Potty training a stubborn 3 year old boy

Roberta - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have tried everything to get my 3 year old son to potty train and he is stubborn. Does anybody have any suggestions on how I can get him to go on the potty?

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Kari - posted on 01/31/2009

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I hear ya. My son will be 3 in March. He actually asks to put on a diaper instead of his pull ups so he can poop in them and be changed. Frustrating! Why will he ask for a diaper but not the potty? :) Kids!!!

Cindy - posted on 01/30/2009

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I have 2 girls and just finished potty training my youngest now 3 but managed to get her potty trained by the age of 2 and night time trained by 2 and a half. She was deffinately harder than my first to train as she is very hard headed, the harder you push them the more they will not want to do it. I suggest what I did and it worked for me so worth a try.

Give it a break for 2 weeks or so you forget about it and the pressure is off him, then what I did was not buy any more nappies and the ones I had left I used in the night or on long road trips when I thought we might have trouble getting to a toilet. Then get a couple of undies and a change of clothes handy. They will wet and soil themselves a couple of times and it is really uncomfortable (obviously) the trick is not to get angry with them but to take them straight to the toilet and reinforce in a stern voice that that is were they must go potty. Also taking them every 15 mins at first then start stretching it out by 5 mins at a time till eventualy they get the idea but dont push them or it will be back to step one again. Another tip from my mother inlaw is placing a ping pong ball form them to aim at to make it fun also let them read or play with their favourite toy while they sit there. Even if they do nothing they are getting acustomed to the idea of this new thing it is frightening to them till it becomes a habbit which is what we trying to teach them that when they feel they need to go they must go. It does take a couple of days to work but can be undone very easily if you give up and use nappies again, be strong and consistent. Goodluck and above all done worry or stress it will happen (your child will also pick up you feelings and make him upset)

Rebecca - posted on 01/29/2009

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I have the same problem.  When I tell him he needs to start using the big boy potty he says, "No mommy I don't think so".  Nothing has worked with him yet.  I even went so far as to let him run around naked to see if that would work.  He just took aim at something in his room and went...less than a minute after I tried to get him to use the toilet!!!!

Roberta - posted on 01/29/2009

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boys are so stubborn , my oldest daughter was easy to train and my youngest who is 21 months is training and he just has no interest in it

Nicole - posted on 01/29/2009

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I'm having the same problem. When my son, who's turning 3 in April, poops or pees he tells me and wants to be changed right away, but refuses to use his potty. I have books, a DVD, I've tried sticker charts, special treats, all to no avail. I feel you pain!

Betsey - posted on 01/29/2009

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My cousin's, grandma and mom used cherrios in the water as targets, gets the boys interested in it.  Goldfish work too.



My youngest son was almost potty trained (he's 2 1/2) and now refuses to go.  He was using his potty chair when we were using the bathroom, but now doesn't want to at all.

Becky - posted on 01/29/2009

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I'm afraid I can't help as I have the same problem! He know's exactly what he's supposed to do he just doesn't want to do it! Have tried books, training pants, etc, even took a week off work to really go for it, but still nothing - he just ended up getting quite stressed out by the whole thing and kept it all in.

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