Any special advice for potty training boys

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Anna - posted on 11/11/2009

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I had almost the same experience with my son. At first we kept the potty in the bathroom but he would never use it. Once we put it in the living room he started going more often. Mostly when we let him run around naked. But for him to be fully potty trained, i swere it happened almost overnight. We had our accident, bed wetting, begging for a diaper when he had to go pee. But then one day he used the potty all day for poops and pee, didn't pee the bed that night, and it's been that way ever since. It's happened when he was 2 1/2. He's 3 now. Lovin the potty trained kid!!!!

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Claudine Jo - posted on 11/13/2009

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Quoting Alexis :

Well I don't know about this, my son is 4 years old. I cut my sons drinks at night but he still pees in the bed and when he is at school, he pees at naptime sometimes even after he has been to the bathroom 2 times. So if you get any better answers let me know please, thanks.


Thanks for ur reply, will surely let u know :)  I had doubts cutting back liquids at night helps.   My sister actually potty trained 2 of her boys around a year old and she said she never cut down on liquids during night time.  She said  both her boys slept thru the night and had dry diapers when they woke up that's how she started potty training. Her youngest one is different though, he is about the same age as my son and is still not potty trained.  I guess it's different for everyone.

Claudine Jo - posted on 11/13/2009

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Quoting Felishia:

Wait until they are ready there are certain signs that let you know when they are. You can try making it into a game to putting some cherrios in the toliet and tell him to aim for them and with him thinking that its a game he will want to go more often and when he does go praise him or give him a treat! Good luck


Speaking of Cheerios, I'm potty training Brandon right now sitting when he pees and not standing to aim...I read somewhere that its ok.  Did you start out potty training for peeing standing up?

Alexis - posted on 11/13/2009

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Well I don't know about this, my son is 4 years old. I cut my sons drinks at night but he still pees in the bed and when he is at school, he pees at naptime sometimes even after he has been to the bathroom 2 times. So if you get any better answers let me know please, thanks.

Felishia - posted on 11/13/2009

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Wait until they are ready there are certain signs that let you know when they are. You can try making it into a game to putting some cherrios in the toliet and tell him to aim for them and with him thinking that its a game he will want to go more often and when he does go praise him or give him a treat! Good luck

Claudine Jo - posted on 11/13/2009

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Another thought, I heard from some well-meaning friends to cut liquids at night so my son will not pee at night...has anyone done this and does it work? Or will the night time peeing stop when your child learns to hold/control it?

Claudine Jo - posted on 11/13/2009

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Thanks for all your replies, I'm thinking maybe the key is being consistent with letting him use his potty and eventually he will learn to control his pee better and sleep during nap and bedtime with less accidents. Potty training is definitely less stressful for us now compared to when I first attempted it at 2 yrs. old.

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I "accidentally" potty trained my son but like Claudine said, the key is if he wakes up dry from napping or thru the night. My son woke up bone dry from the age of about 16 months but once he was up and laying around, when he did pee, he wet through everything so I decided to buy a potty seat and I put him on it as soon as he woke in the morning. He pee'd in the potty from day one so I did that everyday when he woke in the morning and when he woke from his nap. After 2 weeks of success, I then added putting him on before he napped and before he went down for the night and this too was a success. I did not reward with anything, we just did a happy dance singing loudly thru the house which he loved. I then just started to put him on the potty every hour on the hour. He went to bed in diapers while all this was going on and he wore pull ups all day. CJ was fully potty trained before his 2nd birthday. He still sleeps in pull ups as a precaution but he has not wet at night since forever. During the day he is in underwear. Good luck! Remember, if he is not ready, don't push him...it will set him back. My girlfriend did this and her son is 4 and still not potty trained :( P.S. Claudine said something about having her son naked from the waist down but from what I read, girls should be naked and boys should have on underwear as the purpose of that is to feel it running down their legs and when boys pee without underwear, they pee outwards so the underwear helps to keep the urine flow to run down his leg as opposed to peeing outward...this is what I read in a few articles about proper potty training. Good luck, keep us posted!

Claudine Jo - posted on 11/11/2009

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Thanks for sharing your experience.  My son turned 2 last Jul. 3 and I did try  a dry run of potty training then which was a failure since I think he wasn't ready, he would tinkle a little bit in the potty, I would then put his big boy underwear on and oftenly, the minute he gets up and takes a few steps away from the potty, he would have an accident.  It was unreal that i have to change his underwear at least 10x a day.  This lasted for a week before I decided he probably isn't ready.



About 2 weeks ago, I gave it another try.  This time, he is showing a much better interest.  But I do have a few concerns about how I'm going about it.  I guess you may call it potty training in stages.  I am just now tackling daytime potty training, meaning nap time and night time, he still is in diapers.  So, I have concerns about this confusing him more.  They say u'll know when he's ready if he is dry when he wakes up and he never is.  So for now, I'm just dealing with his waking hours.  So, when he wakes up in the morning, i basically strip him waist down (that's pretty much how he is everyday now) and so far, he goes to the potty (now in the living room) voluntarily and has less accidents having no underwear on. When i put an underwear on, you can bet he will pee/poop on it so i refrained from putting it on for right now. Concerns:  getting used to not having his underwear on, the potty in the living room (I'm hoping i can gradually move it to the bathroom)  So, will this pose as another problem for me later on?  So far, I think this is working for us but I fear it will just make potty training a lengthier process for both of us...has anyone done this the same way I'm going about it?  Thanks for all your input!

Kelly - posted on 11/11/2009

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Well, my son is 2 1/4 years old and we're slowly starting to "potty train", although I don't think that phrase really counts as we're not really working at it. He started showing interest in toileting just after his 2nd birthday, so we got him a potty chair and a seat also for our big toilet, and we're letting him take the lead. He now prefers to poop on the toilet (I think his chronic constipation problem prompted this, as it's easier for him than going in his diaper). He also will try to pee in his potty occasionally (it makes noises to "reward" the child)... He isn't in anyway consistant with urinating yet. He seems to know when he needs to go, but only just before it happens, so he's rarely made it to the potty in time.....



So with all this said. For us, letting him do his thing at his own pace seems to be working for us. I know my son, and feel that pushing the issue by making him try to pee every so often would probably discourage him from trying, so haven't put any pressure on toileting, but every child is different. I hope other moms who've actually been through the process also post for you, too. Good luck!!

Kelly - posted on 11/11/2009

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Well, my son is 2 1/4 years old and we're slowly starting to "potty train", although I don't think that phrase really counts as we're not really working at it. He started showing interest in toileting just after his 2nd birthday, so we got him a potty chair and a seat also for our big toilet, and we're letting him take the lead. He now prefers to poop on the toilet (I think his chronic constipation problem prompted this, as it's easier for him than going in his diaper). He also will try to pee in his potty occasionally (it makes noises to "reward" the child)... He isn't in anyway consistant with urinating yet. He seems to know when he needs to go, but only just before it happens, so he's rarely made it to the potty in time.....



So with all this said. For us, letting him do his thing at his own pace seems to be working for us. I know my son, and feel that pushing the issue by making him try to pee every so often would probably discourage him from trying, so haven't put any pressure on toileting, but every child is different. I hope other moms who've actually been through the process also post for you, too. Good luck!!

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