Anyone have tips on potty training boys?? and what age did your boy actually go on the potty?
Demetria - posted on 11/12/2009
I have a 3 year old that I start potty training when he was also 2 but his doctor keeps telling me it will take him longer to get it down just because he was born a premiee. I don't believe that for a second my son is very smart he already know how to pee but like every one has said here it is harder for them to go number 2 because they are still trying to get their bodies to understand . So still working on it. He also goes in the big potty not the little one. He uses that one to stand on to get onto the big potty.
Alison - posted on 11/10/2009
I waited until 2 yrs to really try. 1st was done at 2.5 exactly - 1 week before his brother was born and the second boy at 2 yrs 3 months. The no diaper - and no pants - in the house during day, whenever possible is a great technique! they somehow learn faster - and they know they cant depend on the diaper. We also talk about the potty a lot leading up to it and where the stuff in the diaper SHOULD go. We used a reward chart too. It only took 3 days of no diapers for each of them to learn. A couple accidents, and then they were good to go. night time was another story.
Anna - posted on 11/10/2009
My son was 3 years and 4 months before he started using the potty and waiting to go. We introduced him to the potty when he was 2 and half. When he turned 3 yrs old. He wanted to be a big boy and not pee or pup in his diaper any more and he waited big boys under ware. I bought him some pull ups with trucks on them and also some with Lighting Mcqueen from the movie Cars. Disney movie Cars was his favorite and he loves Lighting Mcqueen. He did not want to get Lighting Mcqueen dirty. This worked for us. He first got number one down real easy. Number two took a little longer. I also, when he would pup his pull up would let him set on the putty for 3 minutes after I cleaned him up. I would talk to him and tell him he needed to tell me ahead of time when he felt he had to go number two. With my talks and setting him on the potty I began to understand he really wanted to go number two in the potty by himself and felt very bad about missing it and pup end up in his pull up. I then change my strategy to encouraging and helping him know when he had to go number two by time of day he usually went and his body and face movements. This eventually worked. He got it down within a month and was fully potty trained by time he was 3 years and 6 moths. Just remember to keep talking and encouraging and understanding your child. Our turning point was when I saw the disappointment in his little face when he was not getting it. I stop pushing because he needed to do it and started helping him because he wanted to reach his next goal of development. All children has this and they want to please Mom and Dad with all of their hearts.
Amy - posted on 11/10/2009
Hello Meagan, with my son we started trying to potty train at around 20 months and by 2yrs Andrew was potty trained. I hate to tell you, but we started by letting him go out and pee on the flowers. This really worked for us, then pooing came after that. It did get a little rough over the months, we were ready to give up but he finally took off and started going on this own. He still wear a pull-ups at nap and bed time, don't know when we will get rid of it. Good Luck...
Michelle - posted on 11/10/2009
my son trained in 3 days at 26 months... he trained himself though and tha'ts really early for a boy.... i think the best way to handle it is to put down a potty take them to pick out undies show them to sit on the potty ONCE then leave them along till they decide they are ready
Barby - posted on 11/10/2009
My son was a little over 3 and would tell me when he would go in his diaper. He just chose not to use the potty. So, one day I just told him that he was a big boy and that we were done with diapers and that he was big enough to start using the potty. We went and picked out his favorite character underwear, put them on and explained that he would potty in his underwear if he didn't use the toilet, so he had to use the toilet from now on. He started wearing his undies and never looked back. I don't even recall having but maybe 1 or 2 accidents. I think he was just being stubborn and when he learned that he wasn't going to win the battle, he gave up. Good luck!
Kylie - posted on 11/09/2009
I started my son just before he was 2, however when asked to go to the potty he wouldnt and if i tried to make him he ended up hysterical no amount of bribery changed it either. so I left it and tried once a month with the same result coz I didt want to scare him from going to the potty. Then about 3 months ago he told ME he wanted to go to the toilet. Since then we have had about 4 accidents (number 2's) and thats it. He still wears a pull up at night but mostly wakes up dry
I think its a matter of when your son is ready dont go by mothers that have their kids trained at such young ages-some kids just take longer. You want it to be as stress free for them as u can :-)
Kimberly - posted on 11/09/2009
I started a few weeks before his second birthday and he was day trained by 2. I started out with getting him to sit on it when he was fully clothed so that he would get used to sitting on it for longer than 2 seconds. When he was watching cartoons etc. I then just let him be naked and reminded him quite often that if he needed to pee he had to do it on the potty. If he did have an accident I would still put him on it after. We would sing, dance, clap, call grandma etc. when he went. I never did the treat thing because I didn't want to have to deal with stopping it after he was trained. I slowly added underwear, then pants and he did great. He was night trained probably 6 months later.
Nikolette - posted on 11/09/2009
I started potty training my son about a month before he turned 2. I put his potty a corner of the living room because that is where we hang out most often. It was pretty warm out so I let him run around naked for a while and when he started peeing, I would rush him over to his potty. After a couple of days, he started peeing in the potty pretty consistently. Pooping was harder, but when I noticed that he had to poop, I would make him sit on the potty and I would read him a book ("Have You Seen My Potty") to keep him sitting on it. Good luck!
my son was 18 months when we introduced the potty at bath time, it was always in the bathroom so he just got used to it being around and it does help if there is a book or something near by to distract him. Always make a huge fuss when he does do something on it, it makes them feel great( i remember we had a dance that went with every poo!)
Amber - posted on 11/07/2009
My son wouldn't even consider it until a week after he turned three & then he took to it really fast. It was very frustrating thinking that he should have been trained sooner but my doctor told me to relax because everyone uses the potty eventually, don't stress it will happen. My son would poop in the potty before he would pee. Sitting down to pee ended up being easier for him then standing. We bought some fun spongebob underware that he picked out, it did take him awhile to get use to the new feel, but not too long before he liked them better then diapers or pull-ups. He still wears pull-ups to bed but i'm not complaining because he can get on and off the potty by himself now with his stool. It will happen.
Maggie - posted on 11/07/2009
My first son started at 18 months and was fully trained by 2 (day AND night). My second son started at 13 months and pees on the potty all the time but not poop.
Get a magna-doodle thing and let him draw while he sits on the potty so he's occupied and not trying to get up all the time. A treat when he's done - like a sticker or an M&M. Going straight to underwear is the FASTEST but also the messiest. We went from diapers (cloth) to training pants (with the vinyl cover) and then underwear. It took 6 months but it was not traumatic or stressful. With the younger one, he just wanted to do what big brother did!
we started at 2 years, 4 months with our son. we took the approach where you just don't use diapers anymore during the day. on the 4th day, he peed in the potty. by the 10th day, he was telling us he had to go, and going voluntarily. he's almost 3 now, and probably has had a total of 5 accidents since the 10th day. and we lived in 6 different houses with 4 different families over the summer, including a move 800 miles away. he's ready to train at night now!
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