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Potty training a 2.5 year old = :kilme: (1 Viewer)

Parents worry too much about getting their kid potty trained early. It seems to me to be mostly about parents being able to tell others their kid was trained at X age.
Our school requires it for all kids before they start the 3 year old class :shrug:
Same here.
My wife says most of my daughter's friends around her age are potty trained, which I think is what prompted this timing in part. Seems like it generally should be done before 3, at least for most.
They all lie. And way to keep up with the joneses
Christ some of you guys are defensive about parenting.

 
Parents worry too much about getting their kid potty trained early. It seems to me to be mostly about parents being able to tell others their kid was trained at X age.
Our school requires it for all kids before they start the 3 year old class :shrug:
Same here.
My wife says most of my daughter's friends around her age are potty trained, which I think is what prompted this timing in part. Seems like it generally should be done before 3, at least for most.
They all lie. And way to keep up with the joneses
Christ some of you guys are defensive about parenting.
I am anything but defensive. I willingly admit that I have no clue what's coming next. I'm 5 years ahead of you and live in south OC where keeping up with the joneses is practically a law punishable by death. In my experience, parents, especially moms, lie all the time about their kids accomplishments. The first lie is when the kid sleeps through the night, then it's walking, no more bottle, potty training, etc. It makes the rombauer taste that mush sweeter to them I guess.

Your kid is perfect(I mean that). She'll get it down when she's ready. Don't worry about it and keep drinking.

 
Parents worry too much about getting their kid potty trained early. It seems to me to be mostly about parents being able to tell others their kid was trained at X age.
Our school requires it for all kids before they start the 3 year old class :shrug:
Same here.
My wife says most of my daughter's friends around her age are potty trained, which I think is what prompted this timing in part. Seems like it generally should be done before 3, at least for most.
They all lie. And way to keep up with the joneses
Christ some of you guys are defensive about parenting.
I am anything but defensive. I willingly admit that I have no clue what's coming next. I'm 5 years ahead of you and live in south OC where keeping up with the joneses is practically a law punishable by death. In my experience, parents, especially moms, lie all the time about their kids accomplishments. The first lie is when the kid sleeps through the night, then it's walking, no more bottle, potty training, etc. It makes the rombauer taste that mush sweeter to them I guess.

Your kid is perfect(I mean that). She'll get it down when she's ready. Don't worry about it and keep drinking.
I could honestly care less about the Joneses. Seriously. And I'm not worried about my kid one bit, I'm just groaning about a frustrating experience. Just strange to me that a bunch of guys pounce in here claiming we're trying to potty train our kid because we care about keeping up with the Joneses. That's just a weird thing for people to assume and obsess over.

 
So kids are ready for potty training and others are not, don't rush it just because they hit a certain age.
This. You want to encourage but not embarrass--I have had more success that way. It is a good time to work on it because they are aware of the sensations at this point. What has worked best for us is to frequently suggest that they sit and try it, just to see. My experience is with boys though, and living in the country where we can practice on trees outside has proven to be an advantage. Otherwise I understand that girls generally have an easier time of it.

 
Good advice in here. After a harrowing Day 1 we took the foot off the gas today and transitioned back to pull-ups. She has proclaimed that she will "never, ever" use the potty. It's not that she can't at this point, she simply won't. I think we need to let her get to it herself. We'll see. Still time before her dance class next year (which will require her to be potty trained to be in it).

 
my boy is 3 1/2. they say it takes boys about 6 months longer to get trained and i might agree. he sleeps in pull ups but i will be phasing that out by the end of the year, i think.

 
Wife bought a bunch of hotwheels and kept them in the bathroom for my almost 3 yo boy. For the first few days he got to pick one whenever he used the toilet. Then over the next days he got to pick one after a day with no accidents. Took less than a week for him to potty train. Provide some motivation for your kid so that they WANT to use the toilet.

 
my daughter wasnt ready and we didnt force it because it was becoming negative.

i think she was about 3 when it took

 
Parents worry too much about getting their kid potty trained early. It seems to me to be mostly about parents being able to tell others their kid was trained at X age.
Our school requires it for all kids before they start the 3 year old class :shrug:
Same here.
My wife says most of my daughter's friends around her age are potty trained, which I think is what prompted this timing in part. Seems like it generally should be done before 3, at least for most.
They all lie. And way to keep up with the joneses
:goodposting:

It seems like kids are finishing potty training later than they used to. I think the pull-ups might have something to do with this. Regardless, it seemed like a lot of kids at my daughter's preschool were still in pull-ups at the 2 1/2 - close to 3 years old mark. I think my daughter got out of them for good around 2 years 10 months. We didn't do the 3-day crash course, but instead worked on it gradually.

It will happen sooner or later. Try not to stress about it.

 
Oh, and even when she's "potty trained," your daughter will still have accidents. And she'll still wait too long to go sometimes. It happens with every kid. Just roll with it. (I say that even though it drives me nuts dealing with it myself.)

 
Parents worry too much about getting their kid potty trained early. It seems to me to be mostly about parents being able to tell others their kid was trained at X age.
Our school requires it for all kids before they start the 3 year old class :shrug:
Same here.
My wife says most of my daughter's friends around her age are potty trained, which I think is what prompted this timing in part. Seems like it generally should be done before 3, at least for most.
They all lie. And way to keep up with the joneses
Christ some of you guys are defensive about parenting.
I am anything but defensive. I willingly admit that I have no clue what's coming next. I'm 5 years ahead of you and live in south OC where keeping up with the joneses is practically a law punishable by death. In my experience, parents, especially moms, lie all the time about their kids accomplishments. The first lie is when the kid sleeps through the night, then it's walking, no more bottle, potty training, etc. It makes the rombauer taste that mush sweeter to them I guess.

Your kid is perfect(I mean that). She'll get it down when she's ready. Don't worry about it and keep drinking.
Man this is spot on. I have witnessed this and you are right, it starts with the sleeping lie.

 
Good advice in here. After a harrowing Day 1 we took the foot off the gas today and transitioned back to pull-ups. She has proclaimed that she will "never, ever" use the potty. It's not that she can't at this point, she simply won't. I think we need to let her get to it herself. We'll see. Still time before her dance class next year (which will require her to be potty trained to be in it).
Did you tell her this?

 
Good advice in here. After a harrowing Day 1 we took the foot off the gas today and transitioned back to pull-ups. She has proclaimed that she will "never, ever" use the potty. It's not that she can't at this point, she simply won't. I think we need to let her get to it herself. We'll see. Still time before her dance class next year (which will require her to be potty trained to be in it).
Did you tell her this?
Not yet, it's stil a ways off, but we will.

 
Two things to add

1. If she likes Sesame Street at all, get the elmo potty video. Worked for both my kids

2. If she is stubborn, which it sounds like she might be, it may take some time. My daughter was trained at a very young age. But she refused to drop a duece in the potty. She would ask for a diaper and go off and do her thing.

One day I was frustrated and told her I wasn't giving her a diaper. She was going to have to use the potty. She refused for a few hours and then drops this gem. She said, fine daddy, I'll just hold it until you put my night time diaper on. At that point I was defeated and gave her the diaper. I wasn't going to have her hold it for an entire day. When she is ready, she will do it.

 
So kids are ready for potty training and others are not, don't rush it just because they hit a certain age.
All wrong- kids should be potty-trained when the consensus in the FFA says they're ready.

I'd recommend riding the kid hard about this to get them thinking non-stop about it.

 
Good advice in here. After a harrowing Day 1 we took the foot off the gas today and transitioned back to pull-ups. She has proclaimed that she will "never, ever" use the potty. It's not that she can't at this point, she simply won't. I think we need to let her get to it herself. We'll see. Still time before her dance class next year (which will require her to be potty trained to be in it).
yeah you really can't fight it and make it an issue.Also don't be afraid to bribe.

 
Wife bought a bunch of hotwheels and kept them in the bathroom for my almost 3 yo boy. For the first few days he got to pick one whenever he used the toilet. Then over the next days he got to pick one after a day with no accidents. Took less than a week for him to potty train. Provide some motivation for your kid so that they WANT to use the toilet.
Note to self: buy Hot Wheels

 
My oldest was pretty easy and we were able to potty train him right around 2 1/2-3 just using pull-ups and rewards. Our youngest was more difficult and we wound up using a Potty Watch. That helped him tremendously.

 
With boys, I tried this with my grandson who was having some problems standing at the toilet to pee. I made sure he had to pee by giving him some juice. I put him in a warm shower and told him to relax and let the pee come out. While he was peeing I asked him to try to stop the pee! He was able to do that. Soon after he was peeing at the toilet with no issues. It's about controlling that muscle in the bladder. I dunno, it might work with girls too (not the standing at the toilet part but the muscle control thing.)

I understand the desire to get the kid out of diapers. It is an expensive and messy business. I have found that the more parents worry and bother the kid over potty training the more difficult it is. Kids grow and develop habits(good and bad) in response to what they see in the world around them. Gentle positive reinforcement when there is success helps.

 
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We used M&Ms. One for going pee in the potty, two for going poop in the potty.

But basically, there is no universal trick. You've just got to get them internally motivated... somehow.

 
I'm trying to envision what a :kilmer: emoticon would be. Iceman biting his teeth down or Jon Voight mad about the oopsy doopsy offense.

 
Feel like I cheated. Took a trip to Vegas when he was 2yrs 4months and my parents did it over the weekend. Came back grateful as hell. No serious relapses. Put a sticker board above the kiddie-potty for some positive reinforcement.

 
Feel like I cheated. Took a trip to Vegas when he was 2yrs 4months and my parents did it over the weekend. Came back grateful as hell. No serious relapses. Put a sticker board above the kiddie-potty for some positive reinforcement.
Where do your parents live and how much would they charge?

 
Echo the sticker board reinforcement, it's worked well for our fourth.

Each of our kids has been different, #4 the most difficult, turns 3 next month but is finally getting it.

 
So kids are ready for potty training and others are not, don't rush it just because they hit a certain age.
All wrong- kids should be potty-trained when the consensus in the FFA says they're ready.

I'd recommend riding the kid hard about this to get them thinking non-stop about it.
Is there a more snarky version of this response available anywhere?
lol... whoa- yeah, probably not.

I shouldn't answer kid questions after waking up 3 times in the middle of the night to my own 2yo.

fwiw- we went the "make the info/materials available" route and let our older son (6) and now younger daughter (2) figure out their own time to train. Son figured out the peeing thing really early (less than 2, but it helped that he was tall and could stand at the toilet to pee), but the pooping took until 3+. Daughter has the advantage of seeing big brother go, so started self-training in the last month or so with the pee and is trying the poop... sat down on the potty half a dozen times today trying to poop and then just let it go on the floor for some reason. :shrug:

Seems like both of them get pushed further along when they're with peers who are training or already trained.

sorry for the snark.

 
For our first we did the 3 day boot camp thing and she was almost completely on her own after day 2, still some accidents but they were mainly on her way to the bathroom, not sitting on the floor still playing. With daughter number two we went with the same method and it did not take at all. I started "recommended" to her that we should try going before eating dinner, going outside, doing a puzzle. Not telling her to go and try, but just asking if we should try first. It is now about a month into it, and she is just starting to say she wants to go try, instead of telling us as piss is running down her legs. FWIW daughter #1 was trained around 2 years so she would be out of diapers before daughter 2 came along. Daughter 2 just turned 3 and we were probably late in starting due to daughter 3 being born.

We tried everything with #2 to get it to click, she is just on her own schedule.

 
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We haven't really been pressing our 2y8m old even though the ladies at daycare claim he uses the facility all the time, but he just announced during family movie time that he wanted to go to the potty and then did his business like a champ.

:hifive: s all round. First time he drops a duece I'm going to write an ode.

 
hfs Otis has a 2 1/2 year old :hifive:

ours did well with a potty chair in the living room, one in the bathroom and one in their room. every once in a while we'd say "how about you sit on the potty chair for a while" and eventually they just started using it. no pressure.. we let them go at their own pace. if they said "no thanks" we didn't force them.

gllllllllllllll and congrats on surviving this long

 
Brother and sister in law doing this "elf in the shelf" deal with my 2.5 year old nephew. If unfamiliar, basic use this "watcher" elf to influence the kid that Santa is getting direct reports of kid's bathroom ups and downs. Quote the use of fear, but it's been super effective.

 
hfs Otis has a 2 1/2 year old :hifive:

ours did well with a potty chair in the living room, one in the bathroom and one in their room. every once in a while we'd say "how about you sit on the potty chair for a while" and eventually they just started using it. no pressure.. we let them go at their own pace. if they said "no thanks" we didn't force them.

gllllllllllllll and congrats on surviving this long
I have almost 3 year old twins. Been trying the no pressure approach. I ask occasionally but if they say they want to use it, I drop everything to make sure they try. The girl is better than the boy but still inconsistent. He just has no interest at home unless its completely his idea. The goal is to have them trained by next fall for preschool but we'll see. Gonna be a long year.

 
good luck. we have 2 girls. they were both pretty keen on using the big girl potty. everyone i know who has boys has struggled. :shrug:

 
My daughter is ALMOST FOUR and still crapping her pants. Absolutely nothing has worked. If it's been posted in here, we've tried it.

 
Good advice in here. After a harrowing Day 1 we took the foot off the gas today and transitioned back to pull-ups. She has proclaimed that she will "never, ever" use the potty. It's not that she can't at this point, she simply won't. I think we need to let her get to it herself. We'll see. Still time before her dance class next year (which will require her to be potty trained to be in it).
I am exactly in the same spot right now. Daughter refuses to use the potty and says "no, I don't have to" or "I don't like the potty." At this point we are going to let her get there on her own but my wife will be quitting her job in a few weeks as we are expecting our second soon. She keeps telling our daughter that we will give it another go then.

 
My daughter is ALMOST FOUR and still crapping her pants. Absolutely nothing has worked. If it's been posted in here, we've tried it.
I also have a nephew who will be 4 soon that had some issues with it. It's been a traumatizing experience for him over the past year or so though he finally seems to have gotten past that. He would hold it in and refuse to go. It's odd because that is painful too and he gets embarrassed when he ends up going in his pants. My brother and his wife tried everything but he just simply refused to go.

 
good luck. we have 2 girls. they were both pretty keen on using the big girl potty. everyone i know who has boys has struggled. :shrug:
That's what I've always heard but with my two boys it was easy since we live in the country and go outside to pee. After that it was pretty easy.

 
I'm pooping AND operating a computer. Whats so damn hard about this?
My son was playing games on my phone the other day when the storm began to brew. I grabbed the laptop and headed to the bathroom. My wife looked at me quizzically and said,"You're taking the laptop to the bathroom?"

I replied, "The boy's got my phone and we we don't get the paper anymore." She gave me a look as if to tell me that she was impressed.

 
2.5 year old just pooped on the bath. My wife and 4 month old were in the tub with him. Would have been funnier if I wasn't called in to scoop the floating turd out of the tub.

 
We haven't really been pressing our 2y8m old even though the ladies at daycare claim he uses the facility all the time, but he just announced during family movie time that he wanted to go to the potty and then did his business like a champ.

:hifive: s all round. First time he drops a duece I'm going to write an ode.
Today's the day we've dreamed about

The prayers we have been voicing

The log of brown has been flushed down

And now we are rejoicing

You were so pleased you yelled out, loud

We couldn't be more proud

And Blue Mater's freed from his dark cell

Of plastic and cardboard

 

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