help i need help with potty training.

Janneke - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my dauighter is just over two and i'#m struggling with potty training. she will tell me when she needs changing and has sat on the potty. i've tried leaving her nappy off and she will go sit on the potty but will then get off and hide in a corner and have a wee. and then refuses to take her nappy off if i put one on.

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Shannon - posted on 10/29/2009

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first when she is ready you'll know! second when ever you go potty take her in there with you, and say this is how big girls go potty, eventually she'll catch on, don't force her to learn she's still young my daughter didn't want to start to train until she was almost 3

Pamela - posted on 10/29/2009

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I started potty training my daughter when she was 2 1/2 years old. We made a potty chart together and I went and bought a couple pack of stickers and told her if she went potty on the potty she could put a sticker on the chart. Her father and I told her if she used the potty without any fussing and filled the chart up at the end of the month she would get a surprise. She did good and is now potty trained. I thought doing a chart and letting her put the stickers on the chart when she did good helped out.

Caryn - posted on 10/29/2009

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I was going to say exactly what Lisa-Marie said, she gave you great advice! I do want to add though that when she said always praise your daughter, she meant ALWAYS. Even if all she does is sit on the toilet praise her. She tried and you can't expect her to do more than that.

Lisa-Marie - posted on 10/29/2009

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My little boy was 2 1/2 when I started training him and as far as I know that is pretty usual so maybe she is not quite ready yet but here are my top tips for potty training:

Always encourage and praise her.
Never pressure or punish her for unsuccessful attempts at using the potty.

Start by reading potty training books to her. Elmo and others have books out about how much fun it is to use a potty. Once she is ready for potty training, you can go to the store and purchase training pants - if she keeps wearing nappies - which she has been used to just going in - then she will continue to do it.

Let her pick out her own training pants and give her the money to pay for them, Training pants will let her feel the wetness and will train faster.

Put the potty in a room where your child plays most often. The kitchen is a good place, so you can supervise. It will also encourage her to use it more often if it is in plain view. Let her play with it so she will get accustomed to it. Then show her how it works even if you have to use it yourself.

You can also put Potty Charts on the refrigerator. Explain to her that each time she successfully uses the potty, she will get a sticker for her chart (use praise too, of course). This will be an incentive to get her to start using the potty.

A great one I heard of but never tried was to put fruit loops in the potty and tell her to try and sink them with her wee! I thought that was great.

Also when she is sitting on the potty try singing songs about using the potty - fun songs with instructions on what she is doing for eg: (Using my little boys name)

Tune-Mary had a little lamb


One day Jakob had to pee
had to pee
had to pee
One day Jakob had to pee
So he pee peed on the potty.

First he wiped and then he flushed
then he flushed
then he flushed
First he wiped and then he flushed
When Jakob pee peed on the potty.

Next he got to wash his hands
wash his hands
wash his hands
Next he got to wash his hands
After pee peeing on the potty.

Jakob's such a big boy now
big boy now
big boy now
Jakob's such a big boy now
That he can pee pee on the potty!


I hope something there helps and good luck - it will be all worth it when there is no nappy changing anymore :)

Colette - posted on 10/29/2009

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I started training both kids @ 2 1/2 yrs old. I only let them wear underwear during the day. They both hated the feeling of a wet pair of underwear, and there was ALOT of accidents on the floor & in their underwear, but if you can handle staying @ home for a couple of days, it worked for me. I let them wear diapers @ night until they got the hang of it during the day. I also did not use a "potty" but one of those top of toilet ones with handles & a stool for their feet. For motivation, I put a jar of sugar free lollipops in our washroom. Best of luck & hang in there we all know how tough it is!!!!!

Missy - posted on 10/29/2009

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My little girl didn't completly learn until she was almost 3 1/2. I thought it would never happen. My mother kept telling me that when it is time that they will learn. All doesn't learn quickly. So eventually she started to go wee in the potty but not the other. I had to make fun of her when she wouldn't go #2 in the potty. That helped out a lot. Just give her some time, if she is starting to realize that she doesn't like to be wet then she will start going. Hope this helps you

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