need help potty training my 3 yr old

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Noelle - posted on 04/02/2009

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Honestly? Buy him/her underwear, show him/her the potty, tell him/her where the undies are and wait. ( I mean of course to show him how to use the potty too)The less pressure you put on the child, the less troubles you will have. My son did it all on his own when he was ready and he never had an accident.  (He was 3 and a half) The whole process was smooth, no issues for either of us. I asked him daily if he wanted to use the potty, sometimes yes, sometimes no and I just went with it. Didn't bother me at all. The only rule was that if you wear undies, ALL pee and poops went into the potty. So when he felt he was ready, he put on undies and never went back!  Good Luck!

Karla - posted on 03/26/2009

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Hi, Amber, I am a 16-year early child educator. Whether your child is a daughter or a son, 3 years old can still be within the range of the child not wanting to be "potty" trained. I really call it "parent training." Do you allow your child to come into the bathroom with you? It certainly helps, especially if you are modest about it and have conversations that have nothing to do with the current situation. As US Americans we really have some hang ups. I've "potty" trained a couple boys per their parents' permission whilst teaching. What it boils done to is control issues, and making the situation comfortable and normal is the best route, such as providing a special book to read in bathroom. I know this sounds rather vague and I am happy to provide more details if you wish.

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Jennifer - posted on 04/02/2009

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I started potty training my little girl at 21/2 and she finally got in down by the time she was 3 and she still has accidents every now and again. My suggestion would be to keep reminding the child every half hour or so and take them to the bathroom. What I did in order to keep her in there longer was reading books to her sometimes 3-4 books at a time. Also the m&m method worked great too. HOpe this helps

Beverly - posted on 04/02/2009

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Try this: First thing after your child gets out of bed take him/her to the bathroom.... (Everybody uses the bathroom after they wake up...) And make sure you do it everyday... Soon h /she will get use to using the potty.... Good luck!!!

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