Can a mom with a full time job potty train a 3 year old?

Jenny - posted on 03/23/2011 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I am 33 years old and have a 3 year old, who shows no interest in the potty. I work all day and my husband is gone more than me. How can I be consistant when Im only there in the evening? We work on it before bath time and we had a little success a month ago, but nothing since. She doesn't even want to talk about. If I ask, she says "no!"

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Christine - posted on 04/06/2011

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could you take a long weekend to focus on it? When I was training my daughter I did it when my mom came to visit because she was willing to work with her with me. I'd suggest either finding someone that will help or take a day or two off work so you have a long weekend to focus on it yourself (or wait until a long holiday weekend like Memorial day when you might have a long weekend? Then just focus on it. with my daughter the first day was horrible. She wet her pants like 5 times and I don't think she went in the potty once. But we put her in underwear all day. Changed her when we had an accident and told her it was ok, we'd try again. the next day she went in the potty a couple times, but still had 2-3 accident. The 3rd day was better and by the 4th we felt like we had it. Most kids can do this in just a few days if you have the time to focus on it. Is your child in daycare? Would the person watching her help you work on it? Good luck. I think potty training is definitely not a fun task!

I would suggest also if you want to do potty training and fast don't mess with pull ups other than night and naps. Put her in underwear and just deal with the messes (maybe throw away underwear that are really messy). Most kids don't like that wet feeling and pull ups are just like diapers to most kids.

Good luck!

Lilliana - posted on 03/29/2011

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Hi Jenny,
Like you I work full time and my husband runs a rental business from home which means he is out with our daughter in the car more than half the day. Not great for potty training but we managed and her is how. Our daughter was 2 1/2 when we really started trying but like you we just couldn't figure out how to be consistent and so our attempts were not successful. She actually started refusing to go to the potty and would make it a game to be chased around the house... she'd eventually pee in her pull-ups or mom or dad would loose it with her and we would have a crying meltdown when we sat her on the potty. I actually wrote a blog about it and had all sorts of comments reminding me that I was the parent and should be "in charge" etc. Not helpful because I knew it was our schedule and approach that was complicating things. So eventually I had a friend email me a link to a 3 day potty training site online. I thought it was ridiculous but for $25 it really couldn’t hurt and I was desperate. IT WORKED. But it’s not ground breaking info. It’s very simple- no pull-ups or diapers or anything other than underwear. Take a long weekend (I took a Friday off and so we had Fri-Sun) to work on it. We bought three packs of 8 undies and talked about how we would be throwing the diapers /pull-ups away. We told her about it although she didn’t seem interested or responsive. Friday morning came and the first thing we did was change her from her pull-up into her undies. I explained that she was a big girl and she didn’t need undies any more because we would now be using the potty. I grabbed the last 3 pull-ups I had and asked her to put them in the trash. Then we braced ourselves for a LONG weekend. Friday was an accident day ALL day. You are not suppose to ask if they need to go just to remind them that they need to keep their undies dry. I would remind and she’d say “yep” but 2 seconds later pee. No getting after them just suppose to catch them in the act and try as hard as you can to get them to the potty and then praise them for “trying” and change them. By Saturday I wanted to cry but we had fewer accidents. She still wouldn’t “tell me” but would walk by the bathroom or stand there looking at me with a little scared look on her face so I figured out her cues. Sunday mid-day she just ran to the potty herself. She didn’t tell me but just went. The rest of Sunday she tried as hard as she could and made it most of the time but we went from like 10 accidents to 2 or 3. I returned to work on Monday and Dad put her in the car to deliver and so he had like 4 accidents since she couldn’t go to a potty on her own but by that night when we were all home no accidents. She did wet the bed for the next two weeks but we were prepared with a cover and extra sheets. After that Monday she had no other accidents during the day for the rest of the week but for the next month we would have random accidents mostly because she didn’t want to stop playing long enough to go. http://www.3daypottytraining.com/ try it… it’s the best $25 I’ve ever spent. I don’t know what your daycare situation is with her but most places will help you. Just explain that you are almost there and take lots of extra clothes and undies (and shoes) so they can continue your work just make sure that they and you NEVER put her back in diapers/pull-ups again no matter what. Heck we even had a stomach flu shortly after she was trained and I suggested using a diaper to help with the diarrhea but Dad was the voice of reason and we stuck to her undies. For some it might take 4 days but if you follow the plan you’ll be ok over a long weekend. Good luck.

Petra - posted on 03/24/2011

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Hi, It is possible. I work full time and my little boy was trained in just over a week, to be fair huge thanks to nursery. He wasn't showing any signs of being ready at all, but nursery were keen to try. They put him on the potty every 30mins. (i didn't agree with this as felt it was more like hit and miss then him actually knowing), but it worked while he was at nursery. At home he refused to go on the potty every 30mins, so I just let him run around the house in just big boy pants or nothing, and asked him every 5-10mins if he needed a wee wee,. Also left the potty in sight and he would say potty mummy, and off he would go. There were a few accidents(to be expected), but we got there in the end. Lots of praise when he used the potty, and if he didn't we didn't make an issue of it.

One thing nursery did advise me was not to use pull up nappies as they found children just then used them as nappies. So we went straight to big boy pants.

I took him shopping for them and he chose. Then each morning when getting dressed made a point of saying we are wearing big boy pants today so don't forget to ask for wee wee when you need to go.

I found myself repeating these things regularly, but it did work. Although I got bored of hearing my voice and I think Edward got bored and the looks he would give me sometimes was so funny, made it more enjoyable.

Hope this helps.

Good luck, and the one thing that someone told me was just relax about it, and it helped.

Tomeca - posted on 03/24/2011

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I have 3 children. I would like to suggest getting the book potty training in 1 day. I started with the basics take her when she wakes up and after breakfast then when she gets home and after dinner and before bed. The more you take her on a routine she will know that its part of her day and expected of her celebrate when she goes. I went through an immediate seperation with my husband and was desperate to get my daughter out of diapers so I started on a Friday and she just wore underwear for three days straight by Tuesday she was potty trained you can't leave the house so you might want to consider taking vacation time but its worth it. When you read the book you will understand. I hope this helps i also had a daycare in my home so plenty of experience.

Brandi - posted on 04/06/2011

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Hi! Yes, I work 45 hours a week, and my husband works 58 hours a week. Our 3 boys were potty trained by or a few months before their 3rd birthday!

On our days off we constantly ask them if they have to potty, like every 10 minutes or so. Yes, it gets tiring, but eventually they get the point. If they say they have to go, we run them into the bathroom in a hurry. And, we reward them and praise them when they do it. Even if it's just a little tinkle. It really isn't hard, it just takes patience. Lots of asking. But, You can do it!!!

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Faye - posted on 10/03/2011

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Yes asking is the key BUT I learned to set a timer as a reminder to the child. At first I set it for 15 minutes, then 20 minutes and worked our way up to 45 minute time frames.

Ameo - posted on 10/03/2011

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Very simply put, YES! I agree with Heather. If she's at daycare during the day they are doing the bulk of the potty training. Have a conversation w/them and get feedback from the teachers - what works for her, when she has her movements, etc. My first daughter was a struggle, but right before she turned 3 she just made it her CHOICE and she was in panties. Incentives didn't work, the intellectual and emotional gratification she got from making it her decision (and making us proud) was what worked. Good luck. Don't give up. It was the hardest part of parenting for me for a while, but I did it and I work FT as well. You will do it as well.

Zenobia - posted on 09/30/2011

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I have a big problem. I started potty training my son at home over a long weekend and it went very well. Then he had to go to nursery and he does not want to go to the little toilet at the nursery. I tried everything now but he just says no I not going to use the toilet at school. The problem at school is that the "babies" are all alone in a room while the rest of the school is a house. The little ones in the baby class is afraid of the "house". If they are taken into the house they scream blue murder. Now he must go into the house to use the toilet and I think that is why he does not want to use the toilet at school. What am I to do. At home he uses us potty very well, we still have our little accidents but it is minimal.

Amelia - posted on 04/06/2011

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i always look back to when outr mom's had to potty train us. Remember cloth diapers and most of us were conceived with in 14 months of our siblings and rarely were there ever two in diapers no way unheard of. Technology has made us lazy. diapers pullup. Really come on when they can walk backwards they can potty train. true story putting them in pretty panties all day and telling them how much of a big girl they are and then at night saying ok diaper, pull up now your a baby wrong!!!!!!!
talk about mix messages and confusion . There are things like plastic sheets and waking them up before you go to bed to get them to pee and limiting there water intake one hour before bed these are all fast acting proven methods. I am not expert but i love kids and believe in allowing them to make choice along with me as a parent being on top of situation and watching for signs. Kids don't come with manuals but they hold the signs
Thank you loving mother of three

Lynn - posted on 04/06/2011

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I don't know about you but I chose to beome a single mother. My inner core yearned for a child so much, that alot of sacifices where made and harsh decisions! It was not an overnight decision after a quick bonk to hav ea hild but a long process of introspection and soul searching.I am a hetersoexual single career mother who made a confirmed discision to fullfill my life with an extention of MY being. The only thing I needed was 1 molecule of sperm. Through a sperm bank and then through a willing friend, I concieved my miracle child which is an exention of my being!
The day I gave birth to her, I ceased to excist the way I KNEW IT!!!
However much I rebelled, the inner magical spirit of my child dictated that I had to change and acceept that she was in my life for ever! So, my dear Moms out there - if you think you gave with with a remote control afte ryou gave birth to your child an after birth - scientifically speaking - if you had the chance to check yourself after you episiostomy, you would have found that although tyour brain might have slipped through the gap that your child's head made, the remote control remains firmly in your makers hands and that of your husband!!! Your child is growing and developing at it's own unique pace that only the univers, God, and it s unique DNA/Chromosomal and your and your partner's lifestyle dictates. Go easy on these kids of ours - they are after all our LEGACY!

Amelia - posted on 04/06/2011

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take away the diapers all together no night time no pull up no nothing give this choice you can pee or poo your pants in you fancy panty ir you can go and use the big girl potty.there should be no anger no frustration no pushing make it her choice. THe more difficult you make it the hard it will be more so for them . thats my opinion mine were all potty trained before 2 and i worked full time as well

Lynn - posted on 04/06/2011

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Hi there Jen

I am a single working mom. The trick is No 1 start at the age when they can sit on a potty. Morning and Evenings and even if you wee or poo with her, at least she starts associating the potty with clearing herself. After you wake up, take her nappy off and put her on the potty. She will quickly get the hang and subconciously she will let it loose!;) Be consistent and then after breakfast/porridge, take her again for the poo - her tummy will be full and pushing down on the food from the day before. Not too long will she start getting the hang of it and realise there is life after a shitty, wet ball between her legs!! nappy vs potty? Nah - potty any day!! After that, it is home stretch to no nappies at all - who looks after her during the day - they also need to be vigitant and help train her. Good luck and it will come!xx

Rad - posted on 04/05/2011

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it is possible i started potty training my little one at the age 18 months, it was initially difficult being a full time working mom i used to see my child only at late evenings, however being regular and consistently i used to sit with him for hours till he used to finish telling him stories, used to ask him after every half an hour if he wanted to sit on his potty or used to make him sit. During the day while i was in office i used to ask the maid to make him sit and stopped using diapers though a couple of times he did not mention and i had to suffer but it was not all that hard and he got trained in 3 months time and now he is fully trained (touch wood) and i don't use diapers at night aswell

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If you can take a week off from work, for vacation, that would help in setting the routine for your child. Also as others suggested, your child's day care or school has a big part to play in this, and you should talk to the teachers.

Nana - posted on 04/01/2011

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Children like to climb up the toilet themselves. The best thing for us was the potty seat that came with the step. You can buy one online or sometimes at a baby store. Here are the next steps:
1. Take her shopping and let her pick out her own panties.
2. Make a picture of her sitting on the toilet and tape the paper on the bathroom door. Tell her every time she uses the toilet, she will either receive a sticker (she can pick them out and stick them on.)
2. Read Dora's potty book or any potty book with pictures she would like.
3. Keep a stack of her favorite books next to the toilet.
4. Take a long weekend and plan to stay home all 3 or 4 days. Perhaps this Easter. No outings so you are next to the bathroom the whole time.
5. Morning of Day 1 - Tell her she is a big girl, just like "Dora" or whichever book you are using and she is going to practice just like her. Put on her new panties.
6. Ask her is she has to pee every 1-2 hours or more frequently if she had liquids.
7. If she is dancing around or you think it is her usual time for a BM, ask her is she wants to read a book in the bathroom.
8. Every time she sits on the toilet, let her choose a sticker to put on the paper. Have both parents show enthusiasm after she succeeds. If you like, you can say after 10 stickers, she will receive a surprise and you can have any small item you think she would like.

If there is an accident, do not scold her - tell her it is ok and that everyone has accidents, but no sticker. She will feel uncomfortable enough to try to prevent it next time.
Try this all 3 days and she will be out of pull-ups. There will be some accidents, so clear out all the nice rugs, put a bed cover on her bed and extra sheets for accidents at night. Have her pee before bed, take her to pee before you go to bed and sleep closer to her so that you can be right there when she has to pee at night.
It is a 24 hour, 3-4 day commitment from you and your husband, but once you get through it, she will be good to go. Hope this helps. Good luck!

Candi - posted on 03/31/2011

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An important developmental step for every child is potty training. Most children begin using the toilet as toddlers, usually between 18 months and 3 years old. (Note: It usually takes a little longer to potty train boys than girls. Boys, on average, can be successfully potty trained in 12 weeks. Girls, on average, can be successfully potty trained in 10 weeks.)

Signs that your child may be ready to start potty training include:

Staying dry for at least two hours at a time.
Having regular bowel movements.
Being able to follow instructions.
Being uncomfortable with dirty diapers and asking for them to be changed.
Asking to use the potty or saying that they need to urinate or have a bowel movement.
Showing interest in the toilet and/or wearing “big kid” underpants.
When you begin potty training:

Dress your child appropriately for potty training. Garments with elasticized waists, Velcro, and snaps are usually easy for your child to take off and put on.
Choose a potty seat that your child can easily use on their own.
Your child may want to personalize his/her potty: by letting him/her write his/her name on the little potty, a sense of ownership can develop. Your child may be more likely to use a potty if s/he feels it is uniquely his/hers.
Assure your child that s/he will not fall in the potty (many children have fears of falling in a toilet while sitting on it).
Encourage your child to use the potty at regular intervals - or whenever s/he show signs that s/he needs to go.
Use proper terms (urinating and defecating) as well as the terms your child may be more comfortable with (peeing and pooping). Make sure that you define your terms so that your child becomes adept at using the terms him-/herself.
Start with the basics. Both boys and girls should be shown how to potty from a seated position first. Once boys master urinating from a seated position, they can “graduate” to learning how to urinate while standing. The reason boys should learn to urinate while seated first is that bowel movements and urination often occur in the same bathroom visit . . . additionally, the delay in learning to urinate while standing minimizes the likelihood of your son making messes while enthralled with the spray he can create by urinating.
Teach your child to wipe properly. Show him/her how to remove toilet paper from the roll, wipe, and throw the used toilet paper in the toilet. Instruct girls to wipe from front to back, which helps avoid urinary tract infections. (Note: your child may need help to wipe effectively, especially after a bowel movement, until about age 4 or 5.)
Be supportive and use rewards, such as stickers, when your child is successful on the potty.
Use praise, applause, special songs, reading a special book in the bathroom, or whatever else resonates with your child.
Avoid pressure: your child will likely have accidents during the process. Don’t punish him or her for any setbacks.
Be sure that your babysitter understands your approach to potty training and is consistent with rewards, praise, etc.
Let your child pick out new ‘big kid” underpants with his/her favorite characters (Dora, Thomas the Train, etc.) on them.
Use potty-themed books and videos to... http://blog.care4hire.com/helpful-tips-f...

Alexandra - posted on 03/31/2011

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Mom I have a fantastic 3 day potty training guide that I used when I started the potty training thing. The program recommends that you take either Fri or Mon off so you can spend 3 full days with your child. Reward with praise/ or your choice when your child "tells you that he has to go potty" whether he makes it or not. No pull ups no diapers just straight underware... pump him with liquid throughout the day lots of fiber snacks and lots of patience. You can not leave the house you are house bound for 3 days. 2 hours before bedtime stop all liquids. Remind your child to tell you when she has to go potty. Throughout the day remind your child to tell you when she has to go potty. Remind her that she will get some kind of reward. Its tough and this worked with my daughter. She was 2 years and 2 months at the time and her classmates in daycare are 3 and 4 who were both potty trained and she wanted to be like the big kids.
On day 2 of our potty training boot camp my daughter decided to dig her heals and not tell me what she had to go. Well everytime mama had to go potty I told her that I had to go and I had her put the stickers on Mamas sticker chart so she can see the reward is still happening.
If you would like more let me know and I could email you program. A friend of mine gave it to me for both her kids.
After 3 days... my daughter was potty trained both #1 and #2. No accidents anywhere anytime since the 1st day of our training. Its been 4 months and I love the fact that she is potty trained!
Good Luck

Kristie - posted on 03/29/2011

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You can't make a kid learn anything, and the more you try, I think the less they want to do it. She's telling you NO! for a reason. I'd let her go for a bit. Don't mention it, don't push it. Just let it go and see what happens for a few weeks. Does she attend play groups? If so, are there other kids in big girl pants? That was a big motivating factor for mine, I think, was that her friends were all using the potty. Mine was ridiculously easy to potty train and I thank heaven for that, but we left her alone to decide when she was ready. Also, let her go naked whenever possible. She'll be upset the first time she pees on herself and maybe that's enough to get her moving in the right direction. And without pants on there is no incentive to not use the potty. Good luck!!

Lynn - posted on 03/29/2011

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I haven't read any of the other mother's comments but I'm also a working mom and I was like you. I felt so much pressure for my daughter to start potty training and then a lot of anxiety when she didn't show any interest when I tried to introduce it. Everybody told me she'll do it in her own time but I ddin't believe them. Here's the thing ... they were all right. A few weeks after her 3rd birthday we went out to dinner with some friends and their kids were all going to the potty at dinner. The next day she woke up and said she wanted to wear panties and that was pretty much it. We had a couple accidents and she wore pull ups at night for a couple weeks but that was about it. All of my stressing and anxiety and she did it when she was ready. So my advice, as hard as it may be to take, is to just give her time but be open to conversations about it if she shows interest. Remember, no one ever graduated from high school not being potty trained. :) I hope this helps and good luck!!

Connie - posted on 03/28/2011

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I'm also a 33 year old Mom with a 2.5 year old who is just now starting potty training. Same situation - Dad works long hours on 2nd shift, and I'm at work during the day, so evenings are only time I have to train. I was only able to get my daughter interested in potty training when we watched the Pampers potty training video together (I got it for free). The very next morning, she mentioned she wanted to use the potty. She's gradually becoming more interested in it. We read books while she's there and I give her big praise anytime she uses the potty. She hasn't done any business there, but that's O.K. After a week or so, I will start to set up a schedule. I think if you keep being routine and consistent, you'll get there.

Deb - posted on 03/28/2011

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My little girl was similar, just started making it a morning ritual Me on loo, bubs to go etc, and before I knew it she was doing it automatically, then ar bath time, night time etc, took a few weeks and she is now dry 24/7 and she gets up in the night if nature calls. Gave lots of praise she went on to do no2's by herself once she was confident. It will happen eventually and we just let ours go at her own pace. Hope that helps :)

Andrea - posted on 03/28/2011

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Same situation for me. Is she at a school during the day or someone's home? My 3 year old showed no interest until she was with other kids her age using the potty. (she's 7 now) after that, it was just a matter of making sure she "tried" before we left the house, pullup or not.

Brittany - posted on 03/26/2011

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I did the potty training in one day idea. I spent an entire day taking her to the potty every 20-30 minutes. I let her run around in a dress, so if she had an accident she'd feel it well. She hated the feeling of it running down her legs. By the end of the night i thought i had failed, and wala around 7pm she started using her potty chair all on her own! She used it twice that night and has ever since.

Courtney - posted on 03/25/2011

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Janine ~ I don't think it's every to early to introduce the idea of potty training, but they let you know when they're ready... As soon as my daughter could walk, she joined me in the bathroom, so she wasn't afraid of the flush sound, etc. I doubt that he's really ready to start going potty, but introduce him whenever so he gets used to noises, etc.

Janine - posted on 03/25/2011

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When is the best time to start potty trian? My son is 14 months and I am getting advise from just about every mom I know on when to start, being a first time mom and working full time with my partner who started to work away I do not know if I am ready to start this journey alone with my son. I feel he is too young but I am told it is never too early to start please help.

Raquel - posted on 03/25/2011

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my son didnt start till he was 3 and now all is fine and he is 3 and half the preschool he goes to is great and they helped out your dughter will go when she is ready

Courtney - posted on 03/24/2011

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If you really want the 3-day potty training... i think i have it. inbox me (cpr115 @ gmail.com) and i can forward to u...

Cyndi - posted on 03/24/2011

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We did the 3 day potty training. I read about it in my Parents magazine and then searched for it online. Worked like a charm! The first boy we did it when he was about 3 1/2 and he got it in a day. His little brother was 22 months (the earliest age they guarantee money back, yes money back) and he got it in a day and a half. Saved $50 bucks a month on diapers. Goggle it. You won't regret it!

Courtney - posted on 03/24/2011

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My daughter will be 3 in May and has been potty trained, with a handful of accidents for 6 months now. We started pretty early getting her excited for the potty. She came in the bathroom with me and watched me potty (more to show that the potty doesn't hurt, etc.) and she got to flush. She LOVED to flush! Once she started telling me that she had gone in her diaper, i figured she could tell me before. I am a single mom who also works ft. Daycare helped, but we did alot of the intial work at home without daycare.

First thing is, I let her be naked in the evenings. As soon as we got home from school, she could take her pants off. She likes to be naked, so this was a treat. But, the only caveat to her being able to be naked was that, if she had to go potty, she had to let me know. If she went on the floor WE (her included) had to clean it up. More or less, every few minutes, i'd ask if she had to go. if she said no, i just watched her for signs (bouncing like she was trying to hold it, or going to hide to poop). After about 2 weeks of doing this and really, only 2 accidents, we decided to let daycare in on it. And they just reinforced throughout the day.

If your neice is watching her, that's even better because it's undivided attention. We tried the little potty and my Ella didn't really dig it. So we got the seat for on the big potty. And she took to that right away, since she could flush, etc. The first few times, she said she'd gone, but hadn't... but she got a treat (1 m&m) for trying. When she finally actually went on the potty, we made the HUGEST deal out of it! We ran outside and screamed it! We called everyone I could think of! We danced around the living room and she got a twizzler! She loves twizzlers. There were times where she tried to get a twizzler without going, but I had to stay a bit strong. For me, I found a treat she loved, that became strictly for potty training. We got stickers. We made calls. We just made a huge deal out of it.

After 6 months and minimal accidents, she can now actually hold it. She may tell me in the car that she has to go, and I can say, can u wait until we get to the store? She'll tell me if she needs to go now or can hold it for a minute.

Hope all goes well for you!

Petra - posted on 03/24/2011

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Ok. I don't think you are alone by any means and I certainlt felt lost when first setting out, so I am no expert. These are the things i did at home, as he point blankly refused to go on potty every 30mins as they did at nursery.

big boy (girl in your case) pants.
Potty during the day/evening in the lounge/family room.
Asked every 5-10mins if needed wee wee.

However every child is different, and you may have to follow your daughters lead a little bit on this one!!!

I bought the Gina Ford potty training in a week book. I read it and took bits from it, but didn't follow it to the point as although I like her books my little one certainly wouldn't conform to all aspects of it and also our lifestyled doesn't fit it.

Also have you tried missing the potty out altogether and gone straight for the toilet, some kiddies prefer that.

Let us know how it goes.
xx

Jenny - posted on 03/24/2011

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Day Care is very expensive and a route we have tried to avoid if possible. My 20 year old niece stays with her during the day. She is a great help to me, but this is our frist time potty training a child. We are both a little lost.

Candi - posted on 03/24/2011

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An important developmental step for every child is potty training. Most children begin using the toilet as toddlers, usually between 18 months and 3 years old.



Signs that your child may be ready to start potty training include:



Staying dry for at least two hours at a time.

Having regular bowel movements.

Being able to follow instructions.

Being uncomfortable with dirty diapers and asking for them to be changed.

Asking to use the potty or saying that they need to urinate or have a bowel movement.

Showing interest in the toilet and/or wearing “big kid” underpants.

When you begin potty training:



Choose a potty seat that your child can easily navigate on their own.

Encourage your child to use the potty at regular intervals - or whenever they show signs that they need to go.

Be supportive and use rewards, such as stickers, when they’re successful on the potty.

Use praise, applause, special songs, reading a special book in the bathroom - whatever resonates with your child.

Let them pick out new ‘big kid” underpants with their favorite characters (Dora, Thomas the Train, etc.) on them.

Use potty-themed books and videos to reinforce key messages.

Avoid pressure - your child will likely have accidents during the process. Don’t punish him for any setbacks.

Don’t begin toilet training during a stressful time (e.g., moving, new baby, starting a new preschool, etc.)

Recognize that your child has control of his bodily functions, and you can’t get him to “go” on the potty until he is ready. Don’t turn this into a power struggle - because it’s one that you won’t win!

Be sure that your nanny understands your approach to potty training and is consistent with rewards, praise, etc.

And, remember, some children potty train very easily, while others require more time and effort. With your patience and encouragement, your child will (eventually) be potty trained... http://tinyurl.com/27sks7a

Shawnnan - posted on 03/24/2011

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Talk about it with your child all week long. See how he/ she feels about the big potty. Get him excited, and even discuss treats/ rewards. If he is ready, Go at it with full force on your days off. I definately would not push it if hes is not ready. I potty trained my daughter over a weekend. I did get her very excited about being a big girl. For big girl rewards I let her pick out nail polish (kid friendly/ water based), underwear, and I even let her put the cookie dough on pan. Those were all things she wanted and wanted to do, that she had never done before. Just excited them about it! GOOD LUCK!

Heather - posted on 03/23/2011

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It is very possible! I'm assuming he goes to daycare while you and your husband are working? Talk to his teachers at daycare about your attempt. They should work with you at it. And if you don't, you should probably think about finding somewhere else?!

Heather - posted on 03/23/2011

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It is very possible! I'm assuming he goes to daycare while you and your husband are working? Talk to his teachers at daycare about your attempt. They should work with you at it. And if you don't, you should probably think about finding somewhere else?!

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2011

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hi Jenny, i hope someone answers this~! i would also like to know the answer!!! I will write about it on my facebook page and see what someone says.

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