My almost 2 year old is scared of the potty!

User - posted on 08/01/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter is "22 months old" she is very, VERY ready to be potty trained. She knows when she is about to go and knows if it's going to be a number 1 or number 2. She understands that she needs to go in the potty and not in her diaper but she is afraid to use the potty. It's not that the potty itself scares her, but I let her run around naked half the time so she will tell me when she has to go and if she has an accident even peeing on the floor scares her. She will run up to me saying "Uh-oh! Mommy bad!!! Pee!! Uh-oh!" and I have never punished her for having an accident!!! Neither has anyone else that I know of... How can I get her to want to use the potty and not be scared or ashamed to use it? It's like she thinks it's a bad thing. She will even sit on an adult potty and try and try to go but then just wants off and asks for a diaper... PLEASE HELP I'm going to be having a second baby soon and I can't handle trying to take care of a newborn and potty train a toddler all by myself!!!

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Zehra - posted on 08/02/2014

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Potty training was one the hardest experiences of my life and very frustrating. Everyone everywhere doctors or friends kept saying the same thing. Be patient. We bought so many potties just to interest my son in using the potty. We decorated it together. We read stories and watched cartoons about it. But nothing seemed to work. I even made him a reward chart but he just wasn't interested. I think all kids seem scared at first. One day we went out and he wet himself. I didn't make a big deal out of it. When I took his trousers off he then did a pooh. As if I wasn't feeling the pressure enough in front of the other moms, one came up to me and said to my son " Aren't you a naughty boy for not telling your mom". That was when I broke down inside because really she humiliated me. After that I didn't even ask him remind him or show any signs of frustration when he wet his pants or denied going to the potty. One day he said "Mummy I'm not going to upset you again" and went to the potty. I started to cry. After making all that effort to make it fun and interesting he preferred no fuss at all. I really didn't understand it but we got there in the end and he was 2 and a half. Try not making a deal out of it. But no diaper!!!!!

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