How can I get through to my 1 year old daughter that going to the potty is a good thing???

Cleo - posted on 11/17/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost two and she's been showing signs that she's ready to be potty trained but she's been acting very stubborn to the idea. How can I make this time fun for her? Suggestions on how you made potty training fun for your child will be great to read by the way.

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Gemma - posted on 11/24/2009

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my son used to get really upset when I first started to sit him on a potty, but I persevered with him. I used to leave his nappy off and because he knew it wasn't right to wee on the floor he'd use the potty and to keep him calm and encourage him when he cried I gave lots of praise, telling him how good and clever he was. eventually he used his potty with no problems and is now dry during the day. hope this helps.

Candice - posted on 11/23/2009

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what i've learned works is put cherios in the potty and when they see when they pee that they "hit" one they get a sticker or some sort of prize with praise. worked for all the 3 kids i potty trained and they wern't mine. it works for both girls and boys from what i've seen.

Stephanie - posted on 11/22/2009

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when its her idea to sit on the potty, get her to sing a song with her or read her her favorite book. Make it fun and make it her idea, otherwise she will lose interest and not do it! Don't make it frustrating and DO NOT use discipline or she will NEVER do it!! Good luck!

Lynette - posted on 11/21/2009

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My 15 month old daughter likes to read books or even play with a little piece of toilet paper while she goes potty. I reward her when she goes potty with a "yeah way to go" a high five and a sticker, when she poops I'll also give her a small piece or candy of a vanilla wafer. But she has to be ready too, my daughter will sit for 5 minutes even if she goes right away. Good luck!

Donna - posted on 11/20/2009

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My health visitor told me between 2 and 3 is the best age 2 start potty trainin but a mum will no if their child is ready. Wen i trained my son it was really hard work he would b fine 4 a wk or 2 then just go bak 2 not goin, he also didnt like his potty so i bought him a seat 4 the toilet wiv a stool so he can reach then i made him a star chart and said every time he wees he gets 1 star an 2 stars 4 a poo then agree an amount of stars 2 get b4 she can ave a little toy or a day out somewhere then it seems more excitin and she will feel pleased with herself and try not 2 get impatient wiv her or give up wen she makes mistakes cuz i done that and it made it harder cuz i had 2 start all over again. Good luck :-)

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Cleo - posted on 11/24/2009

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that does help thank you:-) I'm very happy to announce that after a week of really working with my lil pumpkin she's going to the potty all on her own to go both pee and poopie. Of course I still ask her every so often if she has to go because she gets into what she's doing so intensely that she forgets to go. but the taking her cold turkey out of her pullups and putting her into pretty big girl undies, reading her favorite book while on the potty, and singing our potty song has really made a HUGE difference. Thank you to all the moms that gave great advice about the potty!!

Cleo - posted on 11/23/2009

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Quoting candice:

what i've learned works is put cherios in the potty and when they see when they pee that they "hit" one they get a sticker or some sort of prize with praise. worked for all the 3 kids i potty trained and they wern't mine. it works for both girls and boys from what i've seen.


Now that's something I never thought of doing for a girl.  Thank you:-)

Cleo - posted on 11/23/2009

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Quoting candice:

what i've learned works is put cherios in the potty and when they see when they pee that they "hit" one they get a sticker or some sort of prize with praise. worked for all the 3 kids i potty trained and they wern't mine. it works for both girls and boys from what i've seen.


Now that's something I never thought of doing for a girl.  Thank you:-)

Cleo - posted on 11/23/2009

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Quoting Alicia:

Make sure you stick with it, to get her used to it try taking her to sit on the potty as much as possible even if most of those times she's just going to sit on it and not do anything. also buy her the kind of undies with her favorite characters and tell her try to go potty so she won't get Dora wet or who ever the character might be. If she likes music or dancing make it a little song or dance for her to do on her way to the potty or while she's on it. My daughter loved that and it really made it fun for her. One song I used was the cha cha beat...I would put her little hands on my hips or my hands and her little shoulder and we would go as if we where dancing the conga, but we changed the "CHA-CHA CHA-CHA CHA CHA" to "PEE-PEE IN THE POTTY" and kick our leg out, then say it again and kick out the other leg, just like the regular CONGA "CHA-CHA" SHE LOVED IT!! another was, in the beat of "for she's a jolly good fellow" we would say "I have to go to the bathroom, I have to go to the bathroom, I have to go to the bathroom, I have to go POTTY, I HAVE TO GO POTTY"....and so on, but just get creative in any way and she will have fun with it and want to go! BUT ALWAY STAY CONSTANT! hope I helped some...take care


lol how cute!!  thank you:-)

Cleo - posted on 11/23/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

when its her idea to sit on the potty, get her to sing a song with her or read her her favorite book. Make it fun and make it her idea, otherwise she will lose interest and not do it! Don't make it frustrating and DO NOT use discipline or she will NEVER do it!! Good luck!


Thank you!!  lol  Whenever we go to the potty she likes me to read  Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins.  She likes to sing a lot so I'll try to see what song she might like to sing when going too.  thank you stephanie.

Cleo - posted on 11/23/2009

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lol dear helen soberberg,
if she's not ready then why does she drag me to the potty when she has to go EVERY TIME she has to go. If she's not ready then why does she run to the potty herself if I or my husband can't get to her fast enough?? She's ready and all I was asking for was little things that made potty time for your child. That's all I was asking for. I wasn't asking for confirmations from moms that she was ready for the potty because my daughter showed me all on her own. Thank you.

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Hi Cleo, each child is different and they are all receptive to potty training at different times. It sounds like your daughter is not ready yet and forcing her might be even worst. There are some steps that you can follow when starting to potty train that are helpful and have lead to success to many moms (including me)...

Read this link: http://www.mommy2mommyonline.com/index.p...

I hope it helps. My biggest piece of advise: do not be too hard on yourself or your daughter. She will get it sooner or later...do not look at what other kids are doing since we have a tendency to comparing our kid's development with others....just remember we are all different!!! Good luck :)

Pam - posted on 11/21/2009

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My son did too at that age but was not really truly ready. She may not be either. He is now just potty training and into the undies and wanting to wear them. He is going on week three with no diapers except at nap and bed time. If she is not 100% ready do not push her as she will lose interest.

Alicia - posted on 11/20/2009

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Make sure you stick with it, to get her used to it try taking her to sit on the potty as much as possible even if most of those times she's just going to sit on it and not do anything. also buy her the kind of undies with her favorite characters and tell her try to go potty so she won't get Dora wet or who ever the character might be. If she likes music or dancing make it a little song or dance for her to do on her way to the potty or while she's on it. My daughter loved that and it really made it fun for her. One song I used was the cha cha beat...I would put her little hands on my hips or my hands and her little shoulder and we would go as if we where dancing the conga, but we changed the "CHA-CHA CHA-CHA CHA CHA" to "PEE-PEE IN THE POTTY" and kick our leg out, then say it again and kick out the other leg, just like the regular CONGA "CHA-CHA" SHE LOVED IT!! another was, in the beat of "for she's a jolly good fellow" we would say "I have to go to the bathroom, I have to go to the bathroom, I have to go to the bathroom, I have to go POTTY, I HAVE TO GO POTTY"....and so on, but just get creative in any way and she will have fun with it and want to go! BUT ALWAY STAY CONSTANT! hope I helped some...take care

Cleo - posted on 11/20/2009

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ok peeps i'm not asking if you feel if she's ready or not, i'm asking if there was anything fun or interesting you did that was out of the box to made potty training fun for you and your lil one. thank you.

Cory - posted on 11/20/2009

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Why rush it - when she is ready she will do it. Mine just turned 3 - she has gone a day with "big girl underwear" then we brushed our teeth for bed and she had an accident and told me she was not ready and was still baby. She is a little independent person. Can't make her. I just tell her every so often that she can't go to school in diapers. School is the one thing she really wants to do.

Good luck with it, every child is different. She will get it when she is ready.

Cleo - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting April:

My daughter was taught at first that if she sat on the potty it was great but if she peed there she was rewarded a sticker and poopy got two! I hung a chart in the bathroom and she peeled the sticker and posted it each time. Now she pees without being rewarded besides a "yay" or "good job!" but we havent majored the pooping on the potty yet.She still goes in her pull up and tells me.Hope you get it,its not an easy task



ohhh i didn't really think about making a chart until you said something.  I'll absolutely try that.

Cleo - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting Ana :

She's right on track, I think if she's almost two. I started Potty Training my daughter when she was 22 months. And she's almost fully potty trained. It takes a lot of consistency and patience. For sure. My daughter is half potty trained! LOL
I say this because she will only use the potty at home but not when we're out and about of the house. She refused to use any public potties or even when we're visiting family. She will only use "her" potty. So she wears pull ups when we're out and about. That works for us.

When we're home, I leave her with panties on only and she'll always tell me she has to go. I tried not using a diaper once when we went to visit gma and she peed on herself *and on the carpet!* So yeah... that's us right now.

Potty trained at home but not when we're NOT home. haha

Congrats to your daughter! It's a big deal! =D



hahahaha thank you so much!!  I don't have my daughter in undies out the house either because I KNOW she's not ready for that either.  Thank you.

April - posted on 11/20/2009

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My daughter was taught at first that if she sat on the potty it was great but if she peed there she was rewarded a sticker and poopy got two! I hung a chart in the bathroom and she peeled the sticker and posted it each time. Now she pees without being rewarded besides a "yay" or "good job!" but we havent majored the pooping on the potty yet.She still goes in her pull up and tells me.Hope you get it,its not an easy task

Ana - posted on 11/19/2009

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She's right on track, I think if she's almost two. I started Potty Training my daughter when she was 22 months. And she's almost fully potty trained. It takes a lot of consistency and patience. For sure. My daughter is half potty trained! LOL
I say this because she will only use the potty at home but not when we're out and about of the house. She refused to use any public potties or even when we're visiting family. She will only use "her" potty. So she wears pull ups when we're out and about. That works for us.

When we're home, I leave her with panties on only and she'll always tell me she has to go. I tried not using a diaper once when we went to visit gma and she peed on herself *and on the carpet!* So yeah... that's us right now.

Potty trained at home but not when we're NOT home. haha

Congrats to your daughter! It's a big deal! =D

Cleo - posted on 11/19/2009

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she's two in a week, constantly complains that she's wet when she urinates in her diaper that's new, and she tries to go to the bathroom like that cats. lol it's time.

Crystal - posted on 11/19/2009

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she will do it when shes ready..nothing we can do about it, shes young still, lots of time

Cleo - posted on 11/19/2009

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that's what my husband and i did too!! lol i thought i was alone!! Thank you!!

Benitta - posted on 11/19/2009

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I was gonna say that i thought she was ready because my oldest daughter was a little stubborn at first and she had just made 2 and the way i dealt with her stubborn attitude was i would let her come to the potty with me and explain to her what i was doing and why and within a week she let it go, because all kids at some point wanna do what mommy and daddy do...

Cleo - posted on 11/19/2009

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the reason why i felt she was ready to start going to the potty was because every time she went pee pee once in her pullups she would complain that she was wet and she would try to change herself and i caught her more than once trying to copy us and the cats going to the bathroom. I started training her a lot sooner and she got it but once I became pregnant she completely relapsed. Now that she's a lot more comfortable with the new baby on the way we re-introduced her to the potty and yes it was a challenge at first and it still is but she's doing great.

Cleo - posted on 11/19/2009

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thanks for the comments but she is. i went with my gut and took her away from her pull ups completely and she's been going to the potty. she has her accidents a couple of times a day but she's getting it very well, it's just a matter of me being consistent with her.

Michelle - posted on 11/19/2009

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doens't sound like she's ready if she was she wouldnt be resisting.... it's alot easier if you wait till they are ready a lot less annoyance for her and you... if you try before she's ready it's going to turn into a control thing for her and you are going to have some major issues getting her to potty

Brandi - posted on 11/17/2009

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She probably isn't really ready yet. It sounds like she has a very vague, general idea of the concept. But I would start reading potty books to her, let her sit, fully clothed, on the potty in the middle of the living room or while watching tv or s.th. like that. Introduce it really slowly for right now. If you start this early, it could literally take almost a year or more to get her fully trained. It will be MUCH easier if you wait just a little longer.

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