Any tips on starting potty training fo rmy 2 year old daughter...

Lacy - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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We tried a few months ago and we were not very successful. Just wanted to hear your ideas before we start again. Thanks!

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Tessa - posted on 08/18/2009

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A bit of an update on our potty training...

We decided to buy a toilet seat that fits inside our toilet seat and a step stool for Hannah. We put her on this for 2 days and she screamed and cried because it turns out she is scared of heights!!

The next day I put out the potty again and she used it!! I guess she decided it was better than going on top of the loo!!

I noticed that Hannah was more likely to wet herself if she had knickers on, so I let her run around starkers again and she started to use the potty more.

After a couple days she was using it regularly and after a few more she started using it for poos too!!

We don't need a timer, she just goes when she's ready all by herself.

When ever she went potty we would cheer and clap and give her a BIG cuddle. We made a huge deal about how clever she is and how proud we are. A huge grin would come over Hannah's face!!

She still has a couple accidents a day if she is too distracted to realise she needs to wee, but we just say "oh dear, it was just an accident, that's ok" and encourage her to find the wee towel and put it on the puddle to clean her own mess up. This gives her a feeling of responsibility and helps to remind her that wees go in the potty.

Our little girl is growing up, she'll be a BIG girl soon!!! ok she already is, but I'm in denial...

Lacy - posted on 08/18/2009

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Our daughter was definitely trying to tell us she wasn't ready, so after waiting 3 months, she is doing wonderfully now. Give her some more time, research shows that some children aren't ready until almost 3 yrs of age.

Tessa - posted on 07/27/2009

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Our daughter showed interest in the potty at 18 months so we decided to start the training. We tried all these things and our daughter knows how to use the potty for both wees and poos, but after using it successfully a few times she has decided she doesn't want to anymore. If we put her in panties she goes in them without letting us know or seeming like it even bothers her. If we try to push the issue and sit her on the potty she sits there screaming on it. She is too scared to go on our toilet, most likely because it is a composting toilet and looks like it has no bottom at all. I'm at my wits end and dont know what to do. We have left it be for a few weeks now but would like to start trying again, I'd like for her to be out of nappies by the time our new baby is born in feb... any other suggestions not yet mentioned?

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For my daughter, I set a kitchen timer (the kind with a loud bell so she could hear it) for every 15 to 20 minutes. Every time the timer went off we went into the bathroom so she could try to go. She wanted to wear big girl panties and setting the timer is the only way I would let her, so she could go often enough to avoid accidents and she felt more independent at the same time. There were only a couple accidents, which she hated in panties, so it took somewhere around a week and she never wore another diaper. Good luck! :o)

Cathy - posted on 07/24/2009

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I put my daughter in panties, no diapers. I would set a timer for every 30 minutes and when it went off we would go to the potty on the big potty, no potty chair. When she would go we would clap and celebrate. It only took about two weeks and she was fully trained at 22 months. GOOD LUCK!

Deanna - posted on 07/24/2009

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We'll be trying again soon, too. But, we did figure out how to keep her from getting bored. She grabbed a magazine off the coffee table on her way to the bathroom one day and it keeps her occupied while she's in there. We just had problems getting her to go once she was sitting on the potty. She would get up without going and five minutes later have an uh-oh. Then she got frustrated with it. So, we left off for a while. It's about time to try again, though.

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i took a weekend (fri,sat,sun) and only put her in panties, no diapers, and i asked her like every 20 or 30 minutes did she need to go potty. Or i would put her on every time i noticed her dancing like she needed to go. I suggest getting some panties with something she likes on them, for Susie it was Elmo and Dora, as soon as she saw them that's all she wanted to wear. I also gave her a cookie or a lollipop if she went on the potty and made a huge deal with clapping and cheering. She loved that. She never wore a diaper again. She definitely would have accidents occasionally, but i think it went so well because we never went back and forth between panties and diapers. After a few accidents she hated to have them and it was no time before she told us every time she needed to go. Going poopoo was a challenge sometimes though. She would cry so bad when she needed to go but if we asked her if she needed to she'd say no and we would have to make her sit on the potty and just kinda hug her and make pushing noises. she thought it was funny to see and hear us strain so she would copy us and try pushing and next thing you know shes going.

Angela - posted on 07/23/2009

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My advise it just take their nappy off and go bare back, day 1 stay in the same room just put t-shit on no pants, knickers, etc, day 2 the same as day 1 but you can go into 2 rooms in the house, day 3 put on knickers / underpants, day 4 put on knickers / underpants, after that put on normal pants, keep a potty in the room where you stay, it will be a little messy and you have to stay in the house for a week, but my little girl was clean after 1 weekb at 22 months old, I tried everything before I did this and she would not use the potty, hope this helps & good luck.

Christina - posted on 07/20/2009

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My daughter used to like to fallow me into the bathroom so one day I asked her doctor if it was ok and that she was just curious about what I was doing behind closed doors so I let her fallow me into the bathroom and then she wanted to do what I did and thats how i got her to use the potty. Now we have a sticker book and everytime she goes potty she gets one. Good luck and i hope some of this helps!!

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