Potty Training Tips?

Jamies Mom - posted on 11/04/2013 ( 32 moms have responded )

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Looking for some potty training tips and experience! I'm on day 3 of the 3 day method : underwear and shirt only, run when they start going and lots of praise and encouragement " tell mommy when you have to pee / keep your underwear dry..." He's 28 months. He always starts in his underwear and is able to finish on the toilet but he's not giving any signs of having to go. He tells me when he starts going or dribbles right away, and im at his side at all times. If I try and bring him without an accident it's scream and fight and cry and I don't want to turn it into a bad place. He hates wet underwear but he knows he gets new ones after an accident. We've been through about 20 pairs yesterday and today. I do not want to give up, but if there's no change by Wednesday ill have no choice for daycare. Just looking for advice I guess. I'm 20 weeks pregnant so I don't want to wait any longer. I know he can do it, he's a very bright kid.

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Mommyhood - posted on 01/09/2014

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I am the mother of a 28 month old daughter who is potty trained. I am a working mom, so the “underwear and shirt only” potty training method was not appealing to me, at all - the thought of all the cleaning I would have to do gave me headaches, but I tried it, for 1 day. One night, we were watching a movie and I left her in underwear and shirt. She was sitting in her Dora chair and at one point I asked her if she had to pee and she said no, and right then and there she peed on the chair… Naturally, I panicked and told her we had to run to the bathroom to finish in the potty. She did. After that, I started putting pull ups on her - I told her it was underwear and that she was a big girl now. I repeatedly told her that since she was wearing underwear, she now had to go to the potty and had to tell me when she had to pee or poo. Every time she went to the bathroom, I would give her a happy face sticker (she loves stickers) and we would put it in the calendar we have. Each day she would see how many stickers she accumulated. She was pretty good about it, had some accidents, but after 2 weeks got the hang of it. So one night, I made a leap of faith and put underwear on her. And that was it. She has been pretty good about it ever since. However, I always make sure to put her in the potty after she wakes up and before going to bed. Even if she doesn’t ask or want to - she always ends up going.

-Mommyhood by Sandra

Jenneil - posted on 01/06/2014

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I used this method with my daughter when she was 26 months. It took her 12 days. I was stressed out of my mind and in tears most of the time (not in front of her of course) but I'm so glad I stuck with it. The older they are the longer it takes for some reason. I guess the window is 21 months. We shall see when I try it with my son in a few months. Good luck girl just stick with it.

Christina - posted on 12/19/2013

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what I did with my oldest son was to let him watch his father keep him in the bathroom after his father left for about 20 mins and he went he was so excited that he kept it up even when his father was not around because he liked knowing he was a big boy

Maliha - posted on 11/30/2013

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I think u start very late cz after 2 yr babies dont stay in single state n feel hesitate to acquire new habbits or things....now hv 2 start counseling. ...tell him evryone makes fun wid u if u pee in ur pant and ask evrytime r u feeling 2 pee or poty ...I know its hard but wiil work

Adrianna - posted on 11/15/2013

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I'm working on the potty training ordeal as well right now. Its a lot of work lol I have read some great articles just a few thing I've been trying and havin luck with...
1. Talk about it all day long, "where does peepy go?" Where does poop go?"
2. If you don't make itoto the potty don't get frustrated just speak in a caring voice ask them if they are pooping or peeing. (Even tho u know they are) ask them where the peepy goes?
3. Wen they wake up potty, after they eat potty, right when u get home potty. And talk about potty brakes while playing
4. Sit them on the potty even with the underware or pull ups on if they already started n just explain this is where u go
5. My personal experience I make funny faces and fake push while I tell my little man to push n sing songs in between pushing.
Mother to mother don't gi e up and keep at the good work!

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Heather - posted on 03/07/2014

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@ Cydne Stewart-I am in the same boat as you. Our daughter will be 3 in May, and has ZERO interest in potty training. I've tried the sticker reward and also the candy incentive, she screams when I even ask her to try sitting on the "big girl potty". I've been fighting it, but there really isn't anything to do. Her pediatrician reminds me that each child is different with training and not to rush/force things or else it could really backfire. I'm 20 weeks pregnant with baby #2, and while I am not thrilled with the thought of having to change 2 sets of diapers, I really don't seem to have a choice!! lol I have to remind myself to be patient and it will all come together when I least expect it--just know you aren't alone in this frustration : )

Kelsey - posted on 03/03/2014

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I can relate to this.My daughter was finally potty trained about 2 weeks before her third birthday. I would try the underwear only thing and sticker charts but she would always run off and pee in them. Then I decided to just have her not wear any underwear in the house all day. Sometimes she would pee on the floor but she finally peed in her potty after going all day without peeing and holding it. She knew this is what she needed to do but I think she was too scared. She as so proud of herself when she finally did it. After that it wasn't so scary for her anymore and she loved that she got stickers for her chart after that.

Kaycee - posted on 02/17/2014

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Have you tried candy one for pee...and two or three for poopie and it has to be pee or poop in toilet like all in it not panties and he'll get it I'm sure my girl does

Natalie - posted on 02/16/2014

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Before I potty trained my son I bought him a bunch of potty training stories and dvds and he watched them for about a week. After that I gave him a pair of diapers and told him to throw them away because he's a big boy now and I also told him that he would be wearing underwear now like mommy and daddy. And everytime he would use the potty I would give him a sticker or a treat. Try getting him underwear with his favorite character on it and tell him not to get it wet or then your gonna have to throw it away. Hope this is helpful and most importantly be very patient.

Rachael - posted on 02/06/2014

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I started all of my children before two about 20 months old and all but one were potty trained in about two weeks. The third took a few months, as my husband would have to watch her sometimes and he would just put diapers on, so that didn't work. I took off work 1 week and just stayed in the house with her no pull ups potty in the living room we always clap when she is done, and she gets a candy and in 1 week shes trained at just over 2 years old :)

Rachael - posted on 02/06/2014

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We always gave ours a piece of candy when they went. Also sense he hates we underwear, don't change them right away, make him wear them and then teach him, you pee pee in the potty. and then give him a treat. Keep the potty in the living room with you, or wherever he is the most so it is there to remind him. also by keeping it close its easy to put him straight on. You can do it, just make him understand that now is the time. and unless he wants to wear wet underwear hes got to use the potty! and then candy

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I tired and tired with my son before my 2nd baby, as soon as his little sister came home and moved into our new apartment he did it by himself, try not to stress over it.. at all

Dedra - posted on 01/02/2014

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Thanks thats one thing I havent tried he stays constapied all and we was thinking that has something to do with it but the dr has made us sit him on the potty every time he eats for 15 mins so im hoping that helps as well but thank you for your advise

Desiree - posted on 01/02/2014

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Dedra...I don't have this problem but I have a friend with twin girls that were really fighting the whole thing at three. They needed to be in underwear to join Awana's. So she told them that they would not be able to go to Awana's until they went potty on the toilet each time. She had been trying for several months and it took about a week after that ultimatum. So maybe if there is just something he would love to do you could tell him that only little boys that can wear underwear can go/do that.

Dedra - posted on 01/02/2014

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I have a 4 yr old that screams when I say the word big boy potty and his 1yr brother always wants to play with the potty seat I ahve tried everything and ive almost gave up completely cause I am 38 weeks pregnant with our 1st daughter and i dont think I can handle changing 3 diapers I need help anyone have ideas

Desiree - posted on 01/02/2014

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Boy Howdy did I stress over this issue. Just to have my now four year old son basically train himself! It was the most easy thing I bet we will go through! But then so was doing away with the bottle, moving into the toddler bed, I was blessed I suppose. But when he was 2 we were still in diapers. Moms kept telling me not to worry and though I worried I did nothing toward potty training. And with only a couple accidents early on he turned into a potty trained 3 year old! Now if we could just get rid of the night time pull ups!

Carrie - posted on 12/30/2013

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I am a grandmother of a 4 year old now and the parents are going through a divorce. So the child was kind of confused. Because of potty training mom would send her back in diapers, she was 3.5 when training was done. The big thing with her is plenty of encouragement, lots of love, find a way to praise them ours was a high five, and keep telling that they are a big girl along with the praise. You have to find out what works for you. The most important thing don't scold them unless it is completely necessary.

Roxanne - posted on 12/26/2013

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Experiment and find what works. My son was ready to potty train before he was 2 but I was to chicken to go for it even though he would go sit on the toilet by himself and go! I finally went for it when he turned 3. I didn't want to bore and annoy him with constantly talking about it. It was more about reminders and lotssssss of positive reinforcement. Small prizes or rewards are nice as well. Try giving your child a little space and make him feel confident. It's all about confidence.
When he would just sit on the toilet I would ooh and aweee and clap but sometimes he needed space and sometimes he wanted me there for support other times he told me to get out of the bathroom. The first few days before his potty training I would tell him hes a cool big boy and I would sit on the toilet with shorts on and pretend to use the bathroom and explained I used it because I'm a big girl. This is how he got curious and interested.... when I took his diaper off I showed him the bathroom (tour guide style) making everything look so cool lol. The first 3 days he had 4 accidents one of which was number 2! He obviously didn't like it and learned quickly that he can avoid the mess by going to the toilet. I did use pull ups for the night time. He was fully potty trained and pull up free by 2 weeks (this could seem like a long 2 weeks). If you have the time to stay home and clean up the accidents that do happen, then your method should work just fine. Just try to watch for his warning sign or ask him to try to use the bathroom throughout the day without boring or upsetting him. Trust yourself and your cutie. Good luck :)

Susan - posted on 12/22/2013

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My little boy was 2 and a half when I started potty training. .I didn't see the point in even attempting to start before he was that age and I wanted to make sure he had an understanding of what pee pees poos and potty's were! So glad I did as harry took to it amazingly! Hardly any accidents. .he loved his thomas the tank potty, and was so excited when he needed a pee pee!! Use your mummy instinct, you will know when they're ready. .good luck! Xx

Ashley - posted on 12/13/2013

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as funny as this sounds i started potty traing my 3 year old when he was 2 for 3 days as long as it took i let him run around in one room naked and put a potty in the middle of the floor with cheerios in it he thought it was a game and after 3 days of it he was trained other than an accident here and there

Cydne - posted on 12/09/2013

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I have a 2 year old little lady who is very stubborn, and doesn't seem to care much about potty training. I can't seem to get her to pee in the potty. She will poop every time but she is so busy she forgets and ALWAYS pees in her panties. I have tried the sticker chart. She thinks its a joke. She now spends her days figuring out how to get her little hands on the stickers so she can put them on her sister (my 1 year old).
I have told her that only babies pee in their diapers. She is dead set on going to school so I tell her she can't go until she pees in the potty, but it doesn't phase her. She will tell me she is a baby, and she goes potty in her diaper like sissy (her younger sister). At this point my youngest is showing signs of early potty training and I am worried she will potty train before my oldest.
I don't believe she has a care to potty train. She has a very strong personality. I am worried this could hold back with her development. Any suggestions would be great. I feel like I have tried it all.

Nicole - posted on 11/29/2013

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I just started doing potty training with no pants no underwear and it is going really well. He is three and very much against potty training.
He had one accident and I made him "clean" it up himself then after that no more accidents.
I just have a hard time getting him to poop no matter what :-/

RuthannBland - posted on 11/20/2013

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I found with boys it's easier to get them to pee in a jar. They can see what they're doing and they look forward to the next time they have to use the jar.

Emma - posted on 11/15/2013

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Both my children were potty trained at 2 yrs old my son took longer to get it he also used to wee in his pants I took them off while I was training him just put a top and a jumper on him had heating on just if he got cold I would follow him around with the potty but with in 3 days he got that he wee in the potty once he got that I moved onto the toilet I also made him stand with the potty I think boys might find it confusing if you make them sit on the potty to wee then poo then move onto the toilet and make them stand. So I made him stand for a wee and sit for a poo he picked it up with in a week or so x

Skyler - posted on 11/13/2013

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My son was potty train at 3 years old. I would take him to the bathroom every hour and I would tell him if you pee in the potty you can have one piece of candy and if you pooped in the potty you can have two pieces of candy. I kept the candy on the cabinet in the bathroom that way he could see it that way he would remember what he would get. The candy I used was smarties because you can put a lot in a little bowl. Hope this helps

Hollie - posted on 11/12/2013

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kids get this down at different times...my son didnt start going on his own till he was 4... the way i got him was I told him that if he didnt go on his own he couldnt start school. so if your little one is excited about daycare, maybe that would encourage him. My daughter was different.. she learned at about 28 months as well.. i had her run around the house with only a shirt on...no bottoms.. and i told her that i just cleaned the floor, and to please not pee-pee on the floor. She never did...and she was always so proud that she made it to the potty and kept the floor clean.. (she's kind of a neat freak now... but not so bad i guess) :) Wish you the best of luck

Crystal - posted on 11/06/2013

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I saw another method where you have them walk around with nothing on their bottoms. Shirt and socks only. I know it sounds crazy, I haven't tried it, but my friend did with twins and I was told it worked fine.

Oreana - posted on 11/04/2013

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Hi, I had a similar situation and I did about the same thing. I also start talking him to the bathroom myself every hour or so with the intention of not giving him the opportunity to pee on himself. Everytime I gave him water, juice you name it I waited a couple of minutes and then took him right to the tiolet. Haha sometime or most of the time he would tell me " No mommy I dun hav tu pee"
Hope this helps

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