My son will be 3 in august this year and was wondering if anyone could give some helpful advice on potty training?

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I can catch him sometime so do wees but its never a constant thing. He wont do poos in his potty and i dont know why!?

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Cindy - posted on 09/18/2011

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Sorry, can't help because I have the same problem. My little sweetie will be 3 in Feb and he has no interest in using the potty but covers his eyes when he is being changed. Any ideas . . . pls help!

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Well, here's my update. We are getting closer to getting my son potty trained. He now does alot of wees and poos in the potty (even though we still miss a few here and there), it has taken alot of time to get this far but with the help of my mum and aunty, we should get him fully potty trained by Christmas (cross fingers)

Sarah - posted on 05/05/2009

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My son has just started for wees. I brought him Thomas Undies (as he is Thomas mad, and have told him that Thomas hates being weed or pooed on - so far so good). We got the Elmo potty training dvd and also a book called "My Potty Book for Boys". I also bit the bullet and stayed home for a week and just put him on the toilet every 30min. I also got rid of his nappies so that he didn't see them in his room and want them back on. And the shame - I bribed him for poos. Wee's he gets a stamp on his hand and poo's he gets chocolate or a lolly. *cringes - I know food rewards are bad but its working*.
Good luck

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My son doesnt care whether he's in undies or nappies, he still poos and wees where and when he wants. It's so hard to try and get him to understand that when he feels like going it should be on the potty.

Kristin - posted on 04/20/2009

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Taught Preschool for almost 15 years and my best advise is to go cold turkey. Big boy pants on Sat. Am and spend the whole weekend at home. Every hour every two hours make the trip to the potty. Books small toys whatever he can hold on the potty. Soomer or later it just happens. You have to make it fun. Cheerieos or other rouond cereal makes a great target, if he needs some help with his aim. This works with husbands too. good luck

Melissa - posted on 04/20/2009

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My daughter trained herself... let them do it on there own... when they go... give them smarties... LOL

Janine - posted on 04/19/2009

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my son just turned 3 sometimes he ok other times just to late but he dry at night? but he been dry in night since 6 months he wont poop on toilet only in a nappy but he getting to stage where he know he wants a wee and tells me now. i did do what alot of ppl said and just pt him "big boy pants" on and it is disgusting to wee in pants big boys go to toilet. patience and alot of clean pants. good luck

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2009

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my youngest started peeing in the potty at like 15 months or so. First I noticed when he always peed. In his case it was right after waking up, so I took him to the bathroom right after waking up. By 18 months I was standing him on the toilet seat to pee before his bath ( he still has to go while I am running his water at 3.5 years old!). Luckily for me he was easy to poop train. From about 6 months old he has made what I call a "poop face". When it was time to potty train I watched for the "poop face", and when I saw it I hustled him off to the bathroom. There were times that he literally had poop hanging out of his tush when I sat him on the potty, but I still sat him on it.

Even though we started at 15 months old, he was almost 3 when it finally stuck. I got him pretty much potty trained in 3 weeks at 2 years 10 months old. He now rarely has day time accidents, but has been having some night time accidents recently after being OK for like 4 months.

Cathy - posted on 04/19/2009

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hi my son was potty trained at 2 1/2 i just left him until he was ready, one day he just asked to go on his potty and just went on it since he was brilliant i put a nappy on him for the first 2 nights he was potty trained but he the nappys were dry so i just never put a nappy on him again. i just made sure the potty was close and kept askin him if he needed to go, he is 3 now and no accidents, i think he done so well because i left it till he was ready. my other son is 21 months so i have got him to potty train next but i will just wait till he is ready he already likes sitting on his brothers potty. u could also try giving him sweets if he does go on it, it might make him want to go on it next time if he thinks he is going to get sweets. good luck

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He is in jocks at the moment. I started the sticker chart thing and OMG! it is slowly starting to work! He is going to the potty more now because he's excited to get stickers! Thanks everyone for the helpful input! Will give another update in a little while. Thanks again to you all!

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My son was 25 months when I started training him to use the potty to have a bowel movement. Giving that he's my first child (most people have the most patience with the first child), I just dumped his poop into the toilet in front of him and explained that that's where poop belongs. If you could sit him on the toilet facing the rear and remove his diaper or pull-up while he's on the toilet, drop the poop into the toilet and clean him as he sits on the toilet with flushable wipes. Also, if you sit him on the toilet (rear-facing) before a bath, it is likely that he will "go". Especially while you're mixing the water. Good luck.

Robin - posted on 04/15/2009

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Make the peeing a game.  Put Cheerios in the potty and have him see if he can hit them with his pee.  As far as the pooing goes.  That is seperation anxiety. Sounds weird I know.  Take him out of the pull ups. After he poos on himself in the underpants a couple of times he will start putting it in the potty.  Big thing, when he poos on himself in the underpants, make sure he is part of the clean up.  Don't do it all for him.

Amy-Dawn - posted on 04/15/2009

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My three and a half year old is very hard to potty train and she is going throughthe same thing with her, she sometimes will poo when she is on the potty at the right time but very rare wills he poop in the potty she pees more... the only advice and can give is lots of consistancy and lots of healthy snacks and or surprises for even trying and lots of praise for when he does go potty ... this will encourage him to go more often and soon enough he will be on his way. hope this works for you good luck ! :)

Jamie - posted on 04/15/2009

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A good friend of mine had a problem potty training her son. She used Cheerios in the toilet and had him aim at the Cheerios while he urinates. By turning potty time into a game, he focused more on the fun of the potty game. Now he wants to go all the time. Good luck!!!

User - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son was 2 yrs,10 mo. He potty trained in 3 days, no accidents or wetting the bed, ever ! :) I think waiting until he was ready and most capable of success was most important, not starting  too young.  I gave him one m&m (you could use stars on a chart, or something similar, if you didnt want to use candy) every time he went (not sat!) on potty and showed loving praise each time he tried.  (I've heard  stories of unsuccessful attempts at potty training over the years because I'm a childcare provider and one thing in my opinion that can make things tricky is if you make too big a deal out of it.) I also have twin boys and they potty trained about the same age as my first child and they were also fully trained in 2 weeks and 4 weeks, no accidents or wetting the bed for them either once trained. A happy time was had while learning to use the potty and in my opinion also important for success.  :)



Hope this helps.

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My son was easy to get to poop in the potty, but harder to get to go wee. I started throwing in one of toilet paper for him to aim at when I prompted him, pretty soon he was throwing in the paper to aim at himself. Sometimes I used one cheerio. I think most boys like something to aim at.



We also did a sticker calendar for both children, they loved getting that sticker.

Laura - posted on 04/15/2009

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Quoting Candice:

My son will be 3 in august this year and was wondering if anyone could give some helpful advice on potty training?

I can catch him sometime so do wees but its never a constant thing. He wont do poos in his potty and i dont know why!?


My second didn't like doing poo on the potty either.  I think he thought he'd be sitting right in it or something.  I sat him on the potty a few times and he said he didn't need to go, but would then have a accident.  I kept him on the potty by singing songs while he relaxed on the potty and eventually this ended in a wee coming.  He was so excited when he realised he was weeing in the potty.  I guess I'd suggest trying to get him to sit for a while on the potty really regularly throughout the day so he relaxes.  Sing or read.  Poo can take longer.  They sometimes hold on to it because they just don't want to do it in the potty.  Just give it time.  Relax him and praise him.  Try getting him to go when you do.

Sandy - posted on 04/15/2009

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when he is ready, you'll be surprised to be able to do it in a weekend! My baby is now 31!

Lucia - posted on 04/15/2009

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i havn't yet had to teacher a boy to go to the loo but with my girls i did food colouring the the bowl and told them they had to wee on it to see if it chances colour and that worked really well for my first my 2nd she wanted stickers to as thats what child care does so for her i had food colouring and stickers everytime she went the more stickers at the end of the week was a little gift.. all kids are different so you may have to try a bit of everything which is the pain full stage hope it works out for u

Catie - posted on 04/15/2009

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Oh yeah, generic( cheaper) cherrios work wonder for teaching aim too, Just toss 3 or 4 in toilet at a time.

Catie - posted on 04/15/2009

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For my daugher when she was about the same age I went to the dollar store and bought some toys that I put in a picnic basket. Every time she went potty she had 1 minute to pick her 1 "goodie" out from the basket. 2 weeks and she was no longer in diapers.

Cassandra - posted on 04/15/2009

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i don't know if this will help at all ... but my son was ALWAYS hungry. So i told him that the potty was hungry too ... and that it ate our pee and poop and if he didn't feed it .. the potty would starve. He started going on the toilet that day ... didn't have any problems after that. 

Danielle - posted on 04/15/2009

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Quoting Candice:

My son will be 3 in august this year and was wondering if anyone could give some helpful advice on potty training?

I can catch him sometime so do wees but its never a constant thing. He wont do poos in his potty and i dont know why!?



I feel your pain. My youngest will turn 3 next month and we just got the potty thing down.  Try maybe a special potty chair just for him have books near by and make it a big deal when he goes. I did m&ms and stickers everytime mine went. You just need to be patience boys are stubborn and he willdo it when hes ready. I also took my oldest son and put him in underwear and he didnt like it when he peed on himself  so he was easy. You just have to find what works for your little guy. Good luck



 

Michelle - posted on 04/15/2009

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do you have your son in underwear yet?... i have been potty training my son since he was 18 months casue the wonderful dr said to.. but i started putting my son whos the same age in underwear during the day and making sure he uses the potty every half hour.. he likes to stand at the big potty and use it now.. you might try both of those tips..

Adrienne - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son is soon to be 2 yrs and he lets us know that he has to pee but pees in the diaper. Or I catch him to late. But I am going to try the old fashion training underwear and see how that works. My mother and her friends says it works. Good Luck! Let me know what works if you find something that does! =)

Leilani - posted on 04/15/2009

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we have three boys and we told them that if they want to sleep in the big boy bed they have to go in the potty or stay in the crib....my mom in law said that she had that same problem with one of her 6 sons and she asked him what he wanted for christmas and he said a trike and she said santa only brings trikes to boys who go poopoo in the potty

Veronica - posted on 04/15/2009

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For my son I just was tired of waiting and ended up putting underwear on him. He never ever pooped in his underwear while potty training.  It may not work for every kid but it seemed to work good for him.

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