My son is 2 1/2 and has no intrest in potty training how do I help him become more interested?

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matching underwear. get him and his dad both spongebob boxers... that's what my husband did when he potty trained my step-son. worked like a charm!

Jessica - posted on 04/14/2009

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My son was also 2.5 and he was not wanting to Potty train but then we went to see Elmo Makes Music and he was with his best friend who was the same age and potty trained and he was seeing him use the big potty then it was not that much longer and he was wanting to use the big potty too!!! I also would use a sticker chart and when he would use the potty and would get to put a sticker on the chart and when he got so many he could get a prize!

Barbara - posted on 04/09/2009

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my son began potty training right after he turned 2 but I didn't push him to much....but in February(he is now 2 1/2) I began to get books and videos from the library and I let him choose between a little potty or the seat to sit on the big toilet...he loves the seat because it has SpongeBob on it......and it's easier if you can do the big toilet because my nephew has been training on the little potty chair and he WILL NOT use the big toilet, so it's kinda like training all over again(and it's easier to have a seat to carry around if your going out than a big potty chair)......my son responded well to making a potty chart and when he would pee he would get one sticker in the pee column and when he would poop he would get two stickers....you can also try this m&m's.......I taped the chart to the wall across from the toilet so he could see it every time he sat down...I would let him have his books, crayons, cars or whatever when he was sitting......and he LOVED to flush the toilet himself and put the sticker on his chart himself (they like to feel independent at this age)....I bought 2 packs of white undies at Walmart (cheaper than the characters!) and some plastic cover undies and let him go around the house like that....I think that the diapers as well as the pull-ups absorb TO WELL and sometimes the kids have a hard time realizing that they have gone.....and the plastic undies will keep everything from leaking out.....put some old towels, if you have any, where ever his is sitting.....If he/she has an accident it's ok, its going to happen, be calm and let them know that they need to use the potty not their undies.....So basically if your at home let them be in their undies.....I set a timer not only for him but my self for every half hour and we would go to the potty......since he was not using his potty chair I put his Elmo doll across from him and let Elmo use the potty as well..........and now he started potty training in February and is completely potty trained and it is now April, and the best part is he has now mastered peeing standing up!!!! ....He will have minor accidents but it's bound to happen....You must be patient, encouraging, and once you start don't stop! and DON"T go back to diapers!!!!!!! Buy the pull-ups and undies and toss out the diapers! Hope this helps and just try a bunch of different things to see what is right for your child....every child is different! GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!

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Quoting Lisa:

It is very important not to push or punish. That is the biggest thing to keep in mind. I used lots of children's books on the subject. The best one was "My First Potty". There is one for girls and one for boys. I'll have to dig out the book to give you the author but it was a great tool in getting both my boys to show interest. Some people say that the use of Pull-Ups is a bad idea, but I found them to be a wonderful transition from diapers to underwear. When it came time to buy underwear, I took them to the store with me and let them pick out whatever ones they wanted. Don't get discouraged if they do good at first and then revert back to the Pull-Ups or diapers. That is very common. James was great with the first 2 weeks and then all of a sudden didn't want anything to do with the potty. My first, Jacob was a bit more difficult as he was in Pull-Ups up until age 4. He was using the potty but having frequent accidents. It was a big roller coaster with him. It wasn't until another child he played with asked him why he was still wearing pull-ups that he began insisting on staying with underwear. Every child is different. Books, encouragement without over praising, patience and time. Also, having your boy watch his father can be helpful as well. Good luck!


we also read the potty book- over and over, they just love it. great idea

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both my boys trained after 3yrs.



we always made the potty available in the bathroom, brought them in while we were going. but ultimately if they weren't interested it just wasn't going to happen. Still you keep trying. When they gained good night time control we put underwear on during the day, if you need protection of carpets and furniture put a diaper over top. do not recommend pull ups, sometimes just running around naked worked well too. they do not like to feel wet, so wearing big boy underwear really accelerated the process. i want to add that things went so much better (earlier in age) with my second b/c i was much more relaxed about. It will all happen in good time and each child is different.

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Cassi - posted on 07/29/2009

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pushing and punnishing is the worst thing you can do. let them see an older male use the restroom, like their dad. we put fruit loops in the toilet for him to pee on. we also had a sticker chart that we kept in the bathroom near the toilet and everytime he used the toilet he got a sticker, he got 2 for doing a #2. i bought $1 items that he would like from the dollar store or even walmart and when he got 10 stickers on his chart he got to pick an item out of the basket. flushing was also a huge thing for him, he loved to do it whether or not he went, so we made it a rule that no flushing unless he dirtied the water! just keep showing him and when he's ready he will pick it up in a heartbeat. my son was almost 3 when literally in just a day he decided he didn't want to wear pull ups anymore!!! we started showing him at 18 months, so it can be a long process. just be patient and don't get frustrated because that will only set him back

Deborah - posted on 07/17/2009

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my son did not potty train til he was 3years 4 months. His doc said he will do it when he is ready.Dr said normal for a child not to potty train til they are 4yrs my niece is3 and not potty trained my son watch his dad then he was potty trained

Nicki - posted on 06/13/2009

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Love the cheerio idea , must try that one, as my oldest still misses the toilet at time, because he waits far too long and in all the rush it goes everywhere. But I wouldn't worry too much, they will let you know when they are ready and sometimes if you start too early it can also backfire.

Cheryl - posted on 05/13/2009

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My youngest daughter wasn't interested in potty training. I read a book about training in one day - and it worked with her! I didn't let my little ones have candy. The book suggested that you give a special treat that they get ONLY when they go in the potty. I bought a bag of peanut M&Ms and put them in a see-through jar and told her that every time she went in the potty #1, she got to pick one candy and every time she went #2 in the potty, she got 2 candies. Who knew she would do almost anything for those candies! It literally took her one day to be potty trained (she was almost 3 years old). She was also informed that once the candies were gone, they were GONE, so that it was something I didn't have to continue. We then got out the cute panties and celebrated. For my boys, we "made bubbles" in the toilet, and they got to have "target practice" with Cheerios floating in the toilet. Best wishes, & don't stress. It won't last forever. (:

Lisa - posted on 04/14/2009

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So pull-ups are bad?? They are the same as diapers aren't they.  So putting them in pull-ups gets them used to underwear is the purpose?  I think there is nothing wrong with pull-ups.  My son understands that they go up and down like underwear not like a diaper.  He doesn't even call them a diaper and he can undress himself easier with a pull-up and feels like a big boy.

Stephanie - posted on 04/13/2009

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My eldest was fab put him inpants at 2 within a week it was done and 2 weeks dry in night. I plan ning the same for my youngest.  Dont believe in pull ups dont acheive anything.  I spend everyday potty training someone pull ups hinder.



 

Jennifer - posted on 03/31/2009

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There is a product called Peter Potty, its a training urinal.  I have a friend who had it at a party and the boys there just knew to pee in it when they saw it.  Of course after they did, they announced it to everyone LOL!  It is also portable so you can put it in their room too so they don't wet the bed at night.  And its only like 40 bucks-ish.  It has had great reviews for potty training boys, it actually flushes so boys find it super fun!!   You don't even have to hook it up to plumbing either.  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/...

Melissa - posted on 03/20/2009

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I have the same problem. He is getting used to having the potty in the bathroom. He is 2 and a half. And one day I told him "mommy has to go stinky" he turned to me and said "mommy I go stinky come on mommy" and I went into the bathroom that his potty is in and he took his diaper off and sat on his potty. He didnt go, but I was impressed that he wanted to sit down on the potty. He uses the potty before he takes a bath, and he does it himself. He takes off his diaper and sits down on the potty. Now dont get me wrong, there are those times to where he starts to pee in the bath tub, I have to take him out and sit him on the potty when he does that. He usually finishes in the potty, and wants the clapping and high fives. There were several times to where I had to clean poop out of the tub as well. But I have to tell him that he is to use his potty not the tub. People say use cheerios, and play sink the cheeiors or aim for the cheeiors. But we give him cheeios for breakfast, so I dont want him to go in the toliet and grab the cheerios and thinks he can eat them. I just give him the space right now. He usually tells me he has to go. 30 % of the time. I ask him through out the day as well if he has to go. I try to get him to go before and after his nap as well. His father gets frustrated when he has to change a dirty diaper. He feels that he should be potty trianed right now.

Abigail - posted on 03/12/2009

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I would wait until he is ready and not push it. I know the diapers are a hassel and expensive, but this is one of the few areas a 2 year old gets to control. If you push, you may find you end up in a power struggle, not a good thing. I have 2 boys. One was ready at about 3 1/2, the other around 4. We made games of it. For one, I left m & m's in the bathroom and everytime he went in the toilet he got to take an m & m. With the other, I think it was pennies. Cherios in the toilet give them something to aim for and also make it a game.



You may find these things will get his interest, but they may not hold his interest. If they don't hold his interest, just put them away for a while and try again a few months down the road.

Kelly - posted on 03/12/2009

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Did you try putting him on the actual toilet?? Mine hayes the little potty and wants to do like mommy!

Anna - posted on 03/12/2009

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hey,

Several ways you can try to get him interested: 1. have a m&m jar or a candy jar in the bathroom & everytime he goes potty, he gets a treat. 2. put a sticker board up w/ his name on it & small stickers (like the stars) & he gets to put a sticker by his name every time he goes potty 3. play "SINK THE CHEERIOS", put a couple cheerios in the toilet & tell him to "sink them" by using the bathroom. I hope these help you b/c they sure did me!!

Lisa - posted on 03/11/2009

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It is very important not to push or punish. That is the biggest thing to keep in mind. I used lots of children's books on the subject. The best one was "My First Potty". There is one for girls and one for boys. I'll have to dig out the book to give you the author but it was a great tool in getting both my boys to show interest. Some people say that the use of Pull-Ups is a bad idea, but I found them to be a wonderful transition from diapers to underwear. When it came time to buy underwear, I took them to the store with me and let them pick out whatever ones they wanted. Don't get discouraged if they do good at first and then revert back to the Pull-Ups or diapers. That is very common. James was great with the first 2 weeks and then all of a sudden didn't want anything to do with the potty. My first, Jacob was a bit more difficult as he was in Pull-Ups up until age 4. He was using the potty but having frequent accidents. It was a big roller coaster with him. It wasn't until another child he played with asked him why he was still wearing pull-ups that he began insisting on staying with underwear. Every child is different. Books, encouragement without over praising, patience and time. Also, having your boy watch his father can be helpful as well. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 03/11/2009

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Whe my son was 2 1/2, he had no  interest either. One thing I never did was push him. My daughter, who is 11 now, was potty trained at 18 months. Unfortunately, I have found that boys are more more stubborn when it comes to potty training. My son was 3 1/2 before he was trained. He just all of a sudden took an interest and was trained in a week. He never had an accident after that! Don't give up hope! It will come! :)

Samantha - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi

My son was allowed into the bathroom while my husband was "using the potty" he then developed an interest. We also put a potty in the bathroom which intrigued him. Believe me it got used as everything other than a potty in the beginning. He then one day asked Mommy can I go potty???

Samantha - posted on 03/11/2009

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Hi

My son was allowed into the bathroom while my husband was "using the potty" he then developed an interest. We also put a potty in the bathroom which intrigued him. Believe me it got used as everything other than a potty in the beginning. He then one day asked Mommy can I go potty???

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