Potty Training! Please Help

Tiffany - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 1/2 yrs old, and she's showing signs of potty time, but she fights when she has to sit on the potty. Once we get her on there she cries the whole time. We wait and wait and she nevers goes but if she's put in the tub she goes or she goes right after we take her the potty. We've tried offering treats afterwards, reading books, watching a movie, playing with a toy and a few other things. If anyone has any other suggestions I'm depress to listen........ PLEASE HELP!!!

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Victoria - posted on 07/15/2009

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While many parents can potty train at a very young age there is no race, and really if you have a difficult one to train you just want to smack the (lucky!) parents who boast their 2 yr olds are perfectly trained. You dont want to be "Mommy Trained" .. rushing your kid to the toilet every time they have to go. If you notice her hiding to pee and poop then she probably has control. Don't ever force them to sit they WILL buck going to the bathroom more because its stressing them.



I had a hard time with my son.. we tried everything went to doctors and we realised all the stress and worry we felt and were causing him was just not worth it. Eventually he finally went on his own when we backed off and simply tried encouragment and steady routines.



Just stay positive and encouraging every day. Thick training undies for daytime, diapers or pull ups "only" for night time. You just dont need a cranky sleepy child trust me.. makes training harder.



My three year old has not gained full control of her bladder yet, she just goes, and the doctors said they can be up to 3 1/2 to 4 sometimes before that control is there. As I said before if they are hiding or crossing their legs or 'wiggling' before they go, then you know control is there.

Lucy - posted on 07/15/2009

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My daughter was 2 1/2 when I potty trained her. I tried to start before then, but failed. She obviously wasnt ready. I cut her juice down ALOT. I also made a reward chart for her. I made a ton of flowers without the centers. Everytime she peed or pooped on the toilet/potty she would get a sticker to fill her flowers. I would take her to the bathroom every 30mins to start with. The every 45 mins, then every hour....And so on. She was dry in a week. The idea of getting to complete her pretty flowers definitely helped. I agree the pull up training pants are too much like diapers. I would go with the gerber pants. I used those with my daughter and she felt so grown up. Good luck!

Krystle - posted on 07/15/2009

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Well my son is 2 and potty trained. I suggest that you buy gerber training pants with the extra padding where needed. Putting Pull Ups on her might confuse her because they feel like diapers. Then cut her juice intake by half, or just give her a half a cup at a time, this helps alot. Try to keep her in the kitchen or away from carpet and couches. She IS going to pee herself. Once that happens tell her "eww yuk" and then put her on the potty. Make her sit there for a few minutes, five or ten its up to you. Then fifteen or twenty minutes later sit her on the potty again, five or ten minutes. Do this all day long, every fifteen twenty minutes. The first time she goes on the potty you have to get really excited, i mean really like jump up and down, tell her what a good job she did, sing a song, anything. She'll like that your so happy at what she did. Then try the snack thing again, cookies, fruit snacks, or candy. But only give her something if she goes, not for just sitting on the potty. It is very important that you keep up with it all day long, and for at least a week striaght, if you work its gonna be harder. You can't say today we will potty train and tomorrow you can pee in your diaper, that not gonna work and she will never be trained. So try this and if it dont work try something esle.... Good Luck

Krystle - posted on 07/15/2009

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Well my son is 2 and potty trained. I suggest that you buy gerber training pants with the extra padding where needed. Putting Pull Ups on her might confuse her because they feel like diapers. Then cut her juice intake by half, or just give her a half a cup at a time, this helps alot. Try to keep her in the kitchen or away from carpet and couches. She IS going to pee herself. Once that happens tell her "eww yuk" and then put her on the potty. Make her sit there for a few minutes, five or ten its up to you. Then fifteen or twenty minutes later sit her on the potty again, five or ten minutes. Do this all day long, every fifteen twenty minutes. The first time she goes on the potty you have to get really excited, i mean really like jump up and down, tell her what a good job she did, sing a song, anything. She'll like that your so happy at what she did. Then try the snack thing again, cookies, fruit snacks, or candy. But only give her something if she goes, not for just sitting on the potty. It is very important that you keep up with it all day long, and for at least a week striaght, if you work its gonna be harder. You can't say today we will potty train and tomorrow you can pee in your diaper, that not gonna work and she will never be trained. So try this and if it dont work try something esle.... Good Luck

User - posted on 07/15/2009

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Be patient, it's tough sometimes:) My daughter was the most difficult. It took a long time, and i found that with my son things went a lot easier. The difference was that we let him take the lead. With my daughter, we pushed her more, and in doing so, discouraged her to an extent. With my son, we let him decide if he wanted to and didn't push him at all until he wanted to do it too, and potty training him was a breeze compared to my daughter. My advice is to see if there are any other kids she knows that are potty trained, and have her around them as much as you can, so that she can see other kids doing it. That was a big incentive for my son. Another thing you can try is getting a potty book for her, and reading it to her. Also, we tried a potty chart, where she got a sticker everytime she went. But the main thing is to be patient, because the more you push her, the more she will not want to go. At one point, my daughter kept going in her pullups, so my sister suggested we do like her, and just put her in underwear so she could see that peeing in them was not ok (the pull ups were too much like diapers). It worked to an extent, she still had accidents, but she at least told us. The only thing that really did the trick was a lot of time. We couldn't rush her, she was going to do it in her own time. Good luck, and remember, we've all been there and it gets easier:)

User - posted on 07/15/2009

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Be patient, it's tough sometimes:) My daughter was the most difficult. It took a long time, and i found that with my son things went a lot easier. The difference was that we let him take the lead. With my daughter, we pushed her more, and in doing so, discouraged her to an extent. With my son, we let him decide if he wanted to and didn't push him at all until he wanted to do it too, and potty training him was a breeze compared to my daughter. My advice is to see if there are any other kids she knows that are potty trained, and have her around them as much as you can, so that she can see other kids doing it. That was a big incentive for my son. Another thing you can try is getting a potty book for her, and reading it to her. Also, we tried a potty chart, where she got a sticker everytime she went. But the main thing is to be patient, because the more you push her, the more she will not want to go. At one point, my daughter kept going in her pullups, so my sister suggested we do like her, and just put her in underwear so she could see that peeing in them was not ok (the pull ups were too much like diapers). It worked to an extent, she still had accidents, but she at least told us. The only thing that really did the trick was a lot of time. We couldn't rush her, she was going to do it in her own time. Good luck, and remember, we've all been there and it gets easier:)

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