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can anyone sugest a quick and easy way to potty train a 2.5 year old

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Brandye - posted on 01/03/2010

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i agree with Jennifer Lott. There isn't a quick and easy way. My daughter was fully trained at 1 and most of my friends that have boys state that boys take longer. My son is halfway potty trained. We still have to use a pull-up when he goes to sleep and he is 4.

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Sylvia - posted on 01/03/2010

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Just to add ... when a child is ready, training goes very quickly. My daughter trained completely within a month -- she was about 2.5 -- and I've known lots of kids train within a week or two, because the parents didn't have a particular age in mind but seized the day when it became clear that the readiness was there.

I've also known a few kids who took months or, literally, years to train ... because someone decided potty training should start at x age, but the kid had no interest, no motivation, and wasn't physically/developmentally ready. When the same kid hit that magic age -- whatever it was for him or her, because it's different for everybody! -- suddenly it was like someone flipped a switch, and poof! But the parents might as well have just waited for that age in the first place, and spared themselves all that hassle and worry...

Brandye - posted on 01/03/2010

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I am in school to be a teacher and there is an alarm that you can actually put on your child at night to let you know when the bladder is full. it's pretty neat.

Rebecca - posted on 01/03/2010

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With my daughter we used stickers too but in a different way, we tried other rewards and nothing worked so what we did was..we put the potty chair in the living room so it was easily acessable to her then when she went pee she got to put a sticker of her choice on her potty, when she pooped she got two stickers to put on the potty, by the time she was done potty training she had a collage of stickers all over it but its what worked for her. Oh and i used pull ups until she felt comfortable with underpants and wasn't wetting often because i found it more frustrating to all of us to do training underware. My daughter was potty trained completly by the end of summer (we started in may). Good Luck!!

Sylvia - posted on 01/03/2010

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It totally depends on the 2.5-year-old. If s/he's ready to potty train, it kind of doesn't matter what you do; if not, well, ditto.

But don't use Pull-Ups (except at night, if necessary -- and then just call them diapers!). If it's not warm enough where you are to go bottomless, use actual underwear.

Heather - posted on 01/03/2010

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They have to be ready, otherwise, you're spinning your wheels. Have play groups with potty trained child(ren). Peer support goes a long way. Once your child sees another "friend" using the toilet consistently they want to do the same. AND underwear featuring a favorite character(s) helps. If you get stressed or anxious about the process, they will too.

Lavon - posted on 01/03/2010

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Yes, no diapers are key. Even if they ask for one you have to tell them big boys or girls wear underwear. If you go out or to visit family get a potty ring, and keep reminding them if they have to go pee.

JL - posted on 01/03/2010

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There is no quick or easy way to potty train. Just try different methods and eventually you will find what works best for your child and then eventually they will be potty trained but even then there will still be occassional accidents and potty issues for a couple of years.

Rhonda - posted on 01/03/2010

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I don't think there is a fool proof way to potty train. I took my girls to the store and let them pick out their potty chairs. We lined them up in front of the " big girl potty." At first I would tell them potty time and sit them on the potty chair and i would be on the " big girl potty." After a few weeks I all I had to say was potty time and they would copy what i was doing. I remember the first time they actually used it. I jumped up and down and hugged them. before i know it they started tell me potty time and would go when they needed. Potty training times vary from child to child. Don't give up or try to rush the process along. The first time it happens make a big deal out of it and keep telling the little one you are so proud every time they use it.

Desiree - posted on 01/03/2010

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when i potty trained my son and my friends daughter i took away teh diapers completely. and just kept taking them to the bathroom. it only took them a few days of accidents to get it. after 3 weeks there were no accidents at all. then about 2 weeks after that the diapers came off at night. it was very succesful with both of them

Kisha - posted on 01/03/2010

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If the 2.5 year old is ready put them in underpants. Keep asking and reminding them to go potty. Potty training isn't something you can rush. At the daycare I work at we tell all of the parents who want to potty train to put their child in underware. it is the eaiest way.

Kari - posted on 01/03/2010

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What has worked for me is just simply letting my daughter run around naked. Since it's cold where I am, she wears underwear. This way she can definitely tell when she gets the feeling to the response. After about two days of having to steam vac the carpets from mishaps my daughter started to recognize when she had to go.

Jessica - posted on 01/03/2010

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I have a twenty month old and this still hasn't worked yet but I am experimenting w/ it due to trying every other method. I put a pull up on her and when is about 45 minutes later after she has drank and played I take the pull up off. Now the room that I am doing it in is tile and linolium so if she pees I can clean it up. Keep the potty chair near so when she starts to pee you put her on the potty. I have some cartoons on the tv to ease the tention. There's baby gates up and doors close where there's carpeted rooms. Once she starts peeing I put her on the potty and if she finished in the potty she gets a sticker or a piece of candy. Then afterwords I put the pull up on and let her go play. The thing is my daughter doesn't think it interesting to sit on the potty until she pees so if I put this into her daily routine just maybe she'll eventully do it on her own or ask. Good Luck!!

Risha - posted on 01/03/2010

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whenever the child does potty in pants ,, u still take the child to the potty ,, even if the child is done with it,, this is how the child will start telling bout it,, my son is 2.5yrs old n i dnt make him wear diaper anymore :)

Sarah - posted on 01/03/2010

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correction! they could Not be big kids any more! LOL brain working faster then the fingers.

Sarah - posted on 01/03/2010

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Get rid of all the dipers and do NOT use the pull-up pants. It just confuses them. With my 2 oldest one they were potty trained in 3-5 days anfter putting them in big boy/girl underwear. I let them pick out the underwear they wanted and told them if they went pee or poo in them they could be big kids and wear them anymore! worked like a charm! Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 01/03/2010

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In my experiance it does not work to push them they will let you know when they are ready.

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oh...one more thought :) a little something that helped....instead of giving them gum/candy etc....we just told the pee/poop bye bye as they flushed the toilet...lol. Sounds weird, but I think its better than bribing them or rewarding them with candy and such :) Again, Good Luck!!

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Try letting him/her go with you when you go to the bathroom. So many people use the potty training underwear, we went straight to panties on all three of our kids...2 boys and a girl...we had very few accidents and what we did was just cut out the liquids about an hour or so before bed and take them potty before they laid down and then first thing in the morning take them straight to the potty. Then periodically through the day take them and just let them sit on the toilet whether they need to go or not. Then in between taking them in there, you should ask them if they need to go, they need to realize themselves what the "urge" feels like before they will learn to even go in the bathroom to go. Wish you well with your challenge :)

Brooke - posted on 01/03/2010

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For my daughter whom will be 3 this month, I waited until she seemed interested and at that time stickers, girly chapsticks, and pretending that pottying was "her job", since mommy had a job worked for us. She would run into other room & say "mommy, I did my job", would beall smiles & so proud of herself. Good Luck!

Jenna - posted on 01/03/2010

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I worked in a child care setting with two year olds and we potty trained the children. First of all no diapers, only underwear so they don't get confused. We would take them to the potty at least every hour on a schedule and look for cues that they need to go. Then when they went they would get 1 fruit snack for #1 and two fruit snacks for #2, this really encouraged them to try because they wanted a fruit snack. Good luck!

Krissi - posted on 01/03/2010

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I started a routine with my daughter sonn after she turned 2 and did it for months...she had issues with peeing but pooped consistently on the potty all the time. Then, I had twins and she regressed. Now, I am trying her only in underwear or pretty much nakad from the waist down because putting a pull-up on is not working! As she does this better, I will only put on pants that are easy to get up and down or a skirt/dress. Good luck!

Lavon - posted on 01/03/2010

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Be consistent and never show them your disappointed, this can make things go in reverse. Only say it one time "Big boys or Girls don't pee in their pants" each time there is an accident. And move on in a positive way. When I have to go pee I announce it to them and have them follow me...what they see you doing they too wanna do. Good luck. I just passed this stage and my son is turning 3. It was a challenge but we did it.

Diane - posted on 01/03/2010

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I used a combination of two things. #1. I made a regular schedule of when to take them, like after waking up, before meals, every hour or so...but make it regular so the child knows what and when to expect to go. They get used to the routine very quickly. #2. I gave them a SMALL piece of candy each time they went in the potty...LIKE ONE M&M. anything your child really WANTS will work but you don't want them on a sugar high either so keep is small but fun. If they like popcorn or raisins that's healthier but mine weren't too thrilled with that idea so I stuck to M&M's. You must be dilegent and consistant or it will never work. It's take a lot of time and effort but it will work. Good Luck.

Jackie - posted on 01/03/2010

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Easy and quick way... offer a potty and wait for them to be ready. It won't be in your time unless you are lucky.

Medic - posted on 01/03/2010

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there is no fool proof quick and easy way to potty train any kid...they have to be ready

Ashley - posted on 01/03/2010

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a sticker chart. when they get so many sticker they can get a small toy or candy. it work for my little boy. or give them a m&m everything they go potty. good luck

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