Potty Trained for over a year.....

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Registered: 11-12-2003
Potty Trained for over a year.....
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Sat, 05-15-2010 - 11:04pm

I started potty training my daughter when she was 2 yrs and 2 or 3 months and she is now 3 yrs 3 mo.

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Registered: 04-09-2003
Sun, 05-16-2010 - 10:14am

i have SO been there!

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Registered: 11-12-2003
Sun, 05-16-2010 - 5:37pm
Yaaaayyyyyy!!! That sounds like what I need!

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Registered: 05-30-2008
Sun, 05-16-2010 - 6:23pm
Welcome, Sharon! I can honestly say that I feel your pain. My Riley is being head-strong and stubborn when it comes to pooping. I have figured out that no amount of time-outs have worked for me. Positive reinforcement has been what works for me. I got Riley a jar, and if he goes poo in the potty, he gets a marble to put in his jar. When (if) it ever fills up, he will get a special day. I haven't decided what that will be yet. When he poops in his underwear, I don't make a big deal out of it. I have stopped using Wipees because they are soft on his hiney. I use lukewarm water with a wash cloth to try to make the experience as unpleasant as I can.

As for staying dry at night, there are many physiological changes they have to go through to make that occur, but you could try limiting the amount of fluids before bed.
It just takes patience, and determination on our part. As tough as that can be. Hang in there and keep us posted!



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Registered: 06-25-2005
Sun, 05-16-2010 - 8:11pm

Although your dd may well be stubborn, in which case the previous ideas are great, I just wanted to throw out a couple of other possible physical explanations.

If your dd tends towards constipation, that can make wetting accidents more likely. Also, if your dd has sensory problems, that could reduce her awareness of the need to toilet which increases the likelihood of accidents.

You might consider putting plastic pants (like what you put over cloth diapers) over your dd underpants to reduce messes (having her wear thick training underpants will help absorb the moisture to reduce messes, too). If she sits in wet pants awhile, that can help discourage her from choosing to wet herself. Also, make your dd responsible for her messes, cleaning them up herself (under your guidance).

For nighttime potty training, like the PP said, the body must first develop a hormone signaling the kidneys to slow urine production when the body is asleep before a child can stay dry at night. Without that hormone, the child just produces too much urine to stay dry. Three of my kids developed that hormone early, but one did not. Children develop the hormone at different times, and there's not much you can do about it. Once they show signs of being less wet in the morning and/or having occasional dry nights, then you can begin limiting fluids and awakening them once during the night to go potty, to help them learn to stay dry overnight.

Best wishes.

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Registered: 11-12-2003
Sun, 05-16-2010 - 9:21pm

My DD doesn't have any issues with pooping and doesn't have any sensory issues.

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Registered: 04-09-2003
Mon, 05-17-2010 - 1:45am

my dd is like yours, she doesn't care if she is wet and will play hours that way. she is just lazy and won't do what has to be done.

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