My 3 year old will not Potty Train!!!!!

Theresa - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hello all, I am Theresa, mom of two girls. Sara is 3 and Makayla is 10 months. I ma having a really hard time getting Sara to potty train. She knows what to do, how to do it and even though we put her on the potty often she will still go in her pull ups or panties very often and doesn't care if they are wet. I have tried everything I can think of, bribes, tellingher how much of a big girl she is, getting all excited when she goes to the potty....everything....but she still will not go consistantly.
I know it is because of her little sister, she sees that she has diapers and still wants to be the baby. I have told her and showed her all the things that she can do now that she is a big girl that her sister can't do, but it isn't making a difference. Does anyone have any advice on how to get her to see that it is ok to be a big girl and use the potty??? I know I am not supposed to push her but I really wish that we could get this down!

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Eugenia - posted on 12/04/2009

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I have the same problem but I have two boys. My oldest is 3yrs and his lil brother is bout to be 10 months old. I am having to make him sit on teh potty every half hour and i leave him there for 15 mins. Sometimes I even put his potty in the living room so he can watch cartoons while he goes. He is getting the idea now to use the potty though with me making him sit on it every half hour now. He comes up to me now to tell me when he has to pee in the potty now I am just working on him to go poop in the potty now. But its going to take some time i been trying this since he was 2 yrs old now but they will slowly get it as time goes a long

Cassie - posted on 12/04/2009

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I have soooo much sympathy for you. My 4 year old is only now in the last two months or so completely potty trained, We tried EVERYTHING, nothing worked. She'll do it in her own time, when she feels like it, and there's nothing you can do to hurry her up. Sorry, you just have to deal with it.

Theresa - posted on 12/04/2009

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I hear you for sure! It is so frusterating sometimes! But no child ever went to highschool un-potty trained so it will happen.....I just wish she would hurry her booty up lol....Pull-ups are expensive!

Lynda - posted on 12/04/2009

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i'm having the same troubles with my 3 year old son. he has a seat for the toilet and a potty. hes great when i take him and put him on the loo, but i cant seem to leave him without a nappy as he would just "go" in his little pants. i find myself constantly saying to him "do you need the toilet??" it's such a long and drawn out process :((

Theresa - posted on 12/03/2009

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Thank you ladies! It is so hard sometimes, we have been trying for over a year now to get this in place. I will keep my head up and pray that it clicks in soon. I will try the school thing too as lately she seems to have a big interest in school. Thank you both

Chrissey - posted on 12/02/2009

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She will do it when she's ready....my daughter told me one day when I was about to put a diaper on her that she wanted big girl pants, so I grabbed her some panties and she had some accidents, but was very good about it during the day, but still wore diapers at night, and then on her 3rd birthday she decided she was a big girl and big girls don't wear diapers, and that was Sept 19th, and shes only had 4 accidents since!!!

Valerie - posted on 12/01/2009

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it is hard to be patient but it will come...you are right that she is probably delayed because she wants to be a baby too...does she want to go to school? my grandson wants to go to school so i used that to help motivate him...he too has a baby sister 7 months old...every time he talked about school i told him he has to go on the potty first...he was trained within a couple of weeks...find something she really wants but isn't realistic in diapers...then let her know how much you want that for her so you hope she will go potty soon...with my grandson I also offered sweet rewards because he has a sweet tooth...we used m&ms for pee and a whole cake for his first poop...he was so excited...and we made a big gooey pan of brownies filled with candies for his second poo...then a few more sweet treats for a week..i got so excited whenever he went...if it isn't a big deal to the adults why should it be for him...now we are working on alphabet for treats...he has had a couple of accidents when he is busy playing hard but his is trained...i asked him why de didn't want to go on the potty and he said it was boring...i suspect he was afraid and one day i just said he had to be brave and start and that's how we got going...the first couple of times weren't pleasant but quickly he was sitting on the potty without me asking and collecting those treats..one day he went seven times in an hour, tooo funny and i gave him an m & m each time...make a deal and stick to it...

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