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Andrea - posted on 07/10/2013

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My little girl's just like that also at first. Everytime I put her on the potty, she would cry and cry because she doesn't want to sit on it. Luckily, I downloaded an app called potty training learning with the animals. It has helped me alot to let my baby use the potty. She enjoyed watching the app as well as having her time in the potty. :)

Shova - posted on 06/19/2013

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Hi....I am start to give training my boy.I make a potty chair for him......play with the potty......what i would suggest is to try to make games, read lots of stories, ,,,i dowloaded a great app called potty training learning with the animals....my son loved it and help him a lot!

Alison - posted on 01/18/2009

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I would wait until the weather warms up, this way the child can wear the underwear and not get cold. Skip the pull up diapers and try regular underwear or old fashioned training pants. Sears and JCPenny may still carry them. I believe that those pull up things are too much like diapers and may confuse the child. Regular underwear get wet and will let the child feel the wetness.

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i potty trained my boys by putting some cheerios in the toilet for them to aim at to shot while they potty , try that make it a game an than give him something as a reward when he uses the potty ,

Kaisa - posted on 01/16/2009

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my kids refused to use the potty and went straight to the toilet with a step up, that seemed to help, messier but they wouldn't sit on the potty at all. i also put them into jock straight away when we were at home all day and on weekends. that seemed to help with the training (be prepared to wash 10 pairs of jocks in 1 day!)

GOOD LUCK

Harriet - posted on 01/16/2009

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Just give him more time. I have 3 teenagers who were all late to be potty trained, my youngest only just in time for school. My daughters were wet at night for years but are fine now. He'll know when he's ready, just be patient.



 

Harriet - posted on 01/16/2009

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Just give him more time. I have 3 teenagers who were all late to be potty trained, my youngest only just in time for school. My daughters were wet at night for years but are fine now. He'll know when he's ready, just be patient.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/15/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

My son wouldn't potty train at 2 1/2. I asked him why and he said, and I quote, "Because if I use the potty, then I won't be a baby any more". He didn't fully potty train until he was 4. The good news is, they all train by kindergarten!


You son is very astute!!  My mother wanted to delay potty training me until I was 4 or 5 precisely because of this reason!  But then the day care she had me in when I was 2 wanted to move me in with the 4/5 year olds and had no changing facility, so I was handed a book and pointed to the potty.  However, I know from experience now that definitely not all 2-year-olds are so understanding when it comes to the potty (my son certainly isn't.)



 



Don't force the potty on a child that doesn't want it, you'll make the situation more traumatic than it has to be.  As Sarah's very bright son has pointed out, he probably understands on some level that he will no longer be the baby; this can be a traumatic feeling for young ones, even if they don't have the eloquence that Sarah's son did to express it.  Children surely shouldn't be coddled their whole lives, but you also have to be responsive to how they feel about things.  It is his life and his body.  I know it's inconvenient and environmentally unfriendly (or ultra-messy/time consuming if you use cloth) changing diapers, but if he doesn't feel ready yet, then he isn't.  Especially at 2 and a half (my son is about that age and doesn't like the potty a whole lot either, even though he's used it successfully dozens of times).



Nevertheless, there are some things you can do, as potty training will need to come at some point.  We got the baby some pull-ups that I quickly found are leaky if he pees too much in them (of course, I stopped using them after he had a bowel movement that was a nightmare to pull him cleanly out of... maybe a little later...) but you could try something like this.  Children will not like the feeling of being in wet clothes, boy or girl.  It will help them to associate the feeling in their body with the uncomfortable feeling they get afterwards.  However, I wouldn't recommend making him wander around in soggy bottoms for the next few months.  Especially if he's refusing to use the potty at all, it will just make the potty an even more horrible thing.  His central nervous system may just not be developed enough to handle potty training yet.  A really good sign that it's time is when they start going dry all night reliably.  We've had a few dry nights, but it isn't reliable yet, so I'm not going to start forcing him to pee in his clothes several times a day until it seems like his body is there and it's time to catch up the mind.



As some of the others here have pointed out, boys do in general take longer to potty train than girls.  It was a breeze with me, (I remember doing it and it wasn't hard at all.  I can even still vaguely see the pages of the potty book I had to read, when I think on it) but some friends of my family have an almost 5 year old son who's still unreliably going to the potty.  Don't get too discouraged.  He's still young.

Tiffany - posted on 01/15/2009

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My son was off and on until he was 3. We knew he knew how to and when to he just was very strong willed and refused to stay put.  So, I had to put him on the potty about every 2-3 hrs or when I knew he had drank fluids.  He didn't always want to stay, but after we got over his strong will he did great.  For a while he wouldn't go #2, but I figured out what time of day he usually went and would put him on the potty during that time of day and it worked!  Now he's almost 4 and is totally potty trained.  Like all kids, he occasionally has an accident, but he does everything himself now.  It took a good 6-8 months for this to happen. I just worked with him and found what encouraged him.  Books helped sometimes and so did his favorite toys or specific toys just for the potty.  Anyway, be encouraged.  It will happen=) Sorry for the novel..haha

Sarah - posted on 01/15/2009

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My son wouldn't potty train at 2 1/2. I asked him why and he said, and I quote, "Because if I use the potty, then I won't be a baby any more". He didn't fully potty train until he was 4. The good news is, they all train by kindergarten!

Cheryl - posted on 01/15/2009

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My own son was about 4 before he was totally potty trained.  Be patient he will do it when he is ready. 

Deborah - posted on 01/15/2009

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My son just turned 3 and I cant get him to go to the potty,He has tried it 1 or 2 times and thats it.He just does'nt seem interested.

Katey - posted on 01/15/2009

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Try using a cloth nappy as boys dont like to feel wet and it will encourage him to use a toilet. Also to stop him taking them off get some underpants which are a little larger and fit over the nappy, they will stop him being able to undo it.



best of luck!



Katey

Melody - posted on 01/15/2009

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He is 2 1/2 . i keep hearing that boys are harder then girls, do you find this to be true?

Fiona - posted on 01/15/2009

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how old is he, my little boy was 3 before he was potty trained i wouldnt about it to much he will when hes ready

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