Potty Training a 2 1/2 year old boy

Amber - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi! My son, James, is 2 and a half. Sometimes, he's wonderful with the potty and will only have one wet diaper in 24 hours, others are terrible; mainly I feel because he doesn't want to stop playing to take the time. I've tried: sticker charts, rewards, praise, songs, "potty parties".....nothing is more exciting than playing with cars or playing outside, so I dont know what to do about that besides hanging on and hoping it will click one day?
Poops, on the other hand, are not happening on the potty AT ALL! Ive tried the same "systems" only none of them are effective.
I'm heading back to work after my second mat leave in a month, and would really like to figure this out while I have the undivided time.....

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Jessica - posted on 03/01/2009

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The thing that worked with my son was reward tickets.  I got a roll of tickets at the dollar tree.  Every time that he peed on the potty I gave him 1 ticket, every time he pooped I gave him 2 tickets, when he had accidents I took the same number away.  When I got up to so many tickets (I did 5) he would get a small prize, for mine smarties worked.  He would turn the tickets in for his prize.  At the end of the week if he had a good number of tickets, to be determined by how much your kid goes to the bathroom he would get to go to the dollar tree and pick out a toy.

Lindsay - posted on 03/01/2009

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My suggestion is to pick a weekend or few days to stay at the house and let him have some "accidents". Yes, there will be a mess for you to clean up but if he always has a pullup on, he will continue to use it. After a few times if going in his undies, he may start to go to the potty. Also, the Elmo Potty Time DVD is great.

Amber - posted on 02/27/2009

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Will get a pail today too! Thanks ladies!

We are going underwear-free today- one accident so far, but I could see this being effective. He is hating the pee on himself. I need a tool belt or something for the plastic bags, cloths, wipes, and lysol wipes ;)

Kelly - posted on 02/27/2009

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i've been having the same problems!!
one day we have nothing but success..the next disaster!!
2 days ago, i started a 'prizes in the potty pail' reward system. my son has type 1 diabetes, so we can't use candy. and stickers-well, he just likes to eat them :)
so i found a cheap sand pail and shovel, filled it with $$ tree toys and (junk) and now every time we potty, he gets to pick a prize. it's worked so far...fingers crossed!!

Amber - posted on 02/27/2009

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Thanks Jeannine!
My problem is that we tried the candy, it worked for awhile and then he stopped caring. Tried the sticker chart with the car reward- worked for peeing, but he just doesnt care in regards to pooping.
I will go and get some big boy underwear today... isnt this messy? is there a way to contain the mess without it resorting to diapers?

Jeannine - posted on 02/26/2009

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Every kid is different on what works.  My oldest son loved candy so potty training was a piece of cake with him.  My younger son (who is also 2 1/2) doesn't really like candy that much so I discovered that he loved stickers one day so I made up these little potty sheets and every time he went potty we put a sticker on the paper...and when we filled up all of the boxes on the sheet--he got to turn it in and we would go to the store and pick out a new toy (the dollar aisle).  If he loves playing with cars...maybe you promise him the next time he goes poop on the potty you will get him a new car or something?  The other thing I did with both of my boys is not putting underwear or pullups on them...yes, when potty training they both wore pants with no undies...that really works too.  The pullups and underwear just made them feel like a diaper and they would forget and have an accident but once I cut out the undies...worked like a charm.

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