Potty training a stubborn toddler

Heidi - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




We have been potty training my daughter for a few months now and she was starting to get it and do well, and now she's regressing. Peeing everywhere but the toilet. Nothing has changed in my home, and preschool starts in less than a month. She needs to be fully potty trained in order to go. I have tried everything possible. PLEASE HELP!


Jessica - posted on 07/20/2009




I think pull-ups are the worst thing ever too use, why put them in a diaper that looks like underwear, its still a diaper. I put both of my kids in regular underwear, and when they wet themselves they felt it a lot more, and it made them want to get out of their wet undies. And when they would poop, they would have o go to the bathroom, and put their own poop in the toliet.

Shari - posted on 07/20/2009




I had the most luck with my girls when I let them wear big girl panties. I started them in pull ups but they still went potty in the pull ups. Once they were wearing big girl panties and had an accident in them, they didn't like being wet and they started going in the potty. Any big adjustment will cause a set back. We recently moved across the country and my 3 yr has been potty trained for a while started having accidents. It is a long process.

Shelby - posted on 07/20/2009




every child is different and sometimes wants to back track specially if there is a younger sibling. and if she thinks she is getting less attention than the other child(ren) this could be her way of gettin the attention back. make her feel big take her to the store and let her pick her own big girl panties, make a trasure chest and let her pick when she goes, make a big ordeal over it everytime dance around the house sing dance clap anything to show how proud you are and make her feel big and special.

hope this helps


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Alicia - posted on 07/21/2009




both of my daughters i just gave them a potty and shoed them what it was for . i let them in the bathroom when i went. i let them pick their underware at the store, but i bought rubber diaper covers to put over them so it wouldnt get on the floor. but with everything i did they both waited until about a week b4 preschool to go on the potty. i dont know if it was knowing that they had to go potty at school or what but it worked. also i bought the fisher price musical potty and it was more like a toy than a potty and they never went on it they used a seat on the potty(it was a waste of $40)

but anyway good luck

Sara - posted on 07/20/2009




I agree, pullups do not help potty train, i only use them at night because my daughter can put them on herself and I do not have to help her. I started with pullups and it was pretty ruffly panties that did the trick, although anytime she is learning something new, she still tends to have accidents. The books say this is normal, so send clean clothes to preschool and if nothing works before peer pressure will when she gets to preschool, or so I have heard! Good luck! I really dislike potty training, my son is two and i am dreading getting started with him in like a year!

Warm wishes!

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