Potty Training Tips

April S - posted on 01/15/2014 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old son refuses to go potty.. What are some things you did to help your child go potty

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Kay_trinidad - posted on 01/17/2014

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He has to be ready. If he stays dry longer, if he tells you when he's soiled. I put all the diapers away and put him in just his underwear, this is the first time that we're gonna do it all weekend long. I take him to the potty every 20min and I have another potty for his monkey and he sees Monkey "going to the potty" so he sits as well. I have a chart so he can put stickers on it when he goes in the potty. And I went to the dollar store and got little prizes like snacks and small toys. I'm just trying to make the whole experience a positive and fun one :) oh and he's 2. But if he seems frustrated just take a break(a week or 2) and start over again. Hope this helps

Momma - posted on 01/16/2014

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April,

We learned in my psychology class (Early Human Development) that if you try to pressure your kid to potty train too early, you will actually have an adverse affect and it will make him resist it and sometimes even fear it. Just be patient, it will take time. My son just turned 3 last month and we JUST got him out of diapers and into underwear last weekend. We used the "youre a big boy and big boys dont go potty in their diapers" idea.. and to be honest, when all else failed, we bribed him with tangerines (he likes them more than sweets lol). We told him that every time he went potty on the toilet, he gets a clementine... it worked like a champ... for going #1 that is... we had him trained on going #1 for several months before he got the hang of #2... we had to bribe him with getting to play with the Kindle for 15 minutes before bed time if he went a whole day without going potty in his pull-up...

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User - posted on 01/18/2014

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I made a potty chart for my daughter and every time she goes pee gets 1 sticker and 2 for #2 :) she loves it! But they definitely have to be ready for it. All kids are different.
Good luck!

Lelia - posted on 01/16/2014

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I gave my girls an m&m each time they went on the potty. That seemed to work good.

April S - posted on 01/16/2014

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Yaaaa he did #1 and # 2 in the potty and he is wearing his big boy underwear.. I hope he keeps it up

April S - posted on 01/16/2014

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Thanks Momma Bear.. He is on the potty as we speak and I have his favorite cookies to bribe him with lol.. Keep your fingers crossed for me

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/15/2014

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You know, I never thought about differences in gender until I had kids...Then I saw first hand how different girls and boys are!

April S - posted on 01/15/2014

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My daughter was super easy but my son just sits there lol.. These boys are hard

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/15/2014

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April, the funniest part was his oh, so serious face when he said it. LOL...15 years ago, and I'll never forget that face...

Good luck with it!

Kayla - posted on 01/15/2014

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My son shows absolutely no interest in using the potty, and he just turned 2. His older sister was easy to train, she was fully potty trained before she was 2. I have heard from many that most boys don't show interest until 3.

April S - posted on 01/15/2014

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Now that's too funny.. I will have plenty of memories after I'm done potty training him and his two younger sisters

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/15/2014

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Oh, you'll be amazed at the boy, April. My eldest was easy, but he was getting ready to be a big brother, and he told me that big brothers don't wear diapers. Imagine my surprise when my youngest was stubborn!

I knew it was time when I asked him why he didn't want to use the potty and he told me "because that's what diapers are for"! Needless to say, at that point, he got the short course, because if he KNEW that was what diapers were for, he knew when he had to go...LOL

Just remember that you'll have some very fond memories of this time...I know I do!

April S - posted on 01/15/2014

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Ive heard most boys aren't ready until the age of 3. He is my only boy so I figured he would catch on like my oldest did but I see boys are totally different lol. I will keep trying until he is ready

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/15/2014

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If he's not ready, he won't train, and no level of frustration on your part will change that.

Especially with boys! They will not train until they are ready. My eldest trained at 18 months. My youngest was 3 years. Both boys.

Keep the potty handy, keep encouraging, but don't get discouraged if there's no progress yet...that's pretty much the "norm" with boys

April S - posted on 01/15/2014

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I've tried that. I've told him I'll take him to the park, I've used going to get ice cream, a new toy. Nothing has made him excited and makes him want to potty

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