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Making a 30 month old girl sit on her potty chair every thirty

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making a 30 month old girl sit on her potty chair every thirty minutes until she goes couldnt be right. she cries and it scares her. isnt that cruel? shouldnt you look for signs and teach her to use the potty and let her up. upset and devestated grandmother
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 2 years ago.
Hi and thanks for the query. If she is overwhelmed by this new change then this might not be the best time to potty train her. Whenever there are other things going around with the toddler like starting preschool or a nursery etc then putting further pressure like potty training might actually delay the process of potty training. Also, if she is in a phase of saying "No" to it then it is better to wait till that phase is over. Your toddler needs to get used to the idea of using the potty. Explain that the potty is her very own. You could let her personalise it with sparkly stickers, or write her name on it. Start by suggesting that she sits on the potty with her nappy off. If she has a favourite doll or stuffed animal, try using it for potty demonstrations. If she is resistant to it, don't pressure her. That will just set up a power struggle.Children also learn by imitation so showing her how to do it also works. Having said that, it is not a "must" to teach a toddler how to use a potty, they will eventually learn when they are older, this can usually happen spontaneously by the age of 4 years by which time they can tell their mothers that they need to go.Hope this helps.Please do leave a positive rating for the service.Best wishes.