How do you potty train your child?

Hungary
February 10, 2008 7:11am CST
I have a 2 year old daughter. We are trying to potty train her now, since I think it's about time to rid of the diapers. (safe lots of money too). But we are having problems because she just wouldn't sit on her potty long enough and don't even know what's it all about. And I'm afraid if we force her to sit,she will cringe from it totally. Tell me your experiences and how and when you manage to do train. Thank you!
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@mom4kids (658)
• Canada
3 Mar 08
I'm potty training my 3rd child now. When you start training its a good thing to not force them on the potty at first, just have it there, try to tell her what it's for, encourage her to sit on it when you go so she can be big like mommy. At first its a good idea just to let them sit on it when they want, even with their pants on. I think they are so little and its a new thing, they might be scared, or curious, and just want to check it out slowly on their on, like a new puppy, lol! I know from expierence that if you force them to do it they regress. When she does start going make the bigest deal you can about it, and I always rewarded my kids, a candy each time for the first while then I switch to a sticker each time and a candy for a poop.
@Ayannali (63)
• United States
17 Feb 08
We are starting to do potty training with my 26 month old now... and he sometimes lets me know when he has to go and sometimes he doesn't. But he likes flushing the tolit. He will go if you put him on the tolit...the poo part still gets a bit er...messy but it's been only 2 weeks yet. don't force it though...
• United States
12 Feb 08
DOn't force, just aim her in the right direction. Let her come into the bathroom with you and then put her potty in there too. At first leave her diaper on and just let her sit on it across, or next, to you. What worked best for me was once my daughter was ready and knew what the potty was we let her run naked at our house. After a few accidents she was going in her potty every time. Both poop and pee. Don't expect her to be trained out of the house or at night for a while though. That takes a little more control and the ability to tell you with enough time to get there. My daughter has been potty trained for both day and night for about 8 months now (she just turned 3), But for out and about only 4 months. She still has accidents over at friends because she geet to busy playing and waits too long.
@silkyt34 (324)
• United States
12 Feb 08
i had my oldest potty trained by one and my youngest was alost 2.. what i did was i wrapped a piece of saran wrap around the lid of the toilet and put magic markers on there cause i always sat them backwards until they werent afraid of falling in.. and while they were on the potty they were allowed to color mommy pretty pictures but only when they were going potty.. my oldest was totally potty trained in two days and had no accidents. my youngest ( who happened to turn out loving to draw) took a little longer but i honestly think it was because of the drawing... so try putting saran wrap on the lid and markers and telling her she can draw while trying to potty or even try m&m's those worked for my best friend
• United States
11 Feb 08
I think it is Huggies that has a free potty training kit, it has stickers, a book, and several other things to help make potty training more fun for little ones. Just check their web site. Also as the others have said, do not push or punish, when they are ready they will go. The idea about the seat for the toilet is excellent too, I have used both the potty seat and the seat for the toilet, it was much easier with the toilet seat. The kid's think they are special because they get to set on the big potty, and it is also much more comfy for then because the seat is padded. I got mine at Big Lots for about $5.00, so not expensive. Good luck, and happy training.
• Canada
11 Feb 08
Hi! I just read your discussion about potty training your daughter. My daughter is almost 7 now, but I started training her about the same time as you around 2 years old. My daughter hated the potty as well, so we tried something different. I bought her a potty seat for the toilet. All it is is a smaller seat that goes on top of the toilet seat, the perfect size for little bums..........LOL. Anyways they come with stickers and stuff to decorate them. My daughter decorated it and then she loved to use the toilet. It doesn't sound like a lot of help but something that easy might just be the answer you are looking for. Try it and see.
11 Feb 08
it took my little boy a few months to start using the potty he didnt like it at all so tried him straight on the toilet he prefered that so hes been using toilet ever since
• Philippines
11 Feb 08
When my son was 1 year and nine months we thought it's going to be very impossible to train him because he won't just follow. Several times when I have to go to the comfort room to pee I'd bring him along to flush for me and observe. At 2 years and 2 months he decided not to wear diapers anymore coz as he said mommy doesn't wear one. So it started it all, when he's feeling like making poo he'd come to me and lead me to the comfort room. I think it pays to bring him to the bathroom now at 2 years and 4 months we no longer bother buying diapers. In the evening before bedtime he'd pee first that avoids the incidence of peeing on bed.
11 Feb 08
I remember potty training my oldest son. With him it was actually easy. I made it fun for him. I would read to him while he sat there. Of course there were the usual times when he would sit there for a while, then get up and pee on the floor. I decided to start potty training him when he was 22 months old because he was always taking his diapers off when he was wet, dirty, or just for fun. I figured it must be time to try. I think it sounds as if your daughter is not ready yet. Do you have other children, older ones? Do you let your daughter into the bathroom with you? Try that for awhile and see if she gets curious. Don't try to force her though, she'll let you know when she's ready.
10 Feb 08
Hi i have 7 kids i potty trained mine during the summer months,lot easier .I didn't pressure mine and the adverts on the tv helped alot you know the im a big girl now lol.When she is ready she wil let you know.May not seem it but going wee wee on pot pot is abig thing lol.Be playful about it show her how her favourite dolly likes to sit on potty.Buy those pull up pants.Anyway hope i've helped a little.Goodluck!
@malachy8 (26)
• Ireland
10 Feb 08
I have two boys and both were very slow to potty train.. My eldest was approaching 3 and I was getting concerned, when I discussed it with the pediatrician she advised he would do it in his own time, because it became a power thing he knew he was in control. So, I literally gave up and within just a few weeks, he was letting me know when he had to go or was going on his own. My second son, wasn't much better but again it was in his own time. So don't fret, she will do it when she is ready, remember although she is growing up she is still just a baby.
@nyumix (1661)
• Belgium
10 Feb 08
We did few times potty training with my daughter. Did not work until she need to go to school, then the teacher told her and did potty training too. Teacher promised her to give a present if she don't wear diapers when she go to school. From that moment she does not wear diapers in a day anymore. Only in the night, when she sleep, I still put diapers since she still can't control when she is asleep.
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
10 Feb 08
If you push it will make it harder. You should wait until she is ready. Let her sit on the potty if she wants. Let her see you use the bathroom. Read books about it and talk about it. Let her be as independent as possible in other ways, like choosing which clothes to wear, dressing herself and cleaning up after herself. When she is ready, it will happen. Praise her efforts, and never, ever punish accidents.
@cherriemae (3374)
• Philippines
10 Feb 08
my daughter had been potty trained when she was 2yrs old, if she will poo, i will hold her two thighs like she's sitting, then she's comfortable with it..it's hard but then time will come your daughter will be trained and she will be able to do that on her own..my daughter is already 3 now, and she can poo herself, but i'm the one washing her butt..goodluck.. sorry for the english..lol