What are some tips on potty training a 2 yr old girl?

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Kara - posted on 03/19/2009

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I am in the process of training my 2 1/2 yr. old girl now. We have been trying for some time now. I think we have it now. We are using marbles in a jar. 1 marble when she pee pee's and 2 when she poops. Someone told me this idea first and I didn't like it because I was afraid she would put them in her mouth or give them to the baby. However, I give her the marbles and we put them in a glass vase that is up high but she is still able to see it. We take marbles everywhere in the diaper bag. If the uses the potty while we are out we put them in a baggie and dump them in the jar when we are home. When our jar is all filled up she gets a prize ( a belle princess dress) that she has been interested in for a while. We also watched once upon a potty video with the "potty song" on it. She loved it and sings the song as she "waits for the poop to come out!" Try to make it as fun as you can! There will be good days and bad but eventually they will get it!

Amanda - posted on 03/17/2009

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Can't help you. My little girl is just under 2and 1/2 and she has days where she will tell me and other days where she wants nothing to do with it. I have tryed everything. the cool pull-ups the underwear and no pants the underwear with a pull-up over the underwear. I got her a little potty that sat on the floor and the potty seat that goes on our potty. I have done the three days thing and that never worked. it all to do when they are ready. I have found that us staying home and not going out very much helping. I think she hates going potty on other people's potty she likes the one here at home. So maybe just stay around home and ask her like 100 times a day. that might work. Different things work for different kids so good luck. :) Don'tgive up.

Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2009

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I have 3 girls and all of them were easy to potty train. My oldest turned 2 just before the next was due to arrive. I told her she had to be a big girl and switched her directly to big girl panties and she got to go out to the store and pick out her own. I also informed all Grandmas that we were potty training and they also got her little gifts for being and big girl and within 2 wks she was fully potty trained. She started peeing on the potty right away and it only took a couple days to master that. Pooping was different. At first she was scared to poop on the potty so we would have a couple messes a day and she would have to take them off and put them in the bathroom herself. After the first week she was so grossed out by this that she finally started to tell when she had to poop and would only do it on the big potty instead of the potty chair she would use to pee. The others followed the same pattern only they were not afraid to poop so they were all potty trained within about 3 wks turning 2 yrs old. Now I am getting ready to do the same with my son who will be 2 yrs old tomorrow (March 18) and hopefully his potty experience is quite similar.



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Kris - posted on 03/17/2009

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I have two daughters and they trained in completely different ways.  With both of them, they got Big Girl panties and the potty seat set up on their 2nd birthday.  They weren't in any way forced into it, but we decided that was a good time to bring them out.  They both knew what it was all about, as I had allowed them in the bathroom with me since they were babies and we talked about it whenever we were in the bathroom.



 



With my older daughter, I made a sticker chart.  Little stickers for pees and bigger ones for poos.  Stickers have always been a big thing for her, so she saw that as a reward, and she really liked to see the chart getting fuller.  We ended up with three charts all together - the firt one was mostly little stickers, and took several weeks to fill up.  But by the third, it was a good mix of sizes and only took a couple of weeks to fill.  But after those, even though she knew what to do, she still wasn't comfortable with doing it all the time and wearing panties all day.  I finally figured out that for her, the pull-up weren't a good idea - they were too much like a diaper and kept her dry even when she had an accident.  So, when the last bag of pull-ups ran out we switched to panties full time.  Since she absolutely hated feeling wet or dirty, it only took a couple of days till she didn't have accidents - even at night.  It was wonderful - she was fully trained by 2 1/2.



Now - my younger daughter... BIG difference!  We started out the same way - sticker charts and everything.  Didn't make a bit of difference to her.  She would just go and peel the stickers off the charts...  So I tried to think of other things that I could reward her with.  Nothing worked!  It just seemed to be such a struggle - she would run the other way whenever she was asked if she had to go.  Then one day I noticed that she kept running into the bathroom while she and her sister were playing.  I sneaked up on her one time and saw that she was indeed using the potty.  And that's when I realized that for her, it had to be her idea - not anyone else's.  So I backed off.  I got another pack of pull-ups and quit asking her about going.  It was about two weeks later that she said to me 'Mommy I want to wear my big girl panties now'.  And that was that.  She had a harder time at night than her older sister, but we just kept the pull-ups for night time and always had a spare set of bed sheets, and we absolutely did not make it a big deal if she did have an accident - we just said to her 'It's okay - accidents sometimes are okay.  You'll get it'  So she wasn't fully trained till she was a little over 3.



The best advise I can give -



 - Make it fun



 - Don't EVER punish for accidents or show anger about them



 - Don't put too much pressure on them - until they're school age or in other activities where it's more of a big deal, so what if they're 3 or 4 when it happens?  I think parents put too much stress on kids to be trained and forget that it's about them learning the process and focus too much on the inconvenience for the parent.

Traquillia - posted on 03/17/2009

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I'm still working on this with my 3 year old.  I started when he was 2 .... and it was very tediious.  I tried the nakedness around the house.  Forcing him to go every 2 hours or so.  But it wasn't until recently they has started to master this potty thing on his own.  His favorite cartoon character, Caillou, started using the bathroom.  So I began to interact with him as to what was going on in the cartoon.  Re-introducing the potty to him.  So, he got the "pee-ing" down.  Then we had to work on the 'pooping.'  He had to learn for himself, how to recognize when he had to poop.  So this is what I did .... I knew that he poops after eatingb certain foods.  So I would purposely give him those foods and constantly ask him 20 minutes later, "do you have to poop, do you have to poop."  Until he would say yes, or my tummy hurts, and then we would go sit on the pot.  I would explain to him to just relax ... I also let him bring the potty into the living room to watch the cartoons as he poops.  So that he would get the feel for it and learn how to relax.  And it worked!  lol.  So then I transitioned him back to the bathroom and then the toliet.  It's really a matter of knowing your child.  Not every child will respond the same to everything. 



When it comes to pee-ing, whenever liquids are ingested, make sure you take her to the potty within the hour.  So she will begin to get into the habit of it.  Whether she thinks she has to use the bathroom or not.  She's start recognizing it.



And of course, when they make accomplishments, big or small, always make a big deal of it.  Clapping, singing, balloons, new toys, all of that!  So, realize that this potty thing is a big deal!



 

Sara - posted on 03/17/2009

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hiya, try to make it fun and not stressful, i bought my daughter a potty that was the shape of a teddy bear which she loved. Several times throught the day i sat her on it and if she did a tinkle we made a big exciting thing about it. Sometimes while sitting on it i would read her a short story so that she relaxed, or sing a rhyme.  I have heard that boys are slower to train. I put little knickers on her and if she had an accident i wasnt cross, but sat her on the potty, she learnt sooo quickly.

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