Potty training tips please

Claudia - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I'm starting the potty training process with my soon to be two year old. I don't even know where to start. I have been taking her to the bath room with me when ever I have to go, then I place her on the toilet in order to introduce her to the whole process. I bought one of those toilet seat you place over the toilet so that she doesn't fall through. My goal right now is to get her comfortable enough that she is no longer scared of sitting on the toilet, but besides that I need advice. Any tips will help.

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Kate - posted on 03/11/2010

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I am almost done potty training my 12 month old, for us what worked was learning her schedule. 20 minutes after eating (i used an egg timer) we would take her to the bathroom, first thing after a nap, first thing in the morning and we controlled when she got her drinks so that we would know, 20 minutes after that to put her on the potty. And first it was coordinated accidents, with a lot of cheering when she did go. And every time we made a sign for potty and said the word a billion times. And we stopped using disposable diapers, that really helped. now she makes the sign if she needs to go and we can run errands for two hours at a time with out having to worry about diapers and wipes and germy changing tables in bathrooms! it just takes a lot of persistence, patience and practice. good luck :)

Tamieka - posted on 03/11/2010

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You've been given great advice so far. I'm currently in the process of training my almost two year old who just pooped on my floor the other day. Her baby sitter sets a timer for 30 min and sits her on the potty until she goes. Once she uses the potty she resets it for another 30 min and continues the process throughout the day. She wears panties all day when she's there. My issue is once she gets home, she is ready to play with her brother and hates the idea of getting on the potty. Sometimes I am able to get her to cooperate. I don't fight her with it though because I know she's been at it all day. I think my big mistake is using pull ups on her at home.

Kirsten - posted on 03/10/2010

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my best advice to you is make sure that they are ready. I rushed my now 13 year old and had nothing but frustration, and now I just trained my 3 year old twins and it was a breeze. Even though I bought the potties at 2 years and the big 'boy/girl' underwear and put then on the potty whenever they were interested and tried to make it a routine at certain times of the day ie before bed, first thing in the morning they just weren't ready and were alway having accidents. I think it is better to play off their cues. I also agree that when you think that they are really ready to put them in underwear and not pull-ups and use rewards both verbal and treats/stickers or whatever they like. But just don't feel like you have to rush it, as it can be both stressful for you and them. I use both the little potties and the toilet seat, I also bought a portable toilet seat at wal-mart that folds up so you can put on the toilets when you are out at the mall etc. making them not so big, scary or dirty.
Good luck!

Emma - posted on 03/10/2010

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with my twin girls.i reminded them every 2 mins if they needed the toilet.if your adiment about potty training dont put a nappy back on her.my friend did that and her son is now 3.its best not to get frustrated when they dont want to sit on the potty that scares them but reward her when she uses it.my twins are also two and they where potty trained as soon as they was walking propily.all the best x

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Mary - posted on 07/12/2013

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It is really easy when the child is ready. Much, much, much harder when the parent feels the need to "train" before the child is naturally ready.

Andrea - posted on 07/10/2013

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The things I did when I trained my baby use the potty:
1. I talked to her just like an adult that she has to say goodbye to her diapers now and use the potty everytime she poos or pees.
2. I guided her all through out.
3. I didn't let her wear diapers anymore. (so she feels disgusted everytime she pees in her panty) that's one motivation.
4. I used the app - potty training learning with the animals.
5. And now my girl already knows how to use the potty .

:)

Shova - posted on 06/20/2013

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I am doing the training for 7 days! i put the potty chair *(delete that i do..),,also, it is very motivational for him to make him games..in fact, there is a very nice app called potty traininglearning with the animals where the kids play with the animals and the toilet!...it works very well!.

Tiffany - posted on 03/24/2010

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Getting big girl panties is the biggest reward for a little girl. I actually got my 22 month old daughter her own potty seat (when she was about15 months) that is small enough that she can sit comfortably even though I have to clean it after she uses it. Try to take her every 30 to 45 minutes. I also had someone tell me that they made their child a game like a board game and everytime they went to the bathroom in the potty they moved ahead and got a sticker, however, when they had an accident move them back. Every 5 to 10 times my daughter gets a treat whether it's a book or toys or dinner out. Just try to make it fun. Don't get frustrated is the biggest tip and explain that accidents happen just remind them that when they have to potty to say something.

Nikita - posted on 03/24/2010

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I'll take all these advices, because I'm in the process in training my 2yr old and its HARD.

Pam - posted on 03/24/2010

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I got my daughter a potty chair, she used to sit on it all the time, even when she didn't need to use it, she wasn't too keen on pottys themselves so but loved the chair, then got the seat for toilet with step so she can go herself, she was out of nappies just after her 2nd birthday, she's 3 now and i used to put the chair in her bedroom at night, she'd wake in the night, use her chair then back to bed,

Shalonde - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter just turned 2 and we started potty training around October. she hated being wet and would be playing and leave a wet diaper laying on the floor while she went on playing... I saw a really cute potty on sale, couldnt help but to buy it. When we started I wasnt real serious about it... jus testing kinda. she always followed me to the bathroom because she liked to wash her hand with me and after a while she started to mimic me... she would sit on the potty while i sat on the "big girl potty" and when i'd clean myself she'd do the same then we'd wash our hands together. most of the time she didnt actually do anything but she seem to be getting it. After a while she was saying pee pee... wasnt sure if it was just to play in the water or if she really knew that she needed to go but I let her and she actually went. So long story kinda short she learned by playing...

Alison - posted on 03/24/2010

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I would say just don't rush her. When I was trying to potty train my 2.5 year old (who is now 5) she just wouldn't have anything to do with it. Yeah she would go once in awhile in her little potty, but nothing took. Then one day about a month after her 3rd b-day, she got up in the morning, I had her go on her potty (just to see if she would) then after that I would ask her about every 2 hours or so unless she told me first and she didn't want to go on her little potty she wanted to use the big one. And my son was the same way...he's 3 and just got potty trained a few months ago. It just happened one day he decided to wear underwear and use the potty and has since. It just takes time and patience and they will be ready. Just don't push them because if they are not ready and you push them then it just takes them longer. Good Luck :)

Loretto - posted on 03/23/2010

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I potty trained my 2 year old about 4 mths ago and found persistance to be key... I felt as if all I said for 4 days was ' lets go potty" Dont forget to tell mom when we need potty " etcetcetc If you really want to succeed dont confuse the child by letting them have nappies for outings or nap time... after a couple of days u will know if the child is ready to be trained or needs more time Good Luck

Jannell - posted on 03/13/2010

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I know my son was s easy to potty train...he was completly pt at 2 even at night. Every child is different, AND at THEIR time. I carried a potty chair in my truch for the longest!. Also hear if you use pull ups.......to put undies under, yes under it, so they feel the wetness and hopfully will not like it and get the hang of what there body is doing! Good LUCK!
We did pee pee dances ! I PRAISED beyond beleif,told him how PROUD, and HAPPY that made me!
Try stickers, if thats a BIG thing to them, or kevin LOVES m&m's......2 for pee 3 for poop!
Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 03/12/2010

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With my daughter I took her to the store and let her pick out her potty seat, we tried all kinds of seats until she found one she didn't want to get out of long enough for me to pay for it. Then we went to the store and picked out "big girl" panties. She was so excited to have big girl panties. When she would wake up in the morning I took off her diaper and put on her big girl panties and told her if she had to go peepee or poopie she would have to use her potty, We put her potty in her room at first, then as she used it more and more we moved to into the batheroom. She had trouble pooping in the potty, at first, so we had to show her that we had to throw away her big girl panties. She hated that. So I told her when she went poopie in the potty she would get a tattoo,
She loves temporary tattoos. She was covered in them. Once she got the hang of going potty in her potty and in a public potty, we put up the potty seat and had her go on the big potty. She was worried about falling in at first but after a few times with out me she gained the confidence to do it. I no doubt would loose my cool at times and flip out if she pooped on the floor or peeed on the rug, but I noticed that me getting angry at her would make her take 3 steps back. So if you can do it try really hard to just be encouraging. Tell her your mad or upset but try not to direct it at her. I was not so successful at times. When ever we would go out I would tell her if you have to go potty tell me, you have big girl panties on and we don't want to ruin them. She would tell me and we'd race through what ever store we were at to get to the potty in time. Don't worry she'll get there all in good time. I would read about girls just all of a sudden getting it and going, and was starting to wonder about my girl, but consistency is the key. We had to be consistent. After a month or so she was on her own. Now we're learning how to unbutton pants and unbuckle belts. Good luck hope this add to the help bucket.

Kelley - posted on 03/12/2010

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My two year old wasn't really interested in going on the potty. The best thing to do is to make sure she is ready. Does she tell you when she has wet her diaper? Can she pull her pants on and off? We had to scale back our attempts to get my daughter potty trained a little. Right now we give her money to put into her piggy bank every time she goes on the potty. That seems to have sparked her interest more than anything else we have tried. When she wakes up in the morning, or a nap and after she eats we ask her if she has to go potty. I don't think she has the control to be able to tell that she has to go yet but she will sit on the potty until she has done something. She has the basics down now we are just waiting for the development of her body to catch up.

Charlotte - posted on 03/11/2010

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keep doing what you are doing. Did you think of awarding her everytime she sits on the potty. with stickers, toys, and special snacks.

Martha - posted on 03/10/2010

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Sounds like you are off to a good start. My friend potty trained her little girl about 4 months ago, she will be two the end of March. Some things she told me were that they dedicated several days to potty training, did not go any where and every 20 or 30 minutes they put her on her potty. The second she went pee or poop they cheered and clapped. they also had big girl underwear on her and if she did wet herself she understood what it felt like. She would then say potty and run to her potty and sit down. A few times it was to late, but she started to understand the concept of the potty.



Good luck.

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