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My daughter is 2.5yo. We had decided it was time to start toilet training, and there were the signs you look for. A week in and we have had no success, she refuses to sit on the toilet, she just stands there and wets herself and happily takes her undies off and gets a new pair, doesn’t care about the mess. She hasn’t once had a successful trip to the toilet. Could it be too early? Should we just give up and wait a bit longer or is there something I am missing?


Posted by shrubbie, 6th December 2013


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  • Maybe your little one has a fear for the toilet ? In which case I would start with the potty. Take the time for little steps. First aim is happy to sit on the potty / toillet, start with 1 moment (for example before bath) and then expand. Do not show frustration, be happy with every little step. Wishing you patience and understanding.


  • I would maybe put it on the back burner fir a little while and try again later. I don’t think 2.5 years old is too early, especially if she was showing signs. You could have misread the signs tho or she’s just not ready.


  • I think it’s never too early to toilet train. Unfortunately I didn’t get the hint and still having problems at 3yo


  • Never too early


  • how is she going now


  • there are some good comments here


  • Keep persisting, she will get the concept eventually!


  • I agree with the ladies here. After a week, you should definitely be having SOME success. Try again in a few months.


  • I wish the best of luck with the toilet training


  • Id say too early! Give it a couple of months an try again.


  • I hope its going well


  • Will be thinking about starting mine soon too so appreciate the advice as well.


  • Some good advice below. Hope all goes well with the toilet training.


  • how did it work out?


  • It is never too young to start them.


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