Why doesn't he tell me when he needs to use the toliet?

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Ladies,
I am sorry as I am sure you are tired of hearing about potty training issues, but I kind of just need to vent.

My son is 2.5 (actually 32 months old), and he just isn't potty training. Here is the list:
1. He will tell me he has to pee, so I will drop everything, we will go into the bathroom, he will sit on the toilet for about 1 minute and not pee. He will then be playing or what not and within 10 minutes pees on the floor.
2. If we are in public, he will not pee in a big toilet.
3. He will only use the bathroom if I sit in there with him.
4. Sometimes he will go up to 4 hours without having to go, and other times it seems like he is going all the time.

I don't know, I am sure all of you have had it (are having it) worse, but I just needed to get that off my chest. If anyone would like to commiserate or offer suggestions, I'd love to hear about it!
Thanks!
Amanda

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Kerry - posted on 06/08/2012

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My little boy was a nightmare to potty train. I had lots of pressure to put him in pants from my mum and he just was not ready. I learnt that generally it is not about training but them physically being ready. We. Put him back in nappies, even though he said he did not want to wear one sometimes. We let him use the toilet if he wantedand did pull up nappies. Finally at about 3.5 he clicked and suddenly he asked to go to the toilet and seemed to know he needed to go. Give it another 6 weeks in nappies at least or wait till he is 3 and then try again. Good luck!

Happy - posted on 06/08/2012

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Put a diaper on him. He is not ready yet. Boys average age of toilet learning is 3. Do not give your self the added hastle, frustration and work!

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Julie-Ann - posted on 06/09/2012

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well done - let him know that when he is ready to use the toilet you will take him. I had the same with my son - now 5. We started when he was 2 1/2 - would use the toilet then would refuse and have accidents. I decided to 'chill out', put nappies back on then tried again when he was 3 - had some accidents but not as many and he was happier about going.

I work in a child care centre and have found in the past 15 years boys to take a little bit longer to start toilet training then girls do.

Keep asking - one day he will surprise you and ask for 'no nappy' 'he's a big boy now'

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2012

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Ladies,
Thank you. I gave him the choice last night. He was in diapers all day today, and then late tonight, he told me he had to pee. He went on the toilet then wanted a diaper back on! It just might be too much right now!

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2012

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Katherine,
Thanks. I just don't know. He gets upset sometimes when you bring out the diapers, but AAARRRGGGHHH! Thanks though!

Katherine - posted on 06/07/2012

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My 3 year old is stubborn. She won't go if she doesn't feel like it. She still poops in her pants which drives me NUTS!!!! I can barely get her to go on the toilet. Sometimes it's just to early. When my mom used to watch my oldest she tried to potty train her at 18 months! She was NOT ready. At 3 she wasn't ready but I just took diapers away from her. She had accidents for a few days and then just started going on the toilet.

It's all about being ready. If he isn't I would wait a few months. He doesn't seem to feel the urge?

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