Potty Training

Simona - posted on 03/05/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi fellow Mom's of January 2007 babies. My son was born 1/11/07, so he's 3 years and 2 months (almost). We're still struggling with potty training. For awhile there he was going pee on the toilet almost exclusively (except at night, of course). He's digresed a bit but isn't doing too bad, with reminders, for peeing. Pooping is another story all together. He has pooped on the toiled 2 times (ever) and that was almost a month ago. We ask him daily, sit him on the toilet nearly every hour, yet no pooping. When it's about time for him to poop, we'll even sit him on the toilet every 15 mintues. he barely tries, says he can't and he's off. then, he poops in his diaper. We've tried everything, bribery (we even keep a catalog of toys in the bathroom to look at while he's sitting on the toilet. We've bought a toy that we're keeping aside until he goes (he knows it's there and that he can't have it until he goes). My husband even went so far as to start taking 1 toy away from him each time he pooped in his diaper. That has since stopped and he's been given back all his toys, because I was uncomfortable with it. What's the secret? Do we need to resort to punishment? Do we just hang in there, be patient and keep trying? HELP!!!!!

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Simona - posted on 03/20/2010

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thanks everyone for the great feedback & advice. I tried the keeping him naked thing, and it worked! Like a charm! It's a miracle. We had tried everything. But, it's been 3 weeks now, and he's pretty much exclusively using the potty. We're not even keeping him naked anymore. It's so great. So, I highly recommend the naked trick. Worked for us!

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Julie - posted on 04/01/2010

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my daughter was born jan 21st and has been potty trained for lil over a year.. ..this is how i did it.. it sounds mean .. and is stressfull but it worked 4 me..take away all of his favorite treats or snacks..and put them in a plain color gift bag and lable it potty treats..
the only how he gets 1 is if he goes potty.... be aware they will fight u .. be strong and they will learn..and only get pull up and underwear
and everytime he goes in the pull up or undies he cleans it.. he will not want to do it .. make him and he will get the hang og its gross and will wanna go to potty.. ..remember dont give in.. it will be hard and stressfull .. just hang in there cuz just remind yourself i'll be saveing money from daipers/pullups..
be strong..

Kerri - posted on 03/20/2010

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hey,does he go to pre school,i found that when my son went he saw the other children using the potty/toilet and wanted to do it himself,he goes on the toilet by himself all the time now x

Claire - posted on 03/11/2010

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I have to agree with just lettin them run around with nothing on. My daughter is now 3 and 2 months. She's been going on to the big toilet for about 3 months now. I started potty training her in the summer last year because with the weather being warmer is was better to just leave her in vest and underpants all day. We had many acidents but it's all worth it. It's a big change for them and I think if they have the accidents it's better for them to help them realise. We also have her in her underpants for bed time as well now. We just make sure we wake her up between 11-12 to go the toilet and we have no accidents in the night. It just takes time and patience though. There were times when I though we would never get there but we have.

Michelle - posted on 03/10/2010

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my son was difficult to potty train. He did the same thing... Until I realized he was scared of the plop sound the toilet & poopy made. I showed him it wasn't scary by throwing some small potato pieces into a water bucket to simulate sound...also he got constipated when I was trying to force poopy in the potty on him, so we stopped being "disappointed" when he pooped his diaper.

Jen - posted on 03/10/2010

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I cannot get my son to potty train. I have tried rewards and him being naked. I tried putting him in underwear,he just would pull them down and pee in his closet. He pooped in them also. Sometimes he askes to go to the potty. Other times he doesnt. I ask him constantly but still he will say no. Then I sit him on there but he doesnt do anything. He has pooped several times in the potty and peed. He says that he likes his diapers though. Any advice?

Valerie - posted on 03/10/2010

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I also wanna add that our sons doctor said that, it may seem to happen quickly once they catch on, but it takes about 8 months to *really* get using the potty down to an art ;)

Erin - posted on 03/10/2010

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my daughter had the same problem. try using the star thing. Have him color n draw on his own lil chart with the days of the week on it. make sure to write his name on there so that he knows that its his. (its very encouraging for them). Everytime my little girl would pee in the potty we would put up 1 star sticker on her chart for that day, and when she would poop, it would be worth 2 stars. So when the end of the week came, we would take her to the dollar store n let her pick out her special surprise for going to the potty. make sure to let him put the sticker on the chart to boost his confidence...It took my daughter just about 2 weeks n she was finally potty trained. oh n praise him every time he uses it. try it, it might just work for you. We tried it on our son who was 2 n a half and it worked for him as well. Good luck

Valerie - posted on 03/09/2010

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we went through a short lived stage, where going potty was fun! Then, we had a few set backs and he didn't want to use the potty at all. We were trying to get him to potty in the big potty with the toddler seat on it, but one day he came up to me and ASKED for the little potty he used MONTHS before. Ever since then, he's been going on the little potty. It's been about 3 weeks, and he's doing great! He still has accidents if he gets wrapped up in something, but for the most part, we remind him and he goes. He'll catch on! Just make it fun (my son LOVES water in the little potty before be poops). He would get a little sticker for pee and a big sticker for poop to decorate the potty after he went. Now, he only remembers the sticker half the time and he's back on his way to play again!

Tara - posted on 03/08/2010

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My daughter was exactly the same it took hur ages 2 poop in the toilet and from wat i can gather it is very common for kids 2 take a lil bit longer 2 poop in the toilet than wee it took my lil girl prob bout 2-3 weeks n the onli way i started gettin hur 2 poop was in the potty outside if she was goin 4 a swim that was the onli time she would go. if she was inside she would not do it but i just gave hur time n she came round now shes as good as gold.. i reckon just giv him some time he should soon come round if not then look at other options!! good luck

Emily - posted on 03/07/2010

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Oh, wanted to add, we also put the potty chair in the living room, where he plays most of the day. That way it's not as big of a disruption to go to the potty, and he sees it constantly. Eventually we will have to work on getting the potty back into the bathroom... but first things first. lol

Emily - posted on 03/06/2010

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Yeah, I've cleaned up a couple poops off the floor. But it's worth it to me because he's pooped more in the potty than out of it. And actually, it hasn't been bad to clean up. I think being naked helps him be more aware of his body. And the few times he's pooped on the floor it's made him really upset.. so I think he's understanding that he needs to go to the potty.

Simona - posted on 03/06/2010

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Hmmm, that naked thing is interesting. Maybe we'll try it. I'm just worried about a big poopy mess on the floor. but, it's certainly worth a try. And, yeah, I didn't agree with the punishments, and I think I've convinced his Dad that it wasn't a good idea either.

Emily - posted on 03/05/2010

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Have you tried just letting him run around naked all day? My son will only pee/poop in the potty if he's naked... every time I put clothes on him he refuses to use the potty.



I'm glad you put a stop to the punishments. Potty training is a learning process... it's not "bad behavior." It just takes some time.

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