potty training blues
December 22, 2013 3:26 PM Subscribe
Can anyone give us tips on getting our daughter to "let go" in the potty or toilet??? She can hold it in and knows when she needs to go... but can't do it in the right place.
posted by beccyjoe to Education (17 answers total)
So I wrote this post - http://ask.metafilter.com/227871/Toilet-training-dramas-Daughter-hates-potty over a year ago. But you don't necessarily need to read that to help me out here.
My daughter is now just over 3, and still not toilet trained. She is able to "hold it in" for hours and hours, but can't seem to consciously "let go". She loves to wear underpants instead of nappies and is proud of the fact. When she is naked or wearing underpants, she will not have any "accidents" unless she is completely socially distracted and having a great time. Otherwise she just holds it in. We can tell when she is visibly needing to go because she crosses her legs and holds her crotch. But when we sit her on the potty or the toilet, she DOES NOT GO. We sit her there, read her books, let her watch programs on the laptop, etc. BUt she just won't go. She says she "can't". The only way we can get her to go in these instances is to put her in the bath or the shower, where she forgets about it and wees.
Anyone got tips on helping her to wee on the potty or toilet? it seems like she is scared to or somehow very uncomfortable about it. But she will sit there willingly, and loves wearing her underpants, and is proud of the fact that she can hold it in and not wee on the carpet.