potty training?

Angela - posted on 08/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my little girl is 19 months and she takes her diaper off and says potty and will sit on the potty so i think its time to start but i ahve no idea how to any suggestions

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Amanda - posted on 08/03/2009

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What I did with my daughter was first I got her one of those potty chairs that hook to the toilet themselves. When she tells you she has to go potty, take her to the potty. Then maybe every half an hour ask her if she has to go. You could also try making up a goodie jar, and let her pick out a goodie every time she goes to the bathroom. Give her lots of encouragement, clap your hands and act really excited. That helps out a lot. (Though you probably wont have to act, I know I was actually excited when my daughter started doing it on her own). Hope this advice helps. :)

Laura - posted on 08/03/2009

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You could get her one of those little potties, if you dont have one already.... And since she already will sit on it no problem, (my son was scared of it at first) you can make up a potty chart and explain to her that she gets one sticker for pee and 2 stickers for poo.... When she goes she can put the stickers up and at the end of the week (depending on how she did) she gets to pick a gift........



Or you can go and get a whole bunch of little toys from the dollar store and put them in a "potty box" (she gets to decorate it anyway she wants) and everyday she doesnt have an accident she gets to grab bag a gift

Stephanie - posted on 08/03/2009

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I did simalar to Jennifer. I used smarties as a reward for going. I never never never said that it was bad to not do it. And I never got upset if she had an accident. A lot of parents dis agree with me there, but I really think that there shouldn't be any negative what so ever in regards to going to the bathroom. Kids are washable and so are clothes, so I never freaked out if she didn't make it in time. Anyway, if she seems ready, go for it!! Patience and lots of encouragement! Expect accidents and play with fun words :D

Jaime - posted on 08/03/2009

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We always did the 30 to 45 min rule. It takes a couple weeks of not going anywhere, but it trained both of my older kids without any problems. You take them in and put them on the potty every 30 to 45 min. When they go they get a reward. It was real quick, and we didn't wait for signs. Once they started to talk, we started to train.

Missa - posted on 08/03/2009

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I have yet to start potty training my daughter, she just turned 2 in July, but I've heard as well that kids usually know when they're ready. If they squat when they're going, if they hide behind furniture -- that usually means they're embarassed of going out in a room full of people.

Nicole - posted on 08/03/2009

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I used a sticker rewards chart with my son and bought underwear that he picked out as an incentive for him to potty train. He loved it. Every time he went, he got a sticker and when the chart was full, we would buy a small toy ($5.95 movie or t-shirt/toy that he would want.) After 2 charts he was trained. It took approximately 3 weeks. He was 2yr 8 months though.

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I started w/my daughter when she was 15 months. First thing in the morning I would sit her down on her potty and I would sit down on the big potty (sorry if tmi) and turn on the water. She usually went with in 30 seconds then we would jump up and down doing the potty dance. I gave her 1 m&m for #1 and 2 for #2. She was out of diapers before she was 2. Hope this helps and good luck!

be consistent and don't give up

Heather - posted on 08/03/2009

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i always gave treats when they used the potty and didn't just sit there. my kids loved that

Mindy - posted on 08/03/2009

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sit her on the potty and see if she goes. say "OK, Lets go potty!" If she goes tell her good job and clap. She'll think potty is a good thing and keep doing it.My son was almost 4 before I could get him to look at a potty! they say kids know when They are ready.

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