It's hopeless!!! =[

Meagan - posted on 02/25/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )




Ok, so maybe not. I just started potty training my daughter today (22 1/2 months) using the method of underwear, no more baby diapers thing. Every 30 minutes she sits on the potty and she's had 3 accidents, but not once been ON the potty when she went. We have a potty song, we clap, it's all good fun, but still... nothing. =[

Tips. Ideas. Encouragement. All of it is greatly needed!

This is my one and only, so I have zero expirience in potty training. lol


Allie - posted on 02/25/2011




My son was potty trained by his 2nd birthday and we used the underwear method. Basically I picked a warm weekend so my husband was home too and we just took him every thirty minutes. He went to the bathroom when either myself or my husband went. And when he finally went in the potty we did give him a single jellie bean... we also called all of his grandparents, who celebrated with us. I know a lot of people disagree with the treating or "bribing" when potty training, but I wanted this to be the best and most positive experience for him (after a week or so we switched to stickers and after that he didnt care and just went). When he had accidents we just said "oops! we didnt make it to the potty in time, lets go sit and see if we have anymore..." we didnt get mad or show our frustration. We went outside and played and continued the every thirty minutes or so.. we also skipped church on Sunday. By Monday he really got the hang of it. Like I said he was completely peeing on the potty by the time he was 2, it took him a while long before he was BM potty trained. He'll be three this June and we still have occasional accidents, and I tend to remind him more than he tells me he has to go. The one thing I did do, is I let him pick out his own undies (thomas the train) and I bought a "Potette Plus 2-in-1 Portable Potty & Trainer - Blue" (under $20)... the little potty was the best thing EVER because I'm a bit of a germ freak and didn't like the idea of my son sitting on a public potty... so this just folded right up, fit in a small bag, you could unfold it and it can be used as a seat cover, or you can pop it up into a little potty and put a bag in it..

Remember, you'll have successful days when you think "Oh my gosh! She's got it!" and days where you think it will never happen... but just remember to stick with it! You both and can do it.

OH and a great book that my sons preschool class is reading is called "The Potty Train" and apparently both boys and girls love this in his class... and I'm sure there are others out there that she will enjoy!

Meagan - posted on 02/25/2011




Becky, I had a friend who did that method and her daughter was trained by 2! lol I'm doing the modified version of allowing her to wear undies, but there are still messes. Luckily the majority of my house is tile, so it's no biggie. I tried pull ups already, but they are just glorified diapers, and my daughters smart enough to know that.

My little trick I figured out today to keep her on the potty is I put the potty in front of the computer, tipped the monitor down so she could see, and turned on yo gabba gabba clips on youtube. She LOVES that show, so I can sit her there for an endless amount of time, and she's content! She actually used her potty for the first time today because of that! So, favorite show and a potty chair = content! Then I just praised the heck outta her after she went, so she was happy. You could try that. My big issue was keeping her ON the potty. She's high energy and likes to play and run, and aside from baby sedatives (lol I'm kidding of course!), yo gabba gabba is the only other possible method to keep her in 1 place! lol

Gemma, I'm gonna try a sticker thing with her. I don't know if it'll work. I've heard of kids regressing though. Kids should just be BORN potty trained!! lol Good luck with your baby. I'm sure it will work this time! Kids are just stubborn little things! =]


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Elizabeth - posted on 04/07/2011




You cannot expect your dad to do the potty training for you...sorry but that is rediculous...when you are ready to prepared to stick to the house for a week. Especially if you are going to train her before she even gets the whole concept which I don't think she does based on what you have said.

Meagan - posted on 02/27/2011




I could've KILLED my dad today!! I went to see the Dr, and asked him to watch her, told him the routine, everythings great. A few hours later I come home, and she's in a freakin diaper!!!! UGH!!!!! I burst into tears! (This was more or less the icing on the cake with things going on lately. lol)

Kristen - posted on 02/26/2011




My oldest daughter was only 20 months when we trained her. SHe wasnt dry during naps or overnight sleeping but when she was awake she always told us when she pooped so one day (with the craziness of twins younger then her) she said she was pooping so i took her in the bathroom and just say her on the potty and she went no questions asked. I was very lucky but i think what got her to keep going was that day i decided to just leave her underwear during her nap and of course she wet the bed and she was so upset that she never did it agian. I think kids know when they are ready. But i dont think she is to young if she shows interest in it embrace it. Just dont force her if she really isnt i know someone that took almost a year to have their kid completley trained because they werent really ready only her parents were. Good luck dont force just go with the flow of it.

Amber - posted on 02/26/2011




I have six kids and they have varied so widely on the potty thing! My first I trained right at three. He had regular accidents until he was SEVEN out of simple laziness! My second was trained in two hours because at 21 months hated the itchy diaper, He just said he wasn't wearing them anymore and took it off. My third and fourth were eleven months apart, so I trained them at the same time, one was three and a half, the other was two and a half. I am on my fifth day of training my three year old and my 22 month old. The 22 month old wakes up dry, the 3 year old does not. I think when they are ready, they will do it. Just remember, it is potty training, not potty magic, although I freakin' wish it was!!! Don't give up. If you feel she is ready, she will do it. ♥

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I heard you can put underwear on then a pull up that way she can feel when she goes. I also heard and will no try letting your kid run around with no bottoms on, not sure how this is supposed to work but I heard it does. What ever your trick is let me know I'm potty training my 2 year old son and its been tricky, only had two times on the toilet that he has gone and that was just luck

Gemma - posted on 02/25/2011




my daughter is now 29 months.she was dry for 3 weeks. we started taking her every half hoour. within half a day she was dry. however after 3 weeks she started to progessively have accidents. i was putting her in cotton pants at home and trainer terry pants whilst out. after having four pairs of trouser to wash each day i just had to put her back in pull ups. she then got even worse so she is now back in nappies. now 2 months after this she goes when she wants, we cant force her if she does not want to go. so she uses it sometimes. luckily she will now do poo poo in the toilet but not wee.

we have also used a sticker rewarrd chart. it woked for a bit but she still went backwards. i have just started it agin whilst at home and she seems ok so we will see.

Meagan - posted on 02/25/2011




It was roughly a week ago that she really started showing interest in the bathroom, to the point where I can't go without her! lol I know they learn by example, but she can be a bit TOO invasive!!! But, we've been talking about it since then. She hates wearing a dirty diaper, says "poop" when she went number 2, and just takes off wet diapers (she's been spending a long time in footie pjs because she's really good at it!) and she's usually dry for about 2 hours at a time. Her pediatrician gave me the green light to start (he suggested earlier, but I wanted to wait).

It's only been 3 1/2 hours so far, and I saw a little progress. She had an accident, so I took her to the potty, sat her down, and repeated the process, and she started doing it herself. She also told me "yuck" after she peed! lol

My goal is at least ONCE in the toilet today!

Louise - posted on 02/25/2011




Your daughter is still very young and this will mean that it will take longer to train her. Are you sure she is ready to potty train the signs are a dry nappy for long periods of time, trying to remove the nappy, an interest in the toilet and not liking to be sat in a dirty nappy. If she is not displaying any of these signs there is no point in trying to train her.

Also another thing to remember is that a child under two does not really know that they need to pee. Bowel movements are recognised at about age two and then bladder so you are starting quite early.

If your daughter is ready to potty train then you are doing the right thing by going cold turkey with the nappies this helps her realise she is wet and that she needs to go to the toilet.

My daughter is 2 years 3 months and I have been training her for about 3 weeks, I have used a sticker reward chart and if she tells me she wants a wee a smartie as a reward. Now my daughter is using the toilet properly she no longer asks for a sticker or a smartie she is just pleased to be a big girl. I never used a potty with any of my children they all went straight to the toilet with a childs seat.

My advice to you is try for three days and if she is not making any improvement then wait a month or so and try again.

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