I am having trouble potty training my boy!

Jane - posted on 12/06/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 1/2 and still will not go in the potty, at least not at home. Any helpful hints would be appreciated.

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Erin - posted on 12/09/2008

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I know how you feel, I have a son the same age and I am dealing with the same thing. He just started to potty on the toilet and stay dry, but the BM is an issue, he refuses to sit on the toilet. I try to bribe him and it doesn't work. I told him that the toilet is thirsty and needs a drink and that worked for the peeing issue, many people laugh, but it worked.

Katherine - posted on 12/07/2008

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Hi,

My son was about the same age when we pushed this issue. Even though I loathe the place, I promised him we would go to Chuck E. Cheese for his birthday so he knew if he was done with diapers there was a reward for his 4th birthday. He was stubborn. We made him sit on the potty until he went. It was a long time, it was tedious, but finally he went and that was that. We got him pull-ups after that. We gave him 3 M&M's of his choice for going pee and every color M&M for poo. He was to show us what he made in the potty (of course we were in the next room) before flushing. The hardest part for us was making the decision that it was time and sticking to it.

Hope this helps and good luck!!

Melissa - posted on 12/06/2008

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my son started at 18months when he showed interest. i had no success w/ him sitting so dad showed him to stand.he loves that. but #2 was very difficult. just a month ago he started going in the potty n he made three in oct. i had many set backs. major diaper rash stopped us for about 6 months.i wasnt sure if it was me pressuring him or allergies. found out hes allergic to oranges. then once that cleared i tried everything from sticker, to toys, undies, movies and a poo poo party. its very hard to tell the differences in encouraging pushing and pushig too hard. many hrs in the bathroom. get everyone in the house involved and encouraging him. once he realizes he can be a big boy and gets praise he will. did i mention many hrs sitting in the bathroom w/ him (reading books, encouraging words ie. make that poo poo splash in the water). once he did it we had a poo poo party w/ cake n ice cream. then for the first week or two he got a treat when he went. he tried a few times to wait until bed when i would put on the diaper so i didnt put the diaper on till he was asleep n now he doesnt even wear them to bed. one thing i forgot to mention is we did switch from his lil potty to the adapter for our sea n a stool for him now he doesnt even use the lil seat either. good luck. hope this helps

Keri - posted on 12/06/2008

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I put mine on a routine...she went on the potty every 2 hours...sometimes she would go and other times she would not. When she went she received a smartie and got nothing if she did not go or if she went in her pants.

Karen - posted on 12/06/2008

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i got the book-how to potty train you child in one day (something like that)-basically you have your son teach a doll (i got a boy doll that pees when you push on the belly)how to go on the potty, reward the doll, and then have your son do it-then you reward him when he goes. pooping is harder-basically i had to catch him when he would hide and take him to the toilet. i kept the batroom fun where we could color a mickey mouse book only when he would sit on the toilet-it completely worked!

Jennifer - posted on 12/06/2008

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my son was 3 1/2 before he'd consistently used the potty. i tried everything. i did find out it's important to keep calm. the reward system really worked for me. he got a sticker if he stayed dry, and i took him to the store let him pick out his treat (sour patch kids). he'd get one every time he went. it took three weeks to get through one week without an accident and he's been dry ever since.

Heather - posted on 12/06/2008

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A few things I have been told and found worked for me...
wet undies are cold and uncomfy, pull-ups for errands and night time only...
small rewards, stickers on the potty chair worked wonders for my oldest...
consistency is probably the most important, if you pick something stick with it, and they'll catch on very quickly. if you have daycare, working with them is important too...
for boys i have heard of mom's putting cheerios in the toilet and having their boys aim at that making a small game of it. i have two girls, so i would have no idea about that one...
i hope these help, but it's pretty much what everyone else said. just keep your patience. the less upset and stressed you get about it, the more your son will work with you.

Christina - posted on 12/06/2008

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It helps i have found if the child has a reward. I give one M&M for potting.If M&Ms are not your thing then a sticker or time with mom and dad alone.You know what your kid would get excited about and would motivate your child.

Tracey - posted on 12/06/2008

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I work in a nursery in the 2-3 year age group, we are potty training quite a few children at the moment. I also have a 3 year old myself so have recently gone through this. In my experience if your child is showing signs such as taking nappy off all the time, or telling you he has been in his nappy then i would recommend taking him to the shops and let him pick out his underwear, put these on top of his nappy and make it a game, but do not force it, I found getting my son 2 sit on potty with his nappy on at first helped me. Reading stories or singing songs is a great way of distracting their attention away, slowly and with a lot of patience he will succomb and use the potty, when he does make a big fuss get lots of stickers or a reward chart where if he goes so many times he will get a present. This worked for me so i wish you luck Jane. The most important piece of information i can give you is stay calm with him.

Megan - posted on 12/06/2008

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Hey,



I had this issue with my daughter too, just recently. When I was able to be home for at least 2 days straight, I threw her in a pair of underwear and told her that she had to tell me before she went. Otherwise she would get her "pretty girl panties" all wet and ruined. She was allowed to wear 2. If she had one accident, she would get one more chance. Well, she peed all over herself the first time and we were good from there. She had always showed signs of being ready. She told me when she was wet, or poopy and didn't like it. Plus, she knew everything about how to go, flush, wipe, the whole 9 yards. Take him to the store and have him pick out his own "special" pants. And give it a try. Worked for me. We haven't looked back since. I feel your pain though, a 3 year old who is still in diapers, no fun.



Good luck!

Meg

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