Potty training my 2 year old boy

Dellie - posted on 10/25/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Just looking for some friendly advice. My little boy is very smart. He knows how to go in the potty, he has seen my husband do it many times. He also knows how to flush the potty, and loves doing that on a regular basis lol. So hes not scared of it at all, I know some kids are, but he isn't. So we have been putting him in underwear to start his training and tell him that he needs to tell us when he has to go so we can help him on the potty like a big boy, and he says yes. He will even repeat back to us what we said, so we know he gets it. But when it comes down to it, he won't ever say a word, and he will just run around wet untill we realize what happened. He doesn't even care that he is wet. But when we ask him if he wants to wear diapers anymore he will say no, and he puts up such a fit when we put one on him! I guess I just don't know how to make this start progressing.

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Alisha - posted on 10/25/2009

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I have been potty training my son, who turned 2 in March, for a little over a week now. I do the whole naked from the wast down thing and it works SO good. It worked great for my first son and is working great for my second one also. Here's a summary of what we do, hope it helps:
So we keep them naked all day and just plan on not doing much for the first few days or week. I keep a potty seat really close by and I reward with one piece of candy for a pee-pee in the potty, and two pieces of candy for a poop (Mommy language sorry). Being naked is the trick. i think when they have undies on it feels like it does when they have a diaper on. You have to rewire their little brains. Maybe you'll have to get the carpet cleaned afterwords, but hopefully not. The one that I'm potty training now was very resistant at first. He would get really whiney and grumpy when he needed to pee or poop, so as soon as he would start crying or whining I would rush him to the potty seat. Plus when they get all upset I think they're much more likely to have an accident. i also asked him about every 30 minutes at first, and now about every hour. We haven't had one accident though. It takes a different amount of time for each kid to rewire their brains, but for my kids it seems to be about a week. I tried to take him somewhere the first day and he peed in his undies within the first 10 minutes. He has to really get in his head that when he feels the urge he needs to hold it and go in the potty. He now tells me when he has to go and we're experimenting with brief periods in underwear. I also told him that he could pick out some underwear after 5 days of no accidents, which thrilled him to no end. He picked out some Thomas underwear, so cute :)
For me the naked thing works great, because he's naked I don't forget that he's potty training. It's sort of on the forefront of my mind all the time. It's easy for us BOTH to get distracted but a lot harder when you have a naked boy running around your house. Accidents happen and it's hard to not get mad, but remember they're learning. Good luck!

Victoria - posted on 10/27/2009

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My son also turned two in Sept. Sept. 10th and is having the hardest time potty training. He loves to pee in the BIG BOY potty, but after 2 days he throws a fit and just wants to play with the tooth brushes and shave like daddy does.

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Julissa - posted on 08/06/2012

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I am trying to potty train my 2 year old now too and what i have seen that works is to give them lots of fluids and every 15 to 20 min sit them on the potty and see if they use it... it takes time and patience but the moment they use the potty make it a big deal....

JOLENE - posted on 10/28/2009

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every kid is different my son turned 3 in august and after me trying and bein frusterated he just did it all by himself. i think before when i was trying he couldn't "feel" when he needed to go and when he could he went everytime. now he is 100 % potty trained and having no accidents at night.

Alisa - posted on 10/28/2009

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Quoting Alisha:

I have been potty training my son, who turned 2 in March, for a little over a week now. I do the whole naked from the wast down thing and it works SO good. It worked great for my first son and is working great for my second one also. Here's a summary of what we do, hope it helps:
So we keep them naked all day and just plan on not doing much for the first few days or week. I keep a potty seat really close by and I reward with one piece of candy for a pee-pee in the potty, and two pieces of candy for a poop (Mommy language sorry). Being naked is the trick. i think when they have undies on it feels like it does when they have a diaper on. .You have to rewire their little brains. Maybe you'll have to get the carpet cleaned afterwords, but hopefully not. The one that I'm potty training now was very resistant at first. He would get really whiney and grumpy when he needed to pee or poop, so as soon as he would start crying or whining I would rush him to the potty seat. Plus when they get all upset I think they're much more likely to have an accident. i also asked him about every 30 minutes at first, and now about every hour. We haven't had one accident though. It takes a different amount of time for each kid to rewire their brains, but for my kids it seems to be about a week. I tried to take him somewhere the first day and he peed in his undies within the first 10 minutes. He has to really get in his head that when he feels the urge he needs to hold it and go in the potty. He now tells me when he has to go and we're experimenting with brief periods in underwear. I also told him that he could pick out some underwear after 5 days of no accidents, which thrilled him to no end. He picked out some Thomas underwear, so cute :)
For me the naked thing works great, because he's naked I don't forget that he's potty training. It's sort of on the forefront of my mind all the time. It's easy for us BOTH to get distracted but a lot harder when you have a naked boy running around your house. Accidents happen and it's hard to not get mad, but remember they're learning. Good luck!


I did the whole, rush the kid to the potty chair w/ undies, etc. for 2 1/2 days - too many accidents! He ended up w/o any undies and I moved the potty to the front room where we are 80% of the time on the 3rd day. I was nursing my daughter and all of a sudden he yells at me, "Mommy! I went potty in my potty chair!" We were both so excited, I stopped nursing my daughter and ran over to him and gave him a big hug and tons of kisses and told him how proud I was. He figured out when he needed to go potty and got himself there. 



Today was an even better 'naKID' day! He went potty all day in his chair and even poop!  We went to the mall and I showed him where the pottys were (they have family bathrooms with little flush toilets) and then we went shopping. After I was done I took him back to the pottys and he decided to try them out and kept flushing and flushing ("Mommy look at the circles!") the toilet and then he started going! I was so happy for him that he could be so successful. The best part was they have vending machines (candy) right outside the bathrooms so I gave him a quarter and he could pick any candy he wanted. We made it home and it was about 4 hours later he walked over to me and gave me that look of OOPS!  He was wearing clothes so he couldn't just run to the potty chair. After we kept him naked the rest of the evening and he was successful 2 times after.



So here's the BIG question.. how do you get from naked boy to clothed boy going potty in the chair, to clothed boy going potty in the bathroom in the chair?



Thanks!

Daisy - posted on 10/27/2009

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My middle son is 2 and when we started to potty train he would not say a word either ahe would go hide and pee or poop on himself. So I started asking him like every 30 min. Its hard, really hard when you have multiple children, but it was worth it.

Joni - posted on 10/27/2009

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my oldest son was really hard to potty train. we put cherios in the potty and he thought it was really fun tosink them! my little one is 2 now and we are potty training and he loved to flush the potty so i told him if he peed in the potty he gets to flush it and so far so good! you just have to find the thing that works best for your son!

Victoria - posted on 10/27/2009

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LOL! I know exactly what your going through. My 2 1/2 yr old is more than ready to be potty trained. He knows when he is wet and poop if he wears a diaper and wants to be changed. We have also put him in undies and he also does not care if he is wet. We have attempted so many times to potty train and he does AWSOME, but 2 days later he wants nothing to do with it and throws a tantrum if gets put on the potty. If you find something that works PLEASE let me know!

Jennifer - posted on 10/26/2009

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im in the same boat but my son is 3. he is so stubborn about going in the toilet. i have tried so many tactics and rewards and im going crazy. he understands where he needs to go and will repeat it to me over and over where to go and where not to go but he continues to go in his diaper. its very frustrating with him and i dont know what to do. he has an older brother and i would have him take my youngest in the bathroom with him to show him the ropes but nothing works. so if you figure something out please let me know too. lol

Dellie - posted on 10/26/2009

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Thank you everyone, for your advice!! It is much appreciated.

Alisha Terry: That actually sounds like such good idea, but we are soo busy it's not even funny! I work about 30 hours a week, and my husband works about 20 and we are both in school with 2 4-hourclasses each and at least 6 hours worth of homework per week! I just feel like I wouldn't be able to do it because I can't stay home and be constantly paying attention to the little naked man! It is really frustrating, because I really am wanting to devote time to this and get him potty trained but we can't afford to give up any of the things we do so I feel like I just don't have the time. My parents and my husband's mom and sister are taking both kids for us at least 3 or 4 times a week so we can do all this stuff we need to, and I know I should trust them to follow what we are implementing and do it our way, but I guess it's hard to, especially when I already know that my parents are way more lenient than we are and my husband's mom is way more strict. Of all the things I have been challenged with as a parent, I'd have to say this is the hardest so far lol.

Mica - posted on 10/26/2009

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i hav a very similar situation my son will say he has 2 use the poot n everythn bt when he is playn he will jus 4 get tht he has on underwear n he wnt cum tell me n he runs around wet til i c him n than he keeps goin #2 on his self n idk wut 2 do about tht bcuz he wnt tell me he has 2 go do #2 only #1.. wut should i do?????

Alisa - posted on 10/26/2009

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Dellie - We are in the SAME boat! My little boy is way smart too. He has gone in the potty several times but now we are pushing for no more diapers/pulls ups and just using undies. It's day 3 tomorrow. I'm hoping for the ah-hah moment when he realizes what that tingling, etc. is that means he needs to go to the bathroom. Every time we have left it up to him he's had an accident and doesn't seem to care too. He LOVES to be able to control the stream when he goes and will even stand up at the adult potty and pee like Daddy. It's just the whole getting him to go in the potty instead of in a diaper/pull up. We even through out all the diapers/pull ups. He does wake up dry which is nice, but it's a struggle to get him to sit on the potty. I'm almost thinking the timer thing (every 30 min or 1 hr, etc) might be an idea. Also, we use M&M's for trying and army men for going. I also have a progress chart so he can see how successful he was. He woke up today, finally got him to go about 20 min after and then he didn't go until 5:30 PM!!! I wish I could hold THAT long. INSANE! Are there any Mom's out there who have already been here/done this and their little boys have gotten the ah-hah.. and how long are we going to have to wait? THANKS!

Katherine - posted on 10/25/2009

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i have a 2 year old boy, who is almost there. He also had a fit whene i first tried putting on the potty, so i bought his own and left it out where he had acess to it all the time, so he could sit on it when he wanted without being expected to use it. within 2 weeks he was excited about the potty instead of scared of it.

Cassie - posted on 10/25/2009

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Thank you we try put him on the potty in the morings when we get up. but his just not liking it. Its also a challenge b-cuz me and my husband both work so alot of times my Inlaws have him. They try to help out but his just not liking that whole idea

Jenna - posted on 10/25/2009

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Hey i have a two year boy also! About the same circustances! He is so smart, he knows what the deal is and wears his big boy underwear well! I got him started by not only asking him to tell me when he needed to go, but putting him on the potty in 30 minutes intervals (whatever works best with your life style) just to try to potty so he would get used to the idea. Im happy to report that wednesday he asked to go potty, got on the potty and went all by himself! Just a suggestion, i know it can be so frustrating!

Cassie - posted on 10/25/2009

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My Son Just turned 2 In Sept. He will not go on his potty chair he screams n Crys throws a fit I think that he is scared. mayb he is just to young still to potty train

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