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The Three Day Potty Training Method
I am potty training my 3 year old who has a strong personality.The only method that has worked is by having her naked. She still bed wets. Any advice?
Put her clothes on: If you have done rehearsal & she knows where the stuff is the best thing you can do is become her assistant, not her drill sergeant. A strong willed child must first understand when she gets the feeling she needs to go, & feel happy she is responding to that need.Telling her no more than twice a day that you will help is crucial. You can provide incentives for doing big girl things but relax. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've begun potty training my 3 year old daughter, but she fearful & is holding it for a long time (one day for 18 hours). What can I do to help her?
Several things: First, the ability to be toilet trained depends on neurological maturation. Second, toilet training is a skill that is easily shaped through positive reinforcement. Failures should be ignored and successes praised. Putting too much emphasis on the toilet training and failures can increase the child's resistance. Most children learn this skill easily if done in a relaxed manner. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Day 3 of potty training & my toddler wants to sit on the potty the whole day. I talked with him several times, he refuses to play, what should I do?
Don't be Stubborn: It can be easy to get into a habit of arguing and it's good to avoid that. In most cases, it will pass on its own. You can entice him away with an activity or person he enjoys but just make a brief offer, then leave. You can out last him. If this sort of stubborness persists, find a gentle child psychologist for eval and play therapy. In any case, keep it light and easy. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 3 yo was potty training great until we went away and weren't consistent. He was afraid of self flushing toilets. Now he is resistant to toilet.
Put him back in : pull-ups without discussing the issue unless he brings it up, then affirm that those public potties scared him a little, but that he chooses when the potties at home, preschool, etc. flush. Put small, safe toys in a glass bowl on top of the fridge. When he asks what they're for, the say, " Oh, they're for when you choose to pee-pee & poo-poo in the potty." Being casual is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son is 3 he will be4 in december, he shows no interest in potty training when he doses attempt to use the potty he sits for a short time.Help?
The best time to put: him on the potty is 15 minutes after a meal with his feet on a stool like a Little Looster. Let him blow bubbles. Put small, safe toys in a clear bowl on top of the fridge. When he asks what they're for, say, " Oh, they're for when you choose to pee-pee & poo-poo on the potty." Have a playdate with a potty-trained peer. Reward the peer for using the toilet without referencing your son's refusal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
We are currently potty training my son. Some days he will do great. Other days he will have 3 accidents in an hour. Is that normal to urinate often?
Potty training: This is par for the course. There are good days and days when there are failures. Be sure you offer praise and don't discourage himif he wets. Urinatingfrequently means he is not emptying fully ...Read more
How do I explain to my 3 year old when he asks me why is my penis big? I started potty training and he is asking so many questions
Short simple answers: A 3 yo is curious and their questions can be difficult when you let the issue of genitals/sex cloud the picture. At that age short simple answers are the best. Don't launch into lengthy discussions. "that's how it is"is honest & developmentally appropriate.Expect the same ? Seveal times (they don't take notes).After he gets to 7-8 the questions can be answered in more depth. ...Read more
My 3 yo hallways seems to have darker yellow pee. No pain or other sx. He's potty training in a little toilet so it's obvious. Should I worry?
My 3 yo is potty training. On occasion when urine dries on white potty seat 1 or 2 dots may look a little red. Never red in the toilet. Took OTC UTI test that was negative. Is it just rxn btwn plastic and urine?
Probably not: The dark red/purplish stains on the toilet seat may be from small degree of hematuria or crystals in the urine or the source of the stains may be outside the urinary system, like skin or rectal region. Your child should therefore be examined by the doctor for a better assessment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 y/o potty training issue Shows zero interest and seems to have zero idea of what to do on potty. Doesn't care if pamper is dirty with poo/pee. Help?
Ask pediatrician: Take your daughter to her pediatrician. An exam should screen for possible reasons that she's unable to acquire this behavior. If everything's okay, ask for clear guidance on managing difficult toilet training and/or child psych referral. Don't let it become a bigger problem than it needs to be! Best! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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