Potty training challenge: she wears underwear, but won't go in the potty
November 4, 2010 8:28 PM Subscribe
My 2 1/2 year old wears underwear during the day, but will not actually pee or poop in the potty. She's completely dry except for nap time or bed time, when we put her in a diaper and she goes. How can we encourage her to use the potty?
posted by mrstrotsky to human relations (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
She used the potty successfully a few times last spring, but then we stopped because we thought she wasn't ready. She started Montessori preschool in September, and her teachers thought she was ready to try, so they encouraged us to put her in underwear directly, using diapers for naps and bed time. She had three or four accidents the first few days (all right before bed time, while the bathtub was running). Now, she sits on the potty and most times sits all by herself, but nothing actually comes out! She's very verbal, and has told us that she loves her underwear and talks about going to the potty, but we're worried that she'll harm herself this way, although she seems fine so far.
Have any of you experienced this? What to do?