Posted: 09/08/2012 at 21:33
I'll be completely honest and say that she may not be ready. We tried with our daughter when she was 2 1/4 as she showed all the signs that she was ready, I bought the Gina Ford book too etc etc. she picked out knickers, potty etc. she wanted to do it so it seemed but after a while it became clear that maybe she wasn't ready after all. I spoke to our fab HV who advised us to stop and try again at another point.
So we left it about 6 months and tried again as again she showed all the signs she was ready. the same thing happened again and so we stopped again. this time we decided to wait until she was able to ask to do it and initiated it herself.
That didn't come until she was 3yrs 3mths and it was a breeze as she was totally ready, understood the whole concept and totally wanted to do it.
If it were me I would stop as you risk getting her scared of the whole thing but not everyone would agree with that. You've given it a really good crack, tried every trick in the book and sounds like things might be getting worse.
I know we all feel a certain amount of pressure to get it done but there really is no need - every child is different and it is better that they chose when it happens, some are ready earlier than others but there is no right or wrong xx