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|Sun, 04-26-2009 - 5:48pm|
My daughter will be 3 in July and we have been having the potty fight for a few months. She has shown signs of interest and has even gone on the potty a few times in the past. I've tried stickers, M&M's(but she doesn't like sweets). If I praised her, she wouldn't do it again. If I ignored her for going, she wouldn't do it again. She will tell me when she's "leaked" and when she's pooped. She'll even get all excited and run with me to the potty and refuses to go. I've let her run around naked and she held it for 3 hours before finally going on her potty. Wouldn't do it again after that. I put her in the pull-ups with the cool feel and she could care less, she'll just tell me her butt is cold. Two weeks ago, she took a package of my underwear and wanted to wear them, she didn't want diapers. I tried to put on her Winnie the Pooh underwear but she didn't want that, she wanted mine. So, as strange as this is I opened my package and put a pair on her and pinned them to fit her. Still wouldn't go on the potty.
She is really into Tinkerbell and Princesses. Thursday, I bought her a pack of Tinkerbell and Princess underwear. Today, I told her we were going to give away her Princess diapers (that's what she calls her pull-ups, diapers) and she would have a surprise. I had her help me put her diapers and pull-ups into a garbage bag and she was all excited about it. She helped carry it out the door and when she came in there was her package of Tinkerbell and Princess underwear by the fairy door I set up by our front door. She was all excited and wanted to wear them. I told her no leaking in them and no poopy in them, she has to use her potty. This was at 11...she brought her potty out to the front room and sat on it from 12-2, nothing. She brought her potty back in the bathroom because I had to go. We sat there for another 20 minutes, nothing. She got off her potty, pulled up her panties and I notice, she's holding herself to prevent herself from going. I know she knows and she's ready. She held it for 2 hours by that time.
She then went back in the bathroom and sat on her potty, crying for another hour. Wouldn't come out. I kept going in there sitting on the big potty. Telling her it's ok. Nothing. She keeps telling me she has to go and runs to the potty and won't go. I finally gave up and put her in a pull-up I had hidden since I had to go to the store and wouldn't you know it, within one minute her butt was cold.
I don't know what I'm supposed to do with her. She's always had a mind of her own. She's always been she'll do it when she wants to not when you want her to. I have her in her big girl panties again, since that's what she's asking for. She's sitting in the bathroom but won't do anything. What else am I supposed to do?