Any potty training ideas for a boy?

Jessica - posted on 07/10/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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My child does not really have an interest whatsoever in potty training... I know not to push him, but I would really like to have him potty trained as soon as possible!

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Beth - posted on 07/17/2009

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Put soap that you wash your dishes with in the toilet and tell him to make bubbles. let dad help the 1st time.....then you will never be able to get him out of the bath room.

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Liana - posted on 03/04/2012

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stick some cereal in the potty and tell him to pee on it he will love trying to move the cereal with his pee and he will also learn how to pee straight, xx

Olivia - posted on 02/28/2012

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@Laura Anderson, thanks for the tips I have a 23 month old son and I want him to be potty trained by the time I have my other son in June. Really dnt want to be changing 2 kids diapers. My son tells me after he's gone pee n poop but not b4. I'm gonna try the no diapers n just undies hope it works again thanks.

Laura - posted on 07/21/2009

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I have 3 boys and my 3 yr. old just trained around 2yrs & 9mos. My 6yr. old was 2 and my 19yr. old was 2 also.My mom was very old fashioned and believed that if you take them out of diapers and put undies on-you should never put another diaper on again.It`s SO TRUE!!! It works! They will pee a few times & poop, and you`ll have to clean it up,but he won`t like the feeling of it! If you can put up with that for one week-then you`ll be fine. Actually my first took only 5 days.My 2nd took 3, and my last took 2.They have to be interested and ready.If they are then you MUST follow through and throw out the diapers or give them away.I promise-this works.Good luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2009

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we put fruit loops in the water and made it a game...but what worked best was sitting him backwards (facing the tank) when he went...was much less scary and threatening

Beverly - posted on 07/19/2009

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well i was having a HARD time potty training my 3 year old. So while he was on vaca with his grandmother she started it.. he was there 3 weeks and was FULLY trained. night time and everything. maybe try getting someone else to help you with it.. i know it helped me.. GOOD LUCK!

Leslie - posted on 07/19/2009

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Boy can I relate...my son turned 3 in April and he doesn't have too much of a desire to go on the toilet...He waits until after he has gone and then says he peed and needs me to change his diaper...He doesn't like his diaper to be wet or stinking so I guess that's a good sign...

Yinet - posted on 07/19/2009

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Hey! Mine loved the cars movie," Lighting Mcqueen" the most, so we got him some Lighting Mcqueen training underwear. My son hates to be wet, so I told him that lighting Mcqueen don't like to be wet with pee pee, or dirty with poopee, and told him that when he feels that he had to pee pee or poopee that to tell me so we don't get Mcqueen wet, that was it for him he did right after that, it took a little longer for poopee but he got in the second day. Another thing that you can do is bribe him with his favorite candy, put it in bag that he can't see in, and put there his favorite candies and tell him that if he goes poopee he get too reach inside and get prise, if you don't want to give him candy, try toys or something that you know might get him exited about going to the potty.
I hope that this helps!!

Leanne - posted on 07/19/2009

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I have two boys and both quite different in attitude and nature. The eldest was introduced to books about potty training and using the toilet, this was also met with a lot of talking about the topic. I had no problems with him using the toilet when he decided he wanted to use it. I gave praise when he used it too. My second son was determined to do it all on his own and as soon as possible after watching his brother and consequently was using the toilet at an earlier age with no problems. Hope this helps.

Amber - posted on 07/18/2009

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Well here's what we did with my 4 year old son. He wanted to be like his big brother and wore regular underwears instead of the potty training ones. Ever since then he has been using the potty more and more each day. We also have a Blue's Clue's seat that fits right on the toilet so they won't fall in and we keep that down on the floor by the toilet and whenever he needs to go to the bathroom he would use it. But also keep asking him if he needs to go potty as well. That mostly helps as well.

Jeneen - posted on 07/18/2009

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My son was NOT interested in being potty trained either... at all but I got him trained at 2- 1/2. I got a peeing doll and asked him to help me teach him how to pee pee on the potty. I let him pull the undies down and sit him on the potty and I squeezed the belly so he went, then I made a BIG fuss on what a big boy the doll was. I sang, danced (the things we do for our children) then asked him if he thought he could and he did. I threw out all diapers and told him they dont make diapers for big boys. He had a few accidents but I never did the pull ups, when he felt that he had had an accident he didnt like the way it felt where w/ pull ups he wouldnt feel anything. Good Luck and remember, he will be potty trained... he wont be in diapers forever! :)

PS: Get a plastic matress cover for under his sheets!!! Saves a lot of time scrubbing a matress!!

Barbara - posted on 07/18/2009

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My boy is now 3 and a half years old and when I helped him to learn to go to the potty at two and a quarter all I did was encouraged him by giving him a stamp on the hand when he sat on the potty reguardless of whether he did anything as that was an immediate reward. I gave him the choice and if he said no I left it at that. This gave him the control and he did not develop a fear of the potty, it became a positive thing and he soon learnt he got a lot of attention when he sat on the potty including having books read to him. He toilet trained himself at two and a half and to help by making it easier for him to go I removed his pants whenever we were at home so it gave him more time to get to the potty and he did not like wetting the floor so made more of an effort to go to the potty. I even let him decide when he wanted to wear underpants even before I knew he was ready, that was part of the learning experierience and the next time after that that he wanted to wear undies he only had one accident throughout the day. I am an early childhood teacher and I believe parents put too much pressure on children to go to the potty/toilet, we have to remember each child is different and will learn to go to the potty/toilet at different ages. Sometimes by pushing children too far they develop a fear of going to the potty/toilet. My advice is relax and make it a fun experience for all involved. How many children are still in nappies by the time they go to school?

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Children will successfully train when THEY are ready. My son is 3.5yrs now and took a notion 3 months ago that he would be a big boy now. He goes both #1 and #2 on the toilet independantly. Even washes his hands. No stress on this end...I just waited for the cues..demonstrated the skill...and he caught on very quick, but I didnt push it in his face....I stayed on HIS schedule not my own.

Diana - posted on 07/17/2009

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I have 2 children and my oldest is a girl. She was very easy to potty train. My son however like yours does not have any desire to potty train at all. My sister recommended throwing some cherrios in the toilet and teaching him to aim. He thinks its a game and you do not have to clean the bathroom after.

GeGe - posted on 07/17/2009

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just keep taking them to the potty about every 20-30 minutes and tell them what a great job they are doing and clap for them. Don't give them anything to drink 2 hours before bedtime and take them to the potty right before they go to bed and sometimes in the middle of the night as well until they are fully trained.

TERRA - posted on 07/16/2009

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my son is 3 yrs. old and he will go to the go but he won't do number 2 on the potty does anyone have any suggestion

Caryn - posted on 07/16/2009

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My son was much easier to train than my daughter! He was trained (daytime only) by 2. We used the "don't pee in the pool" rule while at our vacation home and just extended it to our regular routine! Cool underpants helped, which changed the rule to "don't pee on Lightning McQueen"

Katie - posted on 07/16/2009

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I did the fruit loops as well as a few drops of food coloring in the toilet. Then when they pee it turns colors. Gross, but it worked for my son. As long as you flush right away it does stain the toilet either! Good luck!

Tanya - posted on 07/16/2009

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My mother told me to be prepared for a two week lock down...no going outside with friends because that would distract him, he would rather play than go potty...set a timer for every half hour...no pull-ups or anything of the sort...he needs to have regular underpants so that he really feels uncomfortable when it happens so that he won't like the feeling...no drinks after bed...and wouldn't you know it...it WORKED...we've had maybe a handful of accidents in 7 years...only wet the bed if we came home late and forgot to make go potty before we lay down for bed...now we know that even though they are crying and waaaay overtired, that they have to go on that potty no matter what before laying in bed...lol..good luck.

Jessica - posted on 07/16/2009

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now you know where I am at! I CANNOT use the naked idea... we have carpeting throughout most of the house, creme colored nonetheless, and urine is disasterous on carpeting! Our child would simply stand where he is at and pee on the floor rather than tell us he has to go! Oh, and Amy, check out Vivien's post above... she has a book that is supposed to be great!

Kasey - posted on 07/16/2009

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i used potty chair in living room , while he watched a cartoon i would have him sit on it , if he went he got 3 m&m's good lucky be patience its harder on us then them

Amy - posted on 07/15/2009

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I have a son turning 3 in August. We have tried naked around the house telling him it wouldnt be a nice thing to pee on the floor. It worked only if he had no diaper or underwear on. The frustration that I have is that he knows what to do, knows the feeling, and still wont go on the potty. We have tried clapping, stickers, reward items, picking out his own potty and decorated it with stickers. We have taken him to the potty after he has finished his drink but he still has no desire to tell me and use the potty. I am out of ideas and patients. If any one has any ideas other than the ones I have mentioned please let me know.

Amy - posted on 07/15/2009

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I've tried several different things and the one Maybelyn mentioned is undoubtedly working the best so far. I just started the no diaper, no pants last friday and he's really catching on. After a couple days he would announce "go pee pee on potty" and he'd get to the potty and do his business. We've got a chant for pooping and he really gets into it... bobbing his head and clapping to "push it out, push it out, way out." I have a basket with little rewards (matchbox cars, little gold fish packages, pez, what ever cheap thing I know he likes) that he gets for success. Then we put a stiker on the calendar every time.



As a parent though, one must be dedicated and seriously watch him like a hawk. When he starts to show signs we sing, "jump to the potty" over an over and hop our way to the bathroom. Accidents will happen and he has to help clean them up and I'll tell him how silly he is, "pee goes in the potty not on the floor". Grandma watches him during the day and she's following my lead. Its working really well.



All kids are different. Good luck finding a method that works best for you.

Beth - posted on 07/14/2009

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First and formost get DADDY TO HELP!!!!!!!!!!! my son went naked for a long time. but then he realized that daddy wore big boy underwear and from then on i had no problem getting him to go to the potty. we started by sitting him down when he got to were he would go by himself sitting down then DADDY taught him to stand. we are tring to get the night thing done now.

Sabrina - posted on 07/14/2009

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Hi i have 5 boys and i found training then to sit down on the potty to start with is the best way to do it. This way they get the feeling for both. Its important once you start to stick with it. It helps to have a stoll they can rest their feet on and even their favorite story. All the best and good luck :)

Alison - posted on 07/14/2009

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Apparantly M&M's are a fabulous reward system. Girls love stickers, but I dunno about boys.

Jenna - posted on 07/14/2009

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im potty training my little boy at the mo he will b 3 in november. i was dreading it all along but decided i could get used to it so i bought a potty when he knew wen he needed to wee and sat him on it a few randon times a day never forcing him-if he didnt want 2 sit there he didnt have 2. first time he used it was wen he was having a bath and sed wee wee stood up and did a wee in the potty. it took a couple more days to use the potty during the day but wen he did he asked for it. lots of praise gets them encouraged be overly dramatic and use the occasional treat to keep them excited. let him watch how different people eg mummy and daddy use the toilet and describe wot u r doing- mummy is doing a wee on the toilet you use ur potty, mummy is finished and wiping clean, flushing, wash hands etc. daddy stands up to wee when u r bigger u will too etc etc. if he doesnt want 2 use the potty dont force him because he will b scared n u will get more accidents from refusal rather than not knowing he needed to go.

Vivien - posted on 07/13/2009

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The book Potty Training 123 (http://www.amazon.com/Potty-Training-1-2...), worked great for us! My son was just over 2 years old and we used the book and in 3 hours he was using the potty and that was it, he was done. It took longer for him to want to poop on the potty but that is a different feeling when you are use to standing up and going in a diaper. The potty training book had some really great ideas and suggestions. Good luck!

Elif - posted on 07/13/2009

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My boy has just finished potty training. He is nearly three and we had to wait until he was upset with wet nappies he and started taking them off. In the mean time I let him go to the toilet when dady is having his number 1 and dady explained him that every boy should do the same. After a couple of explanations we placed his potty in the bathroom. We've had many accidents. At first he was thinking number 1 was water and even tried to play and pour the wee on the floor. I had to be very calm for a while and help him to pour it into the toilet. This is not a miracle one week potty training period but he is going to the toilet on his own now. and he even waits for his turn if the toilet is occupied. I hopeour experience will help you. :)

Maybelyn - posted on 07/13/2009

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We're working on potty training our twin boys that are turning three this July 24th. It's been tough but our youngest of the twins is slowly getting there. No diapers during the day not even underwear. It is messy and there is clean up but they are finally seeing the need to go to the toilet. They still wear night time pull ups just in case. But the main thing is to slowly get them in the routine. As soon as they finish drinking or after a meal we have them sit on the toilet to poop if they can go and pee standing up in front of the toilet. So far peeing standing up has been successful. We usually cheer and clap the hands and say "Wheee!!!". With two boys trying to train them at the same time has been tough. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 07/11/2009

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I like the cheerios idea... that would be something right up his alley! Thanks!

Sarah - posted on 07/11/2009

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let him choose his own potty & buy it with u and make a sticker chart for all the family even for urself and every member of the family,good luck

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my little boy was potty trained at two and he had no interest either but what i did was left the potty lying around and soon he was showing interest and i also bought the huggies potty training kit and it had a sticker chart which he loved and i made it a competition between me and him to see who would get to the toilet first silly but worked and you must ask him every 15mins gets boring but works too but all kids are different so good luck, it seems like it takes ages but about 3 mths if you are lucky x

Jenna - posted on 07/10/2009

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I just got my son fully potty trained without any accidents. It was hard. We tried sitting down, his own potty seat, everything!

Finally, we tried the tried and true method of putting cheerios or fruit loops into the potty and having him aim at them. We made it a game. Each time he felt the pee, he ran to us and said "GO GO GO" and then we would say "Hold it Hold it Hold it" and we ran to the bathroom, got 2 or 3 out of a bowl we set on the back of the toilet and had him 'shoot' them. Worked like a charm! Sometimes he would miss the bathroom, but we still took him to the bathroom and put the cheerios or fruit loops in the toilet and told him to shoot them. Then after a few minutes we told him to try again next time and had him take his clothes and put them in the dirty clothes hamper. Took a while, but he finally got it. Then it was on to the poop... We just got him excited to watch it flush down the potty. Then we stopped all drinks after dinner to stop the bed wetting at night.

Ashley - posted on 07/10/2009

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I am not sure it will help, but I let him stand to pee, just to get started. It seems to be less threatening. But I have only potty trained one boy, at two years old.

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