Does anyone have any potty training tips they can share?

Nicole - posted on 12/20/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My daughter is just a little over 2 and a half years old and we're starting to potty train her. Every now and then she'll tell us when she has to go but it's not consistant, so at least she has the idea of it. How can we get her to do it on a more consistant basis? I've tried stickers, M&M's, and Hershey's kisses... anyone have any other ideas? Thanks! :)

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Melissa - posted on 01/05/2010

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My daughter just turned three and she is not completely potty trained. We have just let her decide when she wants to go and whether she wants to wear her pull-ups or big girl panties. She gets Smarties when she goes. The days that I am home and put her in panties all day she goes when she needs to. We've been doing this for six months or so and it is just no stress for us at all!!

Margaret - posted on 01/05/2010

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another thing to try if you are still struggling is taking her straight to the toilet and buying a little step, will help her feel really grown up...good luck if you have not already had success x

Margaret - posted on 01/05/2010

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my daughter was asking for the toilet at 21 months, we had tried pull ups on a previous occassion but found them not to work, wot i then done was just put her in pants, it was a lotta hard work but i had to be consistant with her, taking her for regular visits to the toilet, not forcing her to use it. As i say was hard work but it worked, since the age of 21 months my daughter has not worn a nappy. Just lots of praise when they use the toilet and ignore the fact that they have had an accident in their pants lol

Kristy - posted on 01/04/2010

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I used a "sticker book"(I bought a small comp notebook) and every time my son goes in the potty he gets to pick a sticker and put it in his sticker book. After he fills 10 pages he gets to go to the store and get a new toy...He is potty trained now with the exception of a few accidents but it's only really been when he's been sick so I guess it worked for us. We ran into a lot of hurdles with moving and two babies since him thought so it did take us a while and that was my last attempt. Good luck from what I hear girls are easier than boys and I have three boys.

Lydia - posted on 01/04/2010

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I had four kids, and every one learns different my first daughter was so easy, she learn so fast by the time she was one and half she was potty train. It takes a lot of patiences. Every time I went to the bathroom I took her with me and she learn that way my son a little bit difficult. They all were potty train by the age of 2 yrs old. Good luck

Jenny - posted on 01/01/2010

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Elmo's Potty Time DVD. My daughter watched it over and over and eventually just felt comfortable. It is really funny to watch too!

Fiona - posted on 01/01/2010

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You could try telling her it is time to potty on a regular schedule - if you can figure out how frequently she goes you could ask just before she needs to go and that will build her confidence.
Also, my two year old is suddenly very interested in underwear so we are using that as a motivator.

Tiffanie - posted on 01/01/2010

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You said the right word, consistency. However, it is the parents that need to be consistent versus the child. Potty training my daughter became easier when I made a commitment to create a schedule and follow it diligently. I never tried any candy or anything like that. Just remember, you and significant other have been "pottying" for years and years...she just started. LOL Be patient, she'll catch on.

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YOU SHOULD JUST TAKE HER ANYWAY OR TAKE HER WHEN YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM. AND YOU CAN ALSO GET HER FAVORITE CHARACTER PANTIES AND TRY THAT. THEY USUALLY STOP WHEN THEY HAVE THEIR FAVORITE CHARACTER.

Ceva - posted on 12/30/2009

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Are you leaving the house alot?? I stayed at home for 4days straight and constantly focasing on the "training" and my son was done in 5days!! I olso brought him & let him pick his own pants wich he loved so he was excited about it.....Hope that helps :-)

Rachel - posted on 12/30/2009

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my daughter is 15 months old and she will use the bathroom in her diaper and pull it off and run around without it..is she ready for potty training or is it still to early because she cant say i have to go potty, how will i know when to take her to the potty?

Mandy - posted on 12/29/2009

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When they are ready they are ready. I first tried at 2.5 but he wasn't ready. But when he started to tell me when he needed to go then I put big boy underware on, if he had an accident, he had to be the one to tell me he wanted to be changed. Gross I know but it worked. When he decided he didn't want to "sit" in it any more he decided to go in the potty instead. Good Luck!! Every kid is different

Christine - posted on 12/28/2009

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We tried the potty watch. It is GREAT! you can set it for 30, 60 or 90 minutes. Then it lights up and sings. Our son would go when it went off....it is more like a reminder for you. Now, he just goes when he needs to. Usually we have to take him still...but that means we use "see a bathroom, use a bathroom" when we are out and about. Good LUCK!

Deirdre - posted on 12/28/2009

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i guess i lucked out with my girls. they were both fully potty trained by 2 1/2. they always followed me into the bathroom whenever i went in there. my youngest still occasionally has an accident but it's rare. whenever they would follow me into the bathroom i would suggest that they sit up there like a big girl and try to go potty like mommy did. good luck.

Lina - posted on 12/21/2009

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Leave plenty of time for it. My son 2&9 started potty training this May, and although he's very good with the wee, he's afraid to go on the toilet for a big what so ever. As u mentioned we tried everything, but nothing works so we left it. It's a long process and needs a lot of patience. Good luck

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