what is the fastest and easiest way to potty train a 2 year old boy?

Ashley - posted on 10/03/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hello, i have a almost 2 year old boy and i have another one on the way so i am trying to get him potty trained before the next one comes....does anyone have any good ideas?

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S. - posted on 10/03/2012

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I also want to add ashley that I think pull ups are rubbish and just prolongs training you can buy special things to go in the car seat or buggy incase of accidents but i'v made my own using disposable bed matts and masking tape (so much cheaper) good luck :)

Dove - posted on 10/03/2012

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The easiest way is not the quickest way. The easiest way is to wait until he is ready and does it himself. For SOME kids this happens by/before 2.... and for others it's not til around 3 or later. The quickest way.... well, I'd have no clue on that. My first two took a LONG time and I let my third do it himself. ;)

S. - posted on 10/03/2012

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I agree with sherri there's NO quick way! That have to be ready. I get were your coming from I found out I was pregnant with my 3rd a few weeks before my middle daughters 2nd birthday so i spent my pregnancey making her as independant as a 2year old can be. I am now potty training my youngst daughter in to week two, she is totally out of nappies in the day and is waking up for a wee in the night and come the morning she is dry so were going to move on to fully potty trained in the next few days.

Firstly we did bare bum in the house for the first week (we spent as much time as we possible could at home) you need some real one on one time so you can catch when there going and quickly sit them on the potty, cheer, clap and act like you've won the lottery :) give out stickers and keep asking "do you want a wee wee?" I did this for about a week, then I binned the day nappies knowing she knew what to do and braved going out, making the trips longer and longer if were in a shop or cafe i take her to the toilet she knows she can go, after a week we even managed a birthday party with all them distractions not one accident! I carry bags of clean clothes just in case but if there ready you will be surprised how quick they pick it up.

Sherri - posted on 10/03/2012

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There is no magic pill to make this happen. He is either ready or he is not, you can't make that magically happen if he isn't.



If you are ready to full blown potty train. You need to get rid of ALL diapers except for naps and bed ONLY!! No matter how many accidents he has. You need to set a timer and sit him on the potty every 20mins for 1-5mins or until something happens. Be ready for lots of praise when it does, lots of we'll try again in a little bit when it doesn't and it is okay we will make it next time for accidents.



If he is truly ready you will see results within 2-3days if he is not, sorry but you are going to have to wait a bit longer.

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Elfrieda - posted on 10/03/2012

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I don't use pullups either. I actually bought some for nightime and naps because I didn't want to confuse him and I called them "sleeping underwear", but he stared at them for a while and then announced, "Diaper!" and I had to admit that, yes, they are diapers. :P Turns out they have quite the stink to them (the perfume is horrible) and they give him a rash anyway, so we're just using regular diapers for nighttime for now, and reuse them if he's stayed dry all night.

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I would suggest waiting until after baby comes. He will just regress and then you'll be left tired and frustrated. My daughter (who is almost 3) was almost completely potty trained this summer, then we hit a really turbulent time at home and she regressed completely. I popped her back in diapers for 3 weeks and we are just starting back up again. The only reason we are starting up again is because she was going to the potty with a diaper on and using it.

Elfrieda - posted on 10/03/2012

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I think it depends on the child's personality, and like everybody's saying, if he's ready or not. My son did NOT react well to being put on the toilet even when I was doing it only after waking up and before baths, so I left it alone for a couple of months and then just left him pantsless. I took him out to play in the garage and he peed on the ground, was shocked, got the potty explained to him, peed again but stopped it midstream and ran over to the potty, sat down, and finished there. He wore only socks and a shirt for 3 days, and after the first 2 hours, we had only 2 accidents in 3 days. It was more difficult for him to feel when he needed to go when he was wearing underwear, but he got it in about a week or so.



I've been shocked how easy it was, so I definitely recommend the bare bum method.

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