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potty training

Postby cessna7282 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:37 am

is anybody else having a horrible time potty training?? I sure am...I don't know if it is just me but it is so overwhelming to get my son who will be 3 in October to go. I just wish for something to happen. I wanna put him in head start next year and hopefully if I can get him to go on the toilet it won't be a problem when he does go to school. so yeah, any advice will help..even it is just a start..I love my son and I know he has the drive to go on the toilet but most of it is "just for fun." I also hope my daughter isn't gonna be that hard to train, although I heard girls are a lot easier! :)
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Postby scases » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:59 am

Boys are harder to train. My son wasn't fully PT until he was 3.5. He didn't care if he was wet or poopy. I tried and failed several times. Then the summer before pre-k I told him he needed to be potty trained to go to school and about 1-2 weeks before school started he decided he was ready. This was 4 months before his 4th birthday.

My oldest was PT at 25 months. My son was 1 month old when she told me diapers were for babies. She asked for big girl under wear and never wore another diaper. We did pull-ups at night for a few months. With my youngest, we tried at 24 months and she was not interested. I just let her decide when she was ready but while waiting I did sit her on the potty periodically. I would also take her with me to the bathroom and explain what I was doing. One morning in April she asked for panties. We put them on and planned to stay home that day. She had 2 accidents and then she started going in the potty. 2 weeks later we visited my family in Dallas which is an 8 hour drive. I used pull-ups during the drive, but she didn't have 1 accident on the way there or the way home. I am using the last of my diapers and pull-ups at night. I will also put a pull up on her if we will be in the car for longer trips.
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Postby rkegreen » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:35 pm

My daughter will be 3 in November, and it is not coming along as fast as I thought it would. :(

She is in school (daycare) and they take them to the potty and such. But she REALLY doesn't seem interested in it. When we are out and about she will tell us she needs to potty. But mostly I think she is just curious.

We have switched to pull ups for the day and diapers for at night. Only because changing a toddler is much easier in pull ups than a diaper.

We do sit her on the potty a lot. And I noticed that she gets upset if we don't do it before her bath.

I think she knows, but she is stubborn.

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Postby evamarie » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:57 am

This isn't for everyone...but we had been trying to potty train since dd1 turned 2, very casually. But once it came time for dd2 to be born, we started getting serious. dd1 had thought it was fun to go on the potty, but at the same time she could care less if her diaper was wet or poopy. So I planned a weekend that we were going to be home the whole weekend and basically let her run around the house naked...no diaper, no underwear nothing. I kid you not, it took three days and she was potty trained. After the weekend we went out and bought her some new undies and it has been a couple months and we have had max 5 accidents. She is undies at night and naptime too (although that took a bit longer). Good luck!
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Postby stuckunderhere » Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:11 am

We did the 3 Day PTing thing. It worked... we have been diaper free for 2 wks with only a very minor few accidents here or there.
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Postby victoria_1024 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:14 pm

My son turned 2 in March and he has ZERO interest. We casually put him on the potty but he doesn't even really want to sit on it and I don't want to force it, so we aren't doing much. At this rate, my daughter will be potty trained before him!
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Postby MightyMarj » Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:38 pm

I highly recommend letting him run around naked as much as possible. It makes them aware of what they're doing, and they don't have their pants and underwear to hide an oops, so they pay more attention. We did a reward system of m&ms or raisins every time he went on the potty (one for pee, two for poo), and he liked that. We also gave him a sticker in a special book if he was dry the whole day. After 3 days (or however long you decide), he got to pick a toy from my stash I picked up at the dollar store (plastic dinosaurs, etc). When we first started, I downloaded an app (potty time) for my iPhone that timed how long it had been since they went and played a song when it was time to go again. That way the phone is saying they need to go instead of you. I've also heard of people using potty watches that the toddler wears so they feel in control. With both the app and the watch, you set it to go off for longer and longer intervals. Good luck! This was my least favorite part of parenting so far!
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Postby january » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:57 am

stuckunderhere wrote:We did the 3 Day PTing thing. It worked... we have been diaper free for 2 wks with only a very minor few accidents here or there.


Ditto! She was doing fairly good at the end of 3 days but it was about the 1.5 week mark when it just CLICKED for her. It's like she woke up one morning, thought "oh, I get it now" and hasn't looked back. That was about a month ago & she hasn't had a single accident since. She tells me every time, even when we're out doing things. She loves going on the big girl potty at stores/restaurants (though it grosses me out because she tries touching everything!! :puke:

I think the key was 1) totally ditching diapers (instead of going nakey she wore undies... it really upset her when she ruined her princess undies), 2) STAYING HOME!!!! We didn't go anywhere for over a week, 3) only putting her on the potty when she said she needed to go or started going -- I think putting them on the toilet every 30/60/whatever minutes doesn't teach them to recognize the "need to pee" feeling.
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Postby mommyslittlemnster » Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:19 pm

I'm going to have to oppose the run around naked thing. Our first round of potty training, we tried that and it totally failed. We also used a kid potty. It got to the point where whenever he needed a pullup, it was a diaper to him and he was terrific of underwear. Then we went back to diapers but still talked a lot of potty. Then I found the Once Upon a Potty book. It clicked. He wanted underwear and to use the big potty. We went with his lead and never looked back.
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Postby babyhelstrup » Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:40 pm

I am working on this now.. My 21m old seems interested to sit on it and go through the routine but she wont go. But then she tells me as soon as she goes potty in her diaper to change it... I am not pressuring her but I know she is very aware and I may want to take it more serious..

I am goign to get the Once Upon a Potty book. Also what is the 3 day PTing methood?
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