Anyone Have any tips about potty training a 3 year old little Boy?

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Stephanie - posted on 03/15/2009

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With my son I created a chart and everytime he went potty he got a sticker.  Ten stickers meant a new toy train.  In order to get the stickers he had to use the toliet and by that I mean it had to be more than a few drops.  Within about a month he was completed potty trained.  We were even able to stop using the stickers.

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Charlotte - posted on 06/23/2009

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i actually used the dum dum suckers as a reward. he only got them when he used the potty and i kept a few in my purse for when we werent home and he used the potty..u could use stickers m&m's or whatever u choose..

Erika - posted on 06/22/2009

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put cheerios in the potty and get him to aim for them. I also told him he could have a piece of gum if he went in the potty. Make a big deal when he does go.

Kristina - posted on 05/26/2009

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I don't have any great advice other than don't feel pressure from anyone. All the other post have given great advice. I have 3 boys, 19, 13, and 7 and one girl who is 16. It took much longer for my boys to decide they were ready to use the potty. I can tell you this though, I barely remember potty training now. So this too will pass. I love the idea of giving them a target. Good luck.

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my son will be 3 in august and i have been potty training him....the method i use is if he goes pee on the potty(he has a toilet seat on the big toilet) then he gets 1 smartie and if he goes poo he gets 2 smarties and that is the only time he gets smarties it seems to work but he goes through phases where he wants to go on the potty and then he wont for a couple weeks...i wish you luck lol

Kathie - posted on 04/21/2009

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I have 2 boys, one (my 11yo) trained super easy, the other (my 6 yo) was a struggle. The one post with sinking the toilet paper is great!! One other idea that worked for my difficult one was sit him on the big potty backwards (or forward since he is a boy). Strattle him facing the toilet, like how boys do it, only he will be sitting and place the toilet paper/cheerios in to sink them. Its a great trick. But be prpared to bring some with you where ever you go to entise him to go while your out and about. But truly if they are REALY not ready, nothing will work. Good Luck!!

Tammy - posted on 04/16/2009

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For both my boys I got the cartoon underpants of their favorite cartoon characters. Barney for my oldest and Scooby Doo for my youngest, which they chose themselves. Because they only got a couple of pair they wanted to keep them clean so they wouldn't have to wear 'plain' underpants. Cheerios also worked wonders for teaching them to pee in the toilet.

My boys were both potty trained at two years old, and took only a week-end. It's a patience thing. I think the worst thing you can do is get angry if they have a mistake.

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/...

Barbara - posted on 03/24/2009

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Hi Amanda

I also have 3 boys the easiest way to train a boy is to have daddy go into the bathroom with him and teach him to "sink" the toilet paper or anything floatable and flushable like cheerios frootloops he will think its a game and want to do it

Sharon - posted on 03/23/2009

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u can buy a kiddie toilet seat that is placed on top of the toilet bowl...from their he'll be able to seat comfortaby while pooing w/o you worrying if he'll slip inside the toilet bowl....

Lacey - posted on 03/23/2009

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Definitley wait til he's ready, but introduce him to his own potty.  I've been "practicing" for potty-training for several months so my little guy would know what we were talking about.  I didn't feel rushed by other moms whose babies were using the potty by a year and a half, I didn't want my son to regress so I just waited until I saw signs that he was done w/ diapers.  Once we started to officially train him to go in the potty I would just take him every 20-30 minutes (makes for a long day), and i didn't ask him if he had to go (cause he'd always say no), I'd just tell him "let's go try to go pee-pee in the potty!"  I've tried to stay positive and if he doesn't go I just tell him "good try" or "next time we'll do it!"  That way they don't feel like they've let you down.  Remember, no two kids are the same.  You just have to figure out what will motivate your son, stickers, treats, a hug, etc.  It's a really long and hard road but I think it's worth it not to have to change diapers anymore!

Tina - posted on 03/21/2009

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Hi. I have a few suggestions. I will say that I agree with the moms that said wait until he is ready...not when you think he should be ready. Ultimately it is up to him and not you! Make sure not to pressure him, always praise any efforts and successes (and not necessarily with stickers/gifts), and most importantly make sure to never make him feel bad about an accident, no matter how annoyed you may feel or how inconvenient it may be. Potty training can be a very traumatic time for kids, boys especially! Be consistent...once you start him with underwear (buy many pair), don't go back to diapers or pull-ups. Accidents will happen-that is normal and fine, and having an accident without a diaper or pull-up will give him the discomfort of feeling wet/dirty that may help motivate him. Talk to him about the importance of learning to go on the potty...that that's what big boys do, It may help if he has his dad or another male figure around to "mirror." One last thing-there is a "potty watch" that you can buy online for about $10 that I found helped out. You can set it to go off at different intervals (20, 30, 60 min) and it plays a song to remind them to try to go. Good luck. I know that it's stressful, but you'll get through it.

Kelly - posted on 03/21/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

Anyone Have any tips about potty training a 3 year old little Boy?



Hi Amanda!  I have a 2year old in Pullups!  He was doing really good in the beginning and going on the potty whenever he had to go. Now he is going backwards and going back in his pullup.  Last week I bought a spongebob potty seat to go over the toilet and put his underware over his pullup!  He is starting to go because he's interested again!

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hmmmm, we have a seat that sits on top of the main toilet seat maybe you could get one of those let him choose what colour he wants ... they're great cause then they dont feel like they're going to fall into the toilet ... maybe the reason he doesnt like using the toilet is that he thinks he might fall in? or hes not ready! ... if hes asking to be changed when hes only wet once then YES that means hes ready to be trained!



when you give him a drink give him about 10-15mins then say to him come on lets go use the toilet now ... maybe do the sticker idea or just praise him heaps for going! ... if he says he doesnt feel he needs to go or just plain doesnt want to ask him to at least TRY for you or maybe for his dad ... my son sometimes says he doesnt need to but we can tel he does so we'll ask him to try for us and he does everytime (try that is and wees or poos everytime too)

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Wait Wait Wait until he's ready!! Until then it will just be a battle and you will become too frustrated. I agree with Gillian- you don't see kindergartners in diapers. Keep telling him that he can't go to school until he uses the potty. Ask him every once in awhile if he needs to go and if he says yes ask if he wants to do it in the potty. If he says no tell him "ok maybe next time" and leave it. he will do it when he's ready.

Gillian - posted on 03/15/2009

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hi i had problems with my son untill my half sister told me put him in boxer shorts as pants are elasticated at the leg and they think they are still in nappies, good luck just remember you don;'t see a



p1 in nappies

Amanda - posted on 03/15/2009

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Mattix (my son) doesn't like using the potty chair. He would rather use the big toilet. He was doing great for a while and all of a sudden he just stopped. He wants to go to school so I keep reminding him that he needs to go potty in the big boy toilet. But that really doesn't work to much anymore.

He tells me after he hass an accident that he pees and he needs to be changed. So does that mean we are getting closer to the time when he will just use the toilet?



Potty means going to the bathroom on the toilet.

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Quoting Amanda:

Anyone Have any tips about potty training a 3 year old little Boy?




I think that with boys you have to wait till you know they're ready!



My boy has been trained for a while now but he still has accidents which kinda sucks but we're getting through it and he's beginning to go when he feels he needs to.



With Paige (my eldest daughter) it was easy she was trained in a week ... with Samson (my boy) hes been quite hard to train (i put it down to the fact that hes a boy, they tend to be a bit slower than girls) try putting a potty where the main toilet is and take him to it and sit him on it while you go at the same time ... the sound of you doing wees will make him go (it works with my son) ... we also use to sit him on the potty in front of one of his fave movies ... this worked great cause when he heard that he was weeing in it he got excited (and so did we) and when he did his first poo in the potty it was great too (with alot of kids they find doing poos on the potty or toilet is scary) ... let me know how you get on and i hope that my ideas help you and your boy with toilet/potty training!

Latrille - posted on 03/14/2009

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Hi Amanda, maybe i can help, i also have a 3 years old boy, but, what means "potty" please? Sorry, I'm french and i do't know that one. Thanks.

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