Need help with potty training my 2 year old daughter.

Missy - posted on 10/16/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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She poops on the potty for me but at the babysitters she goes in her diaper, why would she do this? She hasn't learned to go pee in the potty, only in her diaper...ugh. Any advice from mothers that have gone through this? I do give her a treat everytime she goes potty but she doesn't wanna go for the babysitter or go pee on the potty.

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Melissa - posted on 10/27/2008

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I have a question, as a childcare provider I need to ask, are you sure the sitter is taking her potty and allowing her every oppurtunity to go??? I only ask because in this profession its easy to forget when you have other children around who need your attention to. And I hate to say it but there are some caregivers who prefer parents to be sole pottytrainers. And to take no part in it.

But as a MOM, I would say let her go potty with you everytime you go, show her that mommy can do it like a big girl too. And that theres nothing to be shy or embarrassed about. That everyone does it. Maybe suggest to her caregiver letting your daughter see you potty at babysitters house. Sounds weird but she may learn best by example rather than treats. Because in the end you would hate for her to be off to preschool and only going potty for food. Hope this helps. GOOD LUCK!

Brittney - posted on 10/27/2008

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Hi MIssy!! I have a two year old daughter. She just got potty trained. I just put underwear on her. If she had an accident she didnt like it, so she just learned to go. I give her a high Five, and we clap afterwards. I dont give my kids candy that often. And we tried a sticker chart, and that didnt work for us. The only thing that did was just to completely take away the diaper away and just put her in underwear. I didnt even get pull ups. It was like a diaper so we didnt do that! :) Maybe that will help! I dont know.

HollyJo - posted on 10/27/2008

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If you decide to do the big girl underware, try using the rubber covers over them. You can buy them next to the underwares. They save me on having to wash clothes so much. Way better then pull ups!

Jennifer - posted on 10/27/2008

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My son is way too young to be potty training, but one thing that I did learn with my sister in laws boys is that I constantly asked them if they had to potty or even took them to the potty every 30 minutes or so. They have always done so good for me with that. As a matter of fact, her three year old doesn't used diapers or pull ups at all at our house, but he still sleeps in a diaper at home! Just be consistent and keep reminding her. If the babysitter has time, have her take her regular and keep reinforcing it. She will get it!!

Sara - posted on 10/27/2008

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my daughter is in the same stages so after she had had her poop for the day I put big girl underwear on her [hard to find the right size for a 2 yr old] and she becomes aware when she has to go and sometimes does go in her panties but then is aware of how it feels and that its not right so I think this new routine is helping us out.

Missy - posted on 10/21/2008

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thank you everyone for the wonderful advice! I do have to agree with some of you that pull-ups are kinda worthless, I just don't see a difference between them and diapers besides easier to pull up and down :) I think I'll just lay low a bit and let her tell me when she's ready, if she wants to just go at home then that'll be fine. Thanks again, it makes me feel better knowing that I'm not the only mother that went through all this, it helps having advice from other moms!!! :)

Kelly - posted on 10/20/2008

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i just let my kids wet themselves they soon click on, i have 2 kids and they clicked on after about 2 weeks, you just need to stay in a bit and not have anything planned. Kelly xx

Kaye - posted on 10/20/2008

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hi i think at 2 maybe she bit young with my 2 daughters i waited until they were ready and never had accident out of them. when they decided within about 3 days they went day and night with no nappy and no accidents! i think people assume they should be out of nappies but that is so not true! I do know mums whos babys have been potty trained young but like like us mums no 2 babys are the same! be patient she will be ready when shes ready! also I dont think the pull up nappies are a good idea as they have no reason to go to the potty with them on and babys i think that wear them take longer to potty train! hope that helps! x

Rebecca - posted on 10/20/2008

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I didn't believe this myself when people told me but I swear it's true; I'd say let it be and let her do the potty training thing on her own time. My daughter spent almost a year (from just before age 2 to just before age 3) making some progress, then not and back and forth. Finally I decided to let it go and when she showed interest, I'd jump in full force. Sure enough she literally woke up one morning wanting to use the potty and was 100% potty trained within a day or two. I think you might just make yourself crazy and get frustrated and then get into a power struggle with your daughter if you try to get her to do more than she seems to want to/is able to right now. I of course didn't follow this same advice but I can tell you that with my second daughter (she's only 7 months now!) I am going to lay low and let her decide when potty training works for her... That's my 2 cents for what it's worth.

Josette - posted on 10/17/2008

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a good idea i done when potty training my 3 yr old was when they are watching something on the tv they like,sit them on the potty and leave them on it,my son kept going a toilet while watching tv,keep checking and when you see they ave bin,lots of praise,she should love the praise and want to do it more often,also leave the potty out,so she gets used to it,and feels comfortable around it.hope this helps.x

Kara - posted on 10/16/2008

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My boys did the same thing when they were that age. They would use the potty at our house and then would not anyone else's bathroom. So, I felt like as long as they were using it at home and knew what it was for then I did not push the issue. I know it is hard but when my boys turned 3 years old something clicked in their heads and they used the potty at home and everyone elses bathrooms. And then of course we had to visit every bathroom at the mall, restuarant, or department store once they decided it was ok . Just be patient.

Jenna - posted on 10/16/2008

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hi there, As a nursery nurse i have seen this alot an my own child also did this, some children feel embarrised about going for other people, so for that part it may take time, start with getting it ok at home. loads of praise for when she does, try a sticker chart so that when she gets it right she gets a sticker add them up then at the end of the week she gets a treat something to look forwrd to, she will dictate how long it will take, take it one step at a time at her pace an i promise you she will get there it may be hard at the moment but hang in there for the end result x

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