Any advice on potty training a very stubborn 3-year-old???

Dawn - posted on 08/29/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have been working with my 3-year-old daughter for almost a year now on potty training and while we are making little improvements, she still isn't potty trained. We set the timer every half hour or so and make her sit, which she does willingly. She sometimes goes and sometimes the timing is off and she has already gone in her pull-up. She also does not take it upon herself to go potty, we always have to tell her.



Any advice from other moms out there?

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Jennifer (Elle) - posted on 10/07/2012

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My daughter potty trained really late - like near 4 - so i can relate. I tried really hard not to make it stressful - i didn't force her on the potty but i had her wear big girl pants during the day and reminded her frequently to "check in with her body" and to look for the signals that she has to go. After a while she got really into it - telling me all kinds of things about how her body was feeling and she loved the idea of being in charge of her body - the stubbornness was gone because it wasn't about something she was doing for me - it was about her being in charge of herself....



remember its a slow process, every kid is different.

Chaya - posted on 09/18/2012

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find her currency. My daughter wanted to go to preschool, I told her she can't because she isn't potty trained, I never had a problem with it after that except one accident two years later.

It may not be preschool, it could be a toy, an event, or a special suprise,, she may not know what it is just now.Keep an eye out for what she wants

Brittney - posted on 08/31/2012

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I just made sure she went potty before we left and once we got to where we were going. Never used pull ups, I think they are a waste of money.

Amy - posted on 08/30/2012

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I also just did underwear after one day of accidents she's been accident free. The first 2 weeks I put a pull up on when we were out and about but she still continued to tell me. Now we just bring an extra change of clothes and I make sure to know where the bathroom is everywhere I go. We only do pull ups at night but once they're gone I'm not buying anymore because she wakes up dry every morning do we just have a mattress pad protector on the bed.

Deidra - posted on 08/29/2012

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my mom actually just used underwear with me when potty training then when going out and going to bed she used pullups. I've worked in the daycare system for 6 years and actually had a lot of parent do that to underwear over pull ups on the way to school, underwear until naptime, pullups under underwear at nap, then underwear until going home then another pull up. Also try going every 15-20 min instead of 30 min. Have you offering her prizes like a special treat or a special activity when she doesn't wet before the potty time? Sometimes that helps to. Some of my 2 and 3 year olds also would get a certain sticker before going home if they stayed dry all day and went to the bathroom, so maybe give her before dinner or after bath or something like that. hope this helps, good luck

Dawn - posted on 08/29/2012

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I have heard that before and have been considering trying that. What did you do when you had to go out? Still used underwear and brought a change of clothes or used pull ups? I didn't know if that would confuse her if I went back and forth between the two.

Brittney - posted on 08/29/2012

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Use underwear instead of pull-ups, it will get the message across faster.

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