My daughter is 3 years and 1 month old and still isn't Potty Trained.

Erin - posted on 03/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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We've had a lot of "bumps in the road" that have delayed our potty training process but now that we are finally able to really work on it, it's just not happening. She does like to use the potty and is proud of herself when she does but she has to go very often and still has lots of accidents. I do put her in panties when we're at home but when we go out, I still put diapers on her. I'm not pushing her because I know every kid develops differently but I'm so ready to be done with diapers with her...I'd like to have only one of my kids in diapers!!! The hardest thing is that she has to go so often. I can't take her to the potty every 5 minutes when we're at the grocery store! She literally goes that often most of the time. It's like she can't relax enough to let it all out at once or something. Has anyone else experienced this? This is like the part of parenting that I've dreaded the most since I found out I was pregnant with her! Any tips??? Thank you!!!

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Amanda - posted on 03/24/2009

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Thank you for asking htis question, my 3 year old won't potty train either...thank you Laura Mullen and evryone, that was great advice!!

Laura - posted on 03/24/2009

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It took us FOREVER to potty train.  Mary is now 3 and 3/4ths and I am happy to say that we are both day and night trained!



We also had more than a few bumps in the road,...long car trips and plane rides and moving across country.  It is important to remember that it's not about you or your worth as a parent whether your child uses the toilet or not.  Your daughter probably just isn't ready.  I would also suggest that you keep her on the toilet for loger and "talk" more pee out of her,..if that makes sense.  Mary would need to be talked to,..and while she was chatting away- she would relax and pee more,...:)



 I would keep doing the panties at home and we eventually had to set a timer to remind us when to go. She'd hear the beeping of the stove timer and dash into the potty.  To getus used to going at resturaunts and stuff,..we would go immediately upon arrival- to check out the restrooms and then again at the end of a meal,...



Just be patient,...Mary woke us up at 6:30 am for a week because she had woken up and had gotten herself on the potty to poop.  We got up and ohh'd and ahh'd and it's all in baby steps,...but it will happen!

Heather - posted on 03/24/2009

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My son was potty trained for over a year and recently regressed, i think due to his baby brother!!! I spoke to my Dr. and he said to threaten him w/ a cold shower!!! I thought that was harsh but i did it this past Saturday and he has not had an accident since!!! A simple threat, Dr. said he knew what he was doing and he was trying to get control over me and for me to take control back!!! Hope i don't sound like a terrible mom but i was at my wits end!!! And look now he is back in underwear and we are all happy!!!! HE IS VERY PROUD OF HIMSELF!!!!!   Hope this will help!!!!!!!!   Take care!!!

Kim - posted on 03/24/2009

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We did a sticker chart with my daughter, and seems to be working with my son too. Everytime they go on the potty (and they actually have to do something) they get to put a sticker on their chart that is proudly displayed on my fridge. I also bring stickers in my bag, so if we are out somewhere...they get one for their shirt. Small rewards go long way!



As far as the diapers, my daughter tried this one too. I finally put them out of sight and told her they were all gone. Seemed to change her attitude a lot. If she did have an accident, I would just comment to her that being wet didn't feel too good, it was yucky. After about 3 days, we were accident free. Good luck!

Sairah - posted on 03/23/2009

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my son is over three, and I had to start late with him too, since he was just not ready before. We had a very bad start, but are now getting the hang of it. 



The thing that worked for me is asking him every hour if he needs to go, and putting him on the seat for 5-10 minutes. When he would pee, we all clap and tell him how great he is. Sometimes even giving him treats.



He still won't poo, but he knows he is supposed to. Hopefully we'll get to that soon too.



Good Luck!

Erin - posted on 03/23/2009

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Also, after she's had a few accidents, she just asks to have a diaper on again. Right now, I'm just going with what she wants to do because I don't want to push her. If she wants to wear panties, we do that, if she wants a diaper, we do that. Should I be making her wear panties even if she doesn't want to???

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