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Old 02-16-2016, 06:39 AM
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This is my first post and I was looking some advice and guidance on potty training. I have tried to train my girls (they are nearly 3) a few times but they show no interest and it ends up in a battle between them and myself. I was wanting to leave the training for another few months but I have been getting pressure from some family that they need trained now and I have read some blogs which talked about potty training under 2's and I am beginning to feel like a failure. I am not sure what to do next. any advice welcomed.
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Old 02-16-2016, 01:30 PM
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Hi Susan and once again, welcome.

As I'm sure you already know, every child is different and I believe every potty training experience will be different.

If your girls are not showing signs of readiness to potty train then don't push it. I understand the pressure you might feel from the stories of others who have potty trained earlier than 2 or 3, or you may even have heard that girls train faster and earlier than boys. My daughter wasn't potty trained till well after her fourth birthday.

You're only a failure at potty training if they're grown adults and still don't use the potty successfully (I'm joking, but also trying to put things in perspective).
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:44 PM
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My boy was 3.5 before we had any success with toilet training. I too felt guilty about it. when I tried earlier him and I just got annoyed with each other. he was over four before we really had any success with poos. But he was the one who decided that he could work for a train if he did poos in toilet(he used to do them when asleep). he announced this fact really loudly in a toy shop one day. It was similar with over night he decided to try and was dry almost from the first night and the mishaps normally coincided with an earthquake which were common at that time.

need to go so I'll post abput daughter later.
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Don't feel like a failure, they'll get it and who cares if it's during an "acceptable" age for everyone else.

I put underwear on my kids and didn't go anywhere for about a week. Took them potty every hour or so, and talked about it a lot! I used m&m's, but also stickers and lollipops when my daughter needed a little more motivation. My son trained in about a week, my daughter took a few months. I also went to train my daughter at 2.5 yrs old (when I trained my son), and she was just clearly not ready, so I waited a few months and she started wanting to go on her own closer to 3.
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Thanks everyone for your kinds words and making me feel like less of a failure. I am going to put of potty training for a while as I don't need the additional pressure within my life.
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Thanks everyone for your kinds words and making me feel like less of a failure. I am going to put of potty training for a while as I don't need the additional pressure within my life.
Good idea. It worked for us.
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Hey Susan,

You've had lots of encouraging words so far, so I've not much to add other than my boy was potty trained at 3.5 so I don't think there's anything wrong with your situation. You are clearly a thoughtful Mom and I'm sure your intuition will be the best guide!

One thing I would say is that our little one seemed to hate being on the toilet and would always reach out crying when we sat him on the toilet. We found that getting a potty seat with handles really helped. I think half the problem was that he felt insecure without something to hold on to.

Good luck! x
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