Potty trainin boys

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Jessica - posted on 11/08/2009

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We got a frog potty that you can find at Walmart or ToysRUs that is a squat green frog with a blue potty bowl if you're looking for a good potty for boys, this one is definitely it! The guard goes all the way up so pee won't go between or over anything, I love it. We started off having him sit on the potty whenever Mommy or Daddy went with clothes on, we talked to him and played with him, then gave him an M&M for sitting. He really got to love the potty and at about 18 months we started taking his diaper off after he woke up, before bath time and before nap/bed. He started actually peeing in the potty every once in a while about a month later, and at about 20 months he would usually have at least one success a day if he was taken every hour or so. We're still at that point and he hasn't really pooped in the potty yet, but we're not pushing as we don't want him to dislike he potty.

My issue is he doesn't seem to care or notice when he pees or poops in his pull-ups! I mean they're supposed to feel the wet sensation in pull ups right? And as far as poop goes I try to catch him when he does but I also want him to come and tell me when he's gone pee or poop so I can change him. I've tried the "sensation" pull ups and am thinking of putting underwear under his pull ups but if he doesn't feel he sensation pull ups (like cool when wet and wet feel), will that be much different?

Darlene - posted on 11/06/2009

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I'd start by simply sitting him on the potty for each diaper change. Praise him just for sitting. Right after waking up is often a good time to 'catch' peeing. Be sure to make a huge deal of it!! Stay consistant sitting him on the potty daily. It'll come eventually!

Jen - posted on 11/05/2009

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If he understands when he's wet or you know what times he goes to the bathroom take him to the potty and show him how to use it. Sometimes it helps to let them sit on the potty with clothes first then without a diaper. Reward him every time he has a successful potty. In the beginning you'll probably want to teach him to sit, but if he has a male role model to watch stand up they may help too. I've heard a lot of moms with boys will put cheerios or something in the potty and tell the little boy to aim and get points for certain targets. I have a girl so I can't be of much help.

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Stephanie - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have a son who turned 3 in August and then Kolton who obviously will be 2 in December. I JUST got the 3 year old to be consistent! Boys are just different I think. My oldest is a girl and she was a breeeeze compared to my oldest son. I think with Kolton I am going to just wait. Starting too early just leads to frustration! They will do it when they want, and I have learned my lesson about trying to start any earlier! Good luck mommies!

Brandie - posted on 11/09/2009

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Personally I think 2 is a bit early to really be thinking about training. I dont think there is anything wrong with introducing the potty but I would not get caught up in having him trained this early.

Jen - posted on 11/08/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

We got a frog potty that you can find at Walmart or ToysRUs that is a squat green frog with a blue potty bowl if you're looking for a good potty for boys, this one is definitely it! The guard goes all the way up so pee won't go between or over anything, I love it. We started off having him sit on the potty whenever Mommy or Daddy went with clothes on, we talked to him and played with him, then gave him an M&M for sitting. He really got to love the potty and at about 18 months we started taking his diaper off after he woke up, before bath time and before nap/bed. He started actually peeing in the potty every once in a while about a month later, and at about 20 months he would usually have at least one success a day if he was taken every hour or so. We're still at that point and he hasn't really pooped in the potty yet, but we're not pushing as we don't want him to dislike he potty.

My issue is he doesn't seem to care or notice when he pees or poops in his pull-ups! I mean they're supposed to feel the wet sensation in pull ups right? And as far as poop goes I try to catch him when he does but I also want him to come and tell me when he's gone pee or poop so I can change him. I've tried the "sensation" pull ups and am thinking of putting underwear under his pull ups but if he doesn't feel he sensation pull ups (like cool when wet and wet feel), will that be much different?


It took my daughter a few months before she could tell us she was wet in the pull up. Try putting him in underwear with plastic pants covers (found in wal-mart next to the cloth diapers and washclothes) so that when he does go he will feel it. I put my daughter in cloth trainers so that she would feel wet and want to go on the potty. She now will go 1-3 times a day on the potty. We still aren't pooping successfully either, but apparently they learn to pee first and then pooping with follow shortly afterwards.

Kylie - posted on 11/07/2009

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im going though it now i have a 22 month old he under stands undies and when he has wet but unless dad is here he will not go for me hates me helping him so good luck hope u have it easier then me

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