Potty Training

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I can't seem to get my daughter to potty train...I need some suggestions..

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Kelly - posted on 12/02/2009

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Do you have a portable potty? I used to bring mine out into the hallway, living room, wherever to get them to sit on it for awhile. If you just have the kind that snaps onto the top of a toilet, they get really bored sitting in the bathroom (and you get really tired of perching on the side of the bathtub to keep them company :), so I would invest the $10 or whatever to get the portable one. We also read books to them to keep them sitting there, and of course made a big deal (singing a special song, clapping, etc. when they had success). Our song was something like "when I pee-pee in the potty I am big, when I pee-pee in the potty I am big, I am big when I pee-pee in the potty like my sister/mommy/daddy/brother, when I pee-pee in the potty I am big". HAHAHA, it is easy to laugh now, but I remember potty training being the most frustrating part of childhood! A lot of people use rewards, like an M&M every time they "produce", but I never personally felt that was neccessary. All of that being said, I don't know how old your daughter is, but she may just not be ready. It is tempting to hurry them along, when diapers are expensive, and other people tell you "oh mine was fully trained by 2" or whatever. But it is something that just can't be rushed, and if you wait until they are really, really ready, it goes much faster. I have two boys and two girls, and I will tell you that the boys trained later but much faster than the girls. Girls keep having accidents for a lot longer. If she refuses to have anything to do with it right now, just wait a month or two and try to introduce it again. Also, if you do have the portable potty, just leave it setting in the bathroom and she will show some curiosity/interest in it when she is ready. If she is willing, but can't seem to get it right, then her body probably just isn't developed enough to signal when she needs to go, and also to hold it long enough to get there in time. She'll get there, she just might need more time. Good luck with this, and remember, patience, patience, patience!! :)

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