What's the best way to potty train a 2 year old who's not speaking yet?

Jessica - posted on 06/21/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old isn't talking yet (we are in speach therapy), but is starting to express intrest in the potty. she points after she's already gone in the diaper, then wants to sit on the toilet. What's the best way to proceed? How often should I take her to the bathroom, or should I just wait until she tells me?

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Jessica - posted on 06/24/2011

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Very helpful, thanks to everyone! My oldest wasn't trained until she was over 4, and my middle trained himself with no work from me, so I know they're all different! I'm not in any rush, but she seems like she wants to, that's why I'm doing it now. I will definitely try these tips!! Thanks again.

Kim - posted on 06/22/2011

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IMO that is the way it is suppose to be. You can have five children and all of them will potty train in their own time and when they are ready to go without having an accident. I had friends they practically pressured their kids into potty training. When training children it is always best to make it a positive experience with what a parent is trying to train the child on. I should add that each child's growth rate to what they can and cannot do are always unique and different. You may have a child that trains quickly and easily and one that it takes more time. It is important that the parent recognizes that each child is different and not to pressure the child. Internally a child is also growing, so if they are still wetting their diaper or pull up it only suggests internally the child's functions is not ready or able to hold it. Hope that helps.

Constance - posted on 06/22/2011

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With my oldest she didn't speak until she wa almost five, but she was potty trained at 2 1/2. I just put a potty seat in the bathroom. When I would or my mom would go in to use the bathroom she just started following he would take off her diaper and use the potty. After she did this for about two weeks no more diapies and big girl panties came out and no acciednets.

Kim - posted on 06/22/2011

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Every child is unique and different and they potty train on their time. Let her sit on the toilet even if she went in the diaper. I never had to potty train my kids, I waited for the signs. Even when they were potty trained, I still used pull ups overnight and eventually after a couple of months the pull up was never wet. Then I knew they were ready not to have anything that resembled a diaper or pull up. When they would potty of course it was the big yay and praise given out and if they didn't , it didn't matter. Never make anything that you train your child on a burden, they don't need to be burdened. Hope that was helpful.

Carrie - posted on 06/22/2011

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ask her speech therapist is teaching her to sign would de rail anything in her therapy, Teach her the sign for toilet which is sign alphabet letter t waived side to side. Show her what it means tell her the word. It worked with my daughter and helped ease frusteration when she couldn't say the word being able to sign helped her a lot

Annabutton - posted on 06/22/2011

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Just a thought maybe try naked time. If she goes straight to the potty when she needs to go then i would say she's ready but if she pees on the floor or furniture then maybe try it again a few weeks. Also don't forget some kind of reward system, i think it really gives motivation to keep going. Good luck :)

Jessica - posted on 06/22/2011

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Thanks, Erin. Her hearing is fine, she just has a speech delay. I think I'll try the timer - it sounds like a great idea!

Erin - posted on 06/21/2011

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Is she going through speach therapy because she has hearing loss? Just wondering since it would make communication different.
I've heard girls are easier to potty train than boys. Potty training my son was a complex, painful process for the both of us lol. My daughter is 23 months and is kind of showing interest in the potty.
When I was potty training my son I tried so many things. Then I came accross this list of 50 tips for potty training. I had tried 49 of them!
So then there is this timer one. I would get him to go on the potty as soon as he woke up. Wether he went or not, I would set the timer for 15 minutes and when the buzzer went off, off to the potty we went again. After doing that however many times it took him to go pee or poop, I would increase the timer by 15 minutes. So the next time he would go pee I'd increase to 30 min, then the next increase 45 min. I Would top out the time at around 1.5-2 hrs. SO by the end of the day we'd be going to the potty every 2 hours, depending on how much liquids he was drinking.
He understood after a few days that whenever the buzzer went off we had to stop what we were doing and go to the bathroom, and then when we're done he can go back to playing or whatever. Doing this it only took him 2 weeks to potty train, and thankfully he was out of training pants by the time our daughter was born :)
This worked for him, but no guarantees for every child. He was 3 1/2 by the time he was fully potty trained. And I had tried those 49 other things over the course of 2 years.The timer trick will be the first thing that I'll try with my daughter, but I'm not keeping my fingers crossed lol. Potty training scares me now. Good luck!

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