what is the best way to potty train a little girl???
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Helen - posted on 10/16/2009
As well as having a trainer seat at home (the little seat that goes on the adult toilet seat), we also bought a Potette Plus, which is a travel potty which also doubles up as a trainer seat when you're out and about. It's smaller than other trainer seats but you can also get disposable liners for it so, if you're caught out somewhere that doesn't have toilets (in the park etc), you can still use the Potette so your little one gets used to it at all times. We also found using a reward chart with stickers was a great incentive - a sticker for every successful attempt on the potty/toilet and then when she filled the card with stickers she got a small present (packet of crayons, little book etc).
It took my daughter about 3 months to completely get the hang of it - she was 2 1/4 yrs old when we started and was fully dry (day and night) by 2 1/2. We used trainer pants initially (plastic pants with a thin lining of towelling). These won't absorb a full wee but we found if she started to wee, she would realise and could stop until she got to the toilet without soaking her clothes. But, as others have said, be prepared for lots of accidents - we still have the odd accident (when she's too busy playing!) and she is just over 3 now. We just clean up and carry on - she gets more upset by the accidents than we do ;-)
Dawn - posted on 10/15/2009
When I potty trained my Oldest Daughter I had one of those litte seat chair potties, everytime that I would have to go I would take her with me at first just sitting her in the chair then gradually I would pull down her pullups and sit her down to while i went she and I would have potty time together. sounds funny but it worked I would make a game out of it especially when she went by herself I would make a big deal and give her a reward. They get excited very easily. my daughter was potty trained by 18 months. I had also let her pick out her undies and let her wear them when she wanted to. Just remember accidents happen try not to make a fuss over it just clean her up and say that's ok it happens. You will find you will get better results from that!
Bridget - posted on 10/15/2009
I was lucky, both of my girls kind of indicated to me that they were ready by wanting to use the big potty or by telling me when they had to go. When they indicated this to me (around 18 months), I took them to the store & let them pick out their own potty chair and panties. When they would use the potty I would make a big celebration of it "Yay Bella" etc... to make them feel proud & if they had an accident I wouldn't make a big deal out of it. I had to let them run around naked except for panties for a while because they were so small they had a hard time pulling pants up & down. Also, I just put panties on them in public & took my chances. I've never had a public accident. I now how a 3.5 year old & a daughter under 2 that are fully potty trained, even at night when they sleep.
September - posted on 10/15/2009
It's hard to do especially if you are working because you can't be around to enforce it all of the time, but what worked for my daughter was a schedule. She'd been showing inerest since two, and it took me about 9 months to get her fully trained, but it beats changing 3 year old diapers, KWIM? LOL. I started putting her on the potty first thing in the morning, whether she fought it or not. Then, I'd take her every 20 to 30 minutes (I set a timer, and she'd go that often because she had a little bladder) and have her sit for 1 full minute. If nothing came out, she didn't have to go. If she did, after about 20 seconds into the minute she'd relax enough to go. My daughter likes books, so when it was potty time, we'd pick out a book and it turned into story time. She started memorizing books, and finally got potty trained. I was working, and my dad babysat, so I had the morning and evening shift, and my dad did it through the day. Good luck to you, and I hope you find what works for the two of you! :)
Carol - posted on 10/15/2009
My Dr had me take my daughter to the store and have her pick out her own potty chair, she chose an elmo step stool and a dora seat:) with in 3 days I was no longer reminding her to go potty she was more than happy to go! she was 20 mo. Each child is very different but girls are somewhat easier than boys, I plan on doing the same thing with my other daughter as well. I also kept her in pull ups and had her choose her own panties when she went on the potty she got to wear panties if there was an accident it was back in the pullups until she pottied on the toilet then panties again! AND always take her with you (i'm sure you do)! Hope that is helpful and good luck!
Heather - posted on 10/15/2009
i never botherd with the potty at all because in argos or any kind of shop like that they sell this toilet seat thats got normall seat for us but then atached is a smaller 1 for little en
just when u go take you little 1 with u so shes seeing mummy go just consdent telling her she a big girl like mummy
and in the house just leave her with out a nappy or nickers on and ask every 10 min or so if she need go, but if has an axedent just say oh dear lets go sit on big girl toilet
if at any time when u take her to the toilet she even dose 1 drop make a big deal jumpin ott u no awe big girl yay singing u did it u did it lol
TNell - posted on 10/15/2009
The best advice given to me was to put her in undies (Buy a lot and let her choose which ones at the store; this will be incentive to keep them clean once she gets used to the idea that it won't be a catch all! ) Also, I learned the hard way to cover the sensor of the auto toilets with my hand so that it doesn't keep flushing and freak the kiddo out! :) Good luck and God bless!