toilet training... any tips??

Elisha - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My two and a half year old has absolutely no interest in going to the toilet or using the potty what so ever... I also have a 5 months old baby and nappies are really expensive.. I really want to start toilet training my two year old but she is not interested. I ask her all the time if she needs to do a wee/poo and she always says "no". I have sat with her while she is on the potty, read books, sung songs, I have even sat on the toilet myself while she is on the potty and said "mummy did a wee, can you do one too?" I have bribed her with buying her a barbie doll and putting a star on her chart, but she still won't go. I don't want to push her. She nearly went one time, then said "mummy cuddle me.. a bit scary." I was wondering if anyone had any tips on getting her interested in going to the toilet/potty??

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Denise - posted on 01/18/2010

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I had the same problem, but my in-laws informed me to give them a piece of candy each time they used the bathroom. I have twins, so when I started that my daughter has been going to the bathroom since. My son started on his own time when he was ready, I just can't get him to use the bathroom while we are out. He chooses to hold his pee/poo until he gets back home.

Katherine - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hi Elisha, i have a 23 month old and i asked my sister's friends what did they do with their kids. They gave me the best advise, i listened and my son was potty trained in 2 days!!! I purchased alot of underwears (do not use pull up unless for naps or overnight). My husband and I stodd in for an entire weekend and let him run "free" no pampers at all. He peed on himself twice and we took him immediately to the potty and told him pee in the potty. he was devestaed becuase he doesn't like to be dirty and on he caught on extremely quickly. We also travel with a potty in the car. Try not to confuse her with its okay to go on your pull up but not you still want her to go potty. Only put the pull up in the evening or during a nap. Whatever she's REALLY into use that as your reward. For example my son love water, so washing his hands was his reward. if she doesn't go with a minute or two let her get up and then bring her back to the potty, don't force her to sit there for several minutes. also try tunring on the facet while she's sitting on the potty. Good luck.

Elisha - posted on 01/17/2010

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Thank you everyone for you helpful tips and advice. It is much appreciated!! We are still trying but haven't made much progress yet. We will hang in there. I am going to give some of your tips a go and see what happens... hopefully one day soon the "penny will drop" and we will make some progress... I also keep telling myself she won't go to school in nappies so the toilet training WILL HAPPEN... hopefully sooner rather than later!!!..thanks again.

Kathleen - posted on 01/16/2010

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I know this sounds "cache" but she will do it when she is ready. We add a potty in the bathroom for 6 months and every once in a while my (then) 2 1/2 year old would sometimes go. But we spent hours in there reading books, telling stories, giving stickers, etc. And she still had to wear a diaper. So, one day when she was home with a cold, she just decide "it was time". I put her in cotton panties and we were done. Sure, there have been accidents, but I didn't push her and she decided she was ready. I knew she was not going to be going to highschool in diapers, so I tried to be patient. I have a potty in the car, one in her room, and a toddler toilet seat on the big potty so she has lots of choices. I also think being around "big kids" (i.e. 3 year olds) who were all potty trained help so if you can expose her to some older cousins, friends, etc. that might help. Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 01/15/2010

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I have this same problem with my 3 year old daughter. She started preschool 2 weeks ago and goes potty every day she is at school but at home it's a battle with tears and tons of NOs. I've tried the sticker board for rewards, taking her, moving her potty chair to another room, sitting with her, reading books, yadda yadda. We don't push the issue with her and as soon as she gets upset we stop and put her cloth diaper back on. I asked my girlfriend what she did with her 4 kids and she said she put them in plain cotton underwear so it was noticeable immediately to them that they had peed. So I'm going to give that a shot and see how it goes.

Courtney - posted on 01/15/2010

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My health nurse gave me advice as my daughter just turned 3 and starts school in september and theyre requirements is she has to be potty trained so my health nurse recommended using the sticker rewards but ONLY if she went pee/poo do not give her one if she doesnt because that will make them think they can get them no matter what and just confuse them even more about the potty. My daughter has only been "potty training" for about a week and a half and she only wears a pull up at naptime and bedtime but even when shes wearing a pull up she asks to go potty mostly because I "celebrate" when she does telling her shes a good girl for telling mommy she has to use the potty like a big girl and she gets excited that im excited and runs upstairs to the potty and sits there asks to brush her teeth (something I incorperated into that hehe so she uses the potty while shes brushing her teeth kinda kills two birds with one stone)...then IF shes used the potty I let her choose a sticker then we "clean up" and wash hands etc (which if u want them interested in washing hands I reccomend the kandoo foaming purple soap stuff) totally worth it...thats my advice and my experiece and stick to it...good luck!

Kate - posted on 01/15/2010

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talk to her about it ask her to sit on the potty a little, it would also help to inroduce her to training pants- cotton. Good Luck

Michelle - posted on 01/15/2010

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hey i have a 2n hlaf yr old n a ten mnth old... my 2yr old is fully toilet traind... i remember buyin 2 sets of nappies...can put a dent in the budget,.... just sit her on the potty randomly n sit nxt to her... make it fun tho...read her a book, have sum fruit cut up on a plate nxt to her, a drink n sing songs... the best song was " this is the way we wee in the potty , wee in the potty, wee in the potty, this is the way we wee in the potty early in the mrnin" .... even if to strt wif she still has her clothes on, just get her sittin on it.. then once shes a lil more comfortable wif it u can either keep cruisin like this n she'l get there or have 2 days (yes this really works) with NO distractions. just u n her, have ur baby babysat, fone of the hook, dnt answa the door n feed her ALL day long n give her drink afta drink (make sure its sumfin she luv to eat n drink so she will keep eating, even if its a lil unhealthy, its only 2days).... let her run around naked ( or at least no pants) n every 15min ask if she needs to go to the toilet n regardless of her answer sit her on the potty,.... u will need sum major patience if ur gunna do it this way but it does work.... once shes toilet training, ask her to strt wif every half hour if she needs to go n eventually every hour... my daughter now doesnt need to b askd , she tells me if she has to go.. shes only wet the bed once n had 2 accidents at theshops ... i suppose u need to wrk out if she really is ready to b toilet traind tho, cuz sum kids just arnt yet... gud luk wif it all....

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