Potty Training for Boys? Where to begin?

MIchele - posted on 08/02/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Some say boys are harder to potty train and some say their the easiest? which one is it? and where do i begin....I bought a potty actually 2 one for each bathroom and he sits on it and he calls it a potty i just wanted him to be aware of it and not afraid of it but it has to really start happening now and im stuck

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Lindsay - posted on 08/02/2009

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I actually have seen Dr. Phil's method to potty training used on 3 different little boys and it worked, it's worth a try, it is on his website, my son isn't near being potty trained but I tivo'd the episode when I saw it.

Darby - posted on 08/02/2009

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Oh yeah, when they do anything in the potty, it is a big deal and you need to ack like it was the greatest thing ever!!!!! We jumped up and down, clapped our hands and did a little dance. He thought it was the best. You know...the only time in our lives when what we do won't embarrass them.

Jocelyn - posted on 08/02/2009

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We bought two potties that are collecting dust now. We then bought the little cushy seat that goes over the toilet. We're learning to time how long it takes him to...go after he eats (sometimes we're successful). The past week we've been putting him on the toilet for ten minutes every two hours and give him a star sticker (he LOVES stickers) every time he goes. He knows he can't have a star unless he goes. A little bribe now and then doesn't hurt:-) Good luck!

Beth - posted on 08/02/2009

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I heard that they were harder too. When my son was about 19 months old I started taking him to the bathroom with me, and when I sat to go I put him on his potty, but that wasn't helping alot even though he went a few times in the potty chair, so I waited for 1 month and tryed it again, by that time we had moved and he was settled into a new surrounding and I too was up in the air untill the day care he was going to said dont bring pull ups or diaper no more for him, just bring 6 changes of cloths, I was completely like uh this is going to be a mess, BUT... they took his class to the bathroom every hour on the hour. They sat the boys backward on the toilet not potty chair so they could hold on to the lid for a few minutes at a time. He just got used to it, and it became a complete win. The only times he had accidents was nap and bedtime, Sometime at the begining he would go through 4 to 5 of his out fits a day but it was fine after afew months of repetitive potty training, Good Luck Mommy :)

Crystal - posted on 08/02/2009

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So far I have bought two potty chairs. I started at about 16 months of age. My son Nate started taking full interest when he was about 27 months old. He is now 30 months and will only pee in the toilet (without the potty chair) and will not poop in the chair, but I was told he will when he is ready so I am not really pushing the issue, since he started to pee in the toilet on his own.

Darby - posted on 08/02/2009

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Here is what I did with my first and it is working with my 19 month old as well. We did not use a potty chair - I wasted money on one for my first to wear it as a hat. I bought the potty seat that sits on top of ours. At 18 months old, we started putting our son on the potty just for a few minutes at first. If we could catch him in the act, we acted fast and let him go in the potty. After a couple of months, he would go in the bathroom and sit on the potty for a good amount of time. We would let let him bring his cars in the bathroom, pull over the hamper in front of him and he would sit and play without thinking much about the reason he was there. Before we new it, he was pooping in the potty fairly regularly.






When I was home on maternity leave I pulled him out of daycare for a week and went full force at about the age of 28 months. I never used pull ups as I thought they would confuse a child. Even at night, I just made sure to cut the liquids off early and have several sheets ready. It took 3 days and he was trained. He would have an accident every so often but nothing major. School was a little more difficult as he would get to playing and forget to tell the teacher he needed to potty. If you want further info on how the 3 days worked just send me a message.

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