i can't get my child to potty train, he won't even sit on the toliet...

Terri - posted on 01/17/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 3 & doesn not want to potty train. The "the big guns" of rewards won't even work. We can't force him, that's not our style anyway. This is our 2nd attempt at this and we don't know what to do! He fully understands what we want him to do, he just doesn't want to? How long should I wait...he's never going to want to, he always struggles with new things.

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Nikole - posted on 01/18/2009

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I have had the same problem with my son. He's now 4 and not potty trained still. He was a preemie and so tends to be behind some kids his age still. Same exact thing as yours, just not wanting to even though he knows what to do. He also wouldn't get on the toilet and would freak out when I tried to get him to. He did eventually start to be okay with it. Just persistence. Now I just can't get him to tell me when he needs to go. So yesterday I tried something new and put him in underwear and told him he wasn't allowed to pee in the underwear. From the time I put them on him till the end of the day he went to the bathroom, and on his own pretty much. He did have an accident at the end of the day right before bed time and didn't really enjoy it. So we'll see what happens today. Anyways, just hang in there. It'll happen eventually!

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Jenny - posted on 01/18/2009

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Have you tried to show him to stand up...Work on pee first then the other end.

Terri - posted on 01/18/2009

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Thank you so much. Your situation sounds very much like ours. He won't even sit on the potty with his pants on.. no matter how big the reward! I appreciate the advice I will be persistent!

Renee - posted on 01/18/2009

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hi,i found with my two girls having a potty in the kitchen or whichever part of the house i was in helped quiet well i only did this for the first 2 weeks of toilet training,and i made sure where i had the potty there was lino for an easy clean up if there were an accident,i gradually moved the potty to the toilet on the 3rd week of training and i gave lots of praises to the girls when they did something in potty like saying things like u r such a big girl now etc etc,i do found some parents do confuse the children as well with out realising as i have a friend that has been trying to toilet train her 2 children for the last year and a half with both her 5 and 4 yr old but i have now realised why this is taking two long, these kids go to the toilet but when my friend goes out which is quiet alot she puts a nappy on them which is totally confusing the situation,

Cathy - posted on 01/18/2009

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Try putting Cheerios in the toilet and tell him to try and hit the Cherrios. It worked great with my son. Also my son loved cheezit (sp) crackers but I kept them in the cabinet over the toilet and he could only get one if he went potty. This worked great also because he would go in there and try his hardest to go potty just so he could have some more crackers. You can't force them to go if they aren't ready but if you make up games and make it fun it takes thier minds off of them thinking you are trying to teach them to go.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2009

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First thing ... NEVER give up ... if you try o potty train and then give up and go back to diapers ... hell just think well if I dont do it then fine ... its ok ... Ill just go back to diapers. Kids are smarter then what they look ... sit him on the potty and wait ... if you have to sit in there with him ... hell have to go sometime or another ... but when he does ... get really excited ... give him a cookie ... or a snack of some sort. before you know it ... hell start letting you know when he has to go ... and hell go ... but ... the key is dont give him a sweet everytime he goes to the potty ... cause then hell expect it ... act really suprised everytime ... and a cookie every once and a while ... try that if that doesnt work let me know

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