Potty training

Wendy - posted on 08/07/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Did anyone else have a REALLY hard time potty training their child? My son is almost 3 and half and will urinate sometimes but has never pooped in the potty. And almost never tells me he needs to go. I have made it routine that we just go to the restroom every 2 hours. I have tried to find a pattern for the later but havent found it yet?? Any advise?

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Amy - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son did not potty train until 4 1/2. I tried everything. It wasn't that he didn't know how or what to do. He couldn't be pushed into it. Once he decided that he wanted to do it, it was done.

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Here are the things that worked for me. Observe & record his habits. At what time does he go? My son seemed to go about 1/2 hr after lunch, so thats when we started visiting the restroom. I would sit with him and read stories or whatever, until he went. I kept a small bag of M&M's in the bathroom, and when he did go, I rewarded him: one M&M for #1 and 2 M&M's for #2. (Yes I have heard that you should not reward with food items, but I didn't think one or two M&M's would hurt)

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Lisa - posted on 01/24/2012

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My son was really late potty training and still does not poop on the potty. We have talked about it a lot but he prefers to stand and look out the window. With Lyric, there is no point trying to force him and so we are waiting for him to get there himself. He tends to suddenly get things.

Tami - posted on 01/12/2012

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My son is Asperger's and just turned 5. He was going potty on his own (both #1 and #2) and all of the sudden just stopped. He is now having several accidents a day, despite me taking him at routine times during the day. I am so confused and lost and have no idea what to do!

Debra - posted on 01/03/2011

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Thank you guys for this post..... My son just turned 4 and is still not even close to potty trained it is rather annoying seeing as i have never had a problem with this. my oldest was potty trainded at 14 months if not before and my youngest who is 1.5 is potty trained besides the occasional oops. He wont sit on the big potty and the little potty he wouldnt sit on he sometimes would pee in it standing up but that was it.... I am getting a frog potty to see if that helps and if not we are going to try the adjuster for the big potty. It was just nice to know that it does happen thank you

Kimberly - posted on 12/05/2010

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My son has not been fully diagnosed at this point. We are in the process of getting it. However, he was almost 5 before he was potty trained.

Jackie - posted on 05/10/2010

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I'm having the same exact problem. My son just turned 3 and I think that the potty terrifies him. I bought him a potty chair and he wont use it. He will however sit on it with the lid down and hic clothes on. He throws a massive fit if I make him sit on the potty chair so I gave up. He doesnt have a schedule. Trust me I have 6 months of documentation to prove it.

Brooke - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son flat-out refused to use the potty. He did number 2 in it once (I think it was just good timing on our part, an accident on his) and he freaked really badly and started pointing at it and screaming. But then we got him a 'kid seat' for the big toilet and from then on he was quite happy to learn. He had seen others using it and figured that was the "right way" to go, not in the potty. Hope this helps.

Tami - posted on 01/25/2010

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We have an Aspie girl who took awhile to be fully potty trained. Even now she has some accidents, especially when she is distracted and busy. She still needs reminders to go at home and at school. She used to never tell us when she needed to go, or even when she had an accident (it was like she didn't even notice or feel it). We did do the every 2 hours with her. She has gone through 2 years of preschool and half day Kindergarten and now full day first grade. Only a few accidents here and there so it does seem to get better for some of the kids.

My Grandson is 3, he is still in Pull Ups, he has had times where he has used the big potty (some say the potty on the floor helps and we did that with my Granddaughter), but he rarely tells us that he has to go potty. We are trying to develop a routine where he goes at certain times and we read to him while he sits there for 2-3 books.

Good luck:O)

Denise - posted on 01/11/2010

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My son didn't act like he realized he needed to go - No. 1 or No. 2 - until we put him on a casein-free, gluten-free diet when he was 3.
After that, it was almost instantly, he was able to detect he had to go and it was wonderful! He's still on the diet at age 8, and it's nice for all of us because he grew up that way, and it's not a struggle at all with him wanting to eat foods off the diet.

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Wendy - posted on 08/23/2009

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My son is in underware....pullups and diapers are just too easy for him to have an accident. He will pee in the potty everytime if he has underware on but has never pooped

Deborah - posted on 08/23/2009

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I am glad to know that my grandson is not the only child out there that is not potty trained. Do you still have him in pull ups or is he wearing underwear?

Tina - posted on 08/08/2009

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Be consistant . I also had trouble with my little boy with potty training . He was almost 4 before we had him potty trained. You may want to try rewards with him like his favorite book only when he goes , or a special candy that is what I did. He may still have accidents occasionally , don't make a big deal of it if he does just help him get cleaned up and redressed. My son is now 11 and I still have to tell him ocassionally to go the restroom it just does not register with him I guess.

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