Potty Training..HELP

Maegan - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is 2yrs old and can tell me after he has gone potty, but when he knows he has to go he runs to a corner or away from everyone until he is finished. He has used the potty before but he is completely uninterested now. If anyone has tips or tricks to get him to want to use the potty please share. He is very smart and advanced for his age, and has done everything early so I'm not sure why he is being so hesitant about the potty.

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Moira - posted on 10/14/2010

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I'm also battling to potty train. he moves away from everyone to relieve himself privately but just doesnt want anything to do with the potty.
he only tells me once the load is in his pants, what am I going to do. I feel he is way too old to not be potty trained at 2 and half years old

Jen-nea'l - posted on 09/26/2010

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My son is the same way! He was doing so well at the beginning of the summer. Then, he had some diarrhea and now he doesn't seem interested in going potty ON the potty at all. I am letting him go in his diaper and not making it seem like a big deal. All I ask of him is that he tells me as soon as he is done so that I can clean him up right away. He seems more confident this way. He knows he won't get in trouble and when he does catch it in time; we run to the potty!! If he actually makes it, then he gets a special candy. If not, it's ok. I don't want him to think that he will get into trouble for NOT making it to the potty. Also, we did potty boot camp (he was naked and we had the potty chair in the front room so he could go whenever he wanted.) We have tried for a long time now, so I am just going to relax and let him take his time. I am so tired of diapers but he is working on it and that is all I can ask for!

Not sure if any of this helped you. Steven was really liking the potty boot camp just because he got to be naked (LOL)!! That did work well, but it has been up and down so now, I am going to try to just go with his feelings for the day.

Samantha - posted on 09/23/2010

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My daughter is potty trained but stil has accidents. We have had a lot of accidents since we started but my daughter is stubborn. So I watch her clues very closely like she puts on leg to the side, or she starts squatting. But the big thing is I watch her with the drinks I give her. For example I give her a sippy and no more than 10 mins after it is gone she will need to sit on her potty. We leave the potty chair in the front room in case she wont be able to make it to the bathroom. We are still learning how to arrange the cups before we leave and bed time.

Shankera - posted on 09/17/2010

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Hi Maegan, I also have a 2 year old son and he use to do the same thing, but hes now potty train.
The thing I use to do is allow him to be bare bottom around the house or out side in the back yard, for him to feel the cool air on his bottom, and for me to see what he is doing, when hes alone.
Or, after each drink of liquid I asked him minutes later if he want to pee or stinky, also after every meal, I ask him if he want to potty. Good Luck.

Jenny - posted on 03/29/2010

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I am a fan of training outside with boys. My older son (not the Feb. 2008 baby) potty trained well in warm weather at 2 because we basically just stayed outside in underwear so he could learn the sensation. I didn't do the running around naked or mostly naked thing, but just put him in underwear with cotton shorts so he could tell when he was going. He learned pretty quickly and I liked keeping the mess outside. My son also did MUCH better peeing standing up than sitting on a potty and I think once he learned to do this (on a stool in the big potty), training went much better.
Best wishes!

Kelly - posted on 03/25/2010

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i got my baby a musical potty which will play music when you wee in it and the baby tries to put water in it and it wont work it reacts off hormons in the wee its really gud

Danielle - posted on 03/17/2010

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i want to potty train my boy who is 2 but he dont know how he would rather pee outside and wen i do put him on the toliet he doesnt know to pee in it.

Kristin - posted on 03/08/2010

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Try the book "Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro" by: Teri Crane...it has been a life saver for me!

Claire - posted on 03/08/2010

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Hi, can I suggest letting him use the toilet instead of a potty being able to flush the toilet and say goodbye to whatever he has done is quite an exciting thing for a child? My son has been trained for about six months now (he was two in Feb) and we never used a potty although we have been through about three seats trying to find the best one. The best advise I got was once you decide to potty train do not use nappies at all (during the day of course) I got terry training pants which saved a bit of the mess and helped our son realise what he was doing, we also took him to the toilet first thing in the morning which set him on the right path for the day. Reward systems are a hard one because you don't want to make going to the toilet something he gets a treat for. I would suggest just making a huge big deal of when he has gone saying how proud you are etc. I hope this helps, good luck!

Sarah - posted on 03/06/2010

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We had similar trouble.... My son was doing great and then decided not to go anymore. He screamed and kicked when we tried to get him near the potty so we let it go for now.... I hope to revisit soon, but decided I couldn't win the powere struggle and hope to find a way to entice him soon. He is still young though for a boy (just turned 2) but I'm hoping he'll decide to start going on the potty again soon.

Tori - posted on 03/05/2010

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He will let you know when he is ready. Boys notoriously are harder than girls. I would say that 2 is young if you had any luck at all. I have friends that have boys age 3 that still are refusing to use. How about trying a little porto potty that he can sit on as a stool just to get used to the idea that it will not gobble him up!.

Shankera - posted on 03/05/2010

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My son does the same thing, the only way he uses the potty was the time I put underpants on him, rather than the pull ups.
Give a try,when you use the bathroom, put his potty in there with you, and let him sit on it while you use the bathroom. It works with me.

Maegan - posted on 02/19/2010

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Thanks Janet. I have tried to direct him to the potty and he screams and cries. He simply refuses to sit on the potty. I have also tried showing him where it goes by putting what is in his diaper in the potty, he doesn't like the idea yet. My sister's daughter is training too, and her daycare has a reward system of giving them m&ms after they go...my son was not interested in that either. I am wondering if he is just gonna surprise me and do it one day. Good luck with your training, and thanks again for the advice I will keep trying.

Janet - posted on 02/19/2010

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Hmm...I am in the potty training process with my son as well. Im glad to here that he has gone before. Has your child picked undies he likes? My son chose some spiderman ones. I think it would also be a good idea when you see him running or hiding to a corner that you direct him instead to the "potty toilet". Maybe have a couple books and toys there kind of to distract him. Setting up a reward system might also be an incentive to making him go to the restroom as well. Good luck! and wish me luck too!

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