Any tips on how to retry potty training?

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Registered: 10-05-2004
Any tips on how to retry potty training?
Tue, 04-07-2009 - 7:15am

My daughter just turned two. At about 22 months I had started potty training her. She caught on quickly, actually the first day we tried she went twice. I had bought a potty seat for her which has music and she loves. So every time I would go to the bathroom she wanted to sit in her potty chair too.

I was so happy because I thought the fact that she went twice the first time we tried this, this whole potty thing was going to be effortless. I started calling my family members and of course getting advice from them. My sister in law said to me "you should buy the potty seat that adapts to the toilet because if you train her in the potty then you will have another ordeal trying to get her to train in the big one so just skip that step all together".. Of course I listened to her and purchased the potty seat that adapts to the bigger one. Well, that didn't go so well, my daughter got scared, and the whole potty thing went out the window.. I have her in pull ups ever since and she will sit on her potty for a few seconds, but she has never gone ever since.. Now she will tell me when she is poopy "after the fact" because she hates feeling dirty.

Any suggestions, on how to start this all over again?

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Registered: 04-11-2004
Wed, 04-08-2009 - 10:27pm

liznlu, Hi and welcome to the Toilet Teaching board.

Have you tried a rewards charts with you DD. Tell her she will get a prize every time she uses the potty. Money is usually a great motivator. A penny for pee, and nickle or five pennies for poop. Sometimes they just need some extra motivation. Another idea would to be to check with your local library and see if they have any potty training videos and books for children, this will get the setting back for her. I hope that helps. Please keep us updated on your DDs progress.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 5:26pm

Hello liznlu.

Christina has some good ideas for you.

I would say the first thing to do is get rid of the pull-ups,they are nothing more than glorified diapers,and the kids know it.

Take her to the store and have her help you pick out some thicker cloth training pants and a few pair of her favorite character panties,you should also get about a dozen pair of plastic panties to go over the panties.

These will help with her not liking to be wet or messy.

If she needs the pull-ups for night time yet,let her know that that is the only time she will wear them.

I hope this helps.

Many Blessings.