My 2 year old wont go potty

United States
September 10, 2008 6:38pm CST
My 2 year old has advanced seems to understand everything except when to go to the potty. We are wathcing kids her age go the the next class due to 8eing a8le to go potty while she is left 8ehind. She understands numer one just fine, 8ut for #2, she just wont go..I am consistenly asking her and she always says no and just when I am not looking she will go hide somewhere and go. I am so frustrated and not sure how to make her understand when her little 8ody says its time to go. Please help.
4 responses
@emarie (5451)
• United States
11 Sep 08
it takes time, so kids just don't like it. #2 is always the hardest to do, it'll just take some patience and time. you can ask her doctor, sometimes they know some tricks as well. for me, i just waited and eventually my boys made it on time to the potty for it. but it took a long time, a lot of dirty carpets and dirty underwear. don't be to worried though, my nephew is 3 and he doesn't even use the potty yet, maybe once, but not too close to being complete.
• United States
11 Sep 08
Ohh..I am so glad to hear a8out your nephew. She will 8e 3 soon and I am so worried. The doctor is saying the same thing a8out patience and time so I guess I'll just have to work on those things. How long is a long time cause its 8een like 3 almost 4 months?
@emarie (5451)
• United States
11 Sep 08
depends on the child. if your little girl just needs to go there when the feeling happens, when you see that she may poop, just take her to the potty to sit. eventually, something will happen right? well. hopefully it wouldn't take that long.
@jfeets726 (775)
• United States
12 Sep 08
My daughter wasn't fully potty trained until she was almost four. She would sometimes use the bathroom before then, but not always. She is fine now. I was worried at the time too because I knew a lot of other kids were going sooner, but our doctor simply just said that you should work with her, but she will go when she is ready to go. Honestly, it felt like she just woke up one morning and decided that she was ready. The difference with us though is that she just started pre-k this week. Before that, she stayed home with me. So, we had the freedom to slowly work with her, build up encouragement and excitement, and let her move at her own pace. From your post, I gathered that your child is in some type of school setting, like maybe a preschool. That does add extra pressure, but I suggest just sticking with praise and encouragement. Since she doesn't have a problem with #1, just offer her as much praise and encouragement possible. She may like it and want to hear it from the #2s
• United States
12 Sep 08
I forgot to add that she is in pre-k and while she may have an accident every now and then for the most part she goes potty just fine while she is there.
• United States
11 Sep 08
Even if she says no take her every 30 min when you are at home. The first time she uses it make a BIG deal about it. Clap, dance around, give her a treat, whatever you have to do to let her know this is thr right thing to do. Keep doing it for a few days and then you can start asking her does she have to go. She'll be so excited to go to get the treat she'll be trained in no time.
• United States
11 Sep 08
I think that is where I am running into the error..I am asking her yet not actually taking her to go even if she says no. I ask every 5 minutes too which might seem like too much for her. She has gone previously and I was so proud I took a picture for the grandparents yet it seems like she hasnt done it again since. She tries to 8utter me up when she does wrong 8y telling me she loves me and how sorry she is yet the ruined carpets and clotes are so frustating. Thanks for the advice
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
She will eventually just be patient with her. or maybe you build a routine, like when she wakes up in the morning let her sit in the potty trainer, if nothing comes out, do it every morning and I am sure eventually her poo poo will follow. happy training!