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Advice For Potty Training Toddler

My daughter is wanting to get started on potty training her almost 2 year (Oct.) old daughter. Right now the child will sit on the potty, but she doesn't want to take her pants down. She screams every time you tell her she needs to take her pants down. She says NO! So the mom doesn't pursue it any further. Do you all have any suggestions for her? Thanks for any replies. P.S. I love this site!

Teresa from VA


Advice For Potty Training Toddler

Sorry, I don't have any immediate advice about how to solve that part of the problem but I know Dr. Phil has info on how to potty train in a day.

Here's the article:

Hope that helps! (This is coming from someone who doesn't have kids). I just remember the episode. Good luck! (08/10/2007)

By Dawn

Advice For Potty Training Toddler


I was very frustrated as well with potty training. When I was researching potty training, a common theme seemed to be praise and positive reinforcement. I came across a website called We hung it in the kitchen and named the little boy on the front of the package, Bobby. My son could not wait to go to the potty so he could push the button, hear the praising message, and get his chocolate reward from, Bobby. It really got my son excited about using the potty himself and it was fun for him. Because he became so involved, potty training was easy. So give it a try. Best of luck! (08/10/2007)

By ctmom123

Advice For Potty Training Toddler

When I was potty-training my daughter, I used positive reinforcement. At the time, she loved Dora. I bought Dora stickers and hung a "potty poster" that I made on the computer in the bathroom. Every time she went in the potty, she got to put a sticker up on her poster. It worked great. I also used this method to get her to sleep in her own bed at night. (08/10/2007)

By Kelly

Advice For Potty Training Toddler

That Dr. Phil advice works great! I know I followed something very similar and both my kids learned very quickly. When I started potty training my daughter, she didn't wear any bottoms, just a long t-shirt down to her knees. That way, she was covered, but she knew that when she had to "go", she had to go to the toilet. I also used the long t-shirt method on my son and he caught on quicker than my daughter, it actually took less than a day for him to start going to the toilet every time. With both of them, I put them in "big kid unders" once they grasped the concept of heading for the toilet or potty seat, but not before. I figured that learning the "pull down" was a separate feat to accomplish, first they needed to recognize their body's signal and make it to the bathroom in time. (08/13/2007)


By azDana

Advice For Potty Training Toddler

All my children, 15 in fact, boys and girls were allowed to accompany me when I went to the bathroom. I talked to them and asked if they wanted to try. No pressure. Time and patience along with consistency did the trick. Did the same with the grand kids too. Even allowed the potty in whatever room we were in at the time. Children don't all develop at the same rate, so don't push just because somebody said she should be doing this or that at a certain age. Also, most kids aren't ready for potty training before age three when they develop muscle control and number two is usually hardest to train. Keep reminding her and giving plenty of opportunity to try. (08/13/2007)


Advice For Potty Training Toddler

There are some great videos that helped my kids. Check your local library for copies. Also, look for board books that you can read with the child that teach about potty training. Rewards and sticker charts work very well. We did some potty training outside on a nice day (we had a secluded yard). Bring along the potty, have lots of water to drink. Have them wear regular underwear. If there's an accident, it's easier to clean up outside! (08/13/2007)

By Crafty_VA_Mom

Advice For Potty Training Toddler

Don't push it! I just went through a terrible time w/ my now 3 year old and she has been potty trained for only 2 months now (2 months after she turned 3). We did everything and she eventually started getting urinary tract infections so bad she had one every month for 3 months. Her Doctor said to stop, she will go when she is ready. But you know what, she went when she was ready! lol. The biggest help was her Aunts and Grannys bought her cute underwear and we told her she couldn't go to pre-school this fall w/out using the potty. (08/13/2007)

By Sarah

Advice For Potty Training Toddler

When the time came to take my son, Boet, off nappies, I was visiting on the Karoo (desert) farm in the Laingsburg district, where my grandmother grew up. As there were only family members, goats, sheep and Karoo "bossies" to see Boet, I just let him go without pants. He soon decided he would rather use the potty than have the mess. It was so easy. My husband gave him a few demonstrations and he was trained within a week. (08/14/2007)

By gurth

Advice For Potty Training Toddler

Bear in the Big Blue House has a wonderful DVD for only $10.00. I think it is called "Potty Time With Bear".

Advice For Potty Training Toddler

For my 1st child (girl), I took her into bathroom with me. Sometimes she'd sit on her potty, sometimes not. Positive reinforcement, rewards, and pretty "big-girl panties". She was trained by 2-2 1/2 (she's 24 now), so don't remember exactly.

My 2nd (boy), same thing as above, into bathroom with me but also Dad & Grandpa. Daytime trained by 2 1/2, Nighttime by 3, but still had some accidents at night till 3 1/2.

My 3rd (boy), we tried everything we could think of or anyone suggested from age 2-3. He absolutely refused to use potty. He was receiving chemo for cancer & doctors said using the potty was the only thing he had absolute control over. We gave up as frustration wasn't worth it & kept him in disposable training pants. Age 4 1/2-no closer to success & he was 2 weeks before starting school which wouldn't take him in diapers. So I took him to store & bought him 1 more pack of disposable training pants then explained to him that when they were gone, I wasn't buying anymore, he'd have to wear "big-boy" underpants. He had 3 times with wet or dirty underpants & we never had another problem.

Lastly my 4th (boy), lesson learned from #3, it's easier to wait until you can really reason with them. Didn't even try till after age 3 & he showed interest in being like his brothers & dad. I bought him 1 more pack to count down & he went straight into underwear. He had a few accidents, but it was SO much easier than the others (even the first 2). (08/14/2007)


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