre-school set the agenda for when your child will accomplish such mile stones. Most decent care providers will work with you, for the betterment of your child. Some just want to fill the slot. So good luck and have patience. She'll do it. When she's ready. The toilet is a BIG step, for it leads to all the others. :)

Joyce - posted on 07/18/2009

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Thanks

We have tried m&m's (she is a chocoholic) and that did not work.....the stickers I have tried but as soon as we complete the task, she reverts back to the same ol same ol....she really knows hnow to work the system!!!

Chris - posted on 07/18/2009

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Find a reward. We used stickers and when the sticker page(balloon) was full, we'd go out to eat at McDonald's. My friend used small toys.



initially, anytime she gets something in the potty, she gets a sticker.

work up to, when she gets most of it in the potty, to when she stays dry (gets it all in the potty).



For my other daughter, when I told her she could not go to preschool if she did not use the potty. She starting using the potty.--She really wanted to go to preschool.



hope this helps.

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