How long between potty times should we wait?

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Okay I've been told to take her to the potty from any where to 10 minutes after she's eaten/drank to 20 minutes after and to keep that schedule up for the entire time we are training. So every hour we go in 10-20 minute intervals to the potty. I've tried the every 10 minutes and we've missed it every time....meaning we sit there for 5-10 minutes and then go back to play only to have her potty on the floor. We are now in regular underwear, her choice not mine, in hopes that the wet stickiness will help but so far nothing. Still early though with that change as it's been officiall 3 days as of today. So how long should we wait? She drinks pretty well during the time together and snacks between meals depending on her mood. We don't have a problem with walking to the potty just actually pottying in the potty. It's like our timing is screwed up or something and I just can't seem to figure out what is going on or what I'm doing wrong.

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Deb - posted on 08/01/2009

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I took my kids every 25-30 minutes and they all did pretty good. Withing a week of starting everyone was potty trained. The girls were easier usually by the 3rd day, completely potty trained (age 2 1/2 for both) son was a little harder he was almost 4 (yikes, he just wasn't interested in the slightest and basically trained himself).

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Sarah - posted on 08/01/2009

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With my daughter we waited about 10-15 min between potty trips. I swear we just lived in the bathroom for 2 weeks! Those first 2 weeks are the hardest but most important. I just cleared my schedule for 2 weeks and did nothing else. By the end of the 2 weeks, going in every 10-15 min, she finally got the hang of it. Hang in there!

Leann - posted on 08/01/2009

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i worked at a daycare and we took the kids every hour on the hour....it seemed like s good routine and then ask her alot thru out thr day if she has to go. and then when she finally does go it has to be a dig deal! i mean big!!! and then reward her for doing it. i used dum dum suckers with my two boys.

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Seems to me like kids have their own little version of Braxton-Hicks when it comes to potty activity, meaning they have to have quite a few practice runs. It's all part of getting used to the activity, and it is good because it shows they are thinking about it (even if they drive you crazy with the constant trips.) At least, with all the dry runs, y'all are bound to hit the mark a few times, which gives reason to celebrate. After a few positive affirmations and acclimation to the process, she will find the schedule that is right for her.

Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2009

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I took my daughter to the bathroom every 10 minutes or so. I also limited her beverage intake. Not like keeping it from her, just picking out a place in the living room where our cup HAS to be kept at all times, one drink, and put it back. Once she limited her drinking, she seemed to be able to control her bladder better. Now, she takes herself and yells when she needs toilet paper. I know it takes every child different amounts of time, but this helped. And I've only been potty training for two weeks now with only one week in regular panties!

Tammy - posted on 08/01/2009

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When I worked for a daycare we took the toddlers every hour and half to 2 hours. Same schedual every day. From personal experience, I took my daughter to the bathroom every time I went. We made it Mommy and me time doing things from just talking to singing to even looking @ and discussing a book. When she did go, we made a big deal of her going like a big girl. When she had accidents, we reassured her it was ok, but big girls like mommy go the potty. So, if she wanted to be a big girl she would have to learn to go the bathroom and not mess her pretty panties. I also would ask in between times if she needed to go (about every hour). However, every child is differen. With my son, we used the reward system. 1 m&m for peeing and 2 for pottying. Again, it is a big deal --try not to punish for accidents as this may cause anxiety and actually prolong the process. Also be aware that her bladder and bowels may need time to better develope, each child is different. Good luck, be patient, and make this milestone a bonding one.

Jessica - posted on 08/01/2009

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Just be consistant with her she'll get it....I tell my son he needs to go in and try to go potty about every 30 minutes. I find that telling him to go in and try to go potty gives him a little control and he doesn't feel bad for not being able to go if he can't but I also do praise him for trying to go. By doing this my son is telling me at least 1 time a day that he's gotta go potty with out me even saying anything to him. I also make my son go potty as soon as he gets up in the morning and make him go before nap time and before bed....At least when he gets up in the morning his bladder is more likely to be full

Christy - posted on 08/01/2009

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With my first child I took here every 15 minutes and she refused to do anything. Then at the end of the evening she crawls up into a kitchen chair and goes everywhere...from then on she decided to go to the bathroom...sounds too easy I know but consistancy is the key...every child is different.

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Not having a potty trained son i can't say for sure, but I was told every 15 mins. If you are having trouble getting there in time @ 10 :( maybe have a potty chair in the living room (where ever she spends most the time) then maybe she'll be able to make it there before an accident? I've also heard that it can take between 1-2 wks of having accidents before they get it, so @ 3 dys I wouldn't give up!

Cindy - posted on 08/01/2009

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With my daughter we had to go every 15 min, and then anytime I went to the potty I would take her too. She picked out big girl panties and I told her that Dora didn't like to get wet so we have to try really hard to keep Dora dry. The first few days were tough, but once she realized what I was talking about she started going on the potty.

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