Potty Training a 2 year old boy Help!
Jeanine - posted on 03/20/2012
Brittney Perkins is right. You will need a LOT of training pants. I didn't buy the plastic covers because I wanted him to understand that these were not like diapers at all. I did laundry more, but in the end, he got the point quicker. What we did was took my son to the toilet every hour. Buy a step stool so he can climb up there himself. If he is more interested in having his own little potty, that works well too. My son initially started on a little potty. So when he would go in to the bathroom, we would sit on the big potty and him on the little.
You have to be very open with your son. Tell him what you expect him to do. Talk to him about where pee and poop comes from. And when he has an accident, and he will, don't make a big deal about it. We would just say, "Opps. We forgot to put our pee pee in the potty. Next time we will remember."
The most important thing is not to go back and forth between underwear and diapers. Once you start training, keep going. Otherwise he will get confused. Stop all food and drink at least 3 hours before bedtime.
Brittney - posted on 03/19/2012
The first thing you need to do is get a potty and lots of cloth training pants (plastic pants too).
I took my 2 month old out to k-mart one day and gave her a choice. We picked the comfy cushy potty. I left it in the bathroom for her to get used to it being there. When she was 4 months old I held her over it and would tell her to go potty and sometimes she did. It wasn't until she was 6 months old that I put her on it everyday. Before and after just about everything. She was going everyday in it with minimal accidents until she turned 8 months old and she simply refused to sit on it long enough to go. When she was 1 year old, we had gotten rid of everything for 'babies' bottles, high chair, diapers. We used cloth training pants for 3 weeks with nothing but straight accidents, then slowly she started to understand that she needed to go sit on her potty before she wet her pants. She was finally daytime potty trained at 15 months with barely any accidents.
Another thing, when he has an accident just tell him 'next time lets try to make it to the potty.' don't yell at him for not being able to make it. Accidents happen, next once you get rid of the diapers, don't bring them back. Patience and persistence are key. Don't give up! Try putting him on the potty every 30 minutes at first. Have an 'open door' policy to your bathroom (let him watch you go potty), when you have to go, take him to go too. If he doesn't want to sit, give him a book to look at, a toy to play with and/or stickers to stick on his legs. When he goes in his potty, make a big deal about it with tons of praise. Don't tell him 'only babies poop in diapers', this will discourage him. Start potty training at a stress free time (for example don't be in the process of moving from one house to another), let him know that no matter where you are, you still have to use the potty.
Best of luck to you!! any other questions just ask!
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