Potty Training

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi! This is Amanda. My daughter isn't potty training yet. She is 16 months. And she is afraid of the potty that I brought her. So what can I do to make her potty time so much fun. I really don't want to rush her. But I am tried of changing diapers now.

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Nicole - posted on 12/28/2008

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If she is afraid she may not be ready. Put it away and bring it out in a few weeks. If she gets very upset she may resist longer. She is very young. I waited till mine showed they were ready ( 2yrs and 2 1/2) They trained wtihout accidents at that point. Good luck!!!

Theresa - posted on 12/28/2008

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My duaghter was 2.5. I just put underwear on her..she peed her pants twice, started to poop once in the undies and after that ive never had a problem.... shes only wet the ebd once too!

Michelle - posted on 12/28/2008

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Well when she is ready she will show interest. But I did a potty chart. you can give her a sticker for everytime she goes and let her put it on the chart. It's ok if she doesnt put it in the right spot. Some even give treats after so many good potty's but for my son the sticker was enough. You can give her 2 stickers or a big one for poo. But always give her one just for trying! Also think about letting her go on the big toilet if she is scared of the other one. I bet she would like big girl panty's too. I had to let my son where underwear because if he had a diapy on he would go in it. Don't let her see you frustrated... accidents WILL happen. Just keep praising her and encouragin her. Good luck!

Shelly - posted on 12/28/2008

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She is too young and not ready. If you push it, it will make her more afraid. Drop it for a while. My daughter wasnt ready until 2.5 years some are even older.

Wendy - posted on 12/28/2008

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wow she is way too young for potty training yet. i have two girls and my first is 4 1/2 she potty trained herself around 30 weeks old. i tried at 18 months and my doctor told me that its just too early. my other daughter whom is going to be 2 in february just started sitting on the potty for me and its a struggle. i was always told not to force then and to wait till they are at least 22 months old.

Debby - posted on 12/28/2008

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It's not so much knowing what you're talking about, it's her actually being able to read her body, and being able to SENSE that she is going to need to pee in a couple of minutes. My daughter (22 mos) is able to tell me when she's doing her pee, because its already done, and she understands the concept behind using the potty. She knows whenever myself or my husband go to the bathroom that we are going to "potty" but she still can't read her body enough to be able to tell me before hand.

Forcing her to potty before she's ready is only to cause many more problems down the road, for you and her. Have patience, it will happen when she's ready!!

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Also, remember this is about what is best for your children, not what is most convienent or easy for you. I don't mean to sound harsh, but it needs to be said.

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First of all THAT is way too young and you will regret forcing it to happen. Potty training too young can in fact cause them to become bed wetters. A child is not physically capable of actually potty training before the age of 2 and for most it is more around 2 1/2- 3. My daughter was a little over 2 1/2 when I took her to the store, let her ick out her big girl panties. The next day I made a pallet on the floor and covered it with towels then a blanket on that, I got tons of her toys and movies. I put her in a long t-shirt with her big girl panties and we spent the day on the blanket. The FIRST time she started to tinkle she caught it and said I am wetting my barbie panties! We ran to the potty and she finished. I praised her and painted her fingernails(never use food as a reward, it sets up all kinds of issues later.) She NEVER had an accident or diaper again. DONE all in ONE day! I will be training my son the same way in a few more months. I trained my friend's son exactly the same way in one day.

Dara - posted on 12/28/2008

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I started training my daughter before 2, but not with the same intensity as you would a 2 year old. I bought her that throne potty. Mostly she'd push it to what ever room she wanted to be in and sit on it like a regular chair, and some times she would pee in it. For which I would reward her. Then I read her a lot of books about potty training.

Once I thought she had the idea, I actually backed off more. I went to the dollar store, bought a bunch of gifts and wrapped them. Then I placed them in a big bowl that I put on the fridge. I took the legs off the potty chair and attached it to the toilet. And I told her that when she made a peepee she could pick a gift.

Most importantly, I also kept her with a group of other girls her age. Whenever we took 1 girl to the potty, they all went. At times, I would have 4 girls in the bathroom with me. Because they all trained together, they learned faster.

My son trained later (almost 3)... and my mother trained him LOL. Her method was to let him walk around naked (it was summer time & he loves being naked anyway). She carried a porta-potty around as they moved through the house. Whenever he looked like he was about to do something, she grabbed him and sat him down. She had him trained in 2 weeks.

Staci - posted on 12/28/2008

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I had my son turn around and face the back of the toilet and put a toy up there for him to play with. Hope this helps...

Anne - posted on 12/28/2008

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Rushing your child will definately backfire! This is one area that your child has to have control. Pushing too soon can cause all kinds of trama that will lead to counseling later. For you and her. I tried to potty train just after my daughter turned two. we fought for weeks, cried tears of frustration and ugh! I got great advice "Pick your battles" sure diapers cost money but in the end you will not save money because your child is simply not emotionally ready to give up the control. Wait. when she is coming to you with a dirty or wet diaper, then she has develped the sensory motor skills to tell you she needs to go. Thats when you will be successful. I waited till my daughter was 2 1/2 and she came running "mommy potty now" and she was potty trained in one day. no accidents, no trauma, no fighting and other then the bedtime diaper just in case for another month or so, she was done. Good Luck, Blessings

Sharon - posted on 12/27/2008

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If you wait until she is 2, it will be a lot easier. If you try too soon it will backfire and may cause issues later like wetting the bed.

Karen - posted on 12/27/2008

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You are trying to train her too young. Is she telling you she has to go? Is she mentioning to you when she is wet or messy? I trained my daughter in less than 5 weeks. I did not start training my daughter until she was just over 2 years old. I also run a licensed day care. I will not start training girls until they are at least 2. Boys, not until they are 3. I have huge success with potty training. But wait until your daughter is ready. If she is scared, back off for a few weeks and then try again. I would really wait until she was at least 2 years old.

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