HOW DO I GET MY 2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER INTERESTED IN POTTY TRAINING?

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Registered: 03-19-2012
HOW DO I GET MY 2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER INTERESTED IN POTTY TRAINING?
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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 8:48pm
Hello my names raquel but I go by rocky,
My daughter is 2 years old and she's pretty good at letting me know that she has to go pee-pee and when she poops she turns to show me her tooshie but when I sit her on her potty she's doesn't like it or when I sit her on the big toilet she has a tiny seat for it she starts to cry is she not ready or am I getting her signs wrong?
I always show her how I go to the bathroom and she seems happy but when I put her on her potty she's scared? Please help its getting hard to affor diapers since I have a 3 1/2 month old son. Any tips will help
Thank you :)
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Registered: 09-08-2007
To keep my DS on the potty, I have to sing our ABC's, count (we're working on getting to 20!!!! I can't believe that), sing "Where is Thumbkin?". Anything I can think of to keep him distracted for at least one minute, if I can manage 2 I'm really happy. Then if he's actually gone, he gets to put a sticker on his "potty page", its a regular page with a clip art toilet printed on it :). If we've been wearing underwears and they were dry when we got to the potty, he gets a sticker for that too. Right now the stickers are Mickey Mouse Clubhouse because that's his favorite. I've used M&M's or Skittles as well, but not right now. Right now I'm just trying to get him to realize what "going potty" means.
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Registered: 08-23-1999

Thank you again Sara,I am so happy you are here to help me when my head starts acting up.

Rockycardenas,what have you tried so far?is she wearing disposable diapers or cloth? If she is haveing any success,you may want to see about buying some thicker cloth training panties.

Please keep us up-dated and we will see what we can do.

welcome to the board.

clmac

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Registered: 04-28-2011
Ok so I'm not officially potty training DD yet (she will be one next week) but I've found a way to get her on the potty consistently and thought the approach might work for you or someone else. Some may think it's weird or gross but it all started out of desperation for me to go to the bathroom without leaving her unsupervised. A few weeks ago I started taking her in the bathroom while I used the toiled, sitting her on the ground with a toy and explaining (felt a little silly but wanted to keep her attention on me so she wouldn't crawl away and get into trouble) that mommy had to pee but she doesn't wear diapies. After a week or so of this I snapped up a simple plastic potty and figured she might as well sit on something she will need later. So on she went with diaper and pants on, toy in hand and I explained that mommy sits on the big potty and she sits on the little potty to keep her entertained. A few days later I figured, what the heck and took off her diapers. The third time I did it, she went pee at the same time I did lol. I thought wow good timing or fluke, whatever. Over the last week or so we fell into a routine of first thing in the morning and after nap the girls both go potty. Out of the probably twenty times she's been on there with a bare bum, she's used the potty five times. This morning she even pooped in it! Now I'm not saying she's trained or anything but I think the tandem potty time helped her understand what the potty is for. We may have a long training journey ahead but I think that making the connection between the bathroom and the sensations will help in the long run. Maybe trying a mother daughter potty time could work for other kids if it's helping mine. Or maybe I'm a little nutty and just REALLY had to pee that day lol.
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Registered: 09-08-2007
Nah, my son's been following me into the bathroom since he got independently mobile and once he was able to open the bathroom door (at a little past a year old) I haven't really been able to go potty in peace. Its one of the reasons he insists on using toilet paper, cause Mommy and Grandma do, lol. So he's watched everyone in the house, including DH use the potty, but it hasn't translated into recognizing what his body is doing yet. But I also don't have a small potty for him, he just sits on the big potty, with or without his potty ring.
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Registered: 08-23-1999

Great work Rocky,it looks like you may have just beaten the potty training blues.

Now is the time to start using diapers only for bed time,and get her some fancy charactor panties for around the house,and if you are not sure of how she will be when you go out,put a pair of plastic panties on over then and don't stay out to long for the first few trips.

You may just be in for a good surprise.

Many Blessings.

clmac

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Registered: 08-23-1999

Thats ok Sara,it sometimes takes a bit extra work to get boys to understand,you must remember,girls like to be clean,this is not high on a boys list.

It will come in time.

and we will be here to help if possable.

clmac

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Registered: 09-08-2007
I know, most boys I've ran into (or their mothers, lol) didn't get trained until 3ish. So I'm not worried.
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Registered: 03-31-2012
Hi!

I'm with you on the cost of diapers! I was so happy get back that $40 every couple of weeks!

Here is how I potty trained my little girl when she was 24 months. She was completely diaper free even at night within 2 weeks. www.mypamperedchild.com

Good Luck!
Maggie