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Hi everybody. I joined JM when I was trying to get pregnant the first time and have visited off and on since I had my first... never been much of a poster
Anyways, we're trying to potty train a 27mo, using the advice my mom and friends have given. Our approach must not be great because we aren't having much success- we've had four or five actual pees or poops in the potty total during the six months, and, statistically, I'd call THOSE the accidents.
Our strategy: We "try" a few days in a row, then (when it doesn't fly) we let her take a couple of weeks off. On days we try, first thing in the morning, I take off the diaper and put on just a skirt (no training pants or anything), we talk about using the potty a bit. Then, I give her plenty to drink and every half hour or so, I encourage her to sit on the potty. When she does try, I reward with 1 smartie. Since I can't seem to get her to actually pee... about two or three hours in, she wets herself and I stay patient and reassure her that it's okay, clean up the mess, talk about how our pee goes in the potty... we repeat until nap time (when she gets a diaper).
Now, it's like she's sick of getting pee on herself and... she won't get OFF the potty when we take the diaper off. I don't want this to be negative or traumatic so I've been really patient. Does anyone have advice for me? Is it wrong to let her sit on the potty as long as she wants even if she's not going?? It feels almost mean... she gets this "ring around the bottom" and it looks kind of sore. But I think she is so insecure without the diaper that she's afraid to be off the pot because she knows she has to go.
I would try to set a timer. Say, "We can sit on the potty for ten minuites and thenlets go playa game". Do not stop her going to the potty just set a reasonable time for sitting on the potty. Even if she only gets off the potty for a few minuites the little time she is off it will help. Also try to get a cushioned potty seat so her butt won't get sore