One of my twins is using the potty for tinkle, but is just like your DD for poop. He will also go a long time between tinkling on the potty. He's 4 and doesn't nap. We do give a candy reward for successful potty trips. Have you tried using some sort of reward for 'just sitting' on the potty? Then you can raise the bar and give a reward for tinkle or poop on the potty. You don't have to use candy to reward, you could do a sticker chart.
The American Academy of Paediatrics has a potty trainingbook that is really good. It goes over most of the methods out there and may give you an idea what method may work better with your DD's personality. It also has info on what to do when there are problems. One method that seems to consistently work is 'Potty Training in Less Than a Day' - the book is from the '70's. You may want to borrow these from the library. Both books should be able to help you and your DD overcome this problem.
10/13/08 9:25 A
The risks for UTI's and other infections is high as well as creating more difficulty with training. Keep in mind that potty "training" is about your childs training and learning and not yours. Your LO doesn't sound ready. Here is a little info from the link listed below to help you better see what to look for from your LO related to signals of her readiness -
Physiological readiness signals for potty training are (Bladder & Bowel Control) :
• Childs awareness of the need to go - demonstrated by squatting, grunting, hiding when child feels need to eliminate.
• No BM's through the night
• Dry diaper for long periods of time i.e. from long naps and/or in the morning.
• Urinate a lot at one time (vs. a little through out the day)
• Some regularity of bowel movements.
So, if you think your child has full bladder and bowel control, should you start potty training? Not necessarily. Just because a child is physiologically ready to be potty trained does not mean that s/he has the other skills - motor, cognitive & verbal, emotional & social skills required for the whole potty training process.
Potty training starts with body awareness and the ability to associate a feeling of fullness with the result i.e. a BM or urination. This association is not made automatically. You need to reinforce this association by telling your child what is happening based on your observations.
To read the entire article and to learn more helpful information about potty training readiness visit:
As parents you establish the teaching, training and expectations for your child in the first 7 years of their life. After that you live out what you set up.
10/13/08 8:58 A
So I decided to try potty training this weekend. My little girl was showing all the signs of being ready. I decided to just put her in underwear during the day and see what happened. I tried setting the timer and putting her on the potty every 20 minutes. She didn't like that, got very upset so I stopped doing it because I didn't want her to feel pressured. I just left the potty out and let her sit on it whenever she wanted. Well...for 2 days she didn't go potty for the 4-5 hours until her nap time....NOTHING! She held it the whole time!! I put her in a diaper for nap and she woke up with a 10lb. diaper! Put her back in underwear until bed time and same thing!! Is she protesting....what do I do? I feel terrible she is holding it so long!!
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