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Hi MoM, I’d love some advice. My 2 year old daughter is showing all the signs of being ready for toilet training bit I cannot get her to sit on the potty or toilet. Any ideas on how I can encourage this? How can I get my 2 year old to sit on the potty?

Posted by Nadette 25.2.2013


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  • listen to your 2 year old, he/she probably wants to feel grown up, and use the toilet. I didn’t have a potty, I hate them!


  • It was interesting reading the answers to this!


  • Don’t! Go straight to the toilet, and use a step (we had a turtle step). kids love to be grown up and you may find they go well on the loo


  • i know that you posted this ages ago but i will comment for others. you can try a rewards chart or get a fun fisher price potty


  • We never had any luck with the potty, what worked for us was a little toilet seat that went over the normal toilet, he saw it as the normal place to ‘go’


  • You cant force them if they r not ready or scared of it for some reason I would back off a bit or it might take even longer, maybe try buying a doll with a potty or sitting dolls/teddies you already have on potty and making a fuss, oh look teddy is going potty what a good teddy he is a big boy and doesnt need nappies etc, but I am sure she will be happy to sit on it in her own time anyway


  • I know it probably sounds gross but get an older kid (cousin or close friend) who is already trained but only slightly older to show your 2 year old the ropes, he/she may just want to copy another kid!


  • Buy a ladder toddler toilet seat, and make it exciting for her to be on the “Big Toilet”


  • Hope she has come around and is using the potty for you now.


  • Don’t push her too much, she will come around eventually-maybe even a rewards chart could help.


  • treats or a special toy she only gets to play with while sitting on the pot


  • Encourage her with a treat:)


  • Love Lovi’s suggestion, the dino potty is cute! Hope its going well :)


  • Haha toilet in front of the tv…. How about a treat?


  • Some really good ideas here


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