My daughter is 2 1/2 and has been staying dry through the night and commenting on the potty. So this weekend I decided to take Friday and Monday off so we could hunker down and try potty training. Every day starting on Friday morning I have had her in underwear all day (pull-ups for naps and bedtime), have been having her sit on the potty every half hour or so, and have put her on the potty immediately after every accident. It is Sunday morning and so far she has not gone on the potty once. She has started coming to me as soon as she pees her pants and says "Uh oh, pee pee." so at least now she recognizes it (which is a step up from Friday). However, I will have her on the potty for a good five minutes and then she will pee almost immediately after she gets off. Almost as if she is intentionally holding it when she is sitting there and then releases right after we pull her underwear up. She also doesn't like sitting on the potty unless she has something to distract her -- like a phone, iPad, or toy. I know it is only the beginning of the third day, but I am getting discouraged.
So here's what I am wondering:
- Is this all normal or does it sound like I should give up and try again later? I am worried that she might be almost there and if I give up I will set her back.
- If I do decide to relax on it a bit, is there a way to keep her on the potty track in a less intense way? Pull-ups full time?
I'm curious to hear if anyone else had a similar experience and how they handled it.
Any suggestions are much appreciated!
Me: 33 | DH: 33 Married: September 2012 DD #1: Prudence (June 2013) TTC #2: August 2015