Working Moms and Potty Training

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Have any of you working moms found a good solution for potty training? I've tried over the weekend, but, between needing to run errands, etc. I just don't feel that I have enough time to focus on it with my daughter. She's gone potty at daycare on occasion and will do it at home if she's not in a diaper. But, she hasn't learned how to recognize that she needs to go. She sometimes tell me after she's wet herself, but never before. Any suggestions on how to teach this while constantly on the go (working 5 days, busy weekends)?

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Kelly - posted on 02/24/2009

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The best thing to do is get BIG GIRL panties, and go all the way. My daughter is 2 1/2 and I can't believe how good she is doing!! She wears panties all day, and normally has only 1 accident if any at all. She does still sleep with the Pull-Up, but I am going to start working on that this weekend.....Let your daughter pick out her panties, (Dora, George, Princess, etc.) Since she picked out her panties she likes them more, and does not like to pee pee on her Dora......Ha Ha.......But most importantly is that she will do best when she is ready!!! Trust me you will no when she is ready!!!

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Chris - posted on 02/26/2009

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just baught panties for my daughter who is 2 1/2. this is the weekend! Oh help me stay strong lol.. good luck to you all as well :)

Melissa - posted on 02/22/2009

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Thanks for asking this question.  My 3yr old son will go all of the time at daycare, and most of teh time in public.  If he has no pants or underware on at home he will go, but otherwise no luck.  Dad is home on Mondays with him, and can't get him to use the potty.  I took a couple of weeks off to work with him, and made good progress, but as soon as that one day with dad came he went back to his same old ways.  Right now I am trying to get hm to dunk Cheerios in the toilet when he goes, that way he will think of it as a fun thing to do at home.  We have also bought him a "special" coloring book that he gets to use when he goes on the potty.  He also loves stickers so when he goes three times in a row with no accidents he gets a sticker. 



 



I look forward to reading everyone else's posts.  There are some great suggestions out there!

Joanna - posted on 02/22/2009

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I could not agree more with the mom who said you have to take away the diapers. It is the only way to show them what happens when they don't go. It took us a couple of long days going to the bathroom every 20 minutes or so (he was 2 btw). But with no diapers (or pull ups for that matter) he got the idea quickly. We do the same thing every morning when he gets up to make sure he goes right away and also before we leave the house for anywhere. We also take his potty with us in the car on long trips. He had accidents once or twice a week maybe for a couple weeks -- mostly when he would get distracted playing and forget -- but that was pretty much it. When he had an accident we would just calmly walk him into the bathroom and sit him on the potty and reiterate that he goes in the potty. Then he would have to help me get things cleaned up (usually that meant he followed me around while I did it, handed me towels, etc.). I think that helped because he knew there was a consequence to his having accidents. It's all about the routine -- you just have to figure out what is going to work for your little one and stick to it.

Nadine - posted on 02/21/2009

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hi i am in the same situation and they say it takes two weeks to get them in habbit. that means we have to have 2 weeks off. and day cares are no use for potty training.

Esther - posted on 02/21/2009

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I work five morning a week and I just sent my daughter to nursery with pants on one day about a week after her second birthday,she picked it up after less than a week. My nursery was fantastic and she only had a couple of accidents and that was at home. Thats one of the reason you pay them, just make sure when you take her out you have a spare set of clothes just in case.

Alexandra - posted on 02/20/2009

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Apparently, it's the only thing out of our control... they'll go when they're ready! I plan on starting potty training next month and have heard that, yep, consistency and time needs to be set aside. On the upside, girls who are ready tend to be fully trained w/in two days. I'll let you know how it goes! If your child is in the "no" stage, I've read that this time of opposition is not the most suitable training time. Well, my daugher will be 18 mths next week and since I was fully clean at her age, I'm hoping diapers will now be a thing of the past... no pull-ups, heard they revert back to their old ways. But, if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. I'll try again a month later... they develop so quickly that today might not be the right moment, but tomorrow could be another story.

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Yup, same situation with us. @yrs, 3 mos. and only used it once at the babysitters.  I find it hard too, I catch her in the corner...quietly doing her business, and I encourage her to use the toilet...but she say's NO and runs away.  I won't force her, but she could care less about stickers etc, so I dunno...I just try to tell her when I am going to use the potty and I bought her that foaming soap and everything...soon I hope...I am trying to explain to her the feeling of having to pee but she just looks at me, it's kinda funny...

Christine - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi.  I'm a teacher and had this week off ... I decided to go all or nothing with my son.  Well, I kicked it off on Monday, and here we are on Friday and he's been in underwear all day.  I do feel like I have spent the entire week in the bathroom, but, everyone has told me you need three days at least.  I suggest you plan over a three day weekend.  Start on Saturday a.m. and keep it going until Monday evening.  Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2009

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I did it over the weekend with cloth training pants. I commited myself to stay home that weekend. I had to for the second one. He'd potty at daycare sometimes, but at home, nope!



Th efirst time he wet in his cloth trainers, he just stood there watching it run down his leg, almost like, "oh, that's what that is." He did not like being wet.

Jennifer - posted on 02/19/2009

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There are great books out there for both parents and children. I got my daughter a ton of books and continued to get her excited about the idea.

Also, take her often. Even if you know and she knows she doesn’t have to go. The more she goes on the potty the better she’ll get the idea.

Don’t rush or get yourself frustrated over it, it’ll happen!



Good luck

Juliann - posted on 02/19/2009

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I have three children and am 26yrs old. I work 12 hour days three days a week plus school to be a PA. My biggest suggestion would be once you start training go all the way, no more diapers at all. Thats there security if you take that away they will start using the potty. My son went i would say about at least a dozent times in his pants and he didnt like it when he got wet. He was extremely embarrased, to be having wet pants. Now when you go to stores and stuff you need to keep the same routine, potty before you leave and as soon as you get there. If you have long trips they also have travel potties. I had one for our long trip every twenty mins or so i would pull over and he would have to go on the potty. Its hard so hard but they need consistanicy its very important. Make sure your day care follows your routine, and try a potty dance while shes going make it fun. Now pooping is a different story ill let you know when we get that going, were almost there but not quite. I hope this helped

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