Thursday, May 28, 2009

Potty Training Woes

As the weather turned warmer, I set about to potty train my 2.75 years-old dd. With my son, I had had little problem and he was all set to ditch the diaper in one week, mashaAllah.
Now, with girls, it is said to be easier but to my dismay, I am finding potty training this time to be an impossible task. Just when I thought we were making some progress, dd was afflicted with a stomach bug and back in diapers. Now, we are at square one and she seems to be in love with the diapers!
Is there an easy way out there? What have been your experiences and any advice?

12 comments :

  1. We've not been through the potty training stage yet as the boys are only 18 months. All the books say wait until they show interest in the potty and don't force the issue - all very well but you do want to take advantage of your summer. Personally I'd like to be able to go to the loo without two little 'helpers' in attendance with three metres of toilet paper helpfully unwound!

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  2. LOL!thankfully I'm past that stage of zero privacy.

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  3. Many people advise over here to let her run around in a dress and no undies at all, as the children are not supposed to like the feeling of wet down their legs. If you haven't tried it, this is what I did with the Bug.

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  4. @shells...I would have tried it if I could but the indoors are all carpeted and it's too hot outdoors. I am trying to interest her in the process by offering her stickers to decorate her toilet seat when she uses it.

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  5. Grandparents seem to have the knack for this. My mom potty trained my daughter in one day, it was amazing. We had taken a road trip to her house for a weekend and she trained her while we were there just in one day, and she told her when we left that she could leave her diapers at grandma's and my daughter said ok, never used a diaper again.

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  6. My oldest was almost three and hadn't shown signs of being ready to train, no dry diapers and so on. But just before he was three we were visiting with the family across the street whose daughter was born the same day he was and had been trained for ages. She took him off down the hallway telling him she would show him how to go potty. She did. He never had another diaper!!! Maybe your son would have some influence? :) samm

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  7. It's been a while for my daughter, she's six now.
    I remember that really girly underwear will help a bit. or a little reward, like a treat or a gift.
    Maybe you can tell her she'll get a special knit by mommy if she get's it right.
    I hope the stomachbug is gone, and she'll have lots of fun (and a rested mom that won't have to clean up after her).

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  8. I've just looked back over copies of the NZ Littlies magazine and one women did this... her child used to like going to the local $2 shop (everything is $2) so if she used the loo for a wee the little girl got 20 cents and then if she sat on the loo for anything else she got 50 cents. The money all went into a little jar and at the end of the week the child was allowed to visit the store with her 'earned' money and make a purchase of a small toy. Seemed to have worked for the girl reasonably quickly. I asked my Mum and she said she would put me on a plastic potty for a minute shortly after a meal. It was summer so I was allowed on the deck or the garden on my potty for a short while. She said that worked but my younger brother was terrible to train, he wasn't at all interested in ever taking his nappies off.

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  9. reward her for doing it in the right place :) that's how we did it with our daughter.

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  10. We bought a coveted toy and told our ds he could have it when he had 30 potties. So, every time he went in the potty, we wrote the next number on a piece of paper that was posted nearby. By the end of the week he had gotten to 30, and using the potty had become a habit.

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  11. :-) You are doing great! Girls respond well to compliments and YAYa while training. SLowly she will get it. All the best!

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