How do I get my 2 year old daughter to start potty training?

Nicole - posted on 12/13/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old daughter wants to start potty training. She went to the bathroom a few times in it. But when she tells me that she has to go potty She already goes to the bathroom in her diaper. How do I get her to tell me when she has to go potty in time to get her to her potty chair? Any tips on potty training will greatly be appreciated. Thanks.

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Theresa - posted on 12/15/2010

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I'm surprised her doc is pushing it. Most experta now say between 3 and 4 for potty training. I would take your ques from her, not the doc. In fact if the doc says anything more I'd respond with something like "Well, I'm too worried about it. She'll do it when she's ready. I don't know too many kids going to kindergarten still in diapers." That being said it does sound like she's showing signs of being ready, just be patient. Even though they don't like the feel of it in the diaper, they can't always tell the feeling of having to go until it's too late. I would suggest keeping her in panties as much as possible. In time she'll figure out the feeling. Good luck.

Nicole - posted on 12/14/2010

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Thanks. I know 2 is young and everything but her doctor is kinda pushing for me to start potty training her, since she's going to be 3 in September. I praise her all the time when she goes. I even reward her when she goes. I try the big girl panties on her. She does have accidents in them but i never yell at her or anything. I calmly tell her that its ok and that it was just an accident and that they happen. I just dont know what to do. Because she doesnt like wearing her diapers and she always lets me know when she going potty in her diaper. I've tried just about everything. Guess it'll just take a little longer and alot of patience. But thanks for the advice.

Theresa - posted on 12/13/2010

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About once an hour take her in to sit on the potty. LOTS of praise when she goes in the potty. No criticism if she doesn't make it to the potty. That's how I started out with my daughter. After she had gone in the potty quite a few times (about a month, month and a half) we tried panties. There were about 3 days of accidents (like 4 a day), but we stayed in panties. After those 3 days she figured out the feeling of having to go. It's been about a month now and she's only had 3 accidents. She still wears pullups or a diaper to bed. The times she's has an accident she's been on the way to the potty. She gets upset that she wet her panties. I just tell her it's OK, it was just an accident and she'll have to go potty sooner next time. I don't get upset with her. 2 is young to be potty trained so I'm just happy she's doing as well as she is. Be patient and don't get frustrated or upset. Like I said 2 is young, but if she's ready then go with it. Good luck.

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