Opinions welcomed!!!! Running out of ideas for potty training.... Please HELP!!!!!

Anna - posted on 08/04/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi mamas..... I am having a rough time as I am sure every mom has during potty training. My daughter is 2 yrs 4 months and she was on a roll with the potty training a few months ago.. Then my son (who is now 14 months) went into the hospital for a few days and I was with him and she lost all her mojo.... Since then she has gone to the potty here and there... We have tried a sticker chart, we have tried the fancy pants, and the naked baby... I am not sure what else to do... She wants to wear her fancy pants. (disney panties) but its just not clicking in her head... She tells me when she is going or has gone already... Sometimes she cries when she is going and other times its a look she gives me... I know or thinks she wants to but I am not sure anymore...

Do I continue on? Do I let it go for a while? Do I back track and but her back in diapers (she wears pull -ups now)? Do I put her on the potty every hour or so? I am open to all advice and opinions....

Please help.... I feel like I am running a three ring circus !!!!! Thank you in advance everyone.....

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Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2009

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Don't push the issue, when she is ready it will happen. Both my girls weren't trained until a few weeks before their 3rd b-days and they did great, I had no problems. I believe that the more you push the more they resist. My son is 2 yrs 4 mo and has no interest. I ask him everyday is he wants to try...and one day he will say yes, but until then he wears diapers.

Nubia - posted on 08/09/2009

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Try putting her on the potty every half hour or less. My son was really good at peeing in the toilet but then for a whole week I was really busy and constantly had to go out and get stuff, so i would put a diaper on him because it was a hassle to take 2 or 3 pairs of clothes with me in case he had an accident, and since a lot of public restrooms aren't very clean i would tell him to hold on until we got to a place where i knew that it was clean. Unfortunately by then it was too late and he had already gone. So he went back to peeing on himself or he tells me when its too late and he has already peed on himself, so now I am taking him to the hour at most every half hour and it seems to be working its harder than the first time around but I don't mind. Hopefully that helps you.

Angela - posted on 08/08/2009

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I let my girl wear underware, under her pull ups - so at least paints didn't get wet for about a week - and she got it after months of trying everythings.

Heather - posted on 08/07/2009

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You may think I am crazy because it can be a lot of sugar but I have resorted to bribing my daughter she is a Feb 07 baby. A sucker or few m&ms. It works wonders...she tells me she has to go sometimes and doesnt to try to get the candy...so I watch to make sure. I didnt think she would understand but only diaper I change is right after wake up and poop. I used to do naked baby but now just leave diaper on before and after toliet so no messes. Dont know if this will help....it has worked for me the last 3 days...only 1 opps-or sucker she missed out on ;)

Kathryn - posted on 08/07/2009

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A lot of people say that pull ups are no good as they don't get the horrible feeling of being wet.this is the best time of year to do it as its easier to quick dry sofa cushions etc.let her walk around with a top and her knickers on so she will get a feeling of being wet. i also advise that you have a bucket with hand wash soap in it to chuck the 6+ pairs of knickers in as the day goes on. Have faith in yourself, girls are meant to be easier than boys.Hope it all goes well

Anna - posted on 08/07/2009

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Hi Ladies,
I just wanted to thank everyone for their input. My daughter is now on her way... I don't know what happen between her sticker chart, fancy pants and her "I big girl right?" but we have been good with the potty training since monday... She went from having 5 or 6 accidents one day to none knock on wood today... She is even doing poppies on the potty.... So I am not sure if something just clicked or she just really likes the fancy pants. She is even telling us she has to go potty.... So I am beyond happy and so grateful for all your responses... Have a great weekend everyone and until next time.... Positive Potty thoughts!!!!! Thank you again

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Do try to get the routine going again, but don't stress yourself, or her, about it. Here in Germany everyone says, 'She'll do it when she's ready ...' In my experience, if she's not ready, then nothing you do will help. If she is, then you'll get there together. You know she's ready when she's interested in hygiene, wants to wear the panties, and recognizes all the signals. My oldest didn't manage until she was 4 - we had a major throwback when her little sister was born. The little one is getting there right now - we just say, 'now it's time to go take off the diaper and put on the panties' in the morning, and it becomes a given. But she was ready ...

Caroline - posted on 08/07/2009

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It seems you have tried everything i would suggest but definately dont go back diapers. I also think that pull-ups are to much like a diaper and can therefore confusing the child. I found this with my son. What worked for me was, i made no plans for a week so we didnt have to go out and got rid of all diapers and went cold turkey in big pants. Within 2 days he got it. Good luck with it, keep going and she'll get there. X

Lori - posted on 08/05/2009

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I am having some of the same problem, and my daughter is 2 and a half. She is totally potty trained at night, but during the day she will sometimes pee-pee her pants. I just stick to the panties, and no pull ups, and when she does poo-poo, or pee-pee, I sit her in time out? That has been working. And we got her two game, and when she tells us that she has to go poo-poo, and she goes on the potty, she gets to play her games. She also like the poo-poo dance. We just made up a funny dance.

Nikki - posted on 08/05/2009

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Good luck! I don't have any advice for you... sorry. I am in a similar boat. My son turned 25 mo in November and starting going on the potty right away! But now 9 months later he STILL won't tell us when he has to go and isn't happy when we tell him it is time. BUT, every time we do get him on the potty he goes right away!



Hopefully your daughter just needs some routine again? Hope she gets back on track.

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