Potty learning

I have a three-year-old daughter and we are trying to potty train. She'll go when we tell her to, but she won't tell you when she has to go. How do I get her to tell me that she has to go potty?


To successfully potty train you must first determine if your daughter knows when she needs to use a potty on a consistent basis. That knowledge is sometimes the last piece in the toilet training process and it can't be hurried. A child must be neurologically mature enough to make the connection between the feeling in his or her body and the need to go to the bathroom.

If you are sure that your daughter knows when she has to go, then explain to her that this is the time to go to the potty as patiently and enthusiastically as you can.

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