Is your child potty trained already?

Erika - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 69 moms have responded )

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My son isn't. I'm looking for ideas from Moms who have already potty trained their little ones, especially boys. Any tips will help. Thanks in advance.

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Michelle - posted on 02/11/2010

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I have 4 kids expecting my 5th next mo. Also I run a daycare. My current youngest turned 2 last yr in July and was showing huge interest in potty training. I got him on a schedule of trying to go on the potty every hour when he was awake. I would say to him excitedly "It's Potty Time!" Never "want to try to go potty?" That always sits you up for them to say no. I use a potty insert for the toilet (cause I hate cleaning out the potty chairs) and have specially books that are just for the bathroom. I have a blank piece of paper taped to the wall and tell them if they pee or poop in the potty them can choose a sticker or stamp their "Chart". It worked majority of the time. Sometimes they would get a piece of pez candy once they go. It is a hit or miss with what works for them. It takes presistance on our part and patiences.

Christine - posted on 02/15/2010

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I started training my 2.5 yo last November in preparation for our next arrival. Our success rate to date is about 97%. He is still in nappies during his nap and at night time.
There is a book by Gina Ford specifically on toilet training. In her book she says there are signs to indicate that your child is ready but most importantly, the parents have to be ready too. Some of the signs are: 1)your child is able to tell you when he has or is about to do a wee/poo 2) your child is able to concentrate on a task for and extended period of time 3) your child is able to remove and article of clothing 4) fewer wet nappies during the time he is napping.

Toilet training requires 150% dedication and patience from the parents. There will be accidents and it is important to focus on the positives.

The book also recommends that the child goes straight to underpants rather than pull ups as it sends mixed messages. Sometimes being wet upsets them and they learn from that experience.
It also stresses that you should spend a week or so familiarising your son with the toilet, sitting him on it for 5 mins - even if it requires you to read a short story!

We have a split level apartment and one thing I have found very helpful is to have to have a potty downstairs. It's very tiring running up and down the stairs to prevent and accident but if the accident has already happened, by the time you take him upstairs to sit on the toilet, the moment has passed.

I hope this helps!

Ala Ala - posted on 02/07/2010

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when my son turned 2 i started the process of training him, now he only wears diapers at night. you will see if he is ready when he does not wet his diaper for a a few hours at a time. just explain to him that he will not wear anymore diapers, instead he will wear briefs like big boys do. it is bit messy and time consuming but you just need to be patient. when he does have accidents dont get mad, but remind him that he should go and pee in the bathroom.

take notice when he usually poos so that you will make him sit down and you both have to wait for him to go. you can make sounds to help him get the idea that he is suppose to poo.

i taught my son to pee sitting downwith his legs apart a bit so that the pee does not overshoot. he is now 2 and a half and pees standing up... teaching him now that boys pee together.

hope this is helpful

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Kelly - posted on 01/05/2011

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We started the process when my daughter turned 2. She has been fully potty trained since she turned 3. We don't even have to wear a pull up to bed anymore.

Tabitha - posted on 12/13/2010

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my girls are 3 years and 5 months we have been trying to potty train them since they were a yr and a half with no go. I have gotten so stressed out with this situation. I have tried everything. from sitting them on the potty when i go putting them every hour giving rewards putting stickers on a calender training one at a time putting a potty in there room so they can go if they need to whenever. i am so close to giving up. any ideas on what i should do,

Mindy - posted on 11/21/2010

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Don't know if you every found something to help, but my husband and I potty trained our girls in 3 days. I purchased a guaranteed potty training for $17.00 and it worked. Granted we had a few accidents after that, but only at night. My twin girls went from diapers to panties in 3 days. The pooping took a little longer to fully conquer. They would make it to the potty, but it would take some coaxing to get them to actually go. All my kids were this way though. We trained them in June, they turned 3 in July and it has been wonderful!!
I downloaded from www.pottytrainingbasics.com and it is a 3 day guarantee. You have to follow what she says, but it really does work and I am usuallly more skeptical with these processes.

Michelle - posted on 11/21/2010

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At the age of three if my child wasnt out of nappies already I would not put a nappy on in the day explain that they are big now and need to use the potty and leave it where they can see it and make them sit on it when they go. This is what I am doing with my 20 month old boy as he knows what he has to do but he choses not to. My daughter was out of nappies by 20 months.

Eryn - posted on 10/03/2010

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I started my son at 2 years and 8 months. It has taken me 5 months to potty train him. I have my summer's off and I allowed him to run naked so that when the urge arose he could run to the toliet instead of using his pull up. It worked like a charm. Patience, patience, patience. I only started him at that age because he threw a fit and told me no more diapers, so I took that cue a ran with it. Good Luck!

Melissa - posted on 09/14/2010

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hiya i have a lil boy 3yrs old.. and hes outa nappies i just lefted him wit out one when i wasnt going out though the day and he got the hang of goin on the potty then just used the toilet.. ope tha helped abit

Annemarie - posted on 09/12/2010

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My daughter, born 7-2-07, has been potty trained since Christmas 2009. She decided that after Santa had given her new panties as well as her sister, that she was going to take the plunge! In a matter of three days, she had potty trained herself through day and night. Not to say she did it all on her own, it took a lot of me getting her up at night at the same time and always asking her if she needed to go. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 09/11/2010

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my son is three he goes potty in the potty and will go hide in a corner and poop in his pullup so i know how u feel it is normal it always takes them longer to poop in the potty..just be pacient with them eventually they will go wen they r ready

Belinda - posted on 09/09/2010

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I started my daughter to potty train when she was about 30 months and she fully was fully trained at 37 months or 3 yrs & 1 month. It normally does take around 6 months to fully train them and it can take longer each child is different.

Alison - posted on 08/13/2010

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My son turned 3 last month and is still not potty trained. He starts half day nursery in September and because of his learning difficulties they have to take him even if he not out of nappies for the session he is in.

He is under a ped for other issues he has and the ped has referred him to an incontinence specialist for help with the toilet training. We have taken him big boy pants shopping and we told him he could choose 3 different packs of big boy pants. He gets really excited in the morning when we take off the nappy and he gets to choice his pants and today when he used the toilet he got excited and ended up wetting his-self because of the excitement but we praised anyway for using the toilet and ignored the fact that he wet his-self because of the excitement. We only let him wet or mess 3 pairs of pants then we give up for the day and put a nappy back. But today we staied in big boy pants and still had 1 change left before his bath-time to get ready for bed.

All I can say is take one day at a time and all you can do is ask every 2 hours if he is dry and if he is make a big fuss about being dry and then ask if he needs to go wee-wee or poo-poo and if he says no then say OK but remember to go potty/toilet if you need a wee-wee or -poo and then leave it another half an hour and ask again if he needs a wee-wee or poo-poo. This is also somethign we do with my son and it does seem to help as you can tell by the look on his little face he is thinking and listening to his body to see if he does need to go potty or toilet

Christina - posted on 08/12/2010

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I began potty training at age 2, we bought him a potty of his choice and training pants as well. I consistently asked him if he wanted to use it and never turned it into a negative thing. I didn't get upset about accidents and just encouraged him and showed sad emotions for him when he had his accidents. Boys take longer then usual. Finally about 2 months ago he began independently using the potty. But we still keep night diapers on him. Good luck, just be patient it will happen soon.

Mel - posted on 08/12/2010

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We started potty training at 2 1/2 after reading "Potty Training in 3 days" check it out on-line... well worth it!!!

Stick at it and it will work!!!

Catherine - posted on 08/07/2010

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I trained my son before he turned 2 years old. He was very interested in using the potty at an early age. I think most of it had to do with the fact that we used cloth diapers and had a potty in the bathroom for him to sit on whenever my husband or I went to use the toilet. He wanted to sit on the potty and when he "accidently" peed I gave him tons of praise and then we started the training pants. I trained him outside (I took the potty outside and let him be naked) which eliminated having to clean up any misses (though they were still called "uh-ohs"). It took about two days to train him, one day for explanations and a second day for review. As rewards I used mostly drinks (we don't give our kids candy or soda) like juice and soy milk (we're vegan). He got rewards for having "dry" pants and for using the potty correctly. I hope some of my rambling helps! Good luck!

Brianne - posted on 08/06/2010

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I think as a parent there are alot of stress put on us to have things done at the proper time. They must speak atht his time, poty train at this time... so on and so forth. Your child will do it when he/she is ready and not a moment before. Relax, let them sort it out. Be open to accidents, respond positivly to the good stuff and remember, your child is not going to be 19 and still peeing in a diaper :) They do eventually get it. Try not to rush them. Its not about what your friends and family want and what presures society put on you. Its about your children and when they are ready. Relax and enjoy!!

Ashley - posted on 07/21/2010

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My son is in the middle of potty training, he's doing great, he goes to the potty on his own when he has to go,he pees and poos in the toilet..but he has to be nude from the waist down.
We decided a couple months ago to just leave his diaper off, he had a few accidents, but at each one i went ohh no, pee, go go go to the bathroom. There is a book and movie at the library that has worked amazing!!!
ONCE UPON A POTTY FOR BOYS we borrowed the DVD and the book later on. It has really useful tips for the parents, as well as a short film for toddlers.
BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE POTTY VIDEO our son really enjoys as well.

Both of these videos have worked for him better than any other ones we found at the library.

Erin - posted on 07/13/2010

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Yes, mine is. He turns 3 at the end of the month. I have to say though, it was a bit of a fluke. When we first tried about 6 months ago, it was so obvious he wasn't ready for it. You can tell if they're not ready. They either take to it or they don't. So we were trying with him and he would do it at home-ONLY for a treat-forget about when we went anywhere! I was constantly packing extra clothes for him during this time! It didn't matter where we were, out eating, shopping, you name it. There would be an oops! Soooo we pulled out the diapers again.
It wasn't too long after that, he realized he absolutely hated the feeling of having gone in his diaper and would scream and carry on to be changed as soon as it happened. So, we used up the last package of diapers and took a deep breath to try again. We let him pick out new underwear again like we did the first time, but skipped the treat process this time around. I really don't suggest using treats. My son would pee tiny little bits every half hour just to get a treat. It doesn't work lol. I've heard that sticker charts and the like are much more successful. If I could go back in time, I would have used that instead! Only the second time around with him, keeping his pants clean and dry was the new incentive for him. He had a few accidents, but quickly learned to let us know instead. It was about one week after I took the diapers away the second time that he became pretty in control of knowing when he had to go and use the toilet. Maybe another two weeks or so after that and he held it all night or got up to go to the bathroom. Fluke or not, I'm really glad we got it all taken care of now!
And sorry, I don't know if that really gives you any of the helpful advice you were looking for, but there's a few not-to-do's in there anyways! lol!
Oh, and one other don't....don't use pull ups. They're too much like diapers and never worked for either one of my kids : ) My daughter picked out her own princess panties at that age and my son picked vroom vroom underwear. Just make it fun for them : )

Michelle - posted on 07/12/2010

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My eldest is potty trained... for the most part. I think that potty training is one of those things that people "start" but don't start at the right time or the right way. I can tell you that from books I've read, when your child is ready, it will take a few days to possibly 2-3 weeks to potty train. We bought my DS a potty 18 months ago, that should tell you how long we've been going at this.
For starters, we just let him sit on it. Naked, and whenever he wanted. If he wanted to sit on it all day, we let him. we'd check on him periodically, see if he went, and if he did, we'd give him a sucker. After a month or 2, he started going on command. We let this go on for about a year, but still let him wear diapers/pull ups all day.
Then, about 3-4 months ago, we decided to crack down on it. We pulled out an old kitchen timer, and started setting it for 30 minute intervals. Every time it went off, we'd stop what we were doing and go to the potty. And we ditched the diapers/pull ups. Left him in big boy underwear all day long. If he had an accident, we'd comfort him and explain that he needed to go in his potty. If he pooped in the underwear, we'd dump it into his potty with him present to see where it was supposed to go.
Every child potty trains differently. After a month, we got him down to a pull up every day for any outings and naps (just as a precaution, he hasn't had a nap accident in months), and a night time diaper for nights because he pees a lot while asleep. Just stick with it, keep a cool head, and be consistent. Make sure the SO is on board too, because if he gets different treatment with daddy it causes issues.

Kerri - posted on 06/29/2010

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I started potty training a couple of months after my sons second birthday because I was pregnant and moving house I did struggle to keep it regular. He DID NOT like sitting on the potty whe we first tried him and so we left it a while. When I tried again I sat him on it and told him he had to go wee in the potty and didn't put any nappy on him all day. Obviously he wet himself because he wasn't used to it or the feeling of wetting pants but feeling this sensation meant he knew when he was wetting himself and I suppose learnt what the feeling of needing to go was from this. I gave my potty training a break as I had my daughter on 16th December and with christmas I felt it was a bit to much. However, we began the potty training a few weeks after my daughter was born in january and by then he was getting good at it, soon enough he decided he didn't like to sit on a potty and uses the toilet (without a seat as he doesn't like that either) so it's really handy when we are out and about. He points his winky down, otherwise it goes everywhere, and I don't even have to assist him at all he just goes for it himself. This season is best for potty training ou can let them run around naked in the garden with the potty outside and get him to sit on it every 20 mins or so. they really don't go that often at this age it's 6 38 pm where I live and he has only been toilet once when I took him and I think 2 or three times himself. Usually they go a good few hours holding it in which I found surprising after all those nappies I went through they just do really big wees all at once :D. Good luck my son isn't through the night but i'm planning to do that soon just the thought of cleaning all those sheets a lot is putting me off at the moment but I suppose it has to be done! I have only just realised this was dated feb 4th so guess i'm late never mind hopefully he is done himself now

Kari - posted on 06/24/2010

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I just got my son potty trained. He'll be 3 on July 3rd. i put him in underwear during the day to start and told him not to get Elmo wet (or whatever character was on them) or they would be sad. It only took a few days. He's been in underwear all the time, even at night, for about 3 weeks now. I gave 1 sticker everytime he went pee and 2 stickers when he went poo. When he got 10 stickers, he would get to pick out a monster truck toy in the store

Robin - posted on 06/09/2010

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Oh and like some of the other posters said we only use the toilet! If you train them on a kids potty then you have to turn around and train them on a big toilet! Save yourself some headache and have them go on the big toilet from the start! Also it helps when you let them see that you are going on the potty too along with Daddy and the rest of the family! Kinda funny my son says EWWW Jakey when my baby wets or poos himself! Hope this helps just my two sents worth! :)

Robin - posted on 06/09/2010

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With my kids I just look for when they are ready and take the diapers away all at once! None for going places and none for bed time! Almost like quitting smoking...cold turkey! LOL! Yes there are accidents but I always bring a change of clothes! My son has not peed the bed but my daughter did, but I got a waterproof mat for her bed and changed the sheets when she had an accident! Around 2 1/2 my son was only having an accident once in a while and most of the time it was my fault for not remembering to take him potty cause I got busy! He will be 3 July 30th and he doesn't wet him self anymore, but I still carry extra clothes just incase he decides to prove me wrong one day! LOL! IN our house we make big boy/girl underpants a huge event...go to the store and pick them out...say good bye to yucky stinky diapers...and we say hello to the potty! And everytime they go we actually dance and say bye bye to the pee pee or poop we say see ya next time! When my son started using the potty we all cheered for him everytime! Every time he left the bathroom was like winning the super bowl! And every time he didn't make it we would say ewww nasty pee pee and poo poo go in the potty and I would dump the poo out of his undies into the potty! Sounds crazy but it works for us! :) I think the whole pull up thing is easier for parents but more confusing for the kids! Good luck it is not easy no matter how you do it! :) Oh and PS he sits to pee for now! However he is practicing his aim outside! LOL!

Sara - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son has been potty trained since he was 2 years old. In the beginning I bought him a potty for his bedroom and one that sits on the toilet ( so he wont fall in! ) and we would read to him while he sat there and sing songs-Anything to make it fun for him. eventually he figured out this is what he's supposed to do. We only used pull ups during the night, and within a month we got rid of the pull ups all together. we found that he was always dry the next morning. He then started wearing underwear all the time. He will go to the potty in his room during the night if he needs to, but most of the time he goes before bed and when he wakes up.

Karen - posted on 05/24/2010

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I am working on potty training with my son now. he will let me know when he has to go pee. He gets 1 sticker for going pee pee and if he goes poo poo he gets 2

Angelique - posted on 05/19/2010

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yes i would also like help with my daughter in potty training her, she is deaf and its especially difficult for me to potty train her

CAROL - posted on 05/18/2010

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MY OLDEST DAUGHTER IS 2 1/2 ALMOST 3 JULY 30TH AND SHE IS STILL NOT POTTY TRAINED. I MEAN IF I MAKE HER GO SOME TIMES SHE WILL GO BUT MAN IS SHE LAZY WITH IT. I CANT WAIT TILL SHE IS POTTY TRAINED...

India - posted on 05/18/2010

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It took me a year and a half for my daughter to become potty trained. What i did was stop putting pullups on her because they are just like pampers. I started to use the plastic panties that u put over cotton pampers and put them over regular panties. It worked like magic and after I stopped using the pullups she was fully potty trained in weeks.

Malinda - posted on 05/08/2010

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MY SON IS FULLY POTTY TRAINED. HE WILL WAKE FROM HIS SLEEP AND GO TO THE RESTROOM ON HIS OWN EVEN DURING THE NIGHT. NO ACCIDENTS OR NOTHING. BEING PERSISTANT IS THE KEY. MY KIDS NEVER USED A POTTY I ALWAYS PUT THEM ON THE TOILET. IT HELPS WHEN THERE FATHER OR AN OLDER MALE SIBLING TAKES THEM TO THE BATHROOM.

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My daughter(July 25) is fully potty trained. She may have an accident or two here and there, but she wears panties and potties in the potty. I have 2 potties in my house. 1 in her bedroom for at night, and the other in the bathroom.
I sat her on her potty every 30 mins, whether she went or not. I made the mistake of using pull-ups, all that does is confuse them. They think its ok for them to still wet themselves. So I went out and bought 50 pairs of undies, and made her wear them, even at night. I showed her the potty in her room, ect.
After 2 weeks, she was potty trained!

Jade - posted on 05/02/2010

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I found that putting pull up nappies on my little boy didn't work at all. The best thing for us was to have nothing on down below. He had a few accidents to begin with. I didn't get angry at him, just told him it was ok and next time we'll get to the toilet in time. I took him to the toilet every half hour or so and if he did something, let him pick a new match box car out of a shoe box we had filled with them. Then only let him pick a car when he initiated the toilet. It went from prompting him to use the toilet, to all of a sudden he was taking himself. I have no idea how but all of a sudden something just clicked for him. He still has the occasional accident (esp at child care) But we've had him toilet trained for about 8 months now. He still wears a nappy at night though. He wakes up in the morning and immediately does a poo... so we're trying to figure out how we can overcome this... Goodluck!!

Lots of praise, keep calm and try and make it as fun as possible for him so he doesn't think he's been punished.

April - posted on 04/20/2010

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my son is almost all the way potty trained. diapers still at night. mainly HE has to be ready. When my son starts holding himself and adjusting himself I know something is uncomfortable and I rush him to the bathroom. He almost always tells me he has to go but sometimes I just have to make him and go sit him on the toilet. At first it was like a big snack (like a pack of fruit snacks or a small chocolate candy) when he went either #1 or #2 and then when it became more common it was just poop. We would get reallllly excited for him, hugging him telling eachother in excited voices giving him high fives. Making a huge deal even when he'd barely tinkle. He still has accidents occasionaly. I've also heard of some moms eventually just giving up and putting them in underwear for a couple days and letting them potty in their underwear. They know it's not comfortable and soon they'll WANT to go in the potty.

Tracy - posted on 04/20/2010

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My child is now officially completely potty trained!!! It took about 2 weeks to go from pullups to underwear. He's been in underwear for about a week with out one accident. I still put a pullup on him at night even though he is completely dry every morning. I used the incentive of a piece of candy or dum dum sucker for going #1 and a popsicle for #2. #2 was alot harder for him so the popsicle was a great treat for him as they usually never get them. Good luck to everyone who is trying!!

Heidi - posted on 04/19/2010

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When goose was able to take her pants off by herself, we started potty training. It took about a week of her going without pants and peeing all over kingdom come before she went on the potty. Once she got it, and we made a huge deal out of it, it became fun to go - and she was going pee on the potty like every 15 minutes for about a week. Then it slowed down. Now she only wears diapers at nap and at night. She pees once in the morning and once or twice in the afternoon - on the potty.

We have yet to get a poop on the potty. She still does that business in her diaper. :(

Kimberly - posted on 04/18/2010

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my son is going on 3 yrs old he will have nothing to do with the potty unless he is naked. I can put underwear or boxers on him and he will still pee or poo in them. The only way I can get him on the potty is to let him be naked then he doesnt have any accidents. Even at daycare when they change his diaper they put him on the potty and sits down for a second then gets right up. Anybody have some ideas on that one. I sometimes think my son is half animal and when he is naked he feels more at peace with himself. I also have 2 girls who are older then him and they were easy to potty train, i am just at a loss with him.

Evelyn - posted on 04/10/2010

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my son is 2 years and he is potty trained,Some of them make it quite easy actually as from about 1 he started to take off his pamper so I just bought him a potty and at first i would have him sit but he graduated quickly to using the bathroom. i would just tell him to let me know when he wanted to go or if i notice him holding in front of him i would send him to the bathroom. so its all about observing your child and working with him, hope you are successful

Amber - posted on 04/09/2010

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I have trained 2 boys within a couple of days. The first two days are absoultly awful and you will spend all day in the bathroom and on day 3 all of a sudden they get the hang of it. I put them in just bigboy underwear and a shirt and plan to stay home for at least 2 days. ( I did it on weekend) and set a timer for every 30 to 45 minutes and make them try to go everytime it goes off. Usually they won't go but they at least get a skittle or little piece of candy for trying. If they go they get 2 pieces. As the day goes on you can change the timer to every hour or so. IT will be messy but both of my boys pretty mcuh got the hang of it in 3 days and still had a few accidents and now are accident free. I put on pullup at night and naps. No diapers they are for babies! Hope this helps!

Tracy - posted on 04/08/2010

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My kids arent potty trained yet either and Im trying so hard along with daycare but they just arent getting it. What do I do?

Ashley - posted on 04/08/2010

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I actually just got my son potty trained almost 2 weeks ago now. He had been showing signs of being ready for quite awhile, but any time I ever tried it always back fired. Finally a couple of weeks ago I told him, "today you're going to wear your big boy underwear" and he said okay..of course I also told him if he gets potty trained he can go to preschool in the fall and he got super excited. The first 2 nights, he did have an accident while he was sleeping and it really upset him. He hasn't had an accident since. He did have a much harder time with the pooping in the potty, but he's got that now too. All I can suggest is that they will do it when THEY are ready!

Samantha - posted on 04/07/2010

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My little Alfie has been potty trained for over a year now. It was very easy and can't really understand why people leave it so long.
My eldest son was toilet trained by 21 months and Alfie was 18 months.
I found that giving them the option to stand at the toilet was alot easier than making them sit on the potty, and they'd rather do this, just like daddy.
I also found that leaving them with no bottoms on was easier for them.
Try not to make a fuss if they don't go but a huge fuss when they do.
I used to give them books to read whilst sitting as they stayed there for longer and most of the time went.
But once you start you should never go back- people i know of have done this and is so confusing for the children and very frustrating for the parents. I recently heard a child ask her mum if she could do a poo on the potty, her mother then said no its fine as your wearing a nappy, she was then left to cry and go in her nappy,- personally i thought that this was awful and terribly confusing.
I've also heard that you shouldn't potty train before they are three as they can't cope- well fact lots of children have been clean before they are even two.
But as previously said they all get there in the end! So don't worry to much.
Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 04/07/2010

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And one thing I forgot to mention.. For my son it was hard to get him used to public bathrooms, automatic flushes scare him to death. So don't be surprised if you get the same reaction. He still holds his ears when we go to the bathroom, but it helps him to cope with the loud flushing. We also carry a fold up potty seat in the diaper bag in case he needs to poop so he feels more comfortable on the giant potties!

Amanda - posted on 04/07/2010

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Potty training is not the easiest thing with boys. We live in the country so what helped a lot with our son is peeing outside. I know that sounds weird, But boys love it. We also watched Elmo potty time a lot and did sticker charts. Pull ups never made a difference for our son, even if they had the cool effect. He enjoyed wearing underwear more and did better in them. Of course accidents happen, and we cleaned up a lot of them. He will be 3 in July and has been potty trained for a little over a year now. But he did have lapses that we had to get through. Good luck, and don't push the issue. They all get it on their own time.

Holly - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and was potty trained by 2. I tried a few times before unsuccessfully at about 14 and 18 months. She goes poop & pee on her potty by herself and even wipes herself too. She still wears pull-ups at night, but none during the day. I would give her huge amounts of praise when she would go in the potty and that seemed to work for her. Sometimes I would buy her things for going, but she knew that she wouldn't get a "treat" everytime she went. Most of the time just hugs & kisses.

User - posted on 04/06/2010

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I am right there along with the rest, when i really get on my son then he is all for potty training, but i can say i got caught in the trap as to where i would say "wanna get on the potty" and like most he would fight me, but once i put my foot down and just said flat out get on the potty things have been going a lot smoother... thankx for the advice

Sylenna - posted on 04/05/2010

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I started my son on the little potty and he would use it sometimes. Then we really pushed it on him and he just started on his own with a diaper on he would say i wanna go potty, hes 2 and 1/2 and hes doing great, only problem he still wakes up in middle of night and drinks cup so he has night pees as soon as we cut out the cup he'll be good to go

Vickie - posted on 04/05/2010

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put a few cherrios in the toilet and have him aim for them- he will want to go to play the 'game' when he has to go.

Stacey - posted on 04/05/2010

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Hi, my daughter 2 1/4 was showing interest, so I organised a long weekend at home and had lots of salty snacks and drinks. We didn't use the potty at all and just spent the weekend going to the toilet every half an hour. She did really well, about 97% straight off (until about a month later when two carers from her daycare left and she started holding on all day) so we stopped for three months and then started again and she has been doing great ever since. Even when she was sick with runny poos she was making it to the loo. And now another three months on she is nappy free day and night!! Key points to our success I think is having the toilet set up so that she can make it there without assistance if required, ie have a box for her to step up on and her seat in on it at all times unless others are using it. Also she was praised (very dramatically, sometimes including ringing extended family members to tell them) and if she had an accident we just cleaned it up and said next time she will get it right. Oh and we also used stickers on her hands when she was successful - although this didn't work as well as praise. I think the key is knowing what your childs "chocolate" is. For my daughter it has always been praise.

Tracy - posted on 04/04/2010

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My son is going poop and pee on the potty every day but still hides under the table to poop in his pullup when I'm not watching.

Keanna - posted on 04/03/2010

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hi. my son is now 2yr and 7 months old. i was terrified that he would never go. he would hold his pee in if i sat him on the potty for hours at a time and as soon as he got a diaper he would go. expecially because i have a 1 yr old in diapers that he is jelous of. But now he started going the frst time i got so excited bc i put hi on underware and he went all on his own. now he wont tell me but when i leave a little potty chair out for him and no pants he will go. but when were out i put him on a diaper bc he wont tell me time to potty in public and its hard to cetch the timing. his favorite saying is " no potty, no candy" //. rewards for first few times.

Damaris - posted on 03/31/2010

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My daughter was potty trained when she was two, my son however wasn't ready til he was e. We talked to them and explained that they weren't going to wear diapers anymore and had to go in the potty.. I also put the potty in whatever room they were in, (living room, their room, play room etc) sometimes the kids are too busy playing that they don't want to stop playing to go to the rest room, once you get them going in the potty you start moving it closer and closer to the rest room until they are going in the rest room. Then we moved on to the big toilet. We also made sure we asked them every 2 to 3 hours if they had to use the restroom because sometimes they are not really thinking about it or too busy playing. And when you make them go when they're not on the verge of wetting themselves they listen better and have time to react and you avoid accidents.. you also have to make sure you give them tons of praise! The more praise they get the more they want to do it to please you and to be proud. You also have to remember to be patient and be ready for lots of accidents. When there is one make sure you explain what's happened and why they should go to the potty. Also this might be a little messy, but try regular cotton undies around the house with no shorts so its easy access when going pee. When you use training diapers they soak up all the pee, but with undies they have a wet feeling they don't like so they'll try to avoid that feeling. You can use training diapers when you travel and have guests. And most importantly teach them to pee when sitting and once they've mastered it all (going in the big toilet) teach them to stand up. Hope some of these tips helped if you have any questions feel free to ask. Remember, not all kids are the same and not all kids will be ready at the same time. Some kids take longer, and that's ok.

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