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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Potty Training

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Potty Training Tips
I found this site via Pinterest and it has some really great tips for potty training. I introduced Ari to her potty months ago just get her familiar with it and how to sit on it. She has peed in it twice but we sat there for quite sometime before she peed. I know most people tell you to start training around age 2 and Ari is fast approaching the big 2. My concern is the fact that Ari is still not really talking. She communicates for sure, but there isn't any dialogue. I don't know how I am supposed to motivate/communicate this process.

My husband is Russian and was potty trained by like 1 and the method was basically just sitting him on a potty and waiting, then repeating over and over and over. I can't do that....ok I won't do that : ) I just can't see us spending all day in the bathroom, plus I think it would become more annoying for her and myself. Ari is not one to sit still for longer than 2 minutes and I don't want to turn training into a battle. I guess my hope is that she will want to get out of diapers and once she understands the alternative she will begin to initiate potty time. It's not looking good though now because she rarely informs me of poopy diapers let alone wet ones. UGH! I fear this process. I am going to review the tips on the above site again and see what I can apply in our special world : )

Any other moms in this boat or a similar boat?? Would looooove any advice!


  1. Hi Karlie! You can start by taking frequent potty trips with your daughter. Let her sit on the potty and tell her that it's where she should pee. Keep her there as long as she will allow. If you get lucky and she actually pees, let her know she did good by praising her (jump & shout if you want).

    Eventually she'll get the idea. Oh and do remind her to let you know when she feels like peeing so you can take her to the potty:)

    Hope this helps.

  2. Honestly, I tried to teach my daughter to listen to her body starting at 2, and both of us got so frustrated that eventually I just threw my hands up and said, "I don't care if you potty or not. You can do it when you are ready"

    And then she did. She went from not going at all, or infrequently, to totally being in underwear a little after she turned 3. There is an occasional accident, but all in all, "giving up" was the best thing I did!

    Potty learning comes to every child at a different time, and develops in a different way for each.

    I'd say continue to show her what the potty is for, and plop her poops in the toilet instead of throwing the diaper away (if you're using cloth, you're already doing this) so that she can see what the potty is for. It takes time and patience, but children DO learn to potty. Encouraging and modeling is a good idea starting at 2. But trying to "train" them is in my experience a total waste of time.