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has anyone or is anyone successfully potty training their lil ones at the moment. i want to start with my daughter who is 20 months old. any tips pls? Read More
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
has anyone or is anyone successfully potty training their lil ones at the moment. i want to start with my daughter who is 20 months old. any tips pls?
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
I haven't gotten beyond her sitting on the actual potty yet....she cheers herself now when she sits down....so maybe I was a bit premature with the praising...haha!!

Does she know herself when she's wet or done a poo?
#2
Im thinking the same....i haven't got a clue what to even do!! Any books recommended?
#3
problem these days is that nappies are so good they dont know if they are wet as the nappy keeps them so dry, what we done is let them run around with out a nappy, ok there going to have accidents but hey it happens but they gotta learn.
#4
it only really works when they are ready, ask them if they would like to go to the loo. tell them how much bigger and older it makes them, just keep telling them how much better it will make them feel,

Not easy until they really want to leave the nappies alone.
#5
They'll let you know when they're ready for potty training, you'll just be causing frustration for you both if you try to start too early.
#6
get her used to seeing a potty and being around it... she should be familar with it as an item of furniture.

Just familiarity at first :)

then if she wishes to sit on it while watching tv or something, great... it can be a "chair"

Invest in some story books about potty training.

Take potty into the bathroom with you and when you sit on the loo have your dd sit on the potty...

Encourage her and congratulate her whenever she interacts with the pot ( especially if she manages to pee in it )

Some kids like to see you actually use it as a toilet to get the message....feel free if you wish to ;-)

You can use star charts or reward systems to encourage further.

Whatever you do, dont rush it, let her take it at her own time...

Have potty trained four so far :) xxx

Good luck and have fun xxxxx
#7
hi, i have successfully potty trained 2 girls, i swear by the 'potty training in 7 days' by gina ford its only a fiver, just dont expect it to only take seven days but it gives you some fab tips on how to teach them the difference between wet and dry and how to know if they are really 'ready' to be trained, and what to do if there are problems its great as a guide, you can adapt it to what works for you
#8
Lulu'sMammy
Im thinking the same....i haven't got a clue what to even do!! Any books recommended?


Books, elmo and the potty...

uhmm, "where's my potty?"

theres lots of potty lift the flap books too :) xx
#9
tracyhay;6385248
hi, i have successfully potty trained 2 girls, i swear by the 'potty training in 7 days' by gina ford its only a fiver, just dont expect it to only take seven days but it gives you some fab tips on how to teach them the difference between wet and dry and how to know if they are really 'ready' to be trained, and what to do if there are problems its great as a guide, you can adapt it to what works for you

Wanna sell it to me lol?
#10
if they wee on the floor i find a rolled newspaper and a swift whack round the head soon stops them lol, seriously do them sitting on the potty while your on the crapper is a good start and sooooo funny as when i sit there reading the paper and littleman's on his potty with his thomas book we like look a right pair
#11
Lulu'sMammy
Wanna sell it to me lol?


lol sorry but keeping it for number 3 when he is ready!:-D
#12
My daughter was easier than my son but he is autistic and I think thats why it was later and took longer and was harder process.

At 20mths I wouldn't be too worried if she doesn't pick it up and you get fed up with the mess,simply try again another time.
I used her Zapf Annabell doll to encourage her to sit on the potty as her doll was doing it. She was about 2 and half when dry in day and it took about 1 week. I remember us having a set back cos we had a bug in house but soon picked up again where we left off.
#13
i know she isnt going to be potty trained straight away i just want to know where to start. we have the potty and she sits on it so i suppose thats a good start..lol. will keep having nappy free times and go from there. someone else swore by the gina ford potty training book.
#14
They say 2 1/2 - 3 is normal...Have also read that pull up pants can confuse them and should really be used for night time when they are learning to pull up and down pants. My friend also swears that letting them feel there pants are wet helps as its not nice so they dont like it!
I am no adviser as this is the next step with my Little one she turned 2 in july. We have a potty in front room so she is used to it and she has had ONE wee in it and she does see me going to the loo( note not on potty!!). But dont want to push her till she is ready as I have heard this is worse!

Good luck all!
#15
mamamia7
i know she isnt going to be potty trained straight away i just want to know where to start. we have the potty and she sits on it so i suppose thats a good start..lol. will keep having nappy free times and go from there. someone else swore by the gina ford potty training book.


yes its a good book to get you started, i bought it when after having a disaster trying to train my first and this really helped, my second was a breeze 3 days and she was clean and dry. i didnt follow it word for word but was good for advise,

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_0_23?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=potty+training+books+gina+ford&sprefix=potty+train&sprefix=potty+train&sprefix=potty+training+books+gi

buy it here only £4.22 delivered:)
#16
I would also like to add that Boys take much longer to potty train and are much later. My Son decided himself at 3 and a bit 'no more pullups' and that was that!!
#17
KazzyD
I would also like to add that Boys take much longer to potty train and are much later. My Son decided himself at 3 and a bit 'no more pullups' and that was that!!


hmmm great! havent started my little boy yet he is 2 1/2 and not showing any signs that he is ready:?
#18
Lulu'sMammy
Im thinking the same....i haven't got a clue what to even do!! Any books recommended?


I used this book which i found so funny and helpful. The next one in the series is called beyond toddlerdom and is also brilliant.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Toddler-Taming-Parents-Guide/dp/0091875285/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253816156&sr=8-3
#19
tracyhay
hmmm great! havent started my little boy yet he is 2 1/2 and not showing any signs that he is ready:?


Neither did mine, and we tried the potty tips and got to a point were we had to give up. Then he decided himself, and no accidents either. All his friends were around 3 too.
#20
all sounds like good advice, both my boys were about 2 3/4 when they were trained. waited till they were ready and it made it very painless.

did try for 2 wks with 2nd one when 'I' was ready but he just wet himself everytime and had no idea on how to do a wee when needed. 3 months later he was done in a day, straight on the toilet and dry at night, 1yr on and only one wet bed, older brother took a lot longer to be dry at night though.

sticker charts can be a good incentive ;-)
#21
oh and with boys it sometimes helps to let them try and wee on the plants in the garden!
#22
My friend was a single mum with a boy and didn't know how to train him to aim his wee as he didn't have a father to show him the, urm, techinque! So she used a ping pong ball in the potty which floated and was something for him to aim for and a fun game at the same time.
#23
sickly sweet
My friend was a single mum with a boy and didn't know how to train him to aim his wee as he didn't have a father to show him the, urm, techinque! So she used a ping pong ball in the potty which floated and was something for him to aim for and a fun game at the same time.


:w00t: you have to train them to stand up straight away i was just going to let him sit till he was a bit older
#24
owens101
oh and with boys it sometimes helps to let them try and wee on the plants in the garden!


:? why? wouldnt that just encourge them to think its ok to wee outside as already to many men do (especially when they have had too many)
#25
start boys sitting, but the trouble is if they don't keep it pointed down they wee through under the seat and either onto the floor or their clothes.

standing is easier for when your at the park with no toilet too ;-)

oh and weeing outside is something I've found all boys like doing so is good for encouraging them to try and do a wee at the start if potty is a bit boring for them. also aiming at a plant is good practice too
#26
owens101
oh and with boys it sometimes helps to let them try and wee on the plants in the garden!


I can imagine what my boys woulda said if I'd have told em to pee in the flowers lol
#27
tracyhay
:w00t: you have to train them to stand up straight away i was just going to let him sit till he was a bit older


My boy started off sitting down, and is still his natural choice. He only stands up if he's in a hurry and then he tends to run away before he's really finished.

Be prepared for the splashes on the floor and behind the loo. Boys eh! and they don't get much better with their aim when they are grown up :roll:
#28
i started my little girl a couple of days after her 2nd birthday we went out and bought the big girl pants together, the next day she couldnt wait to wear them. she would never sit in her potty before she just wasnt interested in it, but when she peed the floor i just picked ger up and sat her in the potty explaining this is where she pee's, i must admit she did peed the floor 4 times that day but by the end of the day she peed in the potty herself, we were cheering and clapping like maddies. lol .. and that was her i really didnt think that she would take to it as quickly as she did to be honest .. she was off the night nappies 2 wks later too... i might have just been lucky ... she still had a couple of accidents and i also made sure that we had nothing planned and that i had loads of cleaning stuff in lol good luck
banned#29
theres some woman 'nina' somebody or summit. Her book is excellent
#30
makes me howl when people say boys take longer to train than girls! utter twaddle. I have had 3 boys and all were dry during the day before their second birthdays and dry at night 6 months after!

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