Please Help! Potty Training Disaster
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|Thu, 06-17-2010 - 12:08am|
My DD is 25 months old. For a couple of months earlier on, I had a couple of potties just out and around, and would try to get her to sit on them (by bribing her with "Elmo's World" or playing with my iPhone) -- I now know that wasn't the way to go. But at that time, she built up a resistance, defiance and HATRED of the potties.
Then I read "Oh Crap, Potty Training" (recommended to me by someone on the Toilet Teaching board), and hid the potties for 2 1/2 weeks to reset the situation, and even bought a NEW potty (looks like a frog, really cute), and this morning we had a "bye diapers" party (with hats and balloons) and "threw out the diapers"...
Today has been miserable. Naked time all day, me watching her like a hawk...and every time she starts to go, I pick her up and quickly say, "Oh, hold it honey!" get her over to the potty and try to sit her on it...and, while I am giving her liberal praise and high-fives and happiness and pride (or trying to), she FREAKS OUT: "NO POTTY!!!!! NOOOOO POTTY!!!!!!! DON'T WANT POTTY!!!!!" She keeps holding it, then finally peeing all over the carpet, and then I grab her and the meltdown happens. She hasn't actually gone on the potty even ONCE...not EVER.
She had a 10-alarm SCREAMING FIT about it while pooping on the floor, while we tried to get her onto the potty. She's definitely going through the terrible 2s tantrum thing...but this is the absolute worst I've EVER seen.
I'm worried. What should I do? How can I continue on this -- basically it seems like a death spiral?
Please help! ANY advice is much appreciated. Should we just continue with naked time and accidents all over the carpet 24/7? Should I keep trying to force the issue? The book says this is the PRIME window for potty training, and anything after 30 months is much more difficult. But should I back off, bring back the diapers, and try again in a month or even 2?