How to Potty Train a Stubborn 2-Year-Old

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If your child is refusing to be potty trained, you may find yourself exhausted. You have been changing diapers for far too long and the idea of doing it much longer is just overwhelming. Your child may be avoiding potty training for a number of reasons, from psychological to emotional to physical reasons. Don’t be too hard on yourself or your child. It may take some time, but you will both get the hang of it soon.

Step 1

Attach a potty seat attachment to your toilet or place a child’s seat on the floor next to the toilet.

Step 2

Keep a journal regarding your child’s peeing and pooping schedules. Try to start anticipating before your child has to go. If you can encourage him to go to the bathroom, before he even knows he needs to go, you might catch him going.

Step 3

Praise him profusely when he happens to go in the potty seat or toilet. Even if it seems to be an accident, tell him how proud you are of him and of how big he is getting.

Step 4

Ask him to help you when you need to change his diaper. Ask him to get the diaper and wipes. Ask him to throw out the old diaper. Don’t get angry or frustrated, just calmly request his help in these ways. In this way, diaper changing won’t be a relaxing opportunity for him. He will have as much responsibility in either diaper changing or toilet using.

Step 5

Give him a special present of new underwear once he is able to use the toilet sometimes. Ask him to throw the dirty underwear into the laundry when necessary. Praise him when he has a dry pair.

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