I need to have my daughter potty trained in the next month when my next baby is due. Anyone have any tips that could speed up the process?

Shawna - posted on 04/09/2009 ( 45 moms have responded )

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I've been working at getting her potty trained and she has gone in the toilet a few times but I'm worried that she still won't let me know when she has to go and it's not consistent enough to say that she if fully trained yet.

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Jennifer - posted on 07/07/2009

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I started introducing the toilet with Erica when she was 11 months. I didn't force her into it. She had fun for a couple months then decided she was scared of the potty. A couple months later, she wanted to try the potty again. By 20 months, she was in panties. Dry a few weeks then 2-3 accidents a day then dry a few weeks again.



She is now 2 yrs 5 mos and only has an occasional accident when she is busy playing outside and doesn't want to come in. I put her in timeout for that. She does not get punished for having accidents in the bathroom though. I know she probably couldn't hold it long enough to get on the potty then. Two weeks ago, we went on a 9-day vacation driving 4-5 hours a day 8 out of the nine days and she never had an accident. I consider her potty trained.

Jennifer - posted on 07/07/2009

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I have heard the M&M method works well. You keep M&Ms in a jar in the bathroom. If your child uses the potty, she gets to eat an M&M. If she pees her pants, she has to flush an M&M down the toilet. Good luck and have patience.

Victoria - posted on 07/06/2009

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I'm on here to read comments mostly. I wish I had advice to give but am in kind of the same situation. My daughter was insanely easy and all I can figure is that it was by mistake because now I'm working on a 4 YR OLD who could less if he goes to the toilet or not. I needed him to go to 3 yr old preschool last year and he couldn't so now I'm sitting here hoping that he can go to 4yr preschool in August. He goes to the bathroom multiple times daily but still wets himself the other times. I don't know what to do either. Good luck tho

Rachel - posted on 07/06/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Quoting Rachel:




Quoting Michelle:





Quoting Shawna:

Well as you can tell by the most recent post that that's exactly what I was saying, so please don't tell me to get over it. There are lots of moms out there who have indeed potty trained their children way earlier than that, including my mother. I'm sorry but you sound a little bitter or something and I don't appreciate rude comments, its not nice at all.









not bitter just tired of idiots that think their kids should act older than they are












You know what i'm sick and tired of all the name calling you do.  I swear in just about every post of yours that i have read Michelle you are calling someone a name for some reason, and i am sick of it. Just because you think that children should be left to do it in their own time does'nt mean the rest of us are idiots. I have 3 kids that were all trained by the time they were 18 months and i mean fully trained, as in the fact that they never wore a nappy, pull-ups or anything else like that to bed at nite. Yes thro winter we had accidents but hey thats to be expected because it's cold. I also went thro a little bit of back tracking with my oldest 2 when the next one came along but it lasted a week because i am consistant and i dont yell if they do have an accident. They key is consistency my dear and if you have a little bit of it you can toilet train them from 15 months on wards, and i started at 15months with all of mine i would set the oven timer for every half hour  for the first day and when they heard it they would go sit on the potty weather they did anything or not they were still getting praise for it, by the second day they were all doing at least a wee on the potty without me asking because they just went, because they got praise, and by the 3rd day they were all coming to me and saying i need to go potty and then i would take them to the potty and they would go, oh and they were only 15 1/2 months by then and that was all 3 of them. Oh i did'nt do it to make my kid act older than what they are, i did it because i love my children. Personaly i feel it's the other way around if you don't start toilet training untill their 2 or older your an idiot because you dont want your kids to grow up by the sounds of it, i just hope they realise before the kid gets older that kids grow up to become adaults so the earlier they learn the main lessons in life the quicker they can become their own little individual person to strive for what they want. I get sick of hearing all these mums saying that you cant toilet train until their 2 or older and because they dont understand.........well gee my kids must be einsteines because they were all doing it before they were 2, and i'm sorry my kids are smart but their not einsteins by any stretch of the imagination.








So i feel that you can stop with the name calling and get down of ya horse and realise that you are not always right and that some people have the patience with thier children to teach them earlier rather then read a book and think gee 2 my kid is only 16 months well i had better wait till the book says its time because we all no that the baby books are right.....................NOT.








Use your own instinct and if you feel your child is ready then start the lesson if not wait a few months and try again, but again consistency is the key, if your consistent with the child, the child will become consistent with that issue as they learn from example.









and a not even 2 year old should be acting her act you shouldn't be expecting her to act older then she is...hell tha'ts part of the why the world is so screwed up everyone thinks their kids should be adults and not actually get to be kids and play and act like kids





I have never expected my kids to act older than what they are and i have never expected my kids to act like adults either, so if you stop generalizing everybody and every situation you might realise that each child is different and some children accomplish things a lot earlier. My kids are normal kids they play,run, walk, skip, jump,sing and dance, they are not expected to get out in the big bad world at 8,5,2 and get a job for god sake, were talking about teaching a child something that will become an important part of their lives because well we all know the story of, if ya dont shit ya die.



I will never expect my kids to act like adults until they are adults and just because my children learned something earlier because i had the patience to teach them that early does'nt mean that i expect them to act like adults and nor do i want them to hurry up and become an adult because they are only little for a short time. When they are little their brains are like big sponges they absorb a shit load of information and can relate to some of what you teach them, so if they can store information and can relate some of that information that you teach them, then they are only going to learn to absorb more and more info cause well thats how we all learn. This world is sooo screwed up today becasue some dick head thought it would be a good idea to write a book about children and what age they have to be before they understand this and that.............yet hang on i wonder how all our great,great,great grandparents raised there kids without a bloody book, i will tell you, THEY WENT WITH THEIR INSTINCTS . I will follow my instinct before i follow a book because if my kids are'nt ready for something i will no because they will let me no and guess what that is yet to happen as all of my kids have been ready for the lesson that i was teaching because i no my children and i trust my instinct

Michelle - posted on 07/06/2009

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Quoting Rachel:



Quoting Michelle:




Quoting Shawna:

Well as you can tell by the most recent post that that's exactly what I was saying, so please don't tell me to get over it. There are lots of moms out there who have indeed potty trained their children way earlier than that, including my mother. I'm sorry but you sound a little bitter or something and I don't appreciate rude comments, its not nice at all.







not bitter just tired of idiots that think their kids should act older than they are









You know what i'm sick and tired of all the name calling you do.  I swear in just about every post of yours that i have read Michelle you are calling someone a name for some reason, and i am sick of it. Just because you think that children should be left to do it in their own time does'nt mean the rest of us are idiots. I have 3 kids that were all trained by the time they were 18 months and i mean fully trained, as in the fact that they never wore a nappy, pull-ups or anything else like that to bed at nite. Yes thro winter we had accidents but hey thats to be expected because it's cold. I also went thro a little bit of back tracking with my oldest 2 when the next one came along but it lasted a week because i am consistant and i dont yell if they do have an accident. They key is consistency my dear and if you have a little bit of it you can toilet train them from 15 months on wards, and i started at 15months with all of mine i would set the oven timer for every half hour  for the first day and when they heard it they would go sit on the potty weather they did anything or not they were still getting praise for it, by the second day they were all doing at least a wee on the potty without me asking because they just went, because they got praise, and by the 3rd day they were all coming to me and saying i need to go potty and then i would take them to the potty and they would go, oh and they were only 15 1/2 months by then and that was all 3 of them. Oh i did'nt do it to make my kid act older than what they are, i did it because i love my children. Personaly i feel it's the other way around if you don't start toilet training untill their 2 or older your an idiot because you dont want your kids to grow up by the sounds of it, i just hope they realise before the kid gets older that kids grow up to become adaults so the earlier they learn the main lessons in life the quicker they can become their own little individual person to strive for what they want. I get sick of hearing all these mums saying that you cant toilet train until their 2 or older and because they dont understand.........well gee my kids must be einsteines because they were all doing it before they were 2, and i'm sorry my kids are smart but their not einsteins by any stretch of the imagination.






So i feel that you can stop with the name calling and get down of ya horse and realise that you are not always right and that some people have the patience with thier children to teach them earlier rather then read a book and think gee 2 my kid is only 16 months well i had better wait till the book says its time because we all no that the baby books are right.....................NOT.






Use your own instinct and if you feel your child is ready then start the lesson if not wait a few months and try again, but again consistency is the key, if your consistent with the child, the child will become consistent with that issue as they learn from example.





and a not even 2 year old should be acting her act you shouldn't be expecting her to act older then she is...hell tha'ts part of the why the world is so screwed up everyone thinks their kids should be adults and not actually get to be kids and play and act like kids

Rachel - posted on 07/05/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



Quoting Shawna:

Well as you can tell by the most recent post that that's exactly what I was saying, so please don't tell me to get over it. There are lots of moms out there who have indeed potty trained their children way earlier than that, including my mother. I'm sorry but you sound a little bitter or something and I don't appreciate rude comments, its not nice at all.





not bitter just tired of idiots that think their kids should act older than they are





You know what i'm sick and tired of all the name calling you do.  I swear in just about every post of yours that i have read Michelle you are calling someone a name for some reason, and i am sick of it. Just because you think that children should be left to do it in their own time does'nt mean the rest of us are idiots. I have 3 kids that were all trained by the time they were 18 months and i mean fully trained, as in the fact that they never wore a nappy, pull-ups or anything else like that to bed at nite. Yes thro winter we had accidents but hey thats to be expected because it's cold. I also went thro a little bit of back tracking with my oldest 2 when the next one came along but it lasted a week because i am consistant and i dont yell if they do have an accident. They key is consistency my dear and if you have a little bit of it you can toilet train them from 15 months on wards, and i started at 15months with all of mine i would set the oven timer for every half hour  for the first day and when they heard it they would go sit on the potty weather they did anything or not they were still getting praise for it, by the second day they were all doing at least a wee on the potty without me asking because they just went, because they got praise, and by the 3rd day they were all coming to me and saying i need to go potty and then i would take them to the potty and they would go, oh and they were only 15 1/2 months by then and that was all 3 of them. Oh i did'nt do it to make my kid act older than what they are, i did it because i love my children. Personaly i feel it's the other way around if you don't start toilet training untill their 2 or older your an idiot because you dont want your kids to grow up by the sounds of it, i just hope they realise before the kid gets older that kids grow up to become adaults so the earlier they learn the main lessons in life the quicker they can become their own little individual person to strive for what they want. I get sick of hearing all these mums saying that you cant toilet train until their 2 or older and because they dont understand.........well gee my kids must be einsteines because they were all doing it before they were 2, and i'm sorry my kids are smart but their not einsteins by any stretch of the imagination.



So i feel that you can stop with the name calling and get down of ya horse and realise that you are not always right and that some people have the patience with thier children to teach them earlier rather then read a book and think gee 2 my kid is only 16 months well i had better wait till the book says its time because we all no that the baby books are right.....................NOT.



Use your own instinct and if you feel your child is ready then start the lesson if not wait a few months and try again, but again consistency is the key, if your consistent with the child, the child will become consistent with that issue as they learn from example.

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What I've generally heard and holds true for most of my friends who had a child shortly after the oldest was potty trained is that it's kinda pointless because the regress. My cousin had her daughter trained a week before she had her Son. It all went out the window when her daughter saw the baby in diapers.

Michelle - posted on 07/05/2009

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Quoting Shawna:

Well as you can tell by the most recent post that that's exactly what I was saying, so please don't tell me to get over it. There are lots of moms out there who have indeed potty trained their children way earlier than that, including my mother. I'm sorry but you sound a little bitter or something and I don't appreciate rude comments, its not nice at all.


not bitter just tired of idiots that think their kids should act older than they are

Shawna - posted on 07/05/2009

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Well as you can tell by the most recent post that that's exactly what I was saying, so please don't tell me to get over it. There are lots of moms out there who have indeed potty trained their children way earlier than that, including my mother. I'm sorry but you sound a little bitter or something and I don't appreciate rude comments, its not nice at all.

Michelle - posted on 07/05/2009

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Quoting Carrie:

I just have a question for people who say that their kids are toliet trained at 18 months, 15 months, etc...Who is trained? Does your child go to the potty on their own or do they tell you that they have to go and you take them? I've always wondered this. I know at 18 months, there was no way my son could take off his own pants and sit on the toliet by himself. Just curious how it is for you. Thanks!







 










My daughter was potty trained by 15 months. The only stress is putting it off and not being consistent. No, I didn't remind her. When your child is consistently waking up with dry nights,then it is time to start. We had fun with it. She is now 6 and I can count on 1 hand how many "accidents" she has had. It really isn't a hard process unless you are not being consistent. I always kept her dry during the day in diapers so she did not get used to the wet feeling. Not saying that you didn't do this, but some ppl don't. I worked in a daycare and have seen all of these with my own eyes.





at 15 months there was no way SHE was trained instead YOU were trained to pick up on her signs... BIG DIFFERENCE

Michelle - posted on 07/05/2009

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she's not even 2 ... get over it buy and change diapers for 2 and let that girl be she has enough to change to deal with

Shawna - posted on 07/05/2009

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Well time as gone by and the new baby is here. My little girl isn't quite potty trained yet and I decided not to push it because she is still young and can't yet tell me what she needs. Sometimes she does take my hand and we go to the potty, she makes me so proud when she does that by the way! It all takes time I guess, and having 2 kids in diapers isn't as bad as some would say it is.

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by looking at your profile i see your daughter is far too youngto be potty trained.. let her ba a baby for goodness sake!!

Aisha - posted on 07/04/2009

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Quoting Rachel:



Quoting Carrie:

I just have a question for people who say that their kids are toliet trained at 18 months, 15 months, etc...Who is trained? Does your child go to the potty on their own or do they tell you that they have to go and you take them? I've always wondered this. I know at 18 months, there was no way my son could take off his own pants and sit on the toliet by himself. Just curious how it is for you. Thanks!





 






My daughter was potty trained by 15 months. The only stress is putting it off and not being consistent. No, I didn't remind her. When your child is consistently waking up with dry nights,then it is time to start. We had fun with it. She is now 6 and I can count on 1 hand how many "accidents" she has had. It really isn't a hard process unless you are not being consistent. I always kept her dry during the day in diapers so she did not get used to the wet feeling. Not saying that you didn't do this, but some ppl don't. I worked in a daycare and have seen all of these with my own eyes.

Aisha - posted on 07/04/2009

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I hope you gals got it! I never brought pull-ups. Dry night, next morning off to WalMart to get panties. I think pull-ups makes it harder for kids to differentiate. I mean let's be real, they are just bigger diapers.

Brenda - posted on 04/12/2009

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I'd agree, ditch the pull ups and use only underwear with some sort of reward.  But just a fair warning: if she isn't ready and you do manage to get her trained, be prepared for regression when the baby arrives.  This often happens when a child is not really prepared for it and they're trained close to the time a new baby arrives.  My son was nearly 3 1/2 before we succeeded in fully potty training.

Rachel - posted on 04/12/2009

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Honesty hon - trying to potty train her now with the new baby on the way will just stress you, (and her), out more. It will be easier to deal with diapers for a little while longer instead of accidents. Your daughter's life is changing just as much as yours is and she will probably need some more time to get the potty training thing down.

Trisha - posted on 04/12/2009

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My daughter has grasped the concept quickly we started training her at 1ish, then by the time she was 18 months she understood the concept. She is young but just about trained, only a couple accidents over the weekend. All i can say is keep on it. Get her involved in group play and not to be gross or anything but going potty with others is a great way to train. I work at a daycare with 2 year olds and i have seen kids who dont want anything to do with the potty come and be trained in a week bc they want to potty with the other kids. It took 1 weekend for a lil boy in my class to come in with underwear and be fully trained.  So it is possible to train her in a short amount of time, however like i read in someone else's reply she may regress when the other is born. I have seen fully potty trained children for more than a year mind ya, go right back to have accidents because mom changes the baby rather than the older child. So just be prepared.  Good luck!

Cathy - posted on 04/12/2009

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my son was really good when he started going on the potty, one day he just went on and that was it he just started going on it all time, never went back in nappies, doesnt even wet the bed. i just kept askin him often if he need his potty and he just started telling me when he needed it. i got told it is the worst time to potty train when there is a new baby due as they start playing up and even start wetting themselves. good luck.

Rachel - posted on 04/11/2009

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I would go with panties and knee socks. My mom has always said that knee socks work great because little girls hate the feeling of them being wet. Keep in mind though that a child who is being potty trained will usually regress when a new baby sibling is born and even if she is potty trained you will most likely have a lot more accidents for a while. Good luck and congratulations on the new baby!

Rachel - posted on 04/11/2009

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Quoting Carrie:

I just have a question for people who say that their kids are toliet trained at 18 months, 15 months, etc...Who is trained? Does your child go to the potty on their own or do they tell you that they have to go and you take them? I've always wondered this. I know at 18 months, there was no way my son could take off his own pants and sit on the toliet by himself. Just curious how it is for you. Thanks!


I have read that children are physically incapable of controlling themselves before 18months so for a child to have that control and also recognise it and know what to do by this age or younger, I find extremely unlikely. I think it is more likely that the parent or carers recognise the signs of needing to go and take their children without the child saying one way or the other. I have also been told that this stress over potty training is unique to western culture. In third world countries where children are carried in the fields nappies are NEVER used. Does this make the children potty trained? Of course not. The mothers carrying them can just sense when they need to go in the same way that I always woke up at night to feed my son seconds before he woke up screaming to be fed. Something in my brain just KNEW he needed to be fed before he told me.

Rachel - posted on 04/11/2009

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Quoting Carrie:

I just have a question for people who say that their kids are toliet trained at 18 months, 15 months, etc...Who is trained? Does your child go to the potty on their own or do they tell you that they have to go and you take them? I've always wondered this. I know at 18 months, there was no way my son could take off his own pants and sit on the toliet by himself. Just curious how it is for you. Thanks!


I have read that children are physically incapable of controlling themselves before 18months so for a child to have that control and also recognise it and know what to do by this age or younger, I find extremely unlikely. I think it is more likely that the parent or carers recognise the signs of needing to go and take their children without the child saying one way or the other. I have also been told that this stress over potty training is unique to western culture. In third world countries where children are carried in the fields nappies are NEVER used. Does this make the children potty trained? Of course not. The mothers carrying them can just sense when they need to go in the same way that I always woke up at night to feed my son seconds before he woke up screaming to be fed. Something in my brain just KNEW he needed to be fed before he told me.

Rachel - posted on 04/11/2009

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Personally I found it a godsend for my son to be in nappies still when my daughter was born.

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Why do you feel that you need her to be trained before your next baby is born? She will be trained when she is ready, if she isn't ready yet then the process will be prolonged and stressful for both of you. My son started showing signs of being ready for potty training a month or two before my daughter was born but I didn't want to stress over that until I had got used to the adjustment of having another baby to care for. It's stressful enough dealing with sleepless nights and not being able to nap in the day because the older child still needs caring for too. There's no need to add the pressure of potty training too. I switched him into nappy pants and introduced things gradually to him. Then two months before he turned three I made a sticker chart for him and he was out of nappies in a week. No stress for either of us.

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2009

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I would not force her to be potty trained before the baby is born, because a lot of children back-track when the new baby is born. I would put her in underwear and just keep putting her on the potty... Explain to her that babies use diapers and she is a big girl. My older son potty trained himself when my younger son was born because he saw that the baby wore diapers. Make it a positive experience for her! When she has an accident just tell her that you need to clean her up and maybe next time she can make it to the potty! A childcare center should help you really well too! I own feels like home playschool and I know that most children dont potty train until everybody is onboard using the same techniques!

Jennie - posted on 04/11/2009

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With my 2, I just made it exciting for them to be wearing big boys/girls pants/knickers.  I physically took them to the toilet every half an hour or so, along with keeping a pot close by.  Praise them when they go on the toilet, and dont make them upset when they do have an accident.  The key is persistants, dont let 1 accident ruin any hard work.  They learn from having accident sas they reaslise there is a consequence if they dont go to the toilet.  It helps them recognise the feeling.  Dont give up or your child will!!!!

Hayley - posted on 04/11/2009

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i dont think pushing is exactly the way to go.. if u seem to eager for them to become toilet trained it can make them more anxious..... my first daughter was toilet trained by 2 yrs that is not because i pushed of coarse like every parent we encourage but when i was excited to see her make progress she became apprehensive and started wetting in her underware again.. i strongly encourage in the process of later stage toilet training not to use nappies it becomes confusing for them to think its good for them to use the toilet only to be put back in a nappy ..that has been there toilet for a long time..... i am expecting my third chld now and my 2nd is 19 mths she always asks to use the toilet and does nothing this is fine for me because the is slowly grasping the concept, which i think is the most important thing.



 



while you must perservere, be sure not to pressure it will happen in its own time and to have some household accidents while not ideal is all apart of it..good luck

Amanda - posted on 04/10/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

im having a hard time as well potty training my son....and like yours he has gone a few times he pulls his pants down and goes and sits on the potty but doesnt use it....is there anything i can do


you have to be consistant and on the ball all the time. during the day make sure he is having lots of fluids so that when he does sit he will go. Some children just wont go because of a controll issue. there urine and feces are they one thing that they have controll of as to where they release them. I know it sounds gross but its true, if this is the case make sure your child knows that he will get a treat for useing the potty, like an m&m or a sticker. let him see his father or another male role model useing the toilet so that he knows that this is what grown ups do. If he sits but does not go just dont makea big deal out of it. if he knows that he cant get your attention in anyway for not useing the toilet it might make him want to use it to recive positive attention, another thing some people like to do is to put a pair of cotton underwhere uderneath the pull up and when he does have an accident let him be in it for a while before helping him clean himself up. hopefully he will not like the feeling and will want to use the potty.



good luck!

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Quoting Nikki:

i had the same problem with my oldest daughter. i got my daughter potty trained in 1 week doing this. i took her to the bathroom every 2 hrs for 1 week straight, even during the night when she was sleeping, she actually was sleeping and peeing on the toilet at the same time!! after 1 week she was going to the bathroom all on her own! sounds crazy but it really worked :) oh and no drinks after 7 pm! good luck hope i could help.


This is pretty much the method of training in less than a day (of course it takes a few days not just 1)



we did the same thing with our oldest daughter and withen 3 days she was fully trained day and night and in the past 3 years since we trained her she has had only a couple accidents and it was when we were out of the house.

Nikki - posted on 04/10/2009

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i had the same problem with my oldest daughter. i got my daughter potty trained in 1 week doing this. i took her to the bathroom every 2 hrs for 1 week straight, even during the night when she was sleeping, she actually was sleeping and peeing on the toilet at the same time!! after 1 week she was going to the bathroom all on her own! sounds crazy but it really worked :) oh and no drinks after 7 pm! good luck hope i could help.

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You might find it easier to hold off the potty training for a little while, if you push to much she will become frustrated and wont want to go.



Also I did read somewhere that the later the you start the potty training the quicker they learn because they understand what you are asking alot better when they are older

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your daughter in only 1 and a half as well. that is far to young to begin training. most cant even comprehend it untill 2 and a half










My big girl was trained by 15 months. It all depends on the little person.



 



(read above I mentioned MOST not all. there are exceptions to every rule



Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2009

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im having a hard time as well potty training my son....and like yours he has gone a few times he pulls his pants down and goes and sits on the potty but doesnt use it....is there anything i can do

Carrie - posted on 04/09/2009

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I just have a question for people who say that their kids are toliet trained at 18 months, 15 months, etc...Who is trained? Does your child go to the potty on their own or do they tell you that they have to go and you take them? I've always wondered this. I know at 18 months, there was no way my son could take off his own pants and sit on the toliet by himself. Just curious how it is for you. Thanks!

Faith - posted on 04/09/2009

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You cannot push these things, it does take time. I used underwear for my daughter and son no pull ups. I set a timer and let her watch her favorite show while she sat. But I have to say that she might regress when that baby comes. I would wait till the baby comes to push too much.

Aisha - posted on 04/09/2009

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Quoting Amanda:



your daughter in only 1 and a half as well. that is far to young to begin training. most cant even comprehend it untill 2 and a half






My big girl was trained by 15 months. It all depends on the little person.

JoAnna - posted on 04/09/2009

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I have 3 kids. They are 10, 7, and 4. Potty training is the only thing that is on their terms. Their body, their bodily functions, and no ifs, ands, or butts about it. Sorry, I learned the frustrating way. You cannot control when they they want to learn to use the potty. One day they will wake up and want to and maybe 5 months later decide they don't want to anymore. I will say pull-ups are a no no except for at night. ALWAYS carry an extra full set of clothes, sock and shoes too., for accidents. Remember when they have those accidents they are pobably just as embaressed as you so don't scold, gently remind to "Next time tell Mom or Dad when you need to go, your just learning and everyone makes mistakes when they are learning." Also any other parent that sees the behavor will completely understand what is going on and will not be bothered by the situation. Another tip bring a tea towel incase any you need to clean anywhere other than the clothes or shoes. Oh, and a bag to seal it all in for the ride home to the wash.

Amanda - posted on 04/09/2009

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your daughter in only 1 and a half as well. that is far to young to begin training. most cant even comprehend it untill 2 and a half

Krystal - posted on 04/09/2009

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Im sorry but Shawna you cannot rush the process. I only have a 10 1/2 mth old but my friend had her son and daughter 15mths apart and she just had her

Melonie - posted on 04/09/2009

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I wouldn't push her to much until you bring the new baby home, if I were you. I had started training my daughter when i found out i was expecting and I just let her do it on her own time. It did work my daughter is 3yrs and my son is 10 1/2mths and i am expecting again in June. She was doing wonderful and i considered it fully trained until about a month ago she started wetting agian. Now i don't know what to do!

Good luck!

Cathy - posted on 04/09/2009

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let her sit on a potty until she uses it and while @ home she shouldn't have a pamper on that how i did it and my kids learned fast

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I went through this very same thing.... I know how frustrating this all can be especially when you're expecting another little one... The best advise that I got was from my aunt... She told me not to worry so much about it... That my oldest would not be graduating from highschool still pooping his pants.... She was right... it will happen... But it will happen when they are completely ready for it... I don't have any tips on making it happen faster, its just trying to be consistant with how the routine is... My oldest was ALMOST completely potty trained when my youngest was born (only wearing a pull up at night because he was still not getting up at night to go, but would go all day without an accident) and the day I brought my new baby home, he wanted to go back to wearing diapers... He REFUSED to use the potty and no amount of time outs or any other kind of pushing was helping... so... I just gave him time to adjust to the new baby being home... after the course of about 5 months, he came up to me and told me that he didn't want to be a baby anymore and that he was going to use the potty like a big boy... From that day on, he has been potty trained... He made the decision and he went with it.... Of course there was some coaching that still had to be done, and when this time came, it helped to have a jar of M&M's... he would get 2 if he pee-peed and 5 if he poo-pooed... anyway... Congrats on your new baby and good luck... try not to stress too much because once they figure out its a button pusher, they'll use it too!!

Amanda - posted on 04/09/2009

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a child in considered fully trained when they can successfully use the toilet without prompting for at least a few weeks. I used the method of potty training in less that a day and it really worked great for us.  There is to much to this method to explain it all here but the method has a book that explains everything and it is called toilet training in less than a day by Dr. Nathan H. Azrin.



I must warn you that it takes a couple days to use this method and you must be on it all the time therefor you need to make sure you have the time to devote to it before taking it on.



Another thing that I am sure you have allready heard about is that when a new baby is born your older child may regress back to going in their pants and many experts say that training right before the birt of a new baby may actually be harder than if you were to wait untill the baby is settled in and your older child has a chance to get use to him/her.

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If you haven't already, just keep her in underwear. Ditch the pull-ups, and just keep on her. Potty training is so hard, I thought my daughter would never get the hang of it. Like your daughter, she also would go a few times but very rarely told me when she had to go. But, one day she just went and kept on doing it on her own. Good luck!

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