My almost 4 year old was completely potty trained a few months after turning 3. Now she is about 2 months away from turning 4 and she refuses to use the potty and instead will hide in her room and pee on the same spot on her bedroom floor and then lie about it when I find it. I remind her every hour and even take her to the potty and have her sit on (to much protest) and I've even had her help me clean up her pee on the floor and rinse her panties. Nothing seems to work. Should I put her… read more
We've purchased a Hoover Carpet Cleaner. It's worth the expense. We also purchase the Pet Oder Removal, Nature's Miracle. We constantly use both. We've worn out one cleaner already. But so worth it to have a hand. It's just important to try to catch the accidents when they happen and not let urine stand for a period of time. Though, sometimes it's hard to get an answer out of our child and we end up cleaning a larger area than we didn't need to do.
Good luck! It's an ongoing issue for us.
Since she is using the portable potty maybe you could slowly move it back towards the bathroom. I had to do this with a student of mine once before and what we did was just moved the portable potty about 1 foot every couple of days. Eventually the portable potty was back into the bathroom beside the toilet and we were able to transition the child back to the potty.
With the child I had to do this with, we found out after the fact there was a repeated noise in the bathroom which is why he stopped using it. We explained the noise, water in the pipes and everything was OK once we transitioned him back into the bathroom.
This may sound strange, but don't panic. My typically developing 4 year old had issues with something similar for months. I think the biggest thing is to take any pressure off of your self, sit quietly, and ask yourself based on your mother instinct and knowing your daughter, what would be best for your situation'. The solution varies from situation to situation.
I had been doing the rewards for her using the potty but she's never been very responsive to the reward system--oftentimes she will decline a reward. I did end up putting a portable training potty in her room today and I went over what she needs to do to clean up every time she chooses to use that potty instead of the big potty in the bathroom (i.e. carry the bowl to the bathroom, pour the #1 or #2 into the big potty, wipe the potty seat if it splashes, flush the big potty, rinse out the portable potty bowl in the tub (don't worry, I clean the tub with Comet before every bath lol), put it back in the portable potty in her room, and wash her hands. You would think that would deter her but no! She's already used it twice! However, she cleaned up perfectly (with my supervision but very little assistance) and there's no pee on her floor so it's a good start! :)
I think Tanji has a really innovative idea.
Another idea is to do over-correction and reward. Overcorrection is having the consequence be a bit more extreme than a natural consequence. So you have her clean it up and also have her clean it and clean it and clean it some more. Really get the idea to sink in. And during the same time period, reward her each time she goes on the toliet with a small piece of candy or popcorn or something.
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