NEED ADVICE ON POTTY TRAINING!!

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Registered: 08-08-2011
NEED ADVICE ON POTTY TRAINING!!
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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 7:00pm

HI EVERYONE! I HAVE 3 KIDS.. A 3 SOON TO BE 4 YR OLD BOY, A 2YR OLD GIRL AND AN 8MO OLD STEP DAUGHTER.. AS YOU ALL KNOW DIAPERS ARE VERY PRICEY AND I RECENTLY DECIDED TO BE A STAY AT HOME MOM AND TRAIN MY BABIES TO USE THE POTTY BUT ITS NOT GOING AS I THOUGHT.. LOL.. I KNOW SOME OF YOU ARE PROBABLY THINKING Y DID I WAIT SO LONG TO START TRAINING MY SON.. BUT I MY FAMILY HAS HAD A VERY ROUGH TIME THIS PAST 2 YRS AND ITS FINALLY FALLING INTO ITS PLACE.. MY HUSBAND AND I WENT THROUGH A SEPARATION AND WE DECIDED TO WORK OUT OUR MARRIAGE SO HERE WE ARE AGAIN.. BUT NOW I HAVE

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Registered: 06-24-2011
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 7:17pm
My daughter turned two last month. I started much earlier (14 months) but what I did was every time she ate or drank anything significant we went potty. I would just say let's go potty and go into the bathroom and sit on the floor in front of her potty. No treats or rewards other than major praise. Also I let her run around with no bottoms on when home. Within a week she was going pee on the potty and had pooping down by 18 months. Though I had to clean up a few accidents I found that her not having pants on really helped because she could just go. Now we have an occasional accident but for the most part she consistantly goes on the potty. I should add from 18 months on no diapers just training pants, even at nigh, thus she new when she was wet or dirty.
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Registered: 06-24-2011
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 7:21pm
I should add beyond eating and drink about every two hours I would take her. I am not a stay at home mother but most days she goes to work with me so every couple hours we would still go. She went through a phase that I would ask and she would say no even though I could tell she needed to go at these times I would say mama has to go potty and to this she would say me to and run into the bathroom.
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Registered: 08-05-2004
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 10:57pm

My daughter was horrible with #2, she took forever but then one day out of the blue she decided she wanted to be a big girl. Nothing happened new that day, just her attitude changed. My friends daughter is 4 1/2 and still refuses to go #2, she'll hold it until she's miserable with an upset stomach...for days. You just cannot force them. I tried bribery, it didn't work. It just took an attitude change then we called everyone and celebrated! She's still in pull-up's at night and she'll be 4 in October.

No luck with my almost 2 year old yet. She likes potty's but refuses to sit without her diaper on...she has not problem taking it off but will not sit on a potty with out one. So i'm no help for the younger one. Have you brought her to buy her own panties. That did help us. My older daughter did not want to go pee pee on Dora, I told her we would have to throw Dora out if she did get peed on and we never had an accident once she started using the potty and wearing her new Dora's.

Good Luck. Some kids just get it quicker then others. I don't stress about it because then i'm stressed and the kids still do not care so I just go with the flow. LOL

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Registered: 11-16-2007
Thu, 08-11-2011 - 10:41pm
I'm a big believer in the "naked" plan. Once the kid has used the potty a few times over a few months, then just decide it is potty training time and stay home for 3 days. Take all bottoms off and many accidents later, you'll have a kid going in the potty. That being said, my 3 yo is totally pee trained but held in his poop so much once we switched to underwear that we're now dealing with major constipation issues. We now have to use stool softeners and laxatives just to get our 3 yo to poo in his pull -up. We used undewear for months, but we've gone back to pull-ups. Today, i took my 3 yo to the toy store and let him pick out "any toy he wanted". I told him he would get that toy after he was using the potty to poop all of the time. After months of struggling with this, he pooped on the potty TODAY!

My 20 month old is also in the early stages of toilet training. he gets sat on the potty each night before bath, and a couple times during the day (when I remember). we've had no success yet, but he knows what he's supposed to do on the potty, so now it is just a matter of him wanting to hold in his pee and use that potty!

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