Any Ideas on how to get my son to start using the big potty and get away from the little potty

Cindy - posted on 08/30/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I need to get my son to start using the big potty for next school year for when he goes to preK...I know he will not beable to use the little potty and I can't not get him to sit on the big potty even by setting his seat on top of the big potty....Any Ideas please?

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Arin - posted on 09/10/2009

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how does he handle it if you are out at a store? if he seems to do fine with that I would think if one day it dissappeared he should be okay. It is okay for him to continue to sit if that is what he is use to... I heard putting a cheerio in the potty for aiming practice made it alot of fun Good Luck and may God Bless

Patricia - posted on 09/07/2009

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This is probably way old school, but treat going to the big potty as a game. that only boys get to play. take the little potty out and get a small step stool put it in front of the toilet grab the box of cheerios and tell him to aim at the cheerios figure out a prize that he will win just for trying, and a prize that he will win for actually hitting a cheerio. Poopy is a little more difficult, but when he sees peeing as a game, poopy will come next.

Kati - posted on 09/04/2009

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they sell little seats that fit on the big potty that might be a start to the transition. They sell at Walmart for $10-$12. If you want him to stand up while pottying put one or two cheerios and tell him to shoot them this way your making it fun and helping his aim. When my youngest son realized he could stand up and pee he started dancing in mid pee and it everywhere walls floor. I think about it now and laugh but I definitely wasn't laughing then. Have hope Cindy he'll get it. I think he'll surprise you too once he does start preschool. As a preschool teacher, I hear parents tell me all the time I can never get my child to do that at home. I think when a child sees their friends trying new foods, sleeping on nap cots, and sitting on the big potty they're encouraged to follow suit.

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Have you tried "toilet targets"? We put a cheerio in the potty and let him aim for it. He would stand up on a little stool so he could reach. I also let him go in the bathroom when Daddy was going a few times...just so he could see how "big boys" do it. Maybe if you remove the little potty and introduce the stool and the targets he will be happy with the exchange.

Lori - posted on 09/01/2009

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does he have a favorite super hero, that was something i used on my boy's to get them to do anything if they didn't want their vegetables i would remind them how popeye ate his spinach and got big muscles..........my one son loved the power rangers and i told him that jason used the big potty because he was a big boy jason was his fav. power ranger and it worked like a charm.

Cindy - posted on 08/31/2009

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Quoting Tiffany:

don't you guys have the same potty that Jordan does? Maybe you can tell him it's a stool and take the potty part out, show him to use the stool to get up on the big potty....is he afraid he might fall in? get one of those potty seats that goes on the big potty so that his heiney will fit right on it and use the "stool/little potty" to get up there and also use the stool to brush teeth, wash hands....teach him that the little potty is no longer going to be used as a potty but is now going to be used as a stool. Or you could always tie his butt to the big potty until he goes!! Lol...j/k I love my Andrew!!


Well believe it are not I have a little potty that you can take the top off and set on the big potty (but I didn't find this out till a week ago when I was in the store and seen the same potty and looked at the box) why I didnt notice it then guess i was just happy he was peeing in a potty. I took the top off and locked it into the big  potty and sat his bigger part that can be used as a step stool right up against the big potty. He did step up on it and tell jumped down. I picked him up and sat him on the potty and he cried and jumped down. I tried hiding the little potty too and thought out of sight out of mind, but haha on me that did not work he started peeing on the floor. At this point I wounder if there is anything for me to try.  Thanks for you help and give jordan hugs and kisses from me.

Tiffany - posted on 08/31/2009

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don't you guys have the same potty that Jordan does? Maybe you can tell him it's a stool and take the potty part out, show him to use the stool to get up on the big potty....is he afraid he might fall in? get one of those potty seats that goes on the big potty so that his heiney will fit right on it and use the "stool/little potty" to get up there and also use the stool to brush teeth, wash hands....teach him that the little potty is no longer going to be used as a potty but is now going to be used as a stool. Or you could always tie his butt to the big potty until he goes!! Lol...j/k I love my Andrew!!

Cindy - posted on 08/30/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

What happens if you just remove the little potty from the bathroom? Put it up where it can't be seen and he does not know where it is. I know I had one that I babysit for that always wanted to use the little potty, but once out of sit she did fine on the big potty. I would first try that giving reassurance that he is a big boy and can do the big one just fine if he was to ask about the little one. If it causes too much of a stress and he starts back tracking on his pottying I would then go to the reward method for using the big potty. Giving a piece of candy or sticker for use of the big potty as you may have done when working on potty training.



Thanks for your advice.... I did try removing the little potty and all he would do was pee on the bedroom floor. We did the reward method to get him to start using the little one, but I guess I can give it a few days and try again. I might wait for his 4th bday (in 2mths) and do like I did with the pacifier and tell him that everyone is coming and bringing gifts in return for the potty chair(it worked with the pacifier. Thanks again!!

Sarah - posted on 08/30/2009

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What happens if you just remove the little potty from the bathroom? Put it up where it can't be seen and he does not know where it is. I know I had one that I babysit for that always wanted to use the little potty, but once out of sit she did fine on the big potty. I would first try that giving reassurance that he is a big boy and can do the big one just fine if he was to ask about the little one. If it causes too much of a stress and he starts back tracking on his pottying I would then go to the reward method for using the big potty. Giving a piece of candy or sticker for use of the big potty as you may have done when working on potty training.

Cindy - posted on 08/30/2009

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I tried asking this question to the potty training toddlers, but it would not let me send it to them...so I know this isn't the kind of question probably asked under here....but I really need help....Please!!!

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