i need help with potty-training my almost 3 year old son.

Roseanne - posted on 06/21/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my son will say he has gone potty but after the fact that he does it. we have tried giving him a reward if he uses the potty, but then he will just turn around and go in his diaper. would underwear or pull ups help? i am at a total loss. he starts preschool in august. please help

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Tammy - posted on 06/25/2010

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hi there my son is almost 3 years old now and he wants to go to school so i told him that he cant till he stops wearing nappies and he likes wearing boxers he thinks he is a big boy now as he is now standing up at the toilet with the aid of a step.

Shayna - posted on 06/25/2010

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When I was potty training our son I started out with pull ups, however he would NEVER go to the bathroom no matter how much I asked him. He would just get 'lazy' as I like to say and go in his pull up. I just got fed up one day, bought a whole whack of underwear, and put them on him. He had a lot of accidents in the beginning, but at least then he was putting the effort into actually going to the washroom & it was nothing that could never be cleaned up. He still wore pull ups to bed and when we were out for long periods of time. After days past fewer and fewer accidents happened, so he now wears underwear 24.7 & is fully potty trained, yayyy!

Susan - posted on 06/24/2010

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yes use underwear, my son used a pullup and he did the same thing in them as a diaper, now he would rather use the potty because he says he feels like a big boy with his underwear.

Hayley - posted on 06/24/2010

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My daughter is almost 3 but she been dry during the day for a while now, i kept trying to make her go on the potty so many times and failed. In the end i just left the potty in view of her and in her own time she done it herself. I praised her and took a special trip to the shops for her to choose some knickers, she was so pleased and we haven't looked back. Jessica still wears a nappy at night, although most mornings she is dry. I found that pushing them doesn't help and they will do it when there ready.

Christine - posted on 06/23/2010

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We started with pull ups and then moved to underwear after our daughter consistantly peed and pooped in the potty. A good idea is also to let yoru son "pick out" his design on the pull up and underwear if there is a selection.

Melissa - posted on 06/23/2010

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my granddaughter is going on two sometime she going on the potty sometimes it is good tell you he or she go.s to the potty give him a kiss say he is good boy

Catie - posted on 06/22/2010

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stick with it! pull ups are good i wouldnt recommend going straight from diapers to underwear unless your ready for the accidents! practice makes perfect the more you work with him the better! let him go to the bathroom with you or his daddy and try and set a schedule to go on the potty (when he wakes up.. after lunch.. after dinner) even if he doesnt go just getting him used to it is good

Melissa - posted on 06/22/2010

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first of all, get these toddlers out of diapers! my son has been in pull ups for a year now, and in underwear for a week! the pull ups helped him start to pee in the toilet, but up until last week he would still poop in them. i put him in underwear one day and he kept them dry all day! but then he pooped in his elmo undies. he was very sad that he got elmo dirty. i have not changed a poopy pull up since! he gets very excited when he goes in the potty now, and watches between his legs to see it come out (gross, but whatever works!). we started out using sticker charts and that helped a lot with pee too. go to thefirstyears.com and there are a bunch of printable charts with a bunch of different characters...lots of disney stuff, and for girls or boys. they're free too, which is always good! good luck! i know it's a frustrating time, but it doesn't have to be hard! you can even try letting him run around outside with a long tshirt on...nothing else. it only takes a couple time of it running down the leg to click! that's what finally got my son to go pee on the potty every time...for months!

Christy - posted on 06/21/2010

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My son turned 3 June 4th and is still not potty trained. He tells me when he has gone in his diaper which to me is a good sign. Some kids take longer than others. Don't rush him. I really think they gain control over their bladder over time (being able to hold it, etc). When he's ready, he's ready. Just keep working with him, that's what I am doing!

Kelly - posted on 06/21/2010

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My son was almost 3 when we finally got him trained, biggest problem we had was he would go number 1 on the loo but number 2 in his knickers... GROSS!! Pull ups will help. try get him 2 watch you and your husband or his father (if hes in the picture) when you go to the toilet, and (as disgusting as this may sound) show him what you have done in the toilet so he can see that wees and poos go in the toilet. have you tried a star chart for when he goes toilet aswell? putting him in undies may help through out the day aswell cause he will realise that when he wets himself he will feel the wetness and not like it, this helped for my son.
Hope anyof this helps and good luck! also the preschool will help with the toilet training aswell if hes not fully done.

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