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Ok, so this is not a veggie question, but I'm going to ask it anyways!<br><br><br><br>
My daughter is 2yrs and 3 months old, I am a teacher so I'm home for Christmas break and I thought this would be a great time to potty train her. I am tired of having 2 in diapers (she has an 8 mo old little sister). I am taking the diapers away cold turkey and putting her in panties once I finish my coffee (I need some caffeine to help get me through this!). She is not into using the potty or even sitting on our toilet, but I'm going to try.<br><br><br><br>
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It sounds like you are using panties, but make sure they are cloth panties. Those pull-ups just make potty training a nightmare.<br><br><br><br>
For my sons, it was a matter of reasoning with them. There was a pre-school that their cousin had attended and they knew they had to be potty-trained in order to go. Once they understood that, they were more than willing to work on it.<br><br><br><br>
For my nephew, it was a mini reward system. I kept a jar of candy that was just for potty success. No one else got anything from it but him. We did tiny candy treats and the happy potty dance everytime he went!
 

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After working in childcare settings for many years, (and with my own kids) I can tell you kids potty train when they are ready and no sooner. If they sense any rushing or pushing for a certain goal or timeline, most kids will balk.<br><br><br><br>
So, it's possible that trying to have a set date or time when you want it to happen will only make it frustrating for both of you.<br><br><br><br>
With a younger sibling around, chances are your daughter will want to hold on to that bit of "baby attention" that she still gets with NOT being potty trained... you may want to try again at Spring Break if there's little success this time around.<br><br><br><br>
OR: Your daughter may like the idea of being the "big girl" of the family and being different than her younger sibling too - who knows.<br><br><br><br>
Not my favorite trick but using "pretty panties" like silky fabric or ruffles or Disney Princesses definitely helps motivate some little girls too,,,
 

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I wish I had some advice to give you. My daughter is 19 months and I'd love for her to be potty trained before she outgrows her diapers (we use cloth). I think we still have a way to go however...<br><br><br><br>
I also look forward to more suggestions...
 

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My mom's advice (she's done this 5 times!):<br><br><br><br>
Set an entire day (6-8 hrs) aside for potty training, just you and the trainee. Have someone else do the chores and watch your other little one, if possible.<br><br><br><br>
Starting in the am, give the trainee free access to LOTS of yummy drinks. Choc milk, juice, lemonade, hot cocoa, whatever.<br><br><br><br>
Dress the trainee in a top and panties and no-slip socks but no pants so there's lots of easy access.<br><br><br><br>
Using either a special child's potty chair or a childsafe seat that fits over the toilet (with stool to climb up) take regular trips to the potty w/the trainee. If you opted for the special potty chair, trainer and trainee can both sit on their own pots at the same time (what fun!).<br><br><br><br>
Repeat drinking and trips to the potty (plus special mom time, games, cuddles and snacks) all day long.<br><br><br><br>
Don't know why it works, but my mom trained all of us (again, 5!) like this and for each of us we were daytime trained from then on. My sister and I were good to go for nighttime after this one day too, but my brothers and other sister had another few months of rubber sheets and the occasional pull-up for overnighters.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My youngest is 4 and not potty trained. I put him in underwear and he just pees all over the house and poops all over himself. I ask him if he wants to be a big boy like his older brother and he says no. My other 2 children were potty trained at 3. When I put my daughter in underwear the first time she peed all over herself, she was potty trained. She went straight to the toilet and never wet herself at nighttime. The boys are a different story. I wish I had some advice. I think I need to get one of those things that fit the toilet. I just have a potty chair.
 

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I haven't been through this yet but I can give you the advice that I was given: choose the summer closest to their second birthday, and take off the nappies. Just take them off and let the kid run around nude (outside as much as possible). No one likes to go down their leg. Apparently by the end of the summer they'll be potty trained.<br><br><br><br>
I have no idea how effective this method might be having never tried it myself.
 

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My "baby" is 21, so I had to think back to those days. I remember just<br><br>
being consistent, and as TNS said, when the time is right, everything will<br><br>
fall into place.<br><br>
Veggiewriter's advice sounds awesome as well.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Here's what finally worked with my oldest:<br><br><br><br>
He had been using the potty on and off from about 18 months to 2 1/2 years. But it had become a battle when we would ask him to sit on the potty - he didn't want to, we would try to make him, that was not pretty (and looking back, not very respectful to him). So we took a potty-training hiatus for a couple of months.<br><br><br><br>
Then we decided we were ready to go for it again. In the middle of May this year, we told him "in June you aren't going to wear pull-ups anymore, you will wear big-boy underpants." We reminded him of this occasionally and he got to cross of every day until June 1st on the calender. About a week before June 1st we took him shopping and he picked out his own underpants.<br><br><br><br>
Then, on June 1st, he woke up and we put him in underpants. We reminded him that underpants don't hold pee pee or poo poo so he would need to run to the potty or tell us if he had to go. That first day, he had SO many accidents! In fact, I don't think he successfully made it to the potty even once that day. We put him in a pull-up that night, but the next morning it was back to underpants. On that day, he had a few accidents but made it to the potty about half the time. By the third day, he was making it most of the time. By the end of the week, he was pretty much potty-trained! The secret, with his personality, was to never tell him when he had to go. Occasionally (like if he was doing the potty dance) we would ask him if he needed to go potty, but if he said no, we said okay and left it at that. I think giving him the control over it was an important part of the learning process for him. Now he's totally potty-trained, it's totally his thing, we don't have to worry about when the last time he went was, or remind him to go, or even go in there with him. When he has to go, he goes. He doesn't even tell us where he's going half the time anymore! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
By the way, he turned 3 in August so he was potty-trained only shortly before that.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I potty trained my 2, boy and girl, very quickly. I went to the "dollar store" and got LOTS of prizes. I wrapped them and put them in a fun basket on the back of the toilet. Every time they went on the potty they got to pick a prize. OH MY GOSH!! My children were trained so fast. In fact they couldn't wait to go potty and get to open a prize. Absolutely get a child potty seat that fits into your regular toilet and a step stool. Sit the portable potty seat in the kitchen or t.v. room just in case they can't make it to the regular toilet. I agree with a couple of others. Plan NOTHING for a couple of days, not even laundry. And I did it in the spring when they could run around bottomless in the backyard. Wow they hated the feeling of the pee running down their legs. Also get the book "Everybody Poops", great book and it helps to take the fear of pooping away. Let them read it while trying to poo. GOOD LUCK, dina
 

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My mom's advice (she's done this 5 times!):<br><br><br><br>
Set an entire day (6-8 hrs) aside for potty training, just you and the trainee. Have someone else do the chores and watch your other little one, if possible.<br><br><br><br>
Starting in the am, give the trainee free access to LOTS of yummy drinks. Choc milk, juice, lemonade, hot cocoa, whatever.<br><br><br><br>
Dress the trainee in a top and panties and no-slip socks but no pants so there's lots of easy access.<br><br><br><br>
Using either a special child's potty chair or a childsafe seat that fits over the toilet (with stool to climb up) take regular trips to the potty w/the trainee. If you opted for the special potty chair, trainer and trainee can both sit on their own pots at the same time (what fun!).<br><br><br><br>
Repeat drinking and trips to the potty (plus special mom time, games, cuddles and snacks) all day long.<br><br><br><br>
Don't know why it works, but my mom trained all of us (again, 5!) like this and for each of us we were daytime trained from then on. My sister and I were good to go for nighttime after this one day too, but my brothers and other sister had another few months of rubber sheets and the occasional pull-up for overnighters.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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This is what we did! I put her in the kitchen with panties on (an assortment of Elmo, The Little Mermaid, and Dora) and we watched her favorite movie. As long as she sat on the potty with her panties down she got to suck on a sucker. If she went to the bathroom she got a sticker to put on the potty. She had so many accidents! I didn't act like it was a big deal.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think she's quite ready though. She is getting some control over her bladder, so that's good. She knows when she goes and once I could tell she knew she had to go and I quickly got her on the potty and she went a full bladder full!!!<br><br><br><br>
I am taking it slowly. We aren't going to be potty trained this week. It was getting stressful on her.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the great advice everyone!
 

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Thanks Gas4!!<br><br><br><br>
I don't know if my son is just stubborn or what because I have tried prizes and even candy at one time. I wanted him to start preschool soon but they won't take him if he is not potty trained. I never had to deal with this with my older 2 children but my youngest is giving us problems. I let him run around naked for awhile and he peed on the floor and even pooped on the floor. He does not want to go on the toilet. I get frustrated so for now we are taking a break. Everyone has told me boys take longer. I wonder when I should ask the doctor because he is 4 now and I think that is pretty old to not be potty trained.
 
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