i have recently started potty training my 2 year old daughter. But she doesnt seem to understand yet! any potty training tips?

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Veronica - posted on 02/08/2009

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Hi, I put underwear with a rubber pant over it when they were up during the day so they would definitely feel when they were wet and didn't like to feeling. At night I would put a pull up on them so they would not ruin the bed. After they got the hang of going potty during the day I would start trying putting them to bed with their underwear and a rubber pant on at night. Please make sure to put a rubber sheet under the regular sheet to protect your beds when doing this. My daughter had just turned 2 when she was trained and dry through the night. My two boys flat out refused until they were closer to three. Don't worry, they will get to a point when they will be receptive and willing. Just keep introducing to them the concept of the potty and don't try to push or they may resent it. Good luck, potty training is one of the challenges of parenting.

Tracey - posted on 02/08/2009

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I feel your frustration! I have boys and training my oldest is the most frustrating thing I've done as a mom so far! People will say that 2 is too young, and who knows, maybe it is. But, I read something interesting that stated that 50 years ago in the US - most kids were trained by age 2 - today is closer to 3 and older. The only difference in the last 50 years is the advancement of diapers - kids don't mind being in them when they are wet, since they are made so well! My girlfriend used cloth diapers with her 2 daughters and both of them were trained by age 2 - so maybe there is something to it. If they don't like being wet - they are encouraged to stop doing it! So, I put my boy in "big boy" underwear and it worked! Of course there were accidents but within a month he was trained (with peeing at least).



I will say though that my son at least showed an interest - so if your daughter doesn't show any, you may be out of luck for the time being. You could help encourage her by showing her how to do it, use her dolls as examples, etc. Or, as another member wrote, wait until she's older and the time you have to invest in training may be reduced greatly. I have another girlfriend who waited until her daughter was closer to 3 and she was trained in 1 week.



Do what you are comfortable with! There is nothing wrong with trying to train her now OR waiting until she's older - you're her mom and you know what's best for her! ; )

Liz - posted on 02/07/2009

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Quoting Natasha:

i have recently started potty training my 2 year old daughter. But she doesnt seem to understand yet! any potty training tips?




Hi Natasha: I have 2 daughters that I had to toilet train by myself { single mom at the time } and it can be fusterating... First, do you sit on the toilet while she's sitting on the potty? I did that with my girls everytime even though I didn't have to go, I took a small glass of water in with me so they would think I was going. [ Tricky eh] If they did go I rwarded them with a small, very small piece of cookie. Chocolate chip, there favorite cookie. After a bit, they started going by themselfs. At  the time people said I would get my girls fat doing that, Crystal is 23 and weighs 120 pounds. She is 56 in hieght. Nicki is 15 and weighs 115 pounds, she is also 5 feet/ 6 inches tall. They wear that baby fat off. This may not work for you but I hope you give it a try. Chat at you later.

Natalie - posted on 02/07/2009

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Hi Ezra my daughter is now almost 5 and was also a little hard to toilet train. When i was toilet training my daughter we would all put on a party hat and sing the potty song around the house when she did use the potty it did not take long at all for her to realise the right thing to do.. i now it seems like a lot to do but a party hat and a song for a little while is a lot better than washing dirty pants.. Thats how i did it and it worked really well and didnt take long at all..

Pamela - posted on 02/07/2009

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With three out of my four pottie trained, my best advice is don't even bother trying to train. They will do it when they are ready and you'll avoid all sorts of frustration.

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Debbie - posted on 02/07/2009

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I have never understood why mums feel the pressure to get their children 'dry' ASAP. At the moment she is still a tiny little thing and she won't understand what you are asking of her. In my experience you can either persist with burdening her with this task way to early which then means you will spend months agonising and fretting that she's not responding like you want her to OR save your self a lot of grief and wait until she is 3 and I guarantee you she will be dry in less than a week! You see at 3 their understanding has advanced SO much AND she will have much more bladder control by then. Then its a simple question of asking her to tell you when she wants to go, then she will understand that there is a need to 'hold it' whilst you get her to the toilet and she is easily old enough to do that now. The choice is, feel pressured by other mothers and their gloating about how wonderful their child is and therefore prolong the whole process making it 10 times longer OR just wait a year and it will be very quick and easy. You don't need the stress (you have enough on your plate) and neither does your little girl. You will be much happier and so will she, I promise you!

Kind regards

Debbie, UK

Heather - posted on 02/07/2009

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If she doesn't understand she might not be developmentally ready yet. Just keep reading her books and keep the little potty in the bathroom and ask her if she wants to sit on it. Start sitting her on it for a few minutes every morning until she starts to get it then add nights and go from there!



 

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