has anyone any tips for potty training a nearly two yr old finding it tough!

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Heather - posted on 09/08/2010

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Praise them a lot and make it a positive exciting experience. Create small milestones so they can be proud of accomplishing them. Stay away from candy as a reward. Accidents happen so be prepared and stay positive as they will feel really bad when one happens and the trick is to keep them positive about it and not scared they'll have an accident. If you'll be in the car for a while, use a pull up and/or bring potty along if you can. Don't make wearing a pullup a bad thing.. make it a helpful tool. Have a potty in their bedroom for night time. It's a process of encouragement and learning and confidence for both of you! Have fun and be relaxed about it.

Heather - posted on 09/08/2010

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One other thing... an old saying is the spring/summer closest to their 3rd birthday is optimal because they have less clothes on or can only wear underwear, and they understand what it's all about. Start reading and talking about it before hand so they learn what it's all about.

Jenine - posted on 09/07/2010

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I might be too late...but boy for the rest of you struggling with potty training have I got a trick! This worked with my daughter Madison.



The OVEN TIMER (or any timer)!





I set the oven timer to go off every 30 minutes. When it rang we went to the potty. Madison had two favorite treats. Peanut butter honey on a cracker, or a Popsicle 1/2. (I used sugar free or Welch's Skinny all natural fruit pops). When she went pee pee this was her reward for achieving her goal. It didn't take long before the timer would go off and we would both get so excited when it rang. No matter where she was or I was...we both jumped up and ran to the bathroom. She truly "wanted to go!" As for "potty incentives", that was the big prize! Dollar Tree or the 99 cent store! She would get to pick out a toy. It worked. It didn't take long before she was anticipating the timer and heading to the potty chair BEFORE it went off. She was so cute trying to be sneaky about it. When her task was completed, she would come get me from the kitchen, grab my hand and say, Mommy I have a surprise for you! She was so proud pulling me along towards her bathroom with my eyes closed was excited and so proud that she took the initiative. One time I was lost in my excitement over her success and she would say..."Ahem, Mommy, aren't you forgetting something? I would say "Hmmm, I don't think so. She would say "Silly Girl! You forgot my AWARD" (not "reward "AWARD" ha ha ha). We would go together to the kitchen to get her treat. It worked. Books by her potty chair help also. My favorite book is "Everyone Poops" http://www.amazon.com/Everyone-Poops-My-... Good luck!

Nikki - posted on 09/05/2010

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I tried everything with my son. I tried the Pull Ups which I think in my opinion are just a replacement for diapers, but are good for night time or naps. I tried every hour on the hour and a few other ways, but the way that helped the most was just to put him in big boy underwear and let him wet himself a couple of times and be uncomfortable and he did not like that at all. It took him 1 day of being uncomfortable and now he goes to the potty all by himself and sometimes doesn't even tell me that he is going and just goes. Hope that helped out a little bit and good luck!

Menna - posted on 09/01/2010

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i've just passed this phase with my daughter, what brought a great result with her was taking it easy & calmly, i went shopping with her for the potty, stayed at home for nearly a week, i decided to take off the diaper for the days & put it back when she sleeps, i talked with her that it's time for her to pepe like mom & dad & began to put her every now & then on the potty especially after meals & when she did it for the first time i praised her & gave her candy & told her that i'd give her candy everytime she pees or poops in the potty & that helped alot, just remember not to feel pressured & it'll eventually happen :)

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Elaine - posted on 09/15/2010

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I have a two year old that is newly potty trained. What I did was buy on of those portable potties and put it in the livingroom in front of the tv and tell him to seat on the potty until he does something and once he is done I told him I would give him a snack. So now he looks at potty time like snack time when he uses the potty IN THE POTTY he gets a snack and thats what got him to stop using pull ups he wanted that snack.

Jennifer - posted on 09/15/2010

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Every kid is diff, but when i was training my daughter i tried pull ups but to her they were the same as diapers so she would just go in them, so i started with putting the potty out in the living room and i put big girl panties on her once she had a couple accidents and relized she didnt like the wet feeling she went to the potty when she had to, then i only put pull ups on her when she was sleeping.. the next step was no sippy at least an hour before bed and thatr way u can remove the pull ups at night. she is 3 1/2 and she still has the occasional accident.

Amanda - posted on 09/15/2010

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We had potty camp. We camped out in the kitchen for a day, I made animal cutouts and taped them on the cupboards and we collected wood for a "fire." I fed him lots of sugary drinks and salty foods. With this diet, they can't help but go potty. When he had an accident it was his responsibility to clean it up. He was trained in a day! Still had the occasional accident, but he knew where to go when it was time. It was fun and easy going and a lot less stressful than trying to make them go potty every 30 mins or so.

Leanne - posted on 09/15/2010

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WELL MY DAUGHTER 2 AND HALF SHE BEEN IN PANTS 6 WEEKS AND IN PANTS AT NIGHT FOR 4 WEEKS MY DAUGHTER IS VERY BRIGHT FOR HER AGE AND HAS OLDER BROTHER AND SISTER SO WANTED TO BE LIKE THEM WE HAD ONE ACCIDENT EACH DAY FOR ABOUT 3 DAYS AND WAS ONLY A WEE ACCIDENT SO I COULD LIVE WITH THAT AS FOR POO SHE WAS A LITTLE WORRIED ABOUT DOING IT IN THE TOILOT BUT AFTER TAHT SHE WAS FINE BY DAY 4 WE WENT OUT ALL DAY SHE ASK FOR TOILOT ETC WHEN EVER SHE NEEDED TOO,FEW TIPS NEVER GIVE CHILD SWEET ETC AS THEY WILL EXPECT IT EVERY TIME ,IF YOUR CHILD DO GO BACK WARDS AFTER GOING FORWARD KEEP AT IT AS IF U PUT THEM IN NAPPIES IT WILL BE TWICE AS HARD I BOUGHT MY DAUGHTER A TOY WHEN SHE WAS DRY IN PANTS FOR A WEEK THAT HELPED SHE HAD THE TOY AND KNEW THAT WAS HER TREAT FOR BEING A BIG GIRL KEEP AT IT STAY CALM AND YOUR CHILD WILL GET IT ,IF SHE IS ONLY 2 I WOULD WAIT COUPLE OF MONTHS AND TRY AGAIN SOME KIDS DONT GET IT THAT EARLY ON HOPE SOME OF THIS HELPS

Bianca - posted on 09/15/2010

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Hi Donna,
My daughter is nearly 3. and I have just managed to crack the potty training. We are still in the process of potty training.
So I would say don't rush it - but make sure your little one can tell you they need a wee and I would say offer a reward of some sort, if they accomplish getting to the potty and doing the business.
But be prepared to do alot of washing and cleaning... they make many acidents before they get the hang of it.
Good luck.

Samantha - posted on 09/14/2010

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potty training is easier to do when your child is ready and chooses to do it. my ter showed signs of being ready but i waited until she came to me to go in the big girl potty.potty training is the one thing they have control over in a very confusing world. just hang tight and let your child come to you saying i need to go peepee

Shana - posted on 09/14/2010

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2 yrs old is early , but if the child is showing the typical signs of readiness.. I highly recommend the book "Pottywise" By Gary Ezzo... traine dmy 2 1/2 yr old in a week! NO JOKE...Mr.Ezzo's technique works and it's simple to follow :) Best wishes for success!

Lyndrea - posted on 09/13/2010

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I had a pretty easy time potty training my daughter, she watches a lot of tv (not the best parenting idea, but we spend a lot of time playing together and reading and such also) so when she was 2 1/2 i decided it was time to get her out of diapers, i kept her potty seat in the living room and would have her sit on it every half hour or so, she would get so engrossed in what she was watching that she would forget she was on the potty, until she went, then i would praise her and tell her she was a big girl, once she sorta got the hang of using the potty, i would have her wear a dress and nothing under it, there were a few accidents of her peeing on the floor, but she got extremely upset when she did, i never scolded her, i just calmly told her to sit on the potty when she felt she had to go, before long she was always using it, and i moved it to the bathroom, and now she has graduated to using her potty seat on the big potty, and she rarely has an accident anymore

Catherine - posted on 09/11/2010

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i got my son a potty then just started taking off his diaper, he still has trouble since we have a new baby but it seems to work well, just put a diaper on when they sleep. i dont believe in rewarding with food so when he does it, we make a big todo and have a little dance to go with it. lots of praise and fuss helps.

Janell - posted on 09/11/2010

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Hi I know potty trainning is very difficult I know it was very tough for me and my son, the most important thing is to remain calm don't rush it, it is important that the child be ready. I know it's hard I truelly did not understand what it meant while I was going through it, I was in a rush and worried because he was just not getting it, but the the specialists are right, don't fight the child, do not make it unpleasant, if this week is too soon then stop and try again in a couple weeks my son was four when he finaly got it, while it is true that he was born premature and the specialists were not expecting his development to be typiacal I realized that since he was a bit older it was easy for him to understand that it is embarassing to be wearing training pants or diapers when all your friends are wearing big boy or big girl under pants. I also gave him an inncentive if you stay dry (night and day) we will get you a pet fish worked like a charm. Once he got it that first week there was maybe one accident then that was it, no fussing no tears and we have not looked back since. Hope my experience helps you.

Alyssa - posted on 09/11/2010

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my son is 2 and hasnt made the decision to start going in the potty yet. in my opinion, if they still fit in diapers and they arent making it VERY obvious that they know they have to go, then it isnt a huge deal to potty train. they arent old enough to go to school or anywhere that it is required to go potty by yourself, so it shouldnt be an issue. i do take the diaper off most days and watch him to see how he acts right before he has to go, but i dont think he realizes he has to go til a couple seconds before he pees on the floor lol then we have a talk about not peeing on the floor and telling mommy and dada if he wants to pee. he understands but doesnt fully grasp the concept of FEELING like he has to go. we let him follow us into the bathroom while we go, as well, to let him so how its supposed to be done...that way, at least he gets what youre supposed to do and knows once he can tell the sensation.

Tiffany - posted on 09/11/2010

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It's much easier on us if kids get out diapers, but really it's normal for them not to potty train until closer to three - especially boys.

I'd just stop stressing about it, and you and your kid can both enjoy yourselves more along the way... :)

Sarah - posted on 09/09/2010

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We used the three day potty training method for our 23 month old (http://www.3daypottytraining.com/) and it worked wonderfully! You really have to dedicate three days to it but after three days my daughter is well trained. She still has the occasional accident at night but she stays dry all day. The site also has online support so the author will help you if you are having trouble. We bought a travel potty that we take when we go out and she loves using it. We don't use diapers or pull ups at all anymore.

Eliza - posted on 09/09/2010

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I had introduced the idea to my son when he was 2, I bought him a small potty seat that you put on the big toilet. He would sit on it, but nothing ever came out. Later on towards 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 I took him shopping and bought him a little potty that he picked out. I knew I wasn't going to buy one that had all the noises and songs and stuff because I had heard kids just play with them instead of use them. Anyway, he picked out a "froggy potty". It looks like a frog. I took away his diapers and started using pull ups, which didn't really help at all, they are just like diapers to a kid. I even used the "cool sensation" ones. So after that, I took those away and bought like 3 packages of big boy underwear and only used the pull ups at nap and bedtime. After a week or so, he had it down. No accidents besides number 2 in his undies, but that stopped the second week too! I think it really just took patience of course, but him making the decision on what he would "go" on. Praises all over the place, we would do a happy dance and mommy would scream she was so happy! Plus he would get a couple m&m's every time too. Every kid is different, but it will happen. Don't force it, but do be persistent!! Good Luck!!

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The best thing you can do for your child is wait until THEY are ready! I always had the potty available for my little girl, and encouraged her everytime I went. The other day she decided on her own that she didnt want to wear nappies anymore, so we bought some "big girl underwear" and she hasnt worn a nappy since. She was 2 and a half when this happened.

If you push them too early it wont work. You never forced your child to crawl or talk - children develop in their own time, you just need to be patient.

Crystal - posted on 09/08/2010

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I put no pressure on my son whatsoever. I just put the potty in the bathroom and didn't say a word. He just investigated it on his own. The first day he was trying to take off his pants so I took them off, told him "pee pee" in the potty and he went. I immediately gave him a candy. I never associate anything negative with the potty. If he misses I never reprimand but plainly say "pee pee goes in the potty. He is only 19 months so we havnt delved 100% into it. i am just working on getting him aquainted with it. He has had it for two weeks and goes in it at least twice a day.
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Candice - posted on 09/08/2010

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I started trying to potty train my daughter at age 2 and she would sit on the potty but not do anything. She was fine sitting on it but she didn't understand that she was supposed to pee or poo in it. So I left it alone for a few weeks and would try again. Still same thing. She'd hold her pee and then ask for a diaper to go but still wouldn't go in the potty. I was talking to my doctor about it and she said that really the best time to potty train is age 3 because the comprehenson is there and theres no fighting with the child. After we had that conversation my daughter just said mommy i go on potty and she started doing it herself! Am I lucky or what! I'd say just give it time and it will all come together. Do not fight with your child or it's just going to make it worse. Also, training pants seem to hinder the success of potty training becaues it may confuse the child! Good luck!

Kristine - posted on 09/08/2010

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She two relax. Your are still in the early stages. Try some cloth pull ups like potty pattys. They are thicker than underware but a lot thinner than diapers and she won't like being wet. Good luck and relax. Her brain and body need to work to gether to go pee on the potty simply putting her on the potty does not mean she is ready.

Janice - posted on 09/06/2010

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I'm having trouble with my son too, he's 3 next month and it goes really well then he goes back to wanting o wear nappies again. He was nearly potty trained before i had me 8 month old daughter and as soon as she was born he went back to baby mode too, so i didn't want to push it. He also is very independent and quite intelligent for his age,which makes it hard as if it's not to his liking it's not happening. Just have to take one day at a time and i also find that if you put big boy/girl pants on he normally goes on the toilet as he don't like wetting himself.

Jennifer - posted on 09/06/2010

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Patients and no pressure. Make it fun and exciting and reward with love and excitement at even the smallest break throughs. Remember: "They won't go to high school in diapers. :)

Jessica - posted on 09/04/2010

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I finally ended up taking cartoons away from my son to get him to go potty. he was almost 4 by the time I got him fully potty trained. I tried everything everyone told me to try with him and the only thing I found that worked was taking something he loved away from him every time he peed his pants.

Amanda - posted on 09/03/2010

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I've just started introducing the potty to my son. He keeps telling me he wants to wee on the floor, but doesn't want to wear a nappy. I put a little bit of water in his pot and added a drop of blue food colouring. Apparently its supposed to turn the water green when they wee in it. He said to me mummy wee wee in the blue in the pot so I took him and put him on. He was so excited that he started weeing in the blue water that he stood up and did the rest on the floor. I haven't pushed him I just ask him every now and then if he wants to wee on the pot. Most of the time he says no and wees on the floor but I dont think he quite ready yet, I'm taking my lead from him

Tiffany - posted on 09/03/2010

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making it a game for my son made all the differnce for us. we are still working on number 2 in the potty but number 1 is working good. We just had to put somthing in the potty for him to pee on tp works the best since it is in every bathroom.

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