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DD 2.11 scared to let poos/wees out on the potty

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melisma Thu 20-Apr-17 11:27:52

Hi all, hoping that someone here may have had a similar experience and could offer some words of wisdom as I'm really not sure what to do!

DD is 2.11 and we began potty training last week. She's been very keen to start wearing pants and was enthusiastic about the idea, and very willing to try going on the potty. So far so good...but when she is on there she just can't seem to relax enough to let anything out! Cue her holding on for hours on end which resulted in a UTI by the weekend, poor love.

The day she was seen by the doc and given antibiotics she actually had a great day in terms of the potty, we just let her run around naked from the waist down at home and she was asking for the potty and managed several wees and a poo on there! But since then she has gone right back to holding on, which just makes her miserable and I feel awful for her. Should I just shelve the whole idea for now? Or are there any strategies for helping her relax a little that people have found helpful?

Thank you!

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 20-Apr-17 17:52:20

Personally, I'd ditch the idea of potty training for now. UTIs can be miserable.

As for getting her to relax. I started by asking mine to sit on the potty whilst I ran their bath and passed them a book to look at. Could you try that? Also sticking them on the potty whilst they watch their favourite tv show can prove a useful distraction smile

I found this book very useful.

Enidblyton1 Thu 20-Apr-17 17:58:16

I think you might have unwittingly found the answer. The day you let her run around without pants and didn't bother her about it, she did just fine. Maybe try doing that for 3 days in a row and see how you get on. Don't mention the potty - just see what happens. (Appreciate this is nearly impossible to achieve with the busy lives we lead, but I think it works best if you can stay at home for a few days)
Good luck!

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