Need some parenting advice

  1. I have three children but the older ones came to me house-trained. Little one is 3 today. How do I know when she's ready to be potty trained? I keep hearing that she'll let me know when she's ready, but what am I looking for?
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  3. by   muffie
    try cat litter

    that's all i know !!!!
  4. by   Myxel67
    Quote from TazziRN
    I have three children but the older ones came to me house-trained. Little one is 3 today. How do I know when she's ready to be potty trained? I keep hearing that she'll let me know when she's ready, but what am I looking for?
    Put a potty chair in the bathroom and tell her it is hers to use like you use the big one. If she is in diapers or very absorbent pull ups, buy cotton training pants. When she feels the wet she will start to associate it with "making pee-pee."
  5. by   canoehead
    My old pediatrics book has a list of behaviors;

    She should be able to remove her own clothes, and maybe, to be able to put them back on herself.
    Willing to let go of a toy when asked.
    Able to sit, squat and walk well, walking for 1 year is recommended.
    Able to notice when diaper is wet.
    Indicates she wants to be changed when the diaper is wet or soiled


    Ashwelland Droske, Nursing Care of Children
  6. by   clemmm78
    My first two trained early and fast, my third, not so easy. My opinion is to just make sure that the child knows what is considered "normal," (using the bathroom) and making it as natural as possible. Put the potty in the bathroom where it can be seen. Talk about it when you're in there, buy some "grown up" underwear that are really desirable, with favourite characters or something, and keep them as incentive.

    It will come.
  7. by   CHATSDALE
    PATIENCE PATIENCE PAIENCE

    you didn't come potty trained and your mother survived. so wil you

    at three she should be ready for the next step..if she gets really stubborn about it then pull back for a short while..girls are usually easier to potty
    train than boys because they have more control and they don't like to be 'dirty'
    get a really cute potty chair and some lacy, silky panties...also get some pullups they are good for night times and for when being out away from the house,
  8. by   TazziRN
    The patience is there, Dale, no problem there. I just didn't know what to look for......."When your child is ready" sounds like said child is going to tug on my pant leg and say "I'm ready Mommy"..........I'm not naive enough to believe that!
  9. by   JeanettePNP
    Try letting her run around bare-bottom for a while. She'll become more aware of when she needs to go and where she's going.
  10. by   leslie :-D
    i used to have them copy me.
    i'd sit down to go pee and they would have their own littly potty chair next to the master toilet.
    it took a few tries but boy, there was some big celebration when they did pee pee in the potty.
    sometimes i'd even jump up and down, holding myself, yelling "i have to pee" and make a mad dash to the toilet and pretend to relieve myself. then i'd give me self-congratulatory recognition.
    it really was a big deal.
    and so, my kids eventually ended up copying my ways.

    yes, i'm a little off the top.

    leslie
  11. by   TazziRN
    Quote from earle58
    yes, i'm a little off the top.

    leslie



    I didn't say nuthin'.........
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Hey Leslie - I did the same thing. Took them into the bathroom with me all the time, boys and my girl. Dad too. They learn by watching us. I had a potty chair in the bathroom as well. With my last one we put on the seat the kind that fits on top so he sat on that instead of a potty chair. We had books too.

    steph
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Feb 11, '07
  13. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from stevielynn
    Hey Leslie - I did the same thing. Took them into the bathroom with me all the time, boys and my girl. Dad too. They learn by watching us. I had a potty chair in the bathroom as well. With my last one we put on the seat the kind that fits on top so he sat on that instead of a potty chair. We had books too.

    steph
    yeah, my boys did copy dad too.
    i remember one of my sons learned the meaning of true aim-no, not in the toilet but weaving it up and down the bathroom walls, giggling hysterically all the while.
    he must have thought it was a fire hose.
    hmmmm, the age does coincide with the stage of fantasy/magical thinking.

    leslie
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from earle58
    yeah, my boys did copy dad too.
    i remember one of my sons learned the meaning of true aim-no, not in the toilet but weaving it up and down the bathroom walls, giggling hysterically all the while.
    he must have thought it was a fire hose.
    hmmmm, the age does coincide with the stage of fantasy/magical thinking.

    leslie
    I've told this before but my #2 son would stand against the wall opposite the toilet and "pee for distance" . . . . .

    steph

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