Potty training - post your top tips here!!!!

Lady - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 277 moms have responded )

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I have noticed that a number of post on here are mums looking for help with potty training so thought I would create a place for mums to come and post their top tips. I hope people find this post helpful but if you feel your questions have been answered please feel free to still post your questions!!!



I'll start with my top tips and hope other mums will come along and post theirs;



Getting started;

If you feel your child is getting ready to start potty training (usually somewhere between the ages of 2-3) then the first thing you need to do is choose a potty. This is something you can get your child to do with you or you may want to present it to them at home. I have found that the chair type potties are the best but have had success with any type.

You can explain to the child what the potty is for but don't expect them to be ready to use it right away. Leave the potty around in the place where your child spends the most time playing and just let them use it as a toy for a while. This gets them used to it, it becomes part or the furniture and a lot less scary. After a while, during nappy changing you could ask the child to sit on the potty without a nappy on, but don't push it if they don't want to. If possible let the child play with out a nappy on for a while keeping the potty close at hand and hopefully they will start to sit on it. If they pee try to get them on the potty or sit them on after and explain that what it for, DO NOT get cross or angry about any accidents.

If the child is willing to sit on the potty try reading to them or put on their favourit TV programme and if they do anything make the BIGGEST fuss you have ever made in your life. Cheer, clap, dance around be sooooo happy and praise them with all your might!! Make the child feel they have done something wonderful and they'll want to do it again and again. Tell everyone, call aunts and grandparent and make sure Daddy makes a huge fuss when he gets home from work too.It won't happen all at once, there will be accidents or days when they won't want to but again don't get cross, try not to make a big deal of it, they need to get the attention for doing what you want, not for the opposite.

The biggest thing you can do to aid potty training is to not get stressed, don't rush it and remember all children will be potty trained in the end - how many children do you know that start school in nappies???





Other potty training problems;-



Number twos,

A lot of children who get the hang of peeing in the potty still have trouble pooing. My advice is to just let them wear a nappy or pull up pants for a while if that's what they want. It doesn't last long and just eases the stress for them. What to do is put on the nappy when they need it then when you take it off you and the child take the nappy to the toilet and flush away the poo saying good bye - I know it sounds mad but it does work. The problem is the child feels that they are letting something go and this gives them the chance to say goodbye.



Night time potty training;-

Some children very quickly will be dry through the night after getting the hang of day time potty training other wil take a lot longer. Sometimes if you have left the daytime training until the child is older then night time comes quicker, boys quite often take longer to be dry through the night than girls.

Most will just start to do it themselves but if you want to help thentry limmitting their fluid in the evenings - don't ever let your child go thirsty - still give them a drink with dinner and before bed but just don't let them over indulge and make sure they at least try to use the toilet or potty before bed. I don't recomend lifting your child to them on the toilet before you go to bed as this is teaching them to pee will still half asleep and in the end counter productive.



Moving on to the toilet ;-

Once your child has got the hang of going pee and poo in the potty you can try moving the potty into the bathroom, this may take a few months but again try not to rush as you don't want any set backs. Once they start to use the potty in the bathroom you can encourage them to start using the toilet, I recomend getting a special set which goes over the toilet seat to make it smaller and less fightening for little bottoms, a stool or step can be useful too to help get them up.



I hope this has been of some help and look forward to seeing everyone elses top tips!!

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Meryl - posted on 04/06/2010

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If you are having trouble with the pooing! or your child goes behind the sofa to do it, try making a special place behind the sofa with the potty and call it their 'den' so he/she can have the privacy they are seeking by going behind the sofa in the first place. This sounds crazy but worked for my son overnight!

Angella - posted on 03/29/2010

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I knew when my daughter was ready because she's so smart. I just knew that she was old enough to know better. It was 3 months before she turned 3yrs old and I started on a Monday. I put the plastic panties on her and literally had to put her on the potty every 10 minutes. If I waited 15 minutes, she had already gone by the time I got her to the potty. I was setting timers and everything for every 10 minutes. At night she was wearing a pull up. After about 2 days, she started to learn how to control her bladder better so I was putting her on every 20 minutes or so...........after 1 week, she had it down and was going all on her own whenever she needed!!! It takes work, but if you stay consistent with it, they become potty trained quicker than if you just put them on the potty whenever you feel like it!! Hope this helps!!!

Angela - posted on 06/16/2013

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HELP!!!

I've read 70% of the posts & none are applicable to my potty problem. My stubborn 3 y/o has not got potty fever. I've read books, read potty books we chose @ the library to her, watched videos, rewards, underwear/potty training pants etc. You name it, I've tried it! :-D. She will sit on the potty but no peep/poop. Soon as the pull up goes on she does her business. I'm extremely frustrated and feel like a horrible parent. Any late potty bloomers out there with advice?

Carmen - posted on 04/09/2010

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Whatever you do, just make sure you're prepared for public washrooms. Either get them used to using a regular toilet right away, or have an insert you are willing to bring with you everywhere. Then go to the mall, just to practice using the washroom,and get them used to it. If your child can't use a public washroom you will be housebound!

Tracy - posted on 04/07/2010

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my best advice is don't push, stay away from timers and the thought my child has to be trained by . . . no they don't every child is different and they will let you know when they are ready. If you push it will only frustrate you and your child. I would ask my daugther about it now and then when she was about 2 1/2, never pushed or told her she had to go on the potty. one day she walked up to me, about 3 months before she turned 3 and said mommy I want to wear undies and since that day she has, a few accidents here and there. I did put a diaper on her at night for the first week but she was always dry in the morning, so I stopped, we are now 8 months trained and has never wet the bed and night and we did not go through that phase of not wanting to poo on the potty. I believe it's because we let her decide when she was ready.

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Kany - posted on 05/19/2014

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Hello dear moms
My son 33 months shows a bit of interest on toilet training not potty which is better
But he is very stubborn and dont agree easily to go to toilet
For example i know exactly when he poops coz he goes out of the room and stays alone
When i tell him come on lets sit on toilet he refuses
Otherwise when he agrees he stays without doing anything but another times he pees.
Unfortunatly im not having a plan im just letting it comes like that.
I have a lot of tasks with an older sister and a big house so i barely find time to sit with him on toilet
His daycare dont starts potty training unless i try first with him then they continue the challenge .
Has anyone passed through this before???
I want ur help my friends.

Alaa - posted on 10/25/2013

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my 3 years old is back to diaper because of her young brother 1 years old she s very jalousie i dont know what to do any more
can someone give me an idea what to do

Marta - posted on 10/23/2013

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A month or so ago I tried to get my daughter started on potty training but it wouldn't happen. She would barely sit on the seat lol. I'm going to give it another try now that shes almost 22 months hopefully it goes different this time. I have found one thing helpful though and that is to give her a toy to play with then she sometimes does sit on the potty longer but doesn't always pee. I know my daughter for example when she wakes up pees her diaper so I am going to put her on the potty as soon as she wakes up and see if that does anything.

A lot of these posts are helpful! A few I found a little disturbing for example someone posting that they would spank their child if they peed the bed. My daughter has never done that because she is still in her diaper even when she is potty trained I plan to still put her in a diaper during the night.

It's understandable that everyone has their own parenting styles and what not but that kind of took a toll on me. I can't imagine ever spanking my daughter. Shes just a toddler she doesn't know any better you know?

Michelle - posted on 10/08/2013

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What do you do when your child has all the skills (just turned 3) has had day's with almost no accidents but will only try or go for me (mommy)? My daughter has all the skills to go potty, has even taken herself potty on occasion. However, she won't go well or at all for her sitter and she fights her dad. For me though, she will go. What do you do when potty training comes down to the will alone?

Rod - posted on 10/04/2013

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my four year old will not stop wetting the bed. He wakes up in the middle of the night with wet pants, i spank him and yell at him while showing him what he did, but it doesn't seem to be working. help.

Samantha - posted on 09/16/2013

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Hi

i have a 4 year and 7 month old Non-Verbal boy he was Diagnosed with Austism and a Arachnoid Cyst.
i need some advise on how to potty train my son he is really getting restless with the nappies and takes now and again he takes it off when it irritates him i have asked so much people what they think i should do but everyone is just telling me that children like raziq can only be potty trained at the age of 7 years which i believe that that is not true i feel that every child is special in his or her own way if the is anyone who can give me advise on what step i should take with my son

LaToya - posted on 09/11/2013

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I must be honest,
I didn't try the conventional potty methods with my 9 year old daughter. I think in order to effectively potty your child, you have to know them. I knew my daughter loved fruit snacks. So at 10 months old I invented, "The potty snack" these were nothing more than a couple of baby fruit snacks. But the only way she was allowed to have them was if she put something in the potty for me. (Sometimes I placed her hand in lukewarm water while on the potty) Then in addition to getting the snack we would sing a full-song (with her name in it) and dance in celebration to her latest victory! Kids love hearing their names, especially in songs. LOL

So once I got her on a dedicated potty schedule, (I took her every hour and a half) and 10 minutes after drinking fluids... potty training went fairly easy. She was trained at 12 months and 3 weeks.

I am now implementing the exact same system with my 12 month old daughter. We just started a couple days ago, because she wasn't showing signs of readiness early like her sister did.
But since she loves to play "BabyFirstTV apps" on my tablet, I give it to her to keep her entertained while she sits on the potty. Usually 3 times a day; when she first wakes up, waking up from a nap, and another time during the day usually 20 mins. after drinking fluids.

She doesn't seem too interested, but we'll see how it goes, LOL!
It worked for her sister... idk.

If you're not a work from home mom, like myself... and time is limited, I would suggest picking a time EVERYDAY that you can commit to. Give your child a full cup of fluids. Ten-twenty minutes later set your child on the potty. Have a a cup of lukewarm water sitting by and place your child's hand it it. allow them to play in it for a while. Usually, this will stimulate the reaction to the brain and make the child feel like urinating. If they do, CELEBRATE with them and give them a treat. Whatever kind of treat works for your child.
But be sure to pick a treat that they NEVER get ANY OTHER TIME. Its only when they use the potty. If you give them something they always get they will see no direct link between the treat and the activity and probably see no reason to use the potty. Lol

Its kind of like when you hear a facet running with water, or when after you wash your hands... you always have to go. LOL

Let me know if any of these tips work for you guys. I've used this system potty training children at my old Child Care Center for years!

Also, link up with me, IM NEW HERE! :-)

Jen - posted on 09/09/2013

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What worked for us was all or nothing! Once your child is showing signs of being ready it's time to throw away all the diapers, pull ups - and place them in underwear! This is important, don't get mad or get discouraged with accidents they will happen. I also made up a reward chart so every time she went to the bathroom #1 or #2 she got a sticker to place on her chart and when it was full she got a reward, the first time was gummy worms, the second was a star necklaces, and her 3rd reward is ears pierced. (all of which she requested) I also did one up for me, so she could reward me! Make it fun - best of luck :)

Savior - posted on 08/21/2013

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Wow! I've been trying to potty train my 22month son, and he isn't interested, he thinks its all a joke . I always give up. But I'll keep trying now that U've given me hope, putting into practice your tips ofcause. Thanks Gillian

Cindy Marie - posted on 08/14/2013

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I have tried to edit my previous post, but it won't let me. I meant to say that 1 1/2 hours after they ate lunch, the teacher took the whole class to the bathroom, and my son's system needed to go sooner.

Cindy Marie - posted on 08/14/2013

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When my son was in school, he was completely potty trained, but he reverted to having his BM in his pants! I wondered why, then I discovered that the teacher took all of the students to the bathroom 1 1/2 hours and his system wanted to go before, but he was told to wait. When you can't wait...nature takes care of itself. So that may be the 6 yr old's problem.

Kathleen - posted on 08/08/2013

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Please HELP, I have twins & the second born by 10 min is the "middle" child, I also have a younger singelton. Anyway she is 6yrs & 2 months & she still messes in her panty. have tried talking to her but I acn't find out whats bothering her. Any sugesstions or advice please.

Brittany M. - posted on 08/01/2013

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Potty Chart!! Stickers and rewards for each week there's a full row of stickers!!

Danae - posted on 08/01/2013

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My 3 year-old daughter and I use our sticker board method. I have a piece of paper with a grid on it. At the top each day of the week is written across in a box. I then have boxes that go down from each day. My daughter and I went out and chose a sticker book together. Now, each time she uses the toilet, she gets to choose a sticker to go on the board. Just keep track of which day of the week it is. Then, our deal is if she gets four stickers in a row, she get to pick a prize. These consist of picking a movie for our family time, getting a special treat like ice cream, or getting to pick out a toy from our prize bin.
If she goes in her pants, after taking off the pull up I set on the potty and gently remind her that the toilet is where we go potty. And that's where she needs to go if she wants a sticker.

Zularod - posted on 07/06/2013

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Hi,
My son is 2 1/2 and we decided to try the 3 day potty training using underpants and pull ups at nap time and bedtime but it wasn't successful, my question is, should he go back to diapers or let him use pull ups all this time, until our next try ? Thanks

Karen - posted on 06/11/2013

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I wanted something really easy that would get the point across. I took my son to the potty everytime I needed to go. He had to come and see and learn from example. If that big bowl is where I put my pee and poo it was good enough for his too. Then he went to a friends house and saw their son stand up to pee. So he learned that too. Making him watch every time and letting him know that's how we do things was the easiest way. Yes, we all gave up our privacy until he got it, but he is 5 now and doesn't even remember it.

Lisa - posted on 04/26/2013

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My oldest son was very concerned about not loosing the stars on his pull ups and was fairly easy to potty train. My middle son was only encouraged by a potty chart and when the chart was full we went to Chuck E Cheese making a big celebration out of his accomplishment. The little one who is potty training now as been by far the hardest. He has no desire to keep the tires on the pull ups and could care less about stickers. So far he enjoys the cheerios tossed in the toliet.

Angie - posted on 04/20/2013

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My boyfriend (sons father) and I just started potty training our 3.5 year old boy. Things are going slowly but he shows progression. The problem is that we started him with prizes (small toys) each time he went to the potty and its getting pricey and can't keep going to the store all the time to get them. We don't want to discourage him and want him to keep wanting to use the potty. We have tried stickers and a chart but that didn't work. What would you moms recommend?

Ashley - posted on 03/16/2013

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My son will sit on his potty fully clothes when I go to the washroom, but when I ask him to sit naked he freaks out n runs out of the room, I don't know how to even start the process with him now, he knows what I'm up to n gets upset right away ..... Any advice?

Mei - posted on 03/15/2013

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Hi Priya,

Take it slow :) I think it's ok to potty train at slower pace :) only thing is waste more money on diaper & so long noone is teasing the child. My kid said the teacher told her she's big girl, no need to wear diaper :)

Priya - posted on 03/15/2013

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Thanks for the tips. I am struggling with my little one on this. She was quite used to sitting on her potty seat, but it got damaged and I had to replace it and she does not want to sit on it any more. So I am just taking it easy for now and hoping she will come around.

Mei - posted on 03/10/2013

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HI Haley,

Great progress, and my child's potty in the living room too, kinda convenient :) cos it's where she plays/watch TV, take care!

Haley - posted on 03/10/2013

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We are potty training this weekend! My son will be 3 in 4 months time, and recently he's been asking to sit on the potty, but doing nothing (until about 5 minutes after we put his diaper back on).
So this weekend I brought the potty into the living room (I know it sounds weird, but he's a toddler), took off his diaper, and prepared myself to clean up a few messes. I can't remember where I read about it, but there's an article/blog/book about potty training in three days using basically this method, and it does seem effective.
I've cleaned up two pees, and had to wash two wet attempts at wearing underpants, but every other occurrence has happened in the potty! Seriously, he's gone pee a number of times - I lost count, as well as having three poos in it in just 36 hours. He's only worn a diaper to bed! I remind him about every hour, and reward him with lollipops when he goes, and he has done very well! I'm so proud :) he even woke us up this morning saying he needed to use the potty, and then he did!

Mei - posted on 03/06/2013

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My potty training tips are
1. Be in-sync with the alternative caregiver, be it preschool or grandparents - doing it at the same time helps, otherwise, spend more on diaper/cloth diaper and wait till everyone commits to it together

2. Don't sweat it! Mine is trained at 3 year old - basically dealing with her eczema is already draining, and potty is kinda my last of worries. She's a single child, so no sibling is laughing at her for starting late and her friends are all in various stages.

3. Read a potty training book, get reward stickers, make it fun! and don't shout if the child doesn't get it right!

Marcie Mom

Leanne - posted on 02/22/2013

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I have only just trained my 2 1/2 DS in the last 5 weeks. It only took him about 1 1/2 weeks before he got the idea. I used those cadbury buttons as a treat at first, which helped a lot. He didn't want to sit on the toilet at first, even with a toddler seat, so I purchased a potty which did wonders. He knew to sit on the potty and wee. Each time he did a wee in the potty, he would get a chocolate button. If he did a poo on the potty, which took a few days longer, he would also get a chocolate button. He picked up on the fact that if he wee/poo on the potty he would get a treat. He then started using the toilet regularly and stopped using the potty altogether, even asking for a chocolate button afterwards. 2 weeks later, I felt that he was capable of using the toilet by himself, he also would wake up at 1:00am, do a wee in the toilet, and then request a button, so that is when I decided to cancel out the treats, as he was starting to expect it night/day. When we got to the last of the treats, I showed him the nearly empty container and said "No more treats when these are gone". After they were gone, he asked once or twice, but got over it and now just uses the toilet on a regular basis when he needs to go. When I first started potty training, I would put him in a nappy if we left the house, but then he started telling me he needs to wee, when we went out so I knew I could stop the nappies. At the end of the day each kid potty trains different, so different techniques work. I wish you all the best !

Leila - posted on 12/21/2012

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I introduced the potty to my son at 16 months, I let him sit and I will send him in there with daddy so he can see that hey daddy is doing it, then it must be cool, also so he can learn. We did this maybe once a week or two, we werent really serious because he wasn't ready, but we atleast let him know what it was. I attempted at 20 months but I was due anytime with my daughter and at 23 months we were really tight on money, so I layed my foot down and said I was going to potty train him! Diapers are way too pricey, especially with a picky baby. This is how I did it.

I call it naked potty training, take off the diaper, pants, underwear, whatever all day.
Take him to the potty every 30 minutes and if he pees on the toilet do a potty dance and act super excited (you will be excited they peed on the toilet anyways).
Without the diaper on you can tell when they need to go
By mid day the first day he started to learn to hold in his pee until potty time.
He would hold on to himself and thats when I knew to take him.
Beginning of Day two he would tell me he needed to go by saying nu nu, nu nu! (nunu means go pee in arabic)
Mid day two he started going by himself, then he would take me to see what he did(the pee/poop in the toilet) I am so proud of him :)
4 days later all he needs is a pull up at night, only time he peed on the ground was beginning of day one. You just got to be really motivated to do it and stop delaying it!
Everytime they go pee or sit on the toilet, get excited and let them know you are proud of them and keep on doing it. treats aren't good, because then they will just sit on the toilet to get the treats most of the time.

I know some mothers ( I was one of them) just expect potty training to take forever, but if you are motivated like I was you can do it pretty quick! Babies are smarter than what we give them credit for.

Kylie - posted on 12/08/2012

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Just be calm and patient with the proccess. Every child learns at a different pace. I'm potty taining my son right now. He's gotten the pee down, but not the poop. He constantly is pooping in his Pull=ips, but I am helping him through it at his own pace. When you are calm your child will be too, and they will learn quicker.

Marsha - posted on 11/07/2012

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I am getting desperate! My 2 1/2 yr old daughter is the most stubborn child when it comes to potty training. I started trying to introduce the potty around her 2nd Bday and she took to it just fine. She would sit and even occassionally go poop or pee. Then I think she was detered from the potty because I may have scared her from celebrating too much?! Because after that she didn't want anything to do with it. She would cry everytime I tried to sit her on it. So we stopped for a couple of months. Now at 32 months of age I've started trying again. I switched her to straigh pull ups and started religiously trying to put her on the potty about every 2 hours and setting a kitchen timer for about 5 minutes. She'll sit there just fine.. but still no poop or pee. Once day I tried putting her in just cloth undies and she pooped and pees all over my house it was HORRIBLE! Today she keeps telling me she needs to go poop and has been sitting on the potty for about 30 minutes now and doesn't want to get off.. but she's mostly playing... while saying go "go poop" I'm at a loss as to what to do. I've tried explaining to her that big girls go potty... that she's about to be a big sister and it just doesn't seem to matter.. PLEASE HELP!



Marsha

Tara - posted on 11/05/2012

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I read EVERYTHING on line about the potty and new I was going to have it hard with my 2 1/2 year old son. I would try and he would fight and as everything said I didn't push him and I let it go for alittle then try again. After 6 months of trying I had ENOUGH...

My son is very hard headed and thinks he is the boss. So I just woke up one day and said today is going to be the day. So he got up and I took his diaper off and said no more of these you will be pissing in the toilet and if you pee your pants your going to your room. which he hates..

And I know everything is thinking what a b***H..L0L

We had one pee I put him in his room, I cleaned the mess so he was only in there for 2 minutes then I went in and told him you can't be doing this it's not ok..

About 3 hours later he pooped his pants.. in again he went for another 2 minutes..

That was it for the first day, next day he was playing in the room and yelled out I have to go to the bathroom.. Took him there was alittle pee on his underwear but once I put him on he had a very big pee. So I cleaned him up and changed his underwear and no time out because he didn't just let it all go. He stopped it and went to the bathroom which shows he is trying now and you can't ask for much more. So we are going on a week and now he will tell me I know to pee I have to poop but besides the first day we have had 2 pees which I think is wonderful.. I get some kids you can't he hard on but there are alot out there you have to show them this is wrong and your not having it anymore.. So all the moms out there that are thinking about doing it DOO it.. I know I thought about it for months of trying but thought I would be a bad mom but Im soo happy I did it because with just 2 little time outs because he didnt something wrong I think Im on the way to having a potty trained boy before 3..

Antonella - posted on 11/04/2012

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i also think rewarding such as given toys is wrong. try stickers. a child will learn and think when they do something they will always get rewarded. rewarded with toys isnt a good idea why cause for 1. overload of toys lol 2. as they get older they will expect and expecting things will eithe rlead to disappointment or they will demand things.

Antonella - posted on 11/04/2012

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my sons 17 months on size 6 diapers ( hes a big boy 30 lbs and well his fathers huge and he was born a big baby) im starting potty training he is a smart boy and personally i think children should be potty trained by 2 MAX. you cannot wait till you think he/she is ready cause if it was up to them they woulds be in diapers aloooong time! from experience the more your consistant and you dont give up or get frustrated its SUPER easy to potty train. my sister in law had her son potty trained by 1! fully. why cause she was consistent. a child will learn and adapt to whatever is placed in front of them.

Crystal - posted on 10/11/2012

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My daughter will be two soon and has sat on the toliet months ago to use the potty before I would put her in the bath, now it is like she is scared of it. She has used both the kid potty and the big potty! AHHH What happened? How do I get her back to the training?!

Ponelope - posted on 08/12/2012

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When they do go mke sure you mke it a BIG deal !!! Use words and phrases like: Oh my gosh good job or yay just make sure they know they did a good job

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My son is almost 23 months old n has a speech delay. How do I introduce him to potty training? He understands what we say the only thing is he don't talk.

Melinda - posted on 07/30/2012

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My 3 yo son would not go number 2 in the toilet he wanted his diaper. This has gone on for over a year. I went out to Target bought a clear twist top container; went and bought some toys at the dollar store. Today I showed him the containor of toys..told him they were a prize for him if he pooped in the toilet. It worked! He did it two times today.

They have to stay on the toilet long enough to poop everyhting out. They may not get the feeling. It takes some getting use to and a bit of patience. Good Luck! I let my son choose the prize he wanted after he pooped.

Allison - posted on 07/19/2012

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We just went through potty training w our daughter at age 2 yrs 9 mos. We loosely followed the 3-day guidance on Baby Center and found it very helpful. After a rocky first morning, this got us about 85% of the way there. Another thing that helped was the Elmo video on potty training and the "Potty Train" book. Our little girl really focused on these stories and seemed to relate to them. We also had a reward chart for just trying, and when she filled it up she got to go pick out a bunch of new stickers.

Rachel - posted on 07/18/2012

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I have a great story that might inspire some. I go on walks with my 2 year old and her happiness and excitement is to go potty when we get to our destination. Just a lil incentive to keep them focused. She has been potty training for 2 weeks now and is doing pretty well. Every day isn't perfect, especially for pooing, but I just think, tomorrow is a new day. Start fresh. So, good luck to you all.

Jenny - posted on 07/15/2012

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The reward system that worked for us was simply a dry erase board & Crayola washable dry erase markers. My 2yr9mo daughter was doing every step but doing the peeing & pooping in the potty. Since she had only used crayons up to this point & seemed to have a fascination with the whiteboard I keep on the fridge, I told her that everytime she used the potty she could play with the markers. This was HER motivation & it worked well. A few accidents here & there (poop in the wet bathing suit...not pretty!) but within a couple of weeks, she had it down. We found using the toilet with the small seat insert worked best for us...me, really, because frankly I didn't want to have to clean poop from the child potty! Lol

Emily - posted on 07/15/2012

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most parents will say don't push the potty issue with your child or it will have a negative affect. well i tried the bribing bit, the take a break from making him go on the potty...the problem with all of that was, he was controlling evrything. sometimes thats not always a good thing! finally after wondering if he would ever just decide he wanted to go potty on his own, i realized that his diaper was a security thing for him. he knew he could do anything and not be interrupted from play or whatever else he was doing. well this mom had had enough, just before his 3rd birthday i decided to play a little tough love in this whole potty training thing and it was going to be on my terms since i was the one shelling out the money for diapers. so one day i put him on the toilet, he fought me and cried but i stood firm and reassured him this was a good thing but that he had to go potty or he couldn't get up, i know it sounds awful that i did that but within 2 mins he went and i cheered like i just won the lottery and he then realized how much better it was and yelled 'i did it i did it" . needless to say he was potty trained in 1week! now he can't stand the though of a little dribble in his underwear.... :)

Brittney - posted on 06/18/2012

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Once my daughter was walking around I told her she had to be a big girl and stop wearing diapers. She was already weened off the bottle (10 months) and was already drinking cow's milk (11-12 months), she never used a pacifier so we didn't need to try to ween her off that. I just took it very slowly over the course of about 11 months (4 months was when we started). I noticed when she was a newborn she would kick and scream when she was wet (we were changing diapers left and right). A few times she would do that and I would proceed to change her to find her diaper was still dry, I told her 'Ruby, you're crazy! You're not wet!' Then she peed on me. So thats how it really got started. I let her play around with the little potty (about 5-6 months) and I would sit her on it and say 'go potty' and hold her on it for a few minutes (maybe 3) and sometimes she would pee and sometimes nothing, but I never gave up. She had tell tale signs she was going to be pooping (face turning colors, grunting) and I would take her to her potty. I cheered and by the time she was 8 months (still crawling) she knew what the potty was for and most of her accidents occurred during nap-time, car rides, and bedtime. We still used diapers because they were just easier. When she was learning to walk independently she refused to sit on her potty for even a minute. I let it go for a few days but then gave her books and toys to amuse her while she at least tried to go. I also sang and danced to help her relax. When she was 13 months we really started to go hardcore with it. No diapers except during nap and bedtime but the rest of the time she was wearing cloth training pants or nothing. I barricaded the kitchen off from the rest of the house and had her potty in the middle of the room with tons of things for her to amuse herself (this was the first thing I did) and I put her on her potty and told her to go potty and she peed, looked in the potty and say YAY! and clapped. She was bare bottomed. I let her play in the kitchen for an hour and she stopped what she was doing, ran to the potty and sat down, got up after a few moments and peed on the floor. Rest of the day was about the same, accidents if I didn't remind her or if she didn't want to sit on the potty. Day 2 was about the same except more successes than accidents and day 3, something clicked in both of us. I found she didn't want to sit on her potty, she wanted to use our potty. So I took her potty apart and made it into the insert for the big potty. She went every single time. Every 30 minutes on the dot. So I routine trained her, then slowly stopped reminding her. Of course she will only go by herself if she is bare bottomed or wearing very loose underwear. I put her little potty back together and leave it in her room. I only offer a sucker as a reward if she poops in her potty. For night time training, at first I waited for her to stay dry all night. She stayed dry while wearing a diaper for 3 weeks, then started wetting the cloth training pants. Then she started to wake me about 3-4 in the morning. Now, I have to wake her at 2 and/or 5 to avoid her wetting the bed. Some days she still wakes me in order to go, but more often than not, I have to wake up and take her. And this past week she lets out a whimper from her room, around 3 and 6 in the morning, so instead of me getting her up, she has learned to get herself up and to call for me. I also asked her one day, 'where does pee go?' and she answered 'potty' 'where does poop go?' 'floor'. I kept telling her where the poop goes until she answered with 'potty' and for the last month, she has pooped in the potty.

I think the earlier the better, you get them used to it over a period of months then really push them when they can walk, take away diapers and never bring them back. Ruby will be 2 in a few months and I'm so glad it has been almost a whole year since I have bought diapers!

Kimberly - posted on 06/16/2012

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a need elp my wee boy doing toiket training he starts nursery in august in he wont do poo in potty but he does pees and he goes into his room to do toilet in his carpet he wont stop can u help me please x

Brandi - posted on 04/26/2012

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Very interesting advice. My son is 21 months right now and is beginning to show signs that he is ready. I bought him a potty a few months ago and introduced it to him so when the time is right he will be comfortable with it. Wish me luck!

Tina - posted on 03/31/2012

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I have a daughter turning 3 in May and she loves using the potty, but isn't able to tell me when she needs to go. she will always pee when I sit her on the potty and refuses to get up until she's sure she's done (sometimes taking 15minutes). How do you move in to getting them to let you know they need to go? It doesn't even cross her mind. Potty time has just turned in to part of our daily routine.

Ellen - posted on 03/11/2012

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boys take their time not easy my son a yr of potty training when boys r ready they will. at their own time dont give up.

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