ALLi - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
ok, i'm new to the group, so first of all hi to every one! I'm Alli, and my little man is Riley (November 17th 2007) He is my first, and only, at least for now. ANY input will help me. I have a few different questions here so bear with me! Any way... i started a few months ago with the idea of potty training, i would try to get him to sit on his potty as much as possible without throwing him into it too quickly. He's doing a good job, he will sit for a while... like 15-45 minutes depending on what's going on, at least most of the time, because sometimes he says no and i let him go. I don't want to force him to sit because i'm afraid it may cause him to completely rebel against it and not sit at all... so is that wrong? should i make him or make it his choice to sit or not? Then when he does sit i usually let him watch tv... is that wrong? should i keep the potty in the bathroom and only have it used there? and if so, what can i do to occupy him? (he is not too good at sitting and not so into books, he does like songs and fingerplays, but we can only sing the itsy botsy spider and 5 little monkey jumping on the bed, etc. so many times before he's bored of that) ok. so any way he'll sit and watch tv for a good amount of time and then it seems that he gets up and will pee in his underwear within the next five minutes... i know what you're thinking, make him sit a little longer... so i persuaded him a few times to sit longer and the same tends to happen, its like he just doesnt get it that he's supposed to go in there... so i have caught him grunting a few times and got him on the potty in time and he has pooped on it twice, and we praised him and gave him a new car(his favorite) both times and still no progress. Also i switched to putting underwear on him rather than pull ups while were home (which is most of the time cuz i'm a SAHM) thinking he would realize more when he was going and that didnt help either. And he gets what peeing is because he does all the time in the tub and tells me "i pee mom" so basically... i'm at a loss for what to do next... any suggestions on how to better explain it to him or get him more excited about using the potty?
Thanks for you time!
ALLi and Riley