Another potty training question.....HELP!

Rebecca - posted on 08/22/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son is now just over 2 1/2 yrs old. The last few days he has been sitting on the potty but no pee or poop. Previous to this he was really interested in January to sit on potty but not actually go, but then he lost interest, then in April he gained interest for a while then lost it again...now he is back to being interested again. He knows when he is pooping or peeing because he will tell me once he has gone in his diaper. Today I bought him some pull ups to try, I told him not to loose his "cars" to no avail......How long do I try for without making this harder then it should be?? I dont want it to go on like this forever, but I dont want to push him so he refuses to go. He is very smart and independent I know once he goes once he will want to go all the time but how do I get him to go???? Please any advice????

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Jodie - posted on 08/22/2009

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Has he watched Dad? I know it sounds weird, but my son, now 22, didn't do anything until he had watched his dad a few times. It kinda gave him the idea of what to do. There is always the Cheerios trick too. Put some in the toilet and have him "sink" them in the water. Makes it fun. Once he gets the pee thing down the other will follow.

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Rebecca - posted on 08/28/2009

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Ya, Im hoping that my second (she is almost 4 months) will be easier and she will have her bother to look up to and at least by then I will have one under my belt. How do you go about training them to go poop on the potty?? Does it just come along with the pee?? He knows when he needs to go because he always hides behind the curtain. I tried a few months ago to put him on the potty when I saw him do that but then he went almost 5 days before he went again. He has had alot of constipation issues in the past and I dont want it to be an issue of him holding it that long.....not sure what to do.

Andrea - posted on 08/28/2009

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hi i have 3 children 2 boys and 1 girl,my little girl was 2 last week ,she is very independent too she has no nappy day or night.excellent for me .my first son was a little older 2+3months,my second child was a lot harder to train i must admit at the end of the day a lot of peeing on the floor and a few poo mistakes ,the end of the day it's your will against his in everything even down to the potty ,i gave my kids a treat just for sitting on the toilet before a bath every night even if they didn't do anything put them on the loo or potty when the bath is running the sound of water makes them wee.

encourage him with a book he likes and a treat see how you go, don't make too much of a fuss ,get his favorite teddy and pretend play is good to .mine have brothers so that helped the younger two

Rebecca - posted on 08/27/2009

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Just wanted to update, He finally peed on the potty!!!! I put him in underware all day and he had a few accidents and then he just went all by himself!! Finally! So the last 2 days during the day I have him in underware and today no accidents and he has gone 3 times on the potty! Now on to training him to go poop on it! I have NO idea where to even begin with that one.....

Rebecca - posted on 08/23/2009

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Thanks for your advice ladies! My son has seen his dad make "bubbles" as he calls them many times as well I have an open door policy with myself so he sees me go all the time. The daycare lady is FANTASTIC with him and is in the midst of potty training another boy in her care. The other boy goes on the potty every 30 mins and she takes Jacob with her and puts him on the potty. He will sit on the potty for a long time (one time it was almost 20 mins) and he still did not go...We do have a sticker potty chart and smarties as a treat for sitting on the potty. I also say to him "lets listen for the pee!" and he will be quiet and listen but still nothing....Im just not sure how to get him to actually pee on it. Its like he just holds it forever! Im gonna keep preservering Im hoping he will at least pee once! Thats all Im asking for lol~!

Ellie - posted on 08/22/2009

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as far as standing while peeing, try using cheerios, i have heard that alot. I dont know if it works because i never tried. My son just saw his grandpa peeing standing up and so he started. The biggest thing i found that was helpful was having an open door policy in the bathroom. Whenever anyone is in the potty let the little one observe, that's how they learn the best.

Ellie - posted on 08/22/2009

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The best advice i can give you is to not use pullups. they confuse the child and they see them as diapers so they continue to use them as such. My son was potty trained by the time he turned two. I was just consistent with him, making him go every two hours, no matter where we were or what we were doing. I had some difficulty with the daycare being consistent but eventually they picked up on it when they got tired of changing dirty underwear. And as with anything, good reinforcement is always a plus. Hugs, stickers, stars, a song, whatever it takes. good luck :D

Maria - posted on 08/22/2009

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My son is 2 1/2 also, lately he has been peeing in the toilet. They pretty much start when they want to. I've always heard put him on the toilet FIRST thing in the morning and several times throughout the day. And get real excited when he does, I kind of cheer him on...do a "peepee cheer" and clap when he does go. As of now, he sits on the toilet...I have no idea how I'm going to train him to do it standing. Don't force or get mad, just be relentless.

Tiffany - posted on 08/22/2009

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my daughter is 2 1/2 also she has been goin on the potty chair as well there are moments when she will pee and poop in her pants as well even if she is in underwear or a pull-up...but ive notice she wont go in her pants if i reward her with snacks or anything like that..that is the only time she gets candy she is very smart as well...so you can try that...ive also have tryed taking her bedroom tv or toys she loves to play with away and as soon as i did that she started to go on the toilet more i just simply told her big kids on get rewarded when they do something great.i had takin her tv from her room for two day as well as snacks and ect..and she had relized what she did and for the past couple of weeks she has not made an mistake in her pants.

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Potty training can be super easy or super difficult for all children to catch onto. It took my son a full year before he was fully trained. He will let you know when he is ready. And most little boys sit down to go potty for a while too until they have the hang of things. A few tricks is putting some fruit loops or cherrios in the toliet and telling his to aim for the ceral. Also, you could put some food coloring in the toliet and once he has gone then the water will change color. Jodie has a great point too! Once my son was trained he watched his daddy go to the restroom and that worked great! Also a potty training chart might be helpful. Get his fav stickers and everytime he makes it to the restroom let him put a sticker on his chart.

Stina - posted on 08/22/2009

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Check out the Potty Training in one day book. Dr. Phil also did a show on this recently wich you might be able to look up on his website. He used the same method as the book describes.



I was not able to train either of my first two children in one day however, the method gives lots of great techniques.



Basically, you say goodbye to diapers. He teaches a doll to use the toilet and when the doll pees in the potty, you make a HUGE to-do about it... since the doll can't have the special drink, your son gets to have it. Felt like potty training boot camp to me when we tried it... Like I said, it wasn't done in one day, but the techniques are very useful.



With my daughter, she hated, HATED the practicing potty runs that the training in one day requires. She was too strong willed to agree to reapeatedly walking back and forth to the toilet to practice after and accident. I had to drop the issue for several months before trying again. Whe I did, I used a potty timer wich I got special for the job of potty training her. I set it for every 30 minutes and made her sit until the timer went off (3-4 minutes) or she peed wichever came first. It helped with her to have the timer "telling" her when to sit on the toilet instead of me.

Becky - posted on 08/22/2009

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boys are a little more diffucult to potty train than girls you will need to try what interests him to get him into the potty, stickers, treats (not just food) mom time things work going for a walk going on a special outing ect at 2 and a half you know what is going to be a special treat encouragement and don't worry all good things will come

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