potty training

Amy - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 1/2 year old girl that I just can not get interested in using the potty. We have been working on potty training for a year now and she has been almost potty trained a couple of times then just reverted back to no interest in the potty. I know every child is different, but I really think she knows what she should be doing and I just can not keep her interested. I have tried several different things, but she does not want to do it. We have tried reward stickers and reward M&M's. We have tried a potty chair and a seat on the regular toilet and the regular toilet with no seat. We have tried putting a stool in front of the toilet so she can get up there by herself. We have let her bring in a toy or 2 while she goes to the potty. I have tries potty charts. She goes to the potty with me and tells me I am a good girl when I go potty, but she just does not want to do it. Does anybody have any suggestions?

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Serena - posted on 02/05/2010

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maybe you can just put her in her big girl panties. pullups and diapers absorb the wetness and they forget about it. at least with her big girl undies that she picked out from the store will stay wet and she won't like it. They also have training pants (which i found after this stage of potty training...of course right?.) which are more absorbent than underwear so you won't be changing her entire outfit but still stay wet to her, so she will be forced to feel the wetness. Once I started this with my son it really helped. He didn't like the wet feeling so he was forced to start paying attention to his body. Plus its cheaper than pullups...does she go to preschool or day care with other children her age potty training? Peer pressure helps...they want to do what the other kids are doing. good luck :)

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Dana - posted on 02/15/2010

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I have 4 kids and have had them potty trained anywhere from 19 months to 2 months from being 3! Maybe she's just really not ready yet. Maybe if you just stop for a few months she will gain interest. She may not like going back into diapers and that may also be some incentive....

Michelle - posted on 02/12/2010

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my daughter loved Elmo Potty Time video and I also gave her a sticker everytime she went. Also putting them in big girl panties, they sometimes tend to want to go once the potty in them because she didn't like the feeling of wet panties either

Mikala - posted on 02/10/2010

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the way i got my daughter interested is i tell her she can use my potty and we can take turns and i always let her go first. that has been working for her lately, she is almost 3

Kendra - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter is the same way. She is 2 1/2 and she can pee pee really well on the potty but not always poo. She would rather poo in her diaper than on the potty. Usually she will take her own diaper off and bring it to me. I have had the best luck just letting her run around w/ nothing on. When she runs around the house naked she almost always will go sit on the potty. But she has had her fair share of accidents and she always knows b/c she will say "UH OH...." LOL!

Sarah - posted on 02/10/2010

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I went through the same thing thing with my daughter. She is almost 3 1/2 now and she is just mow starting to care about being wet and actually making the decision to go to the potty before she wets herself. Number 2 is still a problem, but I am just focusing on number 1 at the moment! At 2 1/2 she would do well for a whilee then not care again the same as your daughter. I decided just to let her mature some more before pushing it on her. I think that made a difference for her. Some kids just are not ready and others are.

Sarah - posted on 02/10/2010

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Every child is different, my little girl is 2 1/2 and the doctor said that when she is ready she will do it herself. I don't want to push her to much since they say you should try potty training at 2 1/2 or 3. Don't worry about it, she will suprise you one day and just decide that she wants to be a big girl. Good Luck!!

Sarah - posted on 02/09/2010

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have you tried sitting next to her and reading her a book or drawing a picture while she is on there, this helped with my 2 1/2 year old, i also bought a dvd (bear in the big blue house - potty time) which she use to watch while sitting on the potty..

Janelle - posted on 02/09/2010

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when she's ready shes ready. Moms push Way to much to have them trained by a certain date, remember that these kids feeel the stress you are putting out because they arent doing something YOU want them to do,and just because so and so said their kid is trained. I have 3 girls..the first one who is now 12 was fully trained at almost 4, the second at almost 3 and the third at almost 2. The lil's are completlely trained and no need for nappies at night. one day it will just click and they will do it...dont rush your babies growing up..before you know it youll widh they were back in nappies.

Lauraine - posted on 02/09/2010

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My daughter is 3 in April and now potty trained for couple weeks, think too many people rush it, i left it till i knew she could hold it and told her i had ran out of nappies and she had to wear pants like mummy,( i don't like pull ups as i think they just use them like a nappie and don't get uncomfy when wet) never looked back and so delighted with all the claps and cheers she gets when she uses the toilet, i still use nappie at night for the moment as i think easy does it and one step at a time x

Amy - posted on 02/09/2010

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Thank You for the advice, but I have and do still use regular little girl panties. I use the pullups when we are out in public, but at home we use little girl panties. I have let her pick out some with dogs on them, because she absolutely loves animals, but she does not care when she is wet. I have let her walk around in wet panties for like an hour hoping she would decide she didn't like it. She does not go to day car or pre-school.

Laura - posted on 02/09/2010

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I am in the same boat...My daughter turned 3 in december and although she is able to use the potty its selective! She will get out of the bath consistently now and go on the toilette if she has to but otherwise? Nope its hit mnd miss...Some days not a sigle accident and others she refuses to even enter the bathroom. No amount of bribing, reward or even the the threat of not being able to go to school in the fall is helping. And she was over the moon over the idea of school. I just hope she gets it in the next 6 months!

Kristina - posted on 02/07/2010

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They have talking & musical ones maybe that will help! If you dont already let her try when you go potty too & try every half hour sit her there w/ a drink or splash water on her belly! Good luck & may god bless

Sarah - posted on 02/06/2010

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I have a 21/2 year old daughter and she is already potty trained, i put a box of toys and books in the bathroom so she could have something in there to keep her busy and sitting there longer or you can try giving her a cookie. when you get her to sit down try asking her if she can push or make a peeing sound to try and make her think about going potty. try keeping a conversation going with her while she is sitting on the potty. i talked to a lot of doctors about potty training and they say to let your child walk around with his or her potty chair to get themselves comfortable with the potty, it doesn't always have to be in the bathroom try putting it somewhere where she is more comfortable.

Shell - posted on 02/06/2010

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my daughter is 2 in april and im currently tryin to potty train her. she hasa no interest in the potty, she will sit on it but wont do anything. she is more interested in the normal toilet so ive started trying to put her on that. if you put her in little girls undies and maybe take her out to shop for them and let her pick which ones she wants, that might encourage her.

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I tried everything to potty train my daughter but she was not at all consistent. At three she refused to go at all. I said you have to go potty because four year olds don't wear diapers. She said she would use the potty when she was four. The day she turned four she started using the bathroom and has been day/night trained ever since with no interference from me.

Amanda - posted on 02/05/2010

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I stopped by diapers when my twins turned 2 back in June. I only let them wear lil girl undies during the day and pull ups at night and when we would go places. I purchased the potty seat that sat on the big toliet and me and my husband started a star chart and a Treasure Chest. With the treasure chest we put stickers, toys and suckers and when they would potty they would get one. and at the end of the day when they would use the potty they would get a star and at the end of the week they would get rewarded and at the end of the month if they got for example 25 out of 30 stars they would get a big reward of their choosing. Just remember to be patient with her and she will eventually go potty. Just give lots of love, hugs, kisses and lots of encouragment

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2010

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My 2 1/2 year old son is the same way! We have been trying since he was about 17mos and nothing!! It drives me crazy sometimes because he can go no.1 all day long in the potty, and then ask for a diaper when he's gotta go no.2.... I dont get it! I've tried everything like you have to intice him into going, but he just looks at me like i'm crazy. I'm pregnant with no3 and really dont want to have 3 in diapers at the same time! It bugs me because he knows he's gotta go, but doesnt do it. Maybe the age!? lol Here I thought it was just a boy thing because I heard boys are harder than girls, but I'm really not sure how to help! I'm just posting to let you know you're not alone! =)

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