Any tricks for getting boys interested in potty training?

Paige - posted on 03/09/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son is two and a half and he has no interest in the toilet. He will sit on there if i stop him half way through a wee and put him on there but he would prefer to do both numberf ones and twos out side on the grass or asks for a nappy when needing to do twos. Im confused because he knows when he needs to go he knows you are spose to go to the toilet and can hold on untill his on the grass but wont go near the toilet. He has a thomas the tank soft toilet inlay seat and a step with sticker charts and a reward box(with little packets of crayons or balls or lolly pops) His never fallen in or got hurt in the toilet any ideas?

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Vette - posted on 03/11/2010




boys are cute and funny at the same time. mine got used to sitting on the pot and cried when we made him stand up. My idea was to have him relate to his dad; being the have the same plumbing. When my husband went to the bathroom I sent my son whether he had to go or not. that way he got to see how it is supposed to be done. My son wanted to be like dad so it worked for me. good luck!

C - posted on 03/10/2010




Ideas already mentioned: make it a game (cheerio target practice), rewards (even something small like 1-2 m&ms)

If he does a job same time each day, plop him on a potty chair in front of a kids show and offer him liquids too. They are apt to sit there since there is distraction.

Deanne - posted on 03/10/2010




I have 3 boys & potty training was easy with the first but impossible with the last 2. They were over 3 before they went in the toilet every time. What finally worked was I had a candy bowl on top the fridge and when they went in the potty they got to pick a piece. This worked for both of them but I just think they go when their ready. Good Luck!

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We do the "potty dance" everytime my son goes on the potty - the sticker chart didn't really motivate him at all. We do a jumping/twisting/looking-a-bit-like-an-idiot kind of dance and sing "you went on the potty, potty, potty, you went on the potty, potty, yeah, woohoo!" and he absolutely loves it and gets really excited. We're still in the process of potty training, so it hasn't been completely successful, but it's still worth a try (provided you have no issues with looking like a loony toon :P ) good luck!

Chantelle - posted on 03/09/2010




I've heard that putting a ping pong ball type thing into the toilet and getting them to aim for it is a good way to get boys to use the toilet.. I haven't tried it though, only because i have a girl and that would be kinda hard. The reward chart is also a good way. It worked with my brother.. Also you can get jelly beans or something little like that and put them in a jar and tell your son that when he does a wee in the toilet her gets one jellybean and when he does a number two he gets 2 jellybeans.. After he has got use to that for a while you can do something like if he takes himself to the toilet and does a wee then he gets 2 and for a poo he gets 3. That one worked with my younger brother.
Hope it all helps :-)

Genevieve - posted on 03/09/2010




My godmother potty trained my godbrother by telling him to pee on cheerios. It turned into a game for him and made it fun...I plan on using the same technique for my son once he is old enough. I hear that potty training boys is usually harder, takes longer, and they are usually potty trained at a later age then girls. I read online on what to expect that sometimes kids don't like to use the toilet cause they feel as if what is left is a 'part of them'. I don't think this is the case with your son, but if it helps you...Good Luck!

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