So Im totally not an expert on this topic, and each child's potty training experience is different, but I've recently had some successes with potty training my 18 mo old daughter, Elsa, that I wanted to share.

When we first started potty training I bought Elsa a potty chair. She's a pretty small girl so I figured this would be easier for her to use than trying to climb up on the toilet. Anyway, so when we first opened it she sat on it and peed right away. I thought this would be a cake walk. So I let her run around naked while at home and diapered her when we went out. When at home she struggled with using the potty chair. She would hide in the corner and pee, and pooped on my nice rug a time or two. So I just kept diapering her at home. I was tired of cleaning up her accidents, and even if I caught her in the act and put her on the potty chair she would start screaming and wouldn't stop till I let her off. So I gave up on potty training. I figured maybe she just was too young for it... ignoring the fact that my friend is potty training her 8 month old and having success. 

But I left her potty chair out and started bringing Elsa into the bathroom with me so she could see what the toilet is used for. I even would let her watch me go to the bathroom, and look in the toilet to see what the results were. I only did this a couple times before I noticed that Elsa would sometimes sit on her potty chair, while diapered. It took me a few days, but I realized that she was actually messing her diaper when she did this. So a few days ago I started letting her go naked periodically, with no success. Then when I was babysitting a friends children, one of which is potty trained, I allowed Elsa to accompany us into the bathroom when Sadie had to go. I kept telling Elsa what a big girl Sadie is, that she is using the toilet all by herself! I didn't really think this would do any good but I figured it couldn't hurt to let her see another kid her size using the toilet.

So, this morning I saw Elsa trying to sit on her potty chair. Hoping that this was her way of telling me she needed to go, I stopped her, took her diaper off and let her sit on the chair on her own. She immediately peed. I was so excited! I started clapping and cheering, telling Elsa what a good girl she is. She got excited too. I still diapered her for her nap, but after she gets up I will let her go naked again. 

Since this story isn't over yet I will be sure to update this article from time to time to let you guys know how its going.

So potty training is on hold for an undetermined period of time. Elsa seems to have picked up the stomach flu that has been working its way through the families at church. I'm not a big fan of cleaning up that sort of mess so she will remain in diapers until things firm up. She is still sitting on her potty chair when she has to go though, so I am hoping that she will be able to pick up where she left off once she is feeling better.

So a while back we tried potty training again. I kept telling my husband that I just didnt think Elsa was ready for it since our training has been inconsistent and she appears to have gotten comfortable with the diapers again. But he insisted. So I really threw myself into it. I tried the 3 day method, I tried treats, I tried star charts, I tried just about every suggestion people made to me. And she was still regularly having accidents. So finally John says 'You know, I just dont think she is ready.' I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying I told you so, but I couldnt stay silent. So I just agreed wit him. We will be waiting till Elsa is about 2.5 to start trying again. We'll see how it goes. I think I may just wait till she decides she is done with diapers.
9/14/2012 13:25:30

I have read your posted on potting training. I have only one child. She is 17 months old as of yesterday. I go to work, do online classes, and have a bunch of stuff to do around the house as well as erands I have to do. Potty training was the last the on my mind. I didn't know how I was going to be able to keep up with that as well. I was doing the same thing you were. I would take her in the bathroom with me everytime I had to go and I would always tell her, "Let's go potty. Mommy has to go potty." I never forced it on her. Finally she decided to sit on the potty she has in the bathroom (fuuly clothed). Soon later, I could catch her passing gas and/or grunting. I would rush her in the bathroom and tell her "Let's go sit on the potty". She still goes in her diaper but at least now if I don't catch her in time she will point to her butt and say, "poo-poo". When I go to change her I always remind her that we go poo-poo in the potty not in the diaper. I think she is getting used to the idea. My point is, Don't give up, just do the best you can and your child will get the hang of it. I wouldn't rush it or discipline her for her accidents but just remind her where she is supposed to go. She will get the hang of it, it just takes time. Good Luck,

11/3/2013 23:20:45

Baby birth is a joyous feeling, but it brings in new responsibilities as well, so it would be necessary to get the best potty training tips from the reliable resources.


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