My daughter is starting to get interested in the potty, just don't know how to get this started without turning back to diapers, once i start, that's it with the diapers, Anyone have any good ideas out there?

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Amanda - posted on 12/27/2008

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depending on how old your daughter is, and their interests, taking your time is the key. make using the potty fun. heres some ideas i used:

1) throw in one of those color changing tablets to make the water "p[r]etty".

2) ask frequently

3)**the one that's most contravercial but worked the best: i offered my daughter a quarter every time she pottied in the toilet and $1 every time she pooped. worked immediately and she forgot most of the time that she earned money in her piggy bank. stickers i hear worked for people that i knew, candy...anything that might spark her fancy.

-the key to this one is that my daughter was ready to potty train and had begun once but lost interest in the "allure" and attention that she got when she pottied. if you make using the potty chair fun and beneficial for the kid then they'll do it. but if you start too soon or lose interest in praising the child, they'll lose interest too.

good luck!

User - posted on 12/27/2008

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My daughter was trained by twenty months day and night - She showed no interest what so ever but as a busy working mum i wanted her out before we went on holiday two months later. I set a week aside with no engagements so we didn't have to leave the house and by day three she was done. She chose her own pretty knickers with her favourite characters on and i would sit her on the potty every half hour whether she wanted to or not - the first day we had two accidents and then on the second day she realised what was going on and after day three we were done and she never has accidents! I look after my nephew and with a second baby on the way at eighteen months we did exactly the same for him and by day four he was done as well. He also is dry at night as well. I would never use pull ups as they confuse the child and i do think it is important to keep a week aside with no going out if necessary. As a childminder i always use this method and 9 times out of ten it works. If the child is no nearer to being trained by the end of the week then we would put them into nappies for another month and then do the same again. We have only done this once and on 2nd attempt it worked!

Doralyn - posted on 12/27/2008

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I agree about the underwear and training pants. The thing about pull-ups, etc. is the protection is so good, it doesn't bother kids to be wet in them, whereas with undies, they want to not get them wet/get them off quickly. It seems we drag potty-training out to last for months/years and I really don't know why. It can be quick and easy. Get the old book Potty Training in a Day. If you have a healthy child who can control her potty muscles, this can work. I know this book seems antiquated today (my mom potty-trained all her kids this way), but if you follow it and get it done, you don't need to struggle with this for so long, despite what everyone else is doing (or not doing).

Julia - posted on 12/27/2008

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what worked solidly all three times was reading books about potty training, like "I Can Go Potty" with baby Kermit the Frog. Lots of neat and cute little books. It makes it more fun and gives them a visual idea of what they are trying to do, and why.

Ruth - posted on 12/27/2008

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My advice to you as a mother of a 3 1/2 yr old and an 11 mos old is to involve your daughter in the potty training process. Potty training becomes successful when your child feels they have control over the situation and are eager and enthusiastic about it. These tips worked for my daughter and hopefully they will work for you: To get my daughter enthused, I took her on a shopping trip to let her pick out her own potty, standing stool and her own little girl underwear; we filled up a basket in the bathroom beside the potty with all her favorite books to read; when she went on the potty, we made a big deal about it by doing a "potty" dance and celebrating a job well done with a reward - something she looked forward to. Along with those tips, we made sure to ask her consistently if she needed to go to the bathroom and made sure she tried to go after waking up, before we go out and after meals.

There is also a doll (that is fantastic) available to assist children with potty training. It is called Corolle's potty training doll and comes in a girl version named Emma and a boy version named Paul. The doll drinks from a bottle and then you sit it on its potty and it pees. We have the boy version.

Hope this helps?

Stephanie - posted on 12/27/2008

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I have three kids and I swear the key is to NOT push the issue. As much as you don't want to go back to diapers, you may find that you do anyway. They sometimes initially show interest then revert back. The good news is that girls really are easier than boys. Try some pull ups that let them feel the wet if they have an accident.

Stacy - posted on 12/26/2008

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all i did was put a potty in the bathroom and everytime i went my son would sit on his and if ihe went he went if he didnt not a big deal. but when he did go i mad sure nhe knew i was very proun of him

Kimberly - posted on 12/26/2008

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Practical advice. As with anything, give it a couple of weeks and at least two days when you don't leave the house for very long. Keep her in underpants, ask her (tell her) to use the potty every hour/two hours. Reward her when she manages to to do it right!! My second daughter was the most difficult to potty train because I couldn't keep up with the time!!

Autumn - posted on 12/26/2008

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I think kelly's reply is really a good answer because once you start potty training it only gets harder if you revert back to diapers. My oldest son, Gabe, is 3 and a half and i thought he would never get potty trained. he has been potty trained for about 6 months. i finally realized that he had to learn what the sensations felt like to go to the bathroom. i just sat him on the potty every 15 minutes for a couple of days ---literally that much---after a coulple of days he got the hang of it. he still wears pull ups to nap and bed because he has not yet stayed dry while sleeping. hope that helps some.

Amy - posted on 12/26/2008

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My daughter has kidney and bladder issues that made potty training difficult. Timex makes an ironman watch with a perpetual timer. You can set it to beep at whatever interval you need. Start with every 30 minutes then gradually increase the time as she does well. Even my 1 year old knows the beeping means "tinkle time". It helps me remember and keep her on track.

Kelly - posted on 12/26/2008

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As a mother to a 6yo daughter and 7yo son... if your daughter is just starting to be interested in the potty, give it time. The last thing you want to do is rush it. And when she starts asking to wear panties (as girls will do), buy the thick cotton underwear briefs (Gerber makes some) and plastic covers. This way you won't spend a fortune on disposable underwear and I think my kids learned faster when they could feel the uncomfortableness of being wet and/or dirty.

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