How to get a girl to figure out what peeing is to start potty training?

Nicole - posted on 05/30/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 22 months old and is definately ready to start potty training as she is constantly undressing and taking her diaper off. Also when I strip her down for her bath she runs away quick to go pee on the floor? I have a potty chair and one the goes on the big potty. Her attention span is short of course so just letting her sit on the chair till she pees isnt working. Once she actually pees I'll make a big deal about it so she knows the game plan. Its just the initial first time to get her to go. Open to suggestions. Thank you.

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Lauren - posted on 06/14/2009

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my daughter loves stickers!! so we decorated her potty with special stickers to make her more interested in the potty. I also take her with me to go potty whenever i go.

Annie - posted on 06/14/2009

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My cousin works at a daycare. She said to get rid of diapers and pull ups. When you decide to go for it, do it all the way. I decided to start on a friday morning (had a 3 day weekend off) By Sunday afternoon she had no more accidents. This was the week of her 2nd birthday. They do not like the feel of the pee running down their legs. I explained to her that we were going to start wearing big girl panties and start using the big potty. Let her pick out her own panties at the store. You will have pee pee messes and will have to change clothes a lot the first day. I dressed her in just panties and a T- shirt. Less clothes to wash. I got 2 pkgs of 7 pairs. (Still cheaper than a bag of diapers.) Every time she wet I took her to the toilet, explained why we were there and got really excited about her being able to potty wearing her new big girl panties. I think it was about 15 wet panties the first day. then went down to about 8 the next day. By the afternoon of the 3rd day she was excited and telling me we needed to hurry to the potty. It was a long couple of days but worth it in the end. I made sure we had no reason to leave the house and have to put on a diaper in those 3 days. After that I just made sure I took her potty every hour. Soon it was every couple hours and now she tells me when she needs to. She just turned 4 and I think we have had 3 accidents since that first week. I still used diapers at night for about 6 months. I was lucky and had a good day care that supported potty training and took her every hour in the beggining. I also used a sticker chart in the bathroom, this worked more for pooping for us. She loved Dora and couldn't wait to get a dora sticker for pooping. After about 4 weeks she started forgetting to pick out a sticker. Also...I learned the hard way....open a diaper and lay in carseat under her when going in the car. Saved having to pull everything apart to wash. Then if she had an accident just needed to change clothes.

Jade - posted on 06/14/2009

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with mine i sat her on the potty everytime i changed her and she associated it with toilet, i also let her come to the toliet with me and told her what i was doing, we also sang nursery rythms ect

Kim - posted on 06/14/2009

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Maybe you could try a doll that goes potty and she can make the baby go pee pee in the potty..also I potty trained by taking my son with me everytime I had to go to potty. I would say "listen" and we would get really quite so could actually hear me going potty...he would then get really excited and say "mommy go pee pee". Then when he would sit on his potty he would tell me to be quite so we could listen to him go pee pee and I would tell him to push it out so we could hear it...every child is different...I also give him a gummy snack every time he goes potty and he gets a sticker to put on his potty chart every time he goes.

Raina - posted on 06/13/2009

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My friend had a sticker chart in the bathroom for her daughter everytime she used the potty she got a sticker and after a certain amount of stickers she got a prize (usually something from the dollar store) or a treat

Kat - posted on 06/10/2009

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You could give her an activity to do on the potty to keep her there like a book or a toy or drawing, etc. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 06/10/2009

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just have to b paitent every time she has a wee anywere pick her up and put her n the potty and say thats a good girl but we have to do wee wees on here and point to were she done it and then to the potty n just keep doing that n explaning she will soon get the hang of it

E Victoria - posted on 06/02/2009

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rountine, every hour, after or before every meal, before naps and night time...whatever routine works for u, just make it consitant so she knows that its time to use the potty. take her to the potty when u have to go to, have her sit on her potty, so she understands u do it too and what it's for; you don't even have to actually use the toilet. if she doesn't want to sit there at least a minute, sing a song together

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