Need MAJOR help!

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Registered: 12-15-2005
Need MAJOR help!
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Sat, 01-31-2009 - 9:25am

Good morning ladies....


I'm Crystal and my DD Finley is 2 years old.

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Registered: 10-29-2008
Sun, 02-01-2009 - 7:55am

Hi Crystal,

I have been doing some recent research on potty training so I can get prepared. My son just turned 18 months and I decided to 'introduce' the potty. I won't start seriously for another few months but having it in the living room has helped him become familiar. I point at it and say 'potty' and clap my hands. The first time I sat him on it (clothed) I had a little party, clapping and cheering. He freaked out and only sat there for half a second but after many attempts of sitting him on it, over a period of time, he began to clap too. When daddy put him on he sat proud for a much longer time. Once he was comfortable enough with sitting on it I did a morning with no diaper (which he was very excited about) and sat him on once I noticed a pee pee coming on. He squirmed a fair bit and didn't want to sit to do pee pee so I got a book he could read to take his mind off it and stroked his legs softly. He held it in for a while and then looked at me and DID it. Party on! I showed him pee pee in the potty and the second time he had no problem. In fact, its the longest I have seen my DS stay still on demand.

The main pointers I have read about are;
Familiarize your child with the potty and explain thats where pee pee's and poo poo's go
Get them comfy sitting on it first - reading, watching tv, playing
Potty is a FUN word for a fun thing
Always remain positive and calm, it can be the most frustrating experience for a parent
Expect a lot of accidents and remember they are ACCIDENTS
Have a party, give a treat, make your child feel super each time they go
Include other family members or familiar friends

I will now try to put my son on the potty once in the morning and once before bathtime until I can dedicate a whole week into some intensive potty training!

Try a few fun games with the potty to help her forget she hates it! Wheres potty? One, two, three sit on potty! Show daddy Finleys potty! I don't know, just an idea! Oh, and maybe some cool undies ;D

Good luck and let us know how it all goes.

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Registered: 12-15-2005
Sun, 02-01-2009 - 5:25pm
Thanks so much!!!!!

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Registered: 04-11-2004
Sun, 02-01-2009 - 10:20pm

Crystal, Hi and welcome to the Toilet Teaching board.

The previous poster had some great ideas. Have you read any of the potty training books with your DD, or watched any of the videos. If you haven't that could be another starting point. You can check your local library and see what they have available. As you said your DD will not sit on the potty. Tell her when she sits on the potty she will get a reward, something small that she likes, and then have other rewards for further down the line. Please keep us updated on your DD progress.

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Registered: 05-25-2006
Wed, 02-04-2009 - 3:39pm

We started with potty books too, "A Potty for Me" and "The Potty Book for Girls" were good. They usually start by going on the potty before bath, we never had our potty anywhere but the bath.

Is your DD just 2? I wouldn't push too hard, she's still pretty young.

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Registered: 07-25-2006
Wed, 02-04-2009 - 10:45pm
Your dd just may not be ready yet. However, I would start with some books/videos. My dd, Kelly, who just started potty training 3 weeks ago at 2.5 really enjoys "A Potty for Me" by Karen Katz. Also, she as the Elmo Potty Time video. Good luck!

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 02-06-2009 - 1:48pm

Hello Crystal.


Have you tried using the kitchen timer?set it for around the time she normally goes and race her to the potty,when she beats you there,she gets one m&m's,if she sits for a short time,she gets another one,if she produces pee,she gets three and for poop she gets a small handful.


You can read to her or let her play with a special toy while sitting,and it goes back on the shelf till the next time.


Are you using disposable diapers or cloth?


at her age,it might be a big help to go to cloth diapers or thicker cloth training pants so that she will feel the wetness.


PS,I always recommend the use of plastic panties from at least one year of age over any cloth pants until trained,helps save the furniture and car seats.


I hope this helps.


Many Blessings.


Mac