potty training

Emma - posted on 06/21/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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please help ...... my little girl is nearly 3 and starts nursery in septmeber i have been trying to potty trainer her fo the past 3 months and not getting anywhere i have tried everything from letting her choose her own potty and underwear and sticker charts and not gettin g anywhere my friens say that shes not ready but understands when she has wet and soiled her nappie please help i dont know what else to try

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Deborah - posted on 06/21/2010

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I also made Laura clean up after herself.

You say you've tried sticker charts which have been unsuccessful. Has she ever actually gone in the potty? If not try to make the potty fun at the start. Sit beside her on the floor and read a story, only read the story when she's sitting on the potty, try it with her clothed first, then progress to pants down.

When I was training Laura I tried to get her to sit on the potty as much as she was happy to do, hoping that eventually an "accident" would happen in the right place. When it did I pointed it out and we made a big deal of it, danced, clapped, cheered, high fived. I even phoned my mum so my mum could cheer at her down the phone too. Do this the first few times.

Also as evil as it sounds I let my daughter run around with nothing on down below. This meant when she did go it literally went everywhere, down her legs onto her feet etc. Easy to clean up but it makes them really aware of what just happened, and I doubt its a nice sensation. When this does happen try to get her to sit on the potty to finish off.

Alison - posted on 06/21/2010

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Is she sometimes successful? Has she ever used the toilet?

I heard that the key is helping your child take responsibility for their own hygiene. So basically, you let them clean up their own mess. I know that when I decided to let my daughter walk herself to the bathroom and take off her soiled clothes by herself, it seemed to help things along.

Keep in mind that pressuring her can discourage her. Don't make a big deal out of it. She will catch on soon enough.

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