How can I get my 21 mo to actually go in the potty?

Jenifer - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have just started to potty train my 21 mo. She has the shine of being ready to be potty trained like telling me if she just went in her dipper. She likes to go to the bathroom and set on the toilet, but she just will not go in the toilet

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Sam - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter seemed very late when she became toilet trainned. But I was told 3-4 years is the norm now and anytime earlier is just a bonus. My daughter was 3 years old. The best advise I could give is that you do nothing! Let your child navigate it. They will tell you when they are ready, the older they are the more they understand too..Then this stops all the anxiety, trauma and pressure that the child feels if they are not ready..You cant forse it!! When they are ready it should flow...
Best of luck :)

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It's gross, but bring her to the bathroom with you when you go and actually show her what's suppose to be in the toilet when your done sitting on it. I did that with our daughter, and my husband did that with our son, and they were both completely toilet trained during the day by 24 months, and we started with them at 20 months.
And we had a potty book for them. A girl one for our daughter and boy one for our son. We bought those when they were around 18 months and started reading them to them right away.

Christa - posted on 01/25/2010

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Wow.....21 months. I have a son 21 months and while he mimics his brothers going "pee"......we haven't even thought of seriously potty training him yet.

Rachel - posted on 01/25/2010

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i wouldnt worry about it, I have dealt with potty training of other children including a little nephew, it seemed like the more we pushed the worst he got with it. with my daughter, I introduced her to the potty, tried to educate her on it but never stuck her on it, I talked of big kids going to the potty etc and one day she climbed up their on her own and has had 2 accidents in 2 yrs. within the first few days she was on the potty all by herself, we got rid of the diapers and that was that. it was so extremely easy!

Colleen - posted on 01/25/2010

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JUST KEEP ON SHOWING THEM AND SMILING TALK TO THEM MAKE THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE WHEN THERE ON THE POTTEY AND SAY YAY! IF THEY GO POOP OR PEE .I',M GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING MY DAUGHTER IS TWO JUST DON'T GIVE UP THEY WILL WHEN THERE READY I HOPED I HELPED.

Theresa - posted on 01/25/2010

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It's still pretty early for her to get potty trained. They say around 3 or 4 now. My sons were both around 3 - 3 1/2. I haven't trained my daughter yet, she is only 16 mos. We have a little potty for her in the bathroom. She likes to sit on it,but has yet to do anything in it. I think the key is to figure out when they are about to go (easiest for poop) and get them to sit on it. Evetualy they will accidently go on it, then make a big deal out of how great that was. Don't get frustrated tough, like I said I think it's still early for her to totaly get the concept (not too early to try though).

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21 months is early to start potty training to be honest. I'm not saying it can't be done, but there's more to consider than her basic interest. She may at this point just me mimicing adult behavoir. At this age it is very unusual for their bladder to be developed enough for them to hold urine until they reach the potty. I remember my daughter stared following me into the bathroom around that age as well, and she too would sit on the potty. However she was nearly 3 before she would actually go on the potty with any consistancy.

Goody luck!

Janet - posted on 01/25/2010

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Well, I haven't potty trained my grl yet (she's 18 months) we have only introduced her to the idea, but I've heard that sitting them on the potty and reading a story is a good idea. Doing this often, eventually they will do something while listening to you and then bring out the balloons and confetti and have a party! Also I have heard that watching them for signs that they are going, and then taking them to the potty can help. And showing them one of those baby dolls that pee and have the doll do it in the potty can help. Good luck! And good luck to me in the near future too! lol

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