I am still having a difficult time to potty train my son, he's gonna be 4 in june. Can someone help me or give me opinions about this?

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Kimberley - posted on 03/11/2009

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Try getting him together with another child who is potty trained, maybe he will get jealous and try going himself,

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Staci - posted on 08/01/2009

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Have him sit on the pot just before getting a bath(he's already undressed) and let him sit there for a few minutes. Even if he does nothing tell him he did real good and you are proud of. It might be that he afraid of the toilet. I did this with my daughter since she was 2 1/2. It worked because soon she was wanting to take off her diapers and go potty like a "big girl". Keep telling him what a big boy he is for trying to go potty. Have Daddy in on this too if he gets encouragement from all angles it will really help one one day he just go into the potty by himself. I hope this might work for you..I know potty training isn't and exact science and each child is different. Good Luck!!!!!

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My advice to you is for dad to teach him to water plants outside and then move to the toilet. I believe it is dads work to train his son and mom to train the girl.

Kathie - posted on 07/28/2009

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I am new here but I really wanted to potty train before my son turned 4 so I actually asked him what he was afraid of he said monsters, so I got a water gun and filled it with food coloring and water and let him shoot the monsters way and that helped a bit and then i told him that i was not gonna buy him diapers or pullups anymore and if he pooped in his underware he would have to wash them out by had by himself!! he pooped in his underware 2 times and washed them out and then after that never again and now always uses the toliet. Hope these ideas help and he was trained before he was 4!!

Yarelys - posted on 07/27/2009

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Hello, my four yr old was ready at the age of 3. He just showed interest all on his but it was consistant. So I got him pull-ups the ones that comes with green little cars or wheels that will disappear when he wets the pull-up. We spoke about it together and decided that our goal was to keep the little green cars or wheels on the pull-up and not have them disappear. Works great at night and occasionally even now he'll an accident at night and when he gets up in the morning he says "awe mom the wheels disappeared". I tell hi ok we can try again tonight. I still use them just in case but 95% of time they are dry in the morning. Try this during the day and throughout the night, it might work. Nothing to lose if you try maybe you'll gain a potty trained toddler if you try. GOOD LUCK! =0)

Joneisha - posted on 07/26/2009

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I usually let him pee pee at night before goes to bed and then again in the middle of the night.

Casey - posted on 07/25/2009

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This is going to sound extremly awkward but it worked for me with my 4 yr old daughter. She was potty trained when it came to #2 but when she was playing outside she refused to stop long enough to go pee. So she would go on herself and not say anything untill i saw it running down her legs. So one day my husband decided that maybe she did not realize how bad she smelled. And yes the thought crossed my mind "what do you mean can't smell it?" Well after i cleaned her and changed her one day he asked her if she knew how bad pee-pee smelt and suprisingly she said "um." So he asked her to smell her dirty clothes and tell him what she thought. She did and once he explained that her friends she was playing with could smell that nasty smell when she wet herself she has yet to do it again. No more accidents as she likes to call it. May sound crazy but it worked for me. Good luck to you all.

Kelly - posted on 07/25/2009

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Ihad the same problem I bought a present wraped it up put it where he could see it an told him if he went potty every day for 3 days he could have the present it worked he has been going ever since its been over a year

Ana - posted on 07/20/2009

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My son turned 4 yrs June just gone. We had all sorts of hassles trying 2 potty train him. My mum had an idea that he was actually trying 2 hold everything in rather than go 2 the toilet. We went 2 the Dr with it. After he checked my son over & listening 2 how he was....always running away & hiding etc...my son was diagnosed with a short bowel. There is nothing that can be done for him at this young age. All we can do in persevere with love, gentleness & understanding. After a few months now he has gone a whole 3 weeks without any accidents & is now asking 2 go to the toilet instead of hiding!! We r all so proud of him!!!! I can't be easy 4 him.

Kristen - posted on 07/18/2009

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I pt both my kids (1 boy and 1 girl) at 2 yrs wether they wanted to or not, but what worked for me was working with a timer. Let your son run around naked or with a pair of underwear.... NO PULLUPS) Set a timer for 15 min then sit your son on the potty, let him sit for 5 min, then let him up, then set timer for 15 min and repeat. after a few times you will notice that after the 15 min 5-15 min later he will "go", weather on the potty or on the floor. so once you figured that out set timer accordingly, eventually he will figure it out.



I had my son pt in 5 days my daughter took about 2 weeks.



Its a time consuming process but in the end it will be worth it. Try to keep your son out of pullups at all cost. When at home either undies or naked. I found that pullups confuse kids, especially when they are older. I never usd pullups on my kids except for at night.

Cassie - posted on 07/17/2009

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put fruit loops in the toliet and tell him to aim but dont force him he might not be ready boys are normally harder

Leah - posted on 07/17/2009

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what i did was a little sick, but it worked like a charm for my daughter. i told her that there are fishes in the sea, and she needs to help feed them, and what they eat is pee and poop. she was potty trained in less than 2 weeks after that.

Lisa - posted on 07/12/2009

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Hi! Been there and done that 3 times!!! Lol. I have 2 boys and 1 girl. Bobby 13, Kendell 11, and Hunter 4. Potty training my boys was easier than my girl. Everytime my boys had to potty I would send their Dad in there with them and he would go to and that's how they learned. It works trust me. Also I had a friend who taught her son to go by putting cheerios in the potty and playing a game called "sinking the cheerios". Her boys loved it. I hope this helps in some way. Good luck.

Amy - posted on 07/10/2009

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I have been trying on and off, he has some behavioral things wrong with him so pushing him heightened his anxiety. I recently bought him a potty watch that you can set for 90, 60 or 30 minutes and it plays a tune. He hears it and knows that he needs to go and so do I. I wish they had a 15 minute though! :( He has been doing fairly well with it, still in the training process! :( Just got it this past week and let it go every 90 minutes just so he could get used to it and then I changed it to 60 minutes and now it is 30 with underwear. He wore underwear for the first time to school this Thursday, didn't have an accident until he got home.



I also read him a potty book to calm him down to sit on the toilet, The Potty Train.

Tawni - posted on 07/07/2009

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with my son we used a variety of things- we started him out early (18 months) he had a really bad accident and we were on hold for a couple of months because it really freaked him out (we were on a road trip and he was in nice clothes for christmas) anyway- when we got down to business again- we did sticker charts that he helped me make- kept track of how many times he went per day and special rewards for accident free days (we had special bubble stickers for pooping as opposed to peeing) usually we used a popsicle or an extra book or something of that nature for accident free days- eventually we made a seperate chart and he helped me draw silly smiley faces for the accident free days and after he got so many smiley faces (the number varied depending on the reward) he would get a new toy- so for an entire weeks worth (did not have to be consecutive) or something he got a new ball or train or something of that nature... we also made it fun in the beginning with things like glitter to change the color of the water etc.. but we didnt do that for long.. and it didnt help with consistancy--only with developing the interest.. as far as the pooping difficulties- i've ran into a couple of different things- I think the big potty is just simply too big and too high up for them-my son still has to use a chair in front of him to brace his feet on the big potty- but up until about a year ago he was still using the little potty chair for pooping because it was the only way he was comfortable sitting- he'd use the big potty for peeing but couldnt poop unless it was the little potty- i think it's just too hard for him to bear down on the big poty because he cant sit on it securely (even with one of the little seats you can put on there) since he's already 4 you may be able to get by with just giving him the chair/step stool under his feet to aleviate that now- but when my son was training his legs simply werent long enough for that to be sufficient... anyhow :) good luck- hope things go smoothly for you :) (and night time just takes time- we just now got our first full consectutive week of dry nights and he's been potty trained during the day for 2 years :) )

Angela - posted on 06/17/2009

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Let them see mom and dad using the potty from an early age. That way they see what it's all about. Get a potty seat early on so they can practice sitting on it and tell them when they are a big girl or boy they will use the potty. Peer pressure works sometimes. They see other kids their age doing it and they want to do it too. I babysat a girl almost a year older then my daughter for awhile and that helped, she wanted to be a big girl too. I got my daughter a small notebook, and everytime she used the potty, she got a sticker. One for pee, two for poop. She did really good with that, she loved to show people her book with her stickers. She didn't want to poop at first, she would hide. So one day when she was going to hide to poop, I carried her to the bathroom and made her sit on the potty. She was screaming, but then she pooped, and I wiped her bottom, and said "see how easy that was, and there's no poop all over your bottom". She was like yeah. Never had a problem again. I also made a big deal about big girls using the potty, and only babies wear diapers. And when she was a big girl I would paint her nails.

Solynthia - posted on 06/15/2009

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Patience is a virtue My son has been potty trained a month before he turned three yrs old he'll be 4 yr June 21 Since he goes to daycare they help out alot so what I use to do is send him to school in whatever underwear he enjoys such as diego, spongebob etc and since he wears uniform I would pack an extra change of clothes just in case and they had his pull ups at school too. After awhile he started going at school because thats the only place he would keep going on himself when he had on the pullups s=See some children need a push and when they have on pullups they feel as if they are still babies As far as the night time situation when we were down to his last five pullups I would put the pullup on him and the underwear over it one day i woke him up in the morning and it was dry as ever so I said ok hes ready so I let him sleep with just the underwear and give him something to drink before he goes to bed wake him up one or two hours after that and then his dad will wake him up again it takes time but eventually they get it good luck

Jean - posted on 06/12/2009

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Presents and bribery did not work on my daughter. What finally worked, and she has been potty trained for almost a year, was no diapers and no pull ups! I only put her in a diaper for bedtime, the rest of the time it was thick underwear with rubber pants. She hated feeling wet, so she went on the potty to not be wet. And for #2, I started having her help me clean the poopy out of her underwear in the bathroom sink, which made her understand how yucky it was to go in her pants.
I also let her pick out her own potty chair in the store, she got the one she wanted and we put it in whatever room she was playing in so it would always be convenient when she got the urge.
Hope this helps!

Nicole - posted on 06/10/2009

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I found it easier when I made it into a game. I put cheerios in the toilet ad told him to aim at them, it sounds goofy, but it worked!! Within a few weeks he was aking to go to the potty on his own! Try it and it might work for your son as well.

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My daughter was stubborn to no end about it. Just use a lot of encouragement (I found that small *presents* helped when she did it straight for a week) and no being upset about accidents or going in a diaper or pullup. When my daughter was ready she just did it all on her own, some kids are like that, they just know when they're ready and no amount of pushing or stressing is going to change that.

Hillary - posted on 05/24/2009

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oh and one more thing.....praise him to pieces when he does go in the potty. my son loves praise and i would clap and hug him and tell him what a big boy he was. his little face just beamed.....

Hillary - posted on 05/24/2009

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I was told by my pediatrician that he will do it when he is ready. i am kind of on the fence about that. my son wil be 4 on 6/17, and has been potty trained for some time now, but for a few months, would go back and forth.



One trick I was told about was to sprinkle a few fruit loops in the toilet and make it like a game. tell him to try and move the fruit loops with his pee. sounds kinda corny, but i know a few people who have done it.



also, take him to the potty or at least offer it every little bit. let him run naked around the house if that is ok with you....my son prefers nudity to clothes....lol. a couple of "accidents", and he just might get the message.



also when you take him to the potty, turn on the water. there is something about the sound of running water that helps kids to pee. (i thought it was just my pool).



hope this helps!



Hillary

Kristen - posted on 05/18/2009

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Ok here is what happened with me just THIS WEEKEND! My son will be 4 on June 2nd and I couldnt get him to go potty in the potty. If I let him run around naked he would tell me when he had to pee but if I put pants or underwear on him he would pee in them. Soooo I was trying soooo hard to make it all fun and happy with stickers and cheerios and treats and bribing. NOTHING WORKED!!! I just couldnt understand cuz he is SOOOO smart and really a super kid. So what worked for me? He peed on my new couch and I yelled. I told him it was no longer acceptable for him to act like a baby. He has worn underwear since and NOT ONE ACCIDENT. Sometimes us moms are so used to positive positive positive. We try to keep them happy all the time and well adjusted and blah blah blah. That's great most of the time but this time my son needed a reality check to get him to see that he was not going to push it on this particular deal anymore. He even is dry at night!!! I didnt scream or do anything over the top OBVIOUSLY that is never ok. But I was very firm with him and let him know I was not happy. He and I are very close and he doesnt like to see me upset at all so for me that is what worked! We even speant the weekend at a baseball tournament out of town for my older son and he had to pee outside a couple of times but not once did he fail to tell me he had to go! Good luck!!

Yvonne - posted on 05/17/2009

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wish I could help, but if I could have helped, I would not have had the same problem with my own daughter who will be 4 in JUne too lol (7 june).

The peeing goes well, but poop is a HUGE problem.

We have tried every aproach you can imagine, but nothing helps.

I have kinda given up right now.....

Joanna - posted on 05/16/2009

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i had my daughter potty trained within a week with my method she was about 2 when i started it worked

Rachel - posted on 05/16/2009

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Wait untill he is ready! Every child is different and so they will be ready on their own time. I tried to push my son into potty training before he was ready and it did NOT work out. It was extreemely frusterating for both of us and after a week of scrubbing the carpet 10 times a day i finally gave up and put him back in diapers. A couple months later he saw his dad going pee and he decided that he wanted to go on the toilet...so i sat him down and he went! After that I put him in underwear and he hasnt been back in diapers again since. Of course there were some accidents and i still had to train him to hold his bladder but once he was interested it went very smooth.
Choose a weekend were you can stay home and leave your son naked so that he doesnt have to worry about pulling down his pants. Put his little potty in the living room or wherever he will be playing so that its close. Give him lots of juice all day long so that he has to pee alot and then set him on the potty every 15-30 minutes. Set a timer so that you dont forget. Make sure that you show him how happy you are when he goes on the potty and give him an m&m or some treat each time he goes. When he has an accident DONT get mad...stay calm and remind him that when he feels like he has to go pee pee, he needs to go sit on the potty.
Good luck!

Joanna - posted on 05/15/2009

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WITH MY DAUGHTER, WHO WAS HORRENDOUS, i kept a chart , a wee on the potty got a smiley face if she refused to sit i put a sad face on she hated getting sad faces, also i sat her every half hour whether she liked it or not, told her she could put a siley face on the chart, she never did anything at first, but she got into the habit of just sitting on it, when she did something she was amazed!!! try the reward method, stickers best i think

Melissa - posted on 05/14/2009

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When he is ready, he is ready. That is what everyone told me & it drove me nuts. One day he would go potty, the next he would go in the diaper & tell me right after that he needs a new one. One day he got up and started to use the potty, this was back in November & he has only had a handful of accidents since then. He still wears a pull-up to bed & wakes up soaked, I think that he sleeps too soundly to realize that he has to pee. But as soon as he wakes up, he wants the pull-up off. Just have a little bit of patience & don't rush him or he will resist.

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We made a potty jar for him in the bathroom so that everytime he went pee he got one treat, everytime #2 he got two. I put things he loved like tattoos, stickers, candy, etc. He was covered it tattoos for awhile, but he loved it. He new it was a prize, so he was very excited about going. It did take awhile still, but eventually he he just stopped asking for prizes. We had a very hard time going #2 on the potty. So we found a movie he wanted really bad and bribed him of course with the movie. It worked, but still to this day we have trouble with #2. We have to make him go sit and we usually end up reading a short favorite book. Be patient is the only thing I can suggest, the more we pushed him the worse it was for us. I would definitly try the jar fill it full of little inexpensive things he loves. Hope this helps. Terri

Annette - posted on 05/09/2009

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We used gummy bears as rewards. Our daughter loves them. So, she would get 2 for pp & 3 gummy bears for poopoo. It worked! And consistency is key.

Jenny - posted on 05/09/2009

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From my experience, as a mum of 3 its best to start them young. My eldest was 2 and 2 months and the other 2 were just 19months.. all of them were put into underpants and never put back into nappies through the day. its a case of allowing a couple of weeks to train. No going back into nappies this just confuses them. after about a month, do the same at night..x

Kasey - posted on 04/01/2009

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My son was potty trained by 2 1/2 and all I did was give him some m&m for using the potty. But I also know that when it came for my son to go # 2 he wanted to be alone. He used to go and hide when he had to go.

I would also tell my son if you can go # 2 on the potty you can go to the store and pick out a new toy. That seemed to help.

Amanda - posted on 03/31/2009

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Quoting Erica:



My son will be 4 in June. He will pee in the potty all day long, but he will not do #2 in the potty for anything! He runs and hides when he needs to do #2!! I just don't know what to do!!






Hi Erica:



last summer I had the same problem with my daughter and no thanks to me she started to #2 in the potty. She had went away to her dads parents trailer for 3 weeks and they got annoyed pretty fast im assuming, so the one day she #2 in her undies and his mom had her wipe her own bum (properly doing it for her after she attempted it) & also had her clean up the mess. She did that once and ever since then my daughter has always #2 on the potty.

Heather - posted on 03/25/2009

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My son will also be 4 in June and refuses to sit on the potty. We have tried it all-and I mean all. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education-so I know what to try. I finally figured out that my son is afraid to have a BM in the toilet. I have encouraged/backed off/bribed-you name it. We get a good 2 days of urinating then refusal. This is one area where they are totally in charge-and you can't force them-nor should you. The NORMAL range for potty learning is anywhere between age 2 and 5. We have used diapers/disposable training pants/and underwear. My son refuses to go bare bottomed-he is very shy/private about his body. We have watched videos, read books, have a sticker chart, bought a toy he can only play with after sitting on the potty. I don't advise letting them sit in their "mess" as that will just teach them to live with being uncomfortable-if that means that they can avoid the potty-not something you want to try and untrain them from. My son has watched friends use the toilet, mom and dad use the toilet. He can tell you what the toilet is for-but will not use it. We have a potty chair and potty seats. Overly praising my son backfires-he gets embarrassed-so we so a high five and a sticker and encourage him to listen to his body. So what is my point with all the rambling? Talk with your pediatrician and make sure there isn't a physical problem and then be patient. Which is hard, I know. Good luck to all-hope they all start using the toilet soon!!!

Shemayne - posted on 03/24/2009

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Me too!!  My daughter will be 4 in June and refuses to use the toilet.  She puts on her own diapers...





Sabrina - posted on 03/20/2009

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All children r diffrent the best way i think is after breakfast, lunch, snacks & dinner put him on d toilet praise is the main thing & encouraging him also by seeying other children his owe age going 2d toilet may help him. Also does he go nursey, school, play group if yes he will b learning from others!!!!!!!!

Boy's r hard work my twin girls were out of nappies by 2 never wet there selves!!!!!!!!! gud luck hpe i help out a bit xx

Sharon - posted on 03/19/2009

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my son is 4 in june too and still having a night mare aswell must be a june boy thing!!! i found when he was playing with his friend one day i got his friend to talk to him and tell him to be a big boy on the toilet funnily enough it worked for 4 days but then went back to refusing still trying to find the answer myself

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For my son it took convincing him that it was okay to be naked on the bottom half for him to figure out the potty thing. It just seemed like if he had anything on his butt, be it a pull-up or underwear he would pee in it but once he started to run around with nothing on it was a quick two weeks and he was trained!!

Carol - posted on 03/16/2009

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for me, i think the key was to stop stressing and just go with it. For the first few days i asked her all the time and made a big deal of it when she went, but the accidents were constant. in the end, i continued to have her wear knickers but didnt bother asking anymore. she got so sick of wetting herself she pretty much toilet trained herself in the end. I would just say in a matter of fact tone, oh well, you'll have to remember next time. I also didnt rush to change her knickers, i let her wait a minute or two until i finished what i was doing. backing right off was the key to my daughter, who i didnt train until 6 months ago.

Angela - posted on 03/16/2009

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With my daughter I did prizes, everytime she went, she got a coin for her jar, and once it's full she can take it to the store and pick out a toy. Also, it helped to get really overly excited when she went and it made her proud and wanting to do more. I also taught her how to wash her hands at the same time. Telling her how proud I am of her made her so happy too. The more excited you get, the more they want to do whatever it is that pleased you, and eventually it stuck. I hope some of this helps.

Tasha - posted on 03/16/2009

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I had alot of trouble with my daughter she was absolutely petrofied of even going into the bathroom, I also work so I never had a solid couple of days to persist with it but two weeks ago I had three days in a row of so I thought this is it, I bought her one of those seats that sits over the toilet with a ladder to make it easier for her and I took her to the shops and she picked out her own "big girl" knickers and we got a big piece of coloured cardboard and decorated it with glitter and made it into a star chart. Then I would take her in there every hour and would count to 60 so she knew that there was an end point and didnt have to sit there forever, if she sat on there with out having a tantrum she could put a star on her chart then when she done #1 she got 2 stars and #2 she got three stars U persisted for 2 days and by the third day she was trained she goes and does her business by herself and we havent had eny accidents! She still gets stars and when she gets 10 stars she gets a little treat. She is still in nappies at night but im so relieved that she is finally trained!

Miriel - posted on 03/15/2009

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Well my little son will be 4 on June and he goes alone to the bathroom!!!, I teach him and sometimes u have to be firm and decide with ur commands!!! It helps!!!



Also giving him a reward when he does it!!!

Erica - posted on 03/15/2009

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My son will be 4 in June. He will pee in the potty all day long, but he will not do #2 in the potty for anything! He runs and hides when he needs to do #2!! I just don't know what to do!!

Carol - posted on 03/14/2009

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My daughter is only just recently toilet trained, my own fault really. But i thought, right, this is it, and I told her she's a big girl and only wearing nappies at night time. I was asking her every 15 minutes, and she was having constant accidents, and i thought OMG! So this went on fior a couple of days until i just stopped asking her, and it left her to be responsible for her own actions (i cleaned her up of course, but I didnt oversee what she was doing). Within 2 days, by me taking a backseat, she was trained and no problems since. I didnt make a fuss when she had an accident, just firmly said, "well you'll have to rememebr next time" and left it at that.

Sara - posted on 03/14/2009

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Bladder control is something which can't be forced. I know they call it potty training but really it will only happen when they are ready. i has a nightmare with my daughter and it took us over 1 1/2 years, we still have some accidents. There are days when I fely like crying when I had to wash four pairs of knickers and 4 pairs of trousers. you will get there!

Holly - posted on 03/13/2009

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With both my kids I found that summer was a great time to work on potty training because they're outside so much and you can just let them run around naked without worrying that they're going to pee on your carpet : ) My experience is that when they see themselves pee then they begin to understand what is happening and can start to control it. Don't ever shame them over accidents-they can't help it.



"You Can Go to the Potty" (by William Sears, Martha Sears, & Christie Watts Kelly) is a great book to read to kids and gives you some good information about potty training at the end.



Good Luck,

Holly

Melanie - posted on 03/12/2009

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I am a foster parent and adoptive moither.  I have two 3 year old boys that I recently potty trained.  They are two months apart and it is was really difficult with Micah, but Charlie caught right on.  I kept telling myself when he is ready he will do it.  I always encouraged him to go potty when Charlie went.  I put underware on him and he just kept on having accidents, usually right after he sat on the potty.  I tried a lot of different things ( I made him clean his mess, put him on the potty every 2 hrs., got movies, books, calanders, and charts, he picked his own underware out, pull-ups, etc.)  Then I decided to see what would happen if I did not put pants on him.  This worked better then everthing else but he was still having accidents, so I took the underware off and that is what did it for him.  He ran around the house with only a shirt on for about 2 weeks (when we went out I  put a pull up on him and took him potty every time Charlie went potty).  After 2 weeks, he had only had a couple of accidents, mostly when we went out.  So,  I told Micah that he had to wear underware in order to be a big boy and that Harry his older brother always wore underware.  He wore just underware, around the house, for about a week after that with, no problems.  Then I just started putting pants with an elastic waist on him and he kept going with no poroblems.  He is now completly potty trained, even at night and Charlie, who caught on so quickly is still wearing diapers at night, go figure.  Well, keep trying and do not lose hope, he will catch on when he is ready :) 

Heidi - posted on 03/11/2009

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Well potty training is never easy and ever child is different.  Its something you have to keep at none stop.  I have successfully potty trained both of my boys.  My oldest will be 10 next month and I started him on the potty at 18 months and by the time he was 2 1/2 he was trained, and my youngest will be 4 in June and he has been trained since he was 25 months old.  What I did for both of them is put either cheerios or froot loops in the toilet and told them that they have to aim for them.  Another suggestions is add dish soap in the toilet and tell them to make bubbles.  It may or may not work, but its worth a try.  Good luck!!!

Annette - posted on 03/10/2009

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My daughter will be 4 in June & she always refuses to sit on the potty. I always have to bribe her. She's still in diapers, but she does do her No. 2 every day in the potty. Any suggestions?

Erica - posted on 03/10/2009

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My son will be 4 in June as well and I am having the same problem! I thought it was just me having this problem!

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