Friday, August 19, 2005

A Note on the Potty

I am seriously going to pull all of my hair out if things don't change at some point. Now before I hear everybody's sure-fire way to accomplish the task, I will just say that I ALREADY TRIED THAT and it didn't work.

Yesterday's conversation went a little like this.

"Touchdown, why do you go pee-pee in your pullup when the potty is right there, three feet away?"

"Well, Daddy, I'm cold and the pee-pee is warm and it makes me feel warm."

How exactly do you combat that reasoning?

Another revelation that she gave me was that she does not like me very much because I make her feel bad when she pee-pees in her pullup. She doesn't make me feel sad when I do something wrong to her, why do I make her feel sad?

This is not in the handbook. The fact that the two-year-old has a higher IQ than me and is not afraid to use it scares the snikeys out of me.


Blogger dena said...

I have a four year old, and the things that come out of a four year old mouth/mind astound me. And SCARE me.

8:24 PM  
Blogger princssis said...

I've been through this once, with my 8 yo son. Now, you've reminded me of what I have yet to come with my 16 mo daughter.

Yes, words like "moist" and "extensive" have emitted from my son's vocal tract within the last five days.

Oh, I almost forgot. Michele sent me.

8:35 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

Michele sent me too. Maybe she is a little too young to give up the diapers. Give her some slack and she will start using the potty when the diapers become uncomfortable.

8:38 PM  
Blogger mommy d said...

Two year olds are too smart. I have three and I dread starting the potty training. Potty training triplets...try that! I think I will wait until they are four and they can say "mommy can I please not wear diapers today"! No, not really. I plan on starting potty training real soon. I swear! Good luck! Oh, Michele sent me! :)

8:42 PM  
Anonymous joshh said...

I know this may sound retarded. But we are attempting to potty train our child as well. She just doesn't want to do it. My wife was talking to a friend with the same problem and she said she saw Dr. Phil attempt something and it worked. So we have been doing part of it and our daughter is doing awesome!

The link is

The part that has helped is this:

When your child has an accident, simply take him/her to the bathroom nine times in a row as you did before. This will continue to build his/her muscle memory. And don't forget to keep up the positive reinforcement.

Give it a shot!

1:08 AM  
Anonymous Tamara said...

We had this same problem when we tried to train Babygirl a few months back. We finally backed off and let her wear diapers (not pull-ups). Then, after a few weeks we put a potty out in her room and one in a common area and then just left all alone. One day the diaper came off and she used the potty (we also left the bathroom door open when we went so she could see what we did). Then all bets were off. We tossed out all of the diapers - even for night time. We haven't looked back. She's been trained for about 2 months now with only a few accidents at the beginning - no diapers at night either. Everyone is soooo much happier.

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5:17 AM  
Blogger Wendopolis said...

Been there, done that, four times. What has worked for me, is try having her wear panties, maybe plastic pants. PUllups do not work! If she's truly ready to be trained, having wet underwear will do the trick. If not, then back off and wait a couple of months. Best of luck.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Indigo said...

Been there, done that .... all I can say is to leave her alone, she'll start to go potty on the potty someday. This won't last forever. She's not even 3 yet, right? Zoe wasn't potty trained until she was 3-1/2.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

maybe try and explain to her if she's cold, you can warm her up with a hug or a cuddle, cuz the pee pee is actually "waste material" and she can get sick from it having contact with her skin, she can get a rash, etc., see if you can explain it to her that way. you're making her feel sad because she feels like she's disappointing you, she probably feels like she's under alot of pressure.

6:19 PM  
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How do you mean, Indy? I'm afraid I don't know.

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Blogger Dawn said...

she will let you know when she is ready...My daughter was not ready until she was 2 1/2....she will let you know when she is ready in her own way. She is still young enough that you should not worry yourself to much about it.

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8:08 PM  
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We had horrible troubles with my oldest nephew. You wouldn't believe the things we went through to get him to go on the potty!

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Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Potty training..... I remember my mom telling me to not rush the kids into potty training. She said that they would have fewer accidents if I didn't rush them. When my oldest daughter was P.T. she was 3 yrs. old and asked me why her diapers was so tight. I told her that they didn't make diapers any bigger and that most little girls her age were wearing big girl panties. I went into the bedroom and got her a pair of panties. She took off her diaper and put them on and was completely P.T. from that point on.
My other daughter has had a heck of a time potty training her son. He just didn't want to take the time to go to the potty. She decided to just put undies on him and then a pair of plastic pants. He decided real quick that he didn't like the wet pee pee on his skin. At 3 1/2 he is finally potty trained. Don't push...Can't say it enough.
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10:00 PM  
Blogger The Wife said...

Gee thanks Lucy, Considering we have a teenager too.

Thanks to all for the advice...just remember we didn't start this, she did. She started taking the diapers off and peeing all over the floor. That is when we started the potty talks. She is perfectly cabable of doing this, she just gets bored. We had a potty chart where she could earn prizes. One week the prize was a Barbie. She was excited for about a day, and then she said she didn't like Barbie, and just wanted to wet her pants. Which, by the way it does not bother her to sit in pee pee or poo poo panties. The Pull-ups are for my sanity since I have gone through an entire bottle of carpet cleaner. AND, can anyone tell me why a child gets such pleasure in climing onto a chair and peeing on stuffed bears? They may never recover, they are on their 4th trip to the washing machine.

As the King said..."We have already tried that."

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i don't know what to tell you about touchdown, talk to your family doctor, maybe she's jealous of the baby, she could be doing it for attention.

3:43 AM  
Blogger Indigo said...

This is for The Wife. You poor mommy. I feel for you. Peeing on stuffed bears???? She must get her creativity from her dad? I'm not saying you aren't creative, but I've never heard of peeing on stuffed bears before.

I made my daughter wear those pull-ups, and they were my sanity too. I tried putting her in underpants, but then I'd take her to the Y, put her in kid care, and come back and hour later to a plastic bag full of soiled clothes. Every. Single. Time. Those poor YMCA workers.

You guys might be putting too much pressure on her? Once I stopped asking or insisting she go on the potty, she started all my herself. I'll never forget the time I was looking for her and found her on the potty.

It'll happen before kindergarden, I promise.

5:55 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

If all else fails take her over to the wizards house for a week and let him handle it. Hide the teddy bears.

8:51 PM  
Blogger The Brother In Law said...

I guess I could quit paying her to pee her pants and call her brother Indy. I really didn't think it would cause this much angst in your life. (Insert Evil Genius laugh here.)

9:37 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Oh my! I'm laughing so hard - - not at you, but with you. Because the only thing you really can do is laugh.

My oldest child potty trained really late. I was at my wits end after trying everything. I sent him to nursery school in pull ups. One day the nursery school called me and said, "Why are you sending your son to school in pull ups?"

I answered (thinking how obvious is this) because he isn't potty trained yet. Well, the school informed me that he was perfectly trained at school.

After that, I threw out all the diapers and pullups and made him wear underwear.

But, since your wife indicates that your daughter could care less if she is wet, I think this is all about control. I'd just let her pee in the pullup and not mention it again. For awhile. Just make it easier on yourself and don't worry about it. She'll definitely decide one day that she's ready. And then there will be no work, no cleaning or anything for you to do.

10:18 AM  
Blogger utenzi said...

Hi K! I'm here from Michele's

It sounds like your daughter has you on the potty training. I guess you're just going to have to wait until either your wife can reason with her--or until you can bribe her with something she really wants. Hopefully this will happen before she wants a car.

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