Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Potty Training for Girls

When Adam was in day care we didn't have to do the hard work of potty training. The only thing we were responsible for was reinforcing what he was learning at daycare. Now, it is my turn to potty train Sarah. Every time I check in Sarah at the YMCA they ask me "Is she potty trained yet?" Man, that feels like a punch in the gut. No, I sheepishly say. So I research this potty training thing, got her a potty video and book from the library, talk endlessly about the potty, bought the pull ups with the princesses on them, and got a book entitled "Princess Potty". I felt I was ready. However, it seems like every time I go to put her on the potty, she has already gone. Rats! I cannot stress enough how you are not supposed to go in the pull up Sarah. So I do more research, and BabyCenter tells me that kids learn by imitation. It says Let your child watch you and they will learn how it is done. So my question is...does the stay at home dad have to sit down and pee for his daughter to learn from him how to use the potty? I guess this is one of the areas that a stay at home mommy can better address. BabyCenter also suggests that if this is a problem and she wants to try peeing standing up like her Daddy and older brother, let her and eventually she will figure out that it is much easier to sit. Have they met my Sarah? Once she figures out that peeing standing up will make Adam laugh hysterically, it will be all over. Well, gotta go!


  1. You've got to just go for the underwear and get rid of the pull ups. They're too close to diapers. Sophie had accidents, don't get me wrong, but she didn't like them because the pee went down her leg. It's also a pain for mommy and especially daddy (since, as you know, he was home with her during potty training). The "no pull ups, just underwear" advice came from Steve's cousin who is a day care center provider. Since she trained probably about 75 kids, I figured her advice was sound. Sophie has done really well and goes on the potty by herself.

  2. I can't offer much advice if there is a difference for girls than boys, having just two of the latter. I can say that we did try the "no pullups" for awhile and my son had no problem using those as a diaper, so we had to go to pullups unless I wanted to change him several times a day! No way! It was a long struggle but he's a champ now. Besides, how many adults do you know who can't use the potty correctly? They'll get it eventually but on their own timeline, not ours.