Starting Potty Training on a 3 year old...

Amanda - posted on 05/18/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi Moms,

I am a SAHM of a now 3 year old little girl. I am starting to consider potty training and have bought the cover that fits over our regular toilet seat. However, I am unsure how to proceed. I know that it is going to take awhile to do, but am looking for helpful ideas or tips from other experienced moms out there. Plus, I am dealing with my hubby who seems to think she'll be trained to get up and use the potty in two days by herself......Help, please!! :)

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Elyssa - posted on 05/18/2010

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I read in the newspaper that "any child can be potty trained at the age of 3" by simply feeding them a very fiber rich breakfast, then about fifteen minutes later putting them on the potty, then just repeating the process after every meal/snack for three days. After that point they say that they understand that going to the bathroom on the potty is normal and everyone does it, so they want to be like everyone else and they just start using the toilet. I don't know if it works, I have a 2 year old who just isn't big enough to climb onto the potty let alone use it! But, it's a suggestion and I don't see why it wouldn't work...

Melissa - posted on 05/18/2010

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While potty training our daughter, we put a potty in the living room and we put one beside her bed. She used the toilet in the bathroom a lot but, lets face it, kids are just too busy to stop what they are doing and use the potty! LOL That really seemed to help with her. We used a piece of candy for a reward or a balloon, sticker whatever she was into that day. There were a lot of accidents but, I had her help me clean herself and the mess up. I would set the timer on the stove for 20 mins and sit her on the toilet. Don't ask, "do you have to go potty?" Say to her, "Ok its time to go potty!" We didn't use pull ups because
they are just like a diaper, just cooler. Persistence is the key! Good luck!

Kristin - posted on 05/18/2010

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Does your Daughter show interest in potty training? That is the first thing. It won't happen until she wants to be a big girl. If she is ready, put the plastic matress on her bed, buy a bunch of underwear and be prepared to change her alot. Take her to the bathroom every 15-20 minutes, and start on a Friday night so you have all weekend to get her used to the idea. Be strong and don't give up because it's difficult. Remind her that she is a big girl and reward her with alot of praise everytime she makes an attempt to go or even if nothing comes out. Stick with it. It is so worth it.

Jami - posted on 05/18/2010

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I started by taking them into the bathroom with me for awhile...and letting them "see" the pee/poop...flushing and all that. I think that really helped as a place to start! for both of my boys they PT in less than a week once they decided they wanted to.

Christina - posted on 05/18/2010

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Hi Amanda - Does she show any interest in the potty? It's really important to take cues from them. I'm a mom of 2 girls and each child is different. Start in the morning and before bath time sitting her on the potty to go. Definitely use encouragement (some people use stickers, some people use M&Ms). Talk about being a big girl going on the potty and when she starts to respond more and act like she's ready to do more go with it, as the other mom said keep letting her go in to try every 45 minutes or so. If you're able to do it...don't try pull-ups during the day. Go straight to the big girl underpants...picking out new big girl underpants was always a good incentive here at the end of a week if the training was good. One of the saving graces training my 2nd was that it was during warmer weather and she spent everyday in dress with just the underpants on, made for quick easy on the potty trips, which are so important during training when you see that first wiggle. If you have the opportunity to be in a playgroup or out with other kids who are potty trained, point out to your daughter that the other big kids go use the potty, it helps them to see others their age. Good Luck...take cues from her...be patient and encouraging!!

Amanda - posted on 05/18/2010

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Hey! I just started seriously potty training my son who will be three on the 26th, and for the first couple days he was doing awesome, but the last 3 days he's been having lots of accidents again. You just have to stick with it, and not get too upset when they have accidents. Just take her to the bathroom about every 30-45 minutes or so and in between occasionally ask her if she needs to go. We made a potty chart and he's allowed to help make a tally mark for the good potties but we act very grave and shake our heads while we do the bad potty marks, and don't let him help lol... that actually seems to work pretty well.. Also keep reminding her of how big a kid she is and how she's not a baby anymore and whatnot. If you can, keep her in underwear all day long(I do put my son in pull ups at nap time and overnight just in case) even when you go somewhere, just make sure wherever you go has a bathroom and go straight there before you do anything else. Hope this helps at all and good luck!!!

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