My 25 month old has been sitting on the potty since 15 months, doing occasional wees since 18 months and now as of about four days ago doing consistent wees and poos on the potty. However she doesn't understand the urge. If I prompt her to sit on the potty she will do a wee or poo every time but will not go independently, or will not tell me she has to go. She also won't wee on the toilet, only the potty.
Please tell me that these things will pass? She'd have it all down pat if she could tell me she had to go. I've tried putting her potty in the playroom as a prompt for her, daycare have tried allowing her to walk in and out of the toilet at will, and if you ask her if she needs to go she'll say no even if she does (because she'll have an accident moments later). Any tips?
Sound alike she's just not ready. My little boy was the same around 24months.. I never made an issue of it just waited a few months and tried again. When he was 28months I stayed in with him for 3 days and did nappy free and it just clicked. I think when they're ready it just falls into place... and of course kids are all different so no set age for this.
What I did found helped was I got a few potty training books for kids that we read together, and found a few kids you tube vids on potty training too. I always find relating any changes to story books or cartoons helps my little boy a lot. So that's worth a try. And of course talking about it a lot. Letting her pick out some nice fun big girl pants might help too..
But all of this is only if she's ready and understands the urge. That will happen in time don't worry. Xx
I don't agree with the others that this necessarily means she isn't ready. Leo wasn't really requesting the potty too much when I decided to do a diaper free (three day) weekend and by the end of it he was basically potty trained. He wasn't 100% dry, but he made huge progress. The next weekend we had another diaper free weekend. Now he's even asking for the potty at night. My point isn't that it's always that simple. My point is you never know until you try. If you're up for it, it wouldn't hurt to just do a diaper free weekend and see if any progress is made. Just make sure it's kept positive.
Also, remember that "accidents" during diaper free time are learning opportunities. Every time she has a chance to experience it, the connection between the feeling of needing to go and the action of going is reinforced. When accidents happen, just say in a happy tone "pee and poop go in the potty" and if she's happy to do so, sit her on the potty. Don't worry about explanations, saying "uh oh" or talking about next time.
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