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not sure whether to leave it for a while...
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eeky · 10/02/2011 20:15

Dd is 2.10 and hasn't shown much interest in potty training till a couple of months ago. I got some "big girl" pretty vests and pants for Christmas and she loved them. I asked her if she would like to start wearing them instead of nappies, and she was keen.

We bought 3 potties and started off slowly by keeping nappies and trying her out on the potty during the day. She liked it and I gave her little rewards for a wee, which she could do from the start. Not keen on poos on the potty - she can go every other day and not keen on pooing at all really! She was tending to constipation but this is now much improved.

Also have a very mobile 16m old ds at home, and I think I had underestimated how tricky it would be trying to get her to the potty frequently whilst stopping ds from his frequent attempts at major injury... I had always thought pullups weren't a great idea, but have started using them as so much easier to whip down quickly - and dd can do them herself.

If encouraged she would try on the potty, but so success really in encouraging her to ask when she needs to go, even with choc button rewards. We tried one day with her real pants and she wet without telling me she needed to go.

Now she is less keen on the whole potty idea and keeps saying "no potty for me". With gentle encouragement she will wee morning and night on it. She goes to nursery 2 days a week and they are great there at following your lead at home, but she is not keen at all and says "no potty at nursery, Mummy, just at home" but won't say why. She is a very private little girl and I'm guessing she doesn't like using the potty at nursery with nappy changes etc going on and other children around.

Should I just forget the potty for a while? I really don't think she has the ability to realise she needs a a wee, hold it, tell me and wait to get to the potty yet, and I don't want to make it a stressful issue for her. On the other hand, I kind of get the impression she will never volunteer to use the potty unless I gently encourage her...

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ticklebug74 · 11/02/2011 14:24

Reward charts worked a treat with us and so did a little imagination.

I told DD she needed to feed the potty as it got hungry (poos) and thirsty (wees). She too struggled with the poos for a good month or so after she was out of nappies but telling her the potty was hungry helped Grin

It is your choice whether to forget it for a while but you really have to go for it when you decide too and not to back track and put a nappy on for nursery or for a trip to the shops because it is easier as this only confuses them I think.

Some toddlers get it quickly and others not but you've got to do the hard work with her. She will have accidents and on the days she doesnt give her extra rewards on the chart.

And my DD was in night time nappies for a good 3-4 months after daytime potty training.

Good luck.

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eeky · 13/02/2011 16:30

thanks, tickle,some good tips. She has agreat imagination so think that would work well!

I willgo gently util I have a few days off work at end of the month and go for it with the pants and a reward chart!

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