3 year, 11 month old STILL NOT potty trained (#2)..... any ideas? I am desperate!!

Daurian - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have 3 children and a travelling husband.My oldest daughter has been attending daycare since 2 months old and they began the potty training at around 18 months. She ia able to stay dry 100% of the time. It's the other that we cannot get her to be successful at. Now that my 2nd child is getting ready to potty, I need a tried and true way to make both kids successful and mom happy!

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Liz - posted on 05/19/2009

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I began my kids young, sitting on the toilet when it was bathtime. I hoped this taught them the "feeling" of release. Next, slip them into underware...cold turkey. Yes it means more laundry, but it's usually easily taken care of. Many kids don't like the feeling of being wet, and will figure out shortly what to do to prevent it. Take them shopping. Know where all the bathrooms are. My kids felt 'cool' to go into a public restroom. Don't be alarmed if your child wants to "lock you out of the stall." either.

Finally, my youngest potty trained at an early 2 because his babysitter didn't fully clean him up after a bowel movement. After sitting with it on his privates and bum all day long, he was pretty red and he hurt. I jumped on the opportunity to tell him, 'if you would potty on the potty, the won't happen. It hurts because all the poo poo wasn't cleaned up" and stuck to my story and put him in underware. I have been very successful with this child and this tactic. My other child is a 5 year old disabled child and ... well... just cold turkey underware works with constant reminders. One day he'll be trained...

Candace - posted on 05/19/2009

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Try setting her on the toilet with the diaper on. After a few tries and once she is comfortable with that-try cutting a hole in diaper for the waste to fall thru into the toilet.

My daughter was 4 before she was potty trained and after months and months of frustration her preschool teacher recommended this method and it's what finally worked. Before this she wouldn't soil herself, but she would hold it until she made herself sick or we put a diaper on her. We didn't even have to go so far as to cut a hole in the diaper-after a few times of sitting on the toilet with the diaper on, she was comfortable enough to do it sans diaper.

Good Luck!

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