Potty Training an Almost Three Year Old

I am so desperate! My 2yr old does not want to potty train. She continues to go in her pull ups. I tell her to tell mommy when she has to pee or poo, but she will not tell me. She says any and everything else accept for "mommy I have to pee/poo". I need help. She's in daycare, but in July she will be enrolled to another school then in September she'll be 3 and starting pre-k. Does anyone have any helpful suggestions, because everyone else I speak to say's she'll go when she's ready to go, but I would love for her to go now. Help potty training momma. :(


By Shuquin S.

May 27, 20110 found this helpful

Well, put her in panties during the day. When she has pee running down her legs she will get the idea. You may have to clean up messes for a little while, but pull-ups should only be used at night. Panties during the day, let her feel how yucky it really is. Pull ups only disguise the yucky feeling. When she does start using the potty, praise her!! When she does have accidents don't be negative, just remain calm and tell her to try again next time.

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May 28, 20110 found this helpful

It also helps if they are vary special panties. after all no little girl wants to pee on the Disney princesses!

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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

I agree, with Pullups she may not be understanding the whole peeing thing, Get some cheap panties so if she soils them with poo you can just throw them away. Then tell her you know she will go in the potty when she is ready, ignore all accidents, other than to say you know she will use the potty when she is ready or a casual, yes it is messy, it is nice to go in the potty.

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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

I had this same problem with my daughter 32 years ago. I took her to Kmart where she picked out her own colorful, dainty, pretty little panties. From there we went home where together we took the panties and put them in their very own 'panty drawer' within her room. I was telling her the whole time I did this that when she was ready to be a big girl like mommy that she could 'then and only then' wear the new panties but that meant no more pull ups or throw away diapers. The decision was left up to her when she was ready not me. I then left her in her room to think about what we had just talked about. In a matter of minutes she came running out into the kitchen with her pull up off , her new panties on and announced "look mommy I'm a big girl now!" the whole while throwing her pull up away.

From that day on she slept only in her 'night time helpers' (diapers) until she was a little older and could control herself by not wetting in her bed. It worked so well that she has trained her three children the same way. No one wants to pee on the fairy princess or any other boy Disney character.

Good luck as I know that this is a hard time for them and you too. God Bless their little hearts. :)

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Anonymous Flag
May 31, 20110 found this helpful

Excellent advice but I absolutely love what Paula Jo Carr says she did for her daughter! :-)

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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

Get rid of the pull ups. They think they are diapers, confusing. I had 6 children, we never used pullups. When they were two, they received panties for a birthday gift. No problems.

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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

Get rid of the pull ups they think they are diapers confusing I had 6 children we never used pullups when they were two they received panties for a birthday gift no problems.

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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

I read all the ideas and they sound great, but if they don't work, get the book, "Toilet Training your Child in Less Than a Day". Read the entire book before you start toilet training and do exactly as it says, then you will have a toilet trained toddler! Actually, my son took three days using this method. I hope this helps!

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June 1, 20110 found this helpful

In addition to what Paula and Disks said, I also used a time clipped to the child's clothing. Set for every 15 minutes to use the BR. A couple successful times, move it to 20, etc. I did daycare when my kids were little and this was fantastic for potty training in a day or two. My neighbor sent her daughter to my daycare to get potty trained. She did daycare too and just did not have the patience for doing it.

When just starting out, play time was am, so diapers stayed on, after nap the panties went on. This was for the first couple weeks. Then all diapers off. I had both boys and girls and success in both. My own grandchildren were out of diapers by 20 months. My sons--by 18 months.

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August 13, 20110 found this helpful

2yrs old is still pretty early for potty training. I've five kids and I learned that if you push a kid to go potty, they won't do it. All that will happen is major frustration. I know you want her potty trained now, but kids do it when they're ready, not when we are, unfortunately. I second the advice on pull-up; while convenient for you, they are just diapers. One of my daughters was trained in a week while wearing panties, but she was ready. The others (boys) took forever!

Good luck!

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