okay i am 23 and i have a 2 1/2 year old daughter she is my first and potty traning has been difficult anyone have any tips!

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Kim - posted on 10/11/2011

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Some kids are just not ready that early. My daughter is 2 1/2 too and she has gone both ways in the potty but she just isnt interested yet. I think it is more of a control thing she has. I think the more control over other things she will get in the coming months will help her want to switch out of diapers. Patience on my part isn't easy (I really want those diapers to be gone) but I will let her do it at her pace. Good luck!

Crystal - posted on 10/11/2011

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When potty training my 2 girls i just stopped putting them in diapers. Didn't do the pull ups either. I used a diaper at night and they where both fully potty trained by 2. I had their small potty available to them at all times. We had a small apartment then so it was never very far! Recently I helped my brother with his almost 3 year old son. I went to the house put underwear on him, told him Daddy will go to the store later and by him diapers but for now for him to wear big boy underwear. He had a few accidents but we changed him and kept right on going! Good luck!

Erica - posted on 10/10/2011

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What has worked for us is to only use pull ups at night and we call them night time panties not diapers or pull ups so she still feels grown up. We let her pick out 2 packages of panties and told her she has to keep them dry and clean. When she pees on the floor she is responsible for cleaning up her mess. I have my peri bottle from my sone (who is 3 months) and when she poos we use that to rinse out her panties then soak them with spray and wash. she's had a lot of accidents and the panties are in great shape. We have been doing this since May and she is just now getting the Idea of pooping in the potty. She still has accidents but has learned that she is responsible for her actions. 1st one of the day we say accidents happen second she gets a firm warning and the 3rd she goes to the naughty corner. When she poops in the potty w/o getting any in her undies she gets a tootsie roll pop. If she gets a little in her panties but most in the potty she gets a little dum-dum We stopped giving suckers for peeing b/c she's been doing that for a while. We are STILL working on the poo. A movie that has helped get her excited to go potty in the potty is Elmo's Potty Time. We love it! Good luck!

Karen - posted on 10/10/2011

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Just keep being consistant. Don't use pull-ups (unless you are leaving the house) they make training harder. I have potty trained 7 children and were all fully potty trained before they were 2 1/2 (one was at 21mths! nights and everything). Find her incestive, whether it be stickers or treats (one m&m when they go potty). Keep asking her if she has to go and put her on consistantly - at least every 45mins. pretty soon she'll be telling you (or going on her own) more frequently. good luck. This is the most dreaded chore for sure!



Oh, I forgot to add, make a BIG deal everytiime she goes! Jump, Clap your hands say "yea, good girl!!!". There is a good book "potty training in a day" It takes longer than a day, but the ideas on how are great.

Nicole - posted on 10/09/2011

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I would keep asking her at bath or when you change her but when she's ready she will do it! And it will be soneasy you'll be like wow!!! She's potty trained. My daughter was almost 3, she born in June abd was potty trained by march before her 3 birthday. The average age is 36-39 months. Boys longer. But she will do it when shes ready. Abd besides once she trained then you have to visit every scuzzy public bathroom in your town! Make sure you have plenty if travel Lysol, wipes and hand sanitized!! Good luck! She won't wear diapers forever!

Tamara - posted on 10/05/2011

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If she isnt ready yet it isnt going to be easy, when she is 100% ready its going to be a piece of cake. pushing on your time table is going cause stress for both you and her and make it take much much longer then it has to. all of my kids were out if diapers from with in a few days of showing real signs that they were ready.

Kate - posted on 10/05/2011

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I found that - "then all of a sudden the next day its like she takes five steps backwards" to be typical - not sure why that happens but again - keep on and stay consistent - she will get the hang of it. Maybe they just get tired of learning it for a bit - if you liken it to you or me learning a new skill - I also want a break for maybe a day and then go back to it - I'm guessing but that could be all it's about.
When you feel discouraged think of this: when she's 16 she's definitely going to know how to go to the loo!! :-) my way of seeing light at the end of any (child learning) tunnel!!

Brittney - posted on 10/05/2011

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thank you both and Kate when I say difficult I mean she will go for few days in the potty then all of a sudden the next day its like she takes five steps backwards

Tinker1987 - posted on 10/05/2011

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i havnet reached that step yet with my 10 month old .but i do hear the Sticker Reward charts work wonders..you can even make them yourself.and when she does well on the potty she gets a sticker on the chart,,or how my SIL did it was she made like a long winding road/chart where she got a sticker in all the spaces,and when she got say 5 in a row she would get a prize. my niece really caught on to it that way.

Kate - posted on 10/05/2011

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Hi Brittney - it takes lots of patience, consistency and persistence - what I did with mine was to ask them all the time if they needed to go, take them to the toilet a lot, if they did go - lots of praise and glee and if they had an accident I'd tell them it's okay, that everybody has accidents (worst thing is to get upset about accidents or make a big deal about it). It's different with each child though so just keep on - eventually she'll learn the routine of it. Remember too that kids forget - usually because they're so engrossed in what they're doing - so just keep reminding / asking her.
I hope this helps - difficult to answer because not sure what you mean by difficult... xx

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