HELP!!! Potty Training Advice!!!

Julie - posted on 06/03/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son Ashton just turned 3 feb.26th ... for some reason he does NOT want to potty train at all!!! He knows when he has a dirty bum, or when he pee's and he asks for a bum change but when i go to put him on the toilet or potty he freaks out, and cries and screams!! Its rather frustrating and stressful! He doesnt like having a poopy diaper, alot of time he will take his diaper off and it makes a mess all over...Im just not sure what the problem is. I even went and bought him big boy underwear and everything...he knows he is supposed to pee and poop on the toilet, but doesnt do it...i need some advice or some help!!! Im having the hardest time with him...i tried rewarding him and nothing seems to work...i sit him on the potty and keep him there for atleast 15 mins per time and he just doesnt do anything, but the minute the pull-up is on he goes in the pull-up! Im just a little concerned, my daughter is 15 months, and is starting to pee on the potty no problem...am i rushing my son too soon?Advice and help please!!!!

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Honestly Julie...
The thing that worked for my boy, was the treat. He got a treat for every little tinkle. BUT...
When I had to clean up a mess...I came to the puddle with two things. My treat...and a cloth diaper to wipe it up with.
Oh that boy did NOT want me to get that treat! It took him about two days to figure it out...He wants that treat! I would clean up the mess..and I ate the treat..RIGHT in front of him. I would tell him how YUMMY it was...and chew it so GOOOOOD....
Mama eating his treat is what helped my boy.

Julie - posted on 06/04/2011

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I have tried a million different things and nothing seems to work. I have a plastic seat that goes on the toilet and he sits on that, but for some reason he doesnt like it and doesnt want to go...i think the biggest part of the struggle is that he is just not ready yet...i dont want to push him...i just wanted to get some advice on it...thanx for the reply! :)

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If Ashton could see others using the big boy potty...it could make a huge difference. Daycare? Mom groups? Even if he just watches you and Daddy go?
If he could see you giving his younger sister treats for good potty practice...it might help.
If you would NOT give him a treat for a mess...but instead make him watch YOU eat the treat..because YOU had to clean it up...it might make a difference.
Let him run around naked for a few days might be what turns the light bulb on for him. Understanding that the pee doesn't just 'show up' in the diaper...but instead runs down your legs..and your feet...just EW! That may make him figure it out.
Maybe if you put a laptop in the bathroom...Barney or Elmo could entertain him for the ten minutes he needs in the bathroom?
Maybe a super special toy that isn't allowed out of the bathroom. He only gets to play with it while he's sitting ON the potty.
Could it be that he feels unstable trying to hold himself over the giant hole made for grownups? Does he need a training ring put in the toilet seat to make him feel like there's actually a seat under him?
Have you tried turning him backwards on the seat? Let him hug the back of the toilet for stability. This seems to make muscles relax for my son. It also makes wiping REALLY easy.
Good luck!...

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