What is the secrets of potty training the boys?

Erin - posted on 08/13/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Ryan is just starting to pee in the toilet but of course I have to continously ask....But I need help with the poop!

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Becky - posted on 09/04/2009

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I think that once you get the concept of the potty down, they pretty much handle it from there. I thought Jayden was never going to go poop in the potty even though he never had pee pee accidents. Just give it some time and it will work it's way out.

Chryseis - posted on 09/03/2009

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Im also in he process of potty training my almost three year old son. I suppose he could have started potty training earlier but as a single mother it seemed easier for me to handle diapers than dealing with soiled underwear or the confusion between diapers and pullups. I think now is a good time to be consistent in training because he understands the concept of peeing/pooping in the toilet/potty. Ive been doing several types of methods. Ive been taking him to the potty every 1 1/2 to 2 hrs, and asking him if he needs to potty. He has gotten a bit better with the peeing part and has pooped in the potty once already. I have put him in regular underwear at first because my son hates being dirty and thought it might help.. but he went through 5 undies within an hour. I concluded that he was used to "going" in spurts whenever he needed to go and not knowing how to control his pee into one load. I stopped with the undies and started getting pullups. They have a truck on them and I showed him the truck and he loved looking at the cool truck on his undies/pullups and I told him if he pottied in the truck and messes it up, I would have to throw them away in the garbage. He didnt like that Idea, so he tried not to, Unfortunately pullups feel alot like diapers and in the midst if him playing he would "accidentally" go a little. I would catch him and take him to his potty and he finishes up there. I have to have him sit there for at least 5 minutes to get his pee all out because he goes in spurts. When he does go I tell him am so proud of my big and good boy, kiss him, hug him, praise him and everyone at the house does so too. He has gotten better, but its a process, I ordered a few potty training DVDs for him to watch so he may get encouraged another way as well. Since the only male at the house is MY father who isnt comfortable with showing my son how to pee standing up, he is being taught sitting down, which he has seen me do plenty of times, so it looks and seems natural for him to do as well. Another set back is that he confuses pee with poo. So when he pees he tells me its poo poo. Its a process... but were all in this together.

Sarah - posted on 09/03/2009

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We have no idea....with b/g twins, my son has decided he "can't" poop in the potty. Instead of going in his undies (he is completely potty trained with pee) he waits until he gets his night time pull up, and then poops. HELP! We've tried giving gummy worms (they picked these candy), small toys (we put them in the bathroom and they could only have them if they pooped in the potty -- they are still there 3 months later!) and the stickers for poopy.

Jessica - posted on 09/01/2009

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i am having the same problem with my son! peeing is no problem but pooping oh my gosh. but today we had a break through. my son wants to start preschool, but he has to be fully potty trained, so we kept telling him he couldn't go to school untill he started pooping in the potty, today it worked! before i had him i was a daycare teacher, we dealt with potty training all the time. and well bribe him, it can be with stickers, candy, a favorite toy or book. whatever he likes the most go with that. i know it can be frustrating as heck but it will happen sooner or later.

Heather - posted on 09/01/2009

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I feel just as confused as you do! I have read what all the others have posted and can honestly say that I have done all those ideas..the bribing, the consistant potty placement. My son will be 4 in February and he has gained full knowledge of what needs to be done, he's done it before on his own without prompting. The roblem is that he doesn't do it on a constant basis. We've be potty training for almost a year now, and I am frustrated to no end. He starts school in two weeks and I am hoping that being around older/other children will help. Good luck to you on this difficult endeavor!

LaDonna - posted on 09/01/2009

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Patience and praise! It takes a while but hang in there. Encourage your family and caregivers to be excited when you son goes...he'll enjoy all the attention.

Tyleasha - posted on 09/01/2009

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My son really wanted nothing to do with potty training at first. I had to sit him on it every half and hour or so for a few minutes and one time he peep. I made a big deal out of it and gave him a tiny piece of dark chocolate. One night for the way he was acting I knew he had to take a bowel movement so I sat him on the potty with his favorite movie and gave him a little bowel of ice cream to keep him there lol. I made everyone in the house make a huge deal of the poop in the potty. He was happy. I always had to ask if he needed to poop or pee though and he had poop accidents for the longest time. Poop takes longer then pee for most children but it does come!

Anna - posted on 09/01/2009

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My son was pretty easy with peeing (once he figured out how to aim and not pee all over the place). However, pooping took a little longer. We gave him a Crabby Patty (gummi candy) each time he pooped and he started to get excited that he would get one. He only got one if he actually went poop (or if he tried REALLY hard to go). Now he can go by himself and we weaned him off the crabby patties.

Deidre - posted on 08/30/2009

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OK don't ask. Take him to the potty every 2 hrs on the dot. This cretes consistency. Also for me since I'm a single mom with 3 boys my first son sat on the pot backwards and that was his idea but it worked wonders(no mess to clean up). Get him awsome Underwear his favorite character. Lastly no liquids 2 hrsbefore bedtime. Go potty 2 more times within those 2 hrs before bed, this eliminates excuses "TO GO POTTY" after he's been put to bed. Give him that extra high five when he does go in the potty And I made up a song that they go nuts for! HOME FREE now. As far as your guy poos, don't let him out of your sight. That's when they do the deed and usually in a private place or squatting... At first site of that I would RACE him to the potty and most of the time it was actually IN TIME.

VICKIE - posted on 08/20/2009

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my son is 3 in november and wont even go on the potty im getting very stressed with it as my daughter was out of them at 11 months its soooo stressful can any one give me any tips please xxx

Katie - posted on 08/18/2009

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i bribed both of my boys with skittles candy. they got one for peeing in the potty, one for having dry underware, and five for pooping in the potty. it was almost too easy! good luck!

Natasha - posted on 08/17/2009

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well for my son to get it right with pooping, i had to leave it on him for about a minute or 2. he absolutely hated it!!! he cant stand the smell, lol and he never has did it again.

Esther - posted on 08/17/2009

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With my son, it really helped that we hid the potty somewere, so he could go in private (behind the sofa.....)

Courtney - posted on 08/16/2009

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We started "The Potty Club". Everytime someone would go we would high five each other and say "GOOD JOB!". But you had to go in the potty to be in the potty club. We felt like a couple of dorks at first, but it worked.

Jessica - posted on 08/16/2009

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I tried a lot of different things. I tried his favor underwear, plastic underwear etc. I can say what did work is when I put him in school a year ago he was 2 1/2 in two days he was fully potty trained. I believe it is something about the other kids but it worked.

Yvonne - posted on 08/16/2009

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Print a rewards boy calendar or chart for the bathroom. You know something he likes with a theme on it. Then everyday praise him for trying and give him a sticker. At the end of each week give him something like a dime for his piggy bank. Then when he actually goes don't yell and be excited that may embarrass him-but give him a quarter and let him know that when he has enough money he can buy himself a toy.

Casey - posted on 08/15/2009

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I gave gummie bears for every time he just sat on the toliet. 2 if he went pee. And chocolate if he went poop. You got be aware of his pooping schedule and try to catch him right before it happens

Sylvia - posted on 08/14/2009

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My three year old Mason liked to go pee in the toilet but when it came to pooping he was scared to death. We just kept encouraging him and let him know there was nothing to be afraid of. It seems like it took forever for him to get over his fear, but it wasn't really a long time. We just let him get comfortable with himself and now he announces when he has to poop. It doesn't matter where we are or who we are with when Mason needs to go he lets the whole world know!!! Just keep up the encouragement and he will do just fine.

Rebecca - posted on 08/13/2009

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Def agree wit Naomi... the cheerios thing works!! I have a baby grl who wont go on the potty.. But we did that trick for my brother and it worked!!

Virjinia - posted on 08/13/2009

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I have to agree w. Robin. (*Stickers) We made a potty chart and posted it up on the fridge for my son. Every time he went potty we awarded him w. a sticker and let him place on the chart. Might want to try that.



Naomi your post cracked me up. "Sink them!" If it worked for you, why not try that too. :)

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w/ our son my husband and I had to keep asking if he needed to go poopy/potty whenever it seemed he might need to...now he goes by himself and we don't have to remind him as much. Try to make it fun for him and if he has an accident have him "help" you clean it up or if you use stickers let him know he doesn't get a sticker if he doesn't use the potty.

Naomi - posted on 08/13/2009

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Put cheerios in the toilet and tell them to sink them...lol...sounds crazy but it works....

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