How long do I let my 2 year old sit on the potty?

Sarah - posted on 11/15/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Usually, my son doesn't want to even try to sit on the potty, but yesterday morning I got him out of bed and asked him if he would like to go potty and he said yes. So he sat on the potty, and nothing happened (we've just started doing this). Anyway, even though nothing happened after about 2 minutes, he still had no problem sitting there. Since he usually doesn't even want to try, I let him sit. How long should I let him sit before getting him up? I don't want to make him get up and then have him be confused because I ask him to sit there, and then I ask him to get up. I don't know, just wondering how long a "try" should last.

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Kristen - posted on 11/20/2009

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Thats so exciting. I think I might cry a little when he actually goes in the potty. Now he has started screaming every time we even walk in the bathroom. I am trying to just be patient, but sometimes it feels like he blatantly refuses to use the potty. Hes even asking for his diapers now.

Sarah - posted on 11/15/2009

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Thanks! Yeah, I will sit on the floor and maybe read a book or talk to him, trying to get him to be relaxed. But tonight!!! I put real underware on him and he peed in them and started to poop, then he told me he peed in them so we went to the potty and at first he was all "no potty" and crying, but I told him it was ok, I loved him and it was an accident, and so he calmed down and sat on the potty and finished his poop on the potty!!! I am so excited!!! So I am going to keep up this underware during the day thing, apparently it at least makes him notice when he goes!

Kristen - posted on 11/15/2009

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My son does the exact same thing and has been for about 2 months with still nothing happening. He doesnt sit there quite that long though. But I just talk to him while he sits there telling him what he should be doing. My advice would be to just let him sit as long as he wants. He probably feels like he is doing something right and sitting there is the first stepl.

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