Potty Training: How do I teach my daughter to go to the potty when she has to pee/ poop?

Kris - posted on 03/09/2014 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost two years old and, after showing multiple signs of potty training readiness, I have begun the process of teaching her how to use the potty. She has grasped the concept that the potty is used to pee/ poop; however, she will not go unless I lead her to the bathroom. For instance, at one point in time, she did the potty dance and knew she had to pee, but, instead of going to the potty, she peed on the floor. I am a first time mommy, so I do not know how to teach her to take initiative. What strategy can I use to encourage this behavior?

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Sarah - posted on 03/09/2014

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My best advice would be to follow her lead. She may not be ready to be at the place you want her to be at yet. She will get it but it is a process. I describe it much like reading. You have to allow them time to learn. In reading you first teach the letters and their sounds. Then as the child becomes ready they then learn that those letters and sounds make words. Just like potty training your daughter is learning where you pee and poop, but she might still be learning her body and what feelings mean what and when. For right now try to set a routine with going to the potty. Go first thing in the morning before nap and after nap and before bed. When she recognizes that she has to go stop and help her. If she misses let her know that it is ok, but then also talk about how to head to the bathroom a little sooner. She will get it but you just have to allow her some time to figure it out.

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Amanda - posted on 03/21/2014

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My daughter is a little over three and is finally fully potty trained. she would pee on the floor rather than tell me she had to go all the time. so we stopped, waited a few months and started again. Potty training is very trying for you and her. just be patient and she will get it in her own time. I fully potty trained her during the day and left diapers on at night for 8 months before we took the night diapers away and we still get up in shifts during the night to take her pee. It will come just keep trying.

Kris - posted on 03/19/2014

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Thank you Devlin. It is nice to know that I am taking the right approach to potty training Sylvia. With all of the negative feedback, I will admit that I was starting to doubt myself before posting my question, but now I feel much more at ease about the approach I am taking. =)

Devlin - posted on 03/18/2014

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Whoever gave you negative feedback about a child her age not being potty trained yet is a little naive in my opinion. You cannot force a child to potty train before they are ready. Just keep encouraging her gently and if she seems like she needs a break from it don't make a huge issue of it. My youngest is only 14 months and nowhere near ready to use the potty but when I trained my older two we put potty seats out where they were playing so when they had to go they could go right away rather than try to make it to the bathroom.

Alyssia - posted on 03/17/2014

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I myself is going thought the same process feeling stuck. What i do is let her walk around with bare bottom and she does great then. I put the pull up on her its like starting from scratch. Let me know if you find some tips that work out for you and yours.

Kris - posted on 03/12/2014

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Thank you! Stickers are Sylvia's motivator as well. She gets excited each time we put one on her sticker chart. ♥

Danicia - posted on 03/11/2014

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I used the three day potty training method (google it) as a reference to teach my daughter. no my daughter was not trained in 3 days but it was a great resource to figure out our groove to potty success :) using M&Ms at first, then switching to stickers for successful potty times really helped motivate her. you will have to bring her to the potty for some time until she sees the cause and effect (pee in potty, little treat/praise/whatever you choose) and she starts doing it on her own. good luck!

Kris - posted on 03/09/2014

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Thank you so much for your advice. I have recently received negative feedback on the length of time it was taking her to use the potty independently so I was concerned. I will continue to lead her to the bathroom until she is able to figure it out. =)

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