UPDATED 2/5 in RED **WORRIED**Potty Training? Is this normal?
January 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Hi. I am the mom of a little girl. She just turned 3 on January 16th. We have TRIED and TRIED introducing potty training by taking her to the store to pick a potty seat for on top of the toilet so she is comfortable & the matching step stole. She is fine with washing her hands and brushing her teeth, and she wants to follow me to the bathroom, look at what I "did" and hand me toilet paper, flush, etc.. But she just won't "go" on the potty. She will sit there nice and polite and char and sing away, but nothing happens. We have talked and talked and bought special underwear for when she is a "big girl" and uses the potty, but no luck. The only other info i will add is that my LO has always just ignored tasks until she was ready...meaning she never practiced crawling, walking, talking...she always had us worried, then in 1-3 days, she would just master the task completely without any real help from us. Should we wait til she is ready, or is this too late?

Should I be worried? Is this TOO OLD not to be trained? Am I doing something wrong? Any Suggestions?

Please at least answer the poll and lmk when your child got the idea of using the potty. Thanks.

Thank you all for your ideas. A lot of them are very helpful, and I have started using any/all of them they we weren't using. But I think we still have a long way to go. We have had a couple succesful visit to the potty. Mostly she likes the idea of going and sitting there, but she doesn't "do" anything while she is on there. And there are times we can see that she has that "poop" look on her face but she will say, "i don't want to poop on the potty. I want to poop in my diaper like a baby. I don't want to be a big girl." That part gets frustrating. Then of course, if we are out somewhere for the day and it isn't really possible to put her on the potty every hour, I feel like we just "allow" her to use the diaper and are going backwards. I hate feeling like, "If I was a better mom, she would be potty trained."

At what age did your toddler start using the potty?
  • Only group members can vote in this poll.
  1. 18% - 0-1 year old
  2. 54% - 2 years old
  3. 27% - 3 years old
  4. 0% - 4 years old


  • newoldmommy
    January 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Any moms potty traing out there? I could really use some info? Thanks.


  • newoldmommy
    January 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Is there no one that is trying to potty train a LO?

  • momofsixangels
    January 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    All my kids were potty trained right before they turned 3

  • newoldmommy
    January 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Thanks. Maybe she will be ready soon since she has always taken just a little longer to reach milestones.


  • newoldmommy
    January 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM


  • Barabell
    January 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I voted, but since my son is 13 now, I don't remember potty training as well. Sorry.

    Maybe you could try a toddler group?

  • mumsy2three
    January 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    All three of mine are way past the potty training stage. My dd (19) was potty trained by the age of 2. My oldest son (10) was about 4 1/2 when he was completely trained. I didn't think he was ever going to get there. My youngest son (7) was almost 3 when he was completely trained.

    I would just continue to do what you have been doing, give her tons of times to try and lots and lots of praise when she starts going in the potty. Be patient, she'll get it.

  • JasonsMom2007
    January 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    My daughter will be 3 in April.  I find she does much better with the small potty seat so she can use hers while I use mine.  I printed out a chart and she gets a sticker on her chart whenever she uses the potty.  Also let her go bare bottom.  You can keep her in a room that doesn't have carpet for this.  It will help her connect that feeling and peeing.  When she starts to pee put her on the little potty which should also be in that room.

    Good luck!  Mine stays dry as long as I remind her to go use the potty.  It's a work in progress :)

  • Jessiejack
    January 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    This is my method and it has worked for me many times. My DD was potty trained by the time she was 22 months old. We did not get our son (he is adopted) until he was 3 1/2 and he was potty trained in 24 hours. I do have a question first, is she dry through bed and nap time? Ok ready..... Step 1 throw out those diapers/pull ups. They don't help. Step 2 put her in those cute undies you got her. Step 3 have her help you clean any messes she makes in her pants and on the floors. Step 4 have her sit on the potty once every hour for 15 minutes each time. It's not easy but it works. get a mattress cover to protect against bed wetting. If she is dry through the night and nap do not put pull ups on her. She will wet the bed a few times but when you make her change her sheets and clothes and help with laundry she will see that is more work than using the bathroom. As soon as she is awake go in and sit her on the potty. If she has an accident after she helps clean it up make her sit for another 10 mins or so even if she just got off sitting for 15 minutes. Don't yell. Keep clam and just show her the way. It will work. 

  • Jessiejack
    January 23, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Oh I forgot to add rewards. One M&M will go a long way as a reward. You need to use something that she does not get other wise. I don't buy fruit snacks so my kids get those. One fruit snack each time for pee and 2 for poop. 

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