potty training a stubborn girl

Stephanie - posted on 10/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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What do I do? My 2 year old daughter refuses to go to the potty. I bought the potty seats, gave her choices on how to train ( on real potty or little girl potty) and I have even bribed her with toys and candy. Heres the big problem. Don't laugh to hard but she will only use the cat box (I dont let her do I caught her the other day.) or she would rather poop outside behind a tree. (again not something I let her do something I caught her do) LOL WHAT DO I DO? mom in need of some advice.

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Melissa - posted on 10/26/2009

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well at least she s got the idea lol you do still got a little time. they say by three you can start my boy will be 4 in feb and started and stopped and now dont want nothing to do with it .and he knows what he supose to do that s fusterateing well hope things go better for you.

Alisha - posted on 10/26/2009

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I had a hard time with my daughter as well, (she's 4 now) She was afraid of the toilet! Then I sort of turned the potty into a toy, I let her flush for me whenever I went and we also did a lot of talking about how and where everyone goes to the bathroom, etc. We also had a lot of "potty" books "Once upon a Potty" was her favorite for awhile, along with Bear in the Big Blue House Goes Potty DVD. (found fairly cheap on ebay) I don't recommend bribes/treats as my daughter still tries to show me her poop in the toilet in hopes of getting M&Ms lol. Also if you have friends/relatives with children a bit older (who use the bathroom) can help as children have no inner filters and a few "ewww you still wear a diaper?" from a child they admire will go much further than anything you say/do. A few weeks into play groups where most of the kids used the bathroom did wonders for my daughter. But I wouldn't push too hard as eventually the natural preference for cleanliness will take over. It sounds like she's already getting to that point by going in the cat box. I also had a hard time with both my mother AND mother in law who thought that kids should be potty trained by age two. Bottom line: she'll tell you when she's ready and you are being a GREAT mom by responding to what YOUR child needs who YOU know best. So don't let anyone tell you you aren't doing the right thing. Good luck and check out this link from parents.com for signs a child is ready to potty train:

http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoo...

Bulelwa - posted on 10/26/2009

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Thanks, Andrea for validating/affirming my feelings. My son is 26months and my family is pressurising me to start potty training. I believe it will happen eventually, no need to pressure the child. I'm even willing to put off taking him for daycare until he's out of nappies, however long that will be. I see that everything I've worried about, eventually he managed at his own time so I'm gonna keep going with my gut. Good luck, Melanie and Stephanie. Remember to be patient and gentle with the children, and with yourselves.

Andrea - posted on 10/26/2009

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Oh dear oh dear it sounds like you all need a bit of help. I know its something that you all think needs to be done and your worried about it but honestly,they will do it when they are ready,my son did. He was about three before he statred and it only took a few months to be fully day and night trained. Dont pressure her too much, no-one thinks differently of you if she is still in nappies. You dont see many 5 year olds going to school still in day nappies. It will happen one day,sooner than you think too. Just be patient with her,the more you push her the worse it will be. If your really needing her out of nappies because of the cost or day care etc my sister in law turned to the internet and found something that trained her son in 3 days but her husband was by their sons side 24/7 for those 3 days.It was definently a two man job. he was 31 months old too.Good luck.

Melanie - posted on 10/25/2009

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ohh my.....lol too funny sorry. Sounds like my daughter but shes 3 yeah i know kinda late weve been trying for ever!! i taught i could maybe get a few tips on here but i got the book potty training for dumies lol does she not want to sit on it or she wont go in it? my daughter can hold it in til like 2 in the afternoon then i put a pull up on far nap. i get her to sit on the potty with special stickers and i sit with her nd stick in her special book but she wont let any thing go.good luck!!!

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