What is the easiest way to start potty training a 2 year old boy?

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Carmen - posted on 06/03/2009

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I used to be a two year old teacher...so I have potty trained my share of kids, plus I have three. Anyhow...biggest advice real underwear, no pull ups. I hate those things, they actually are worse than a diaper, it gives them the big girl or boy feeling...that you can potty in! how confusing...no natural consequence and that uis how we all learn. Buy a whole lotta of underwear...lots! Stay consistent for an entire week, even if they don't potty in potty at all that day, keep putting fresh underwear on. If they have a fave character definitely buy that brand, I know undies are expensive so buy some character and some of the cheaper ones. When they potty on Elmo you can say oh my Elmo doesn't like to be wet and now he is dirty we will have to wear these plain one's or whatever. Big tip in potty training is lots of patience and do not harshly scold child, it is always a uh oh now we have to take time out of what wwe are doing and go change cuz your pants are yucky. Just real matter of fact and remiond them where the potty is to go. That is it, no spankings, no time outs, no yelling fits. that will set the child so far back it is not even funny...they control their potty not you, so you could definitely make it a battle of wills if you go that route. If after 1 entire week no improvement, take a week or 2 off and then try again. But the weeks you are on, be all the way on...even when you are running errands and stuff. The reason I say take a week or 2 off is because you do not want to make the child feel like a failure and maybe they are just not ready yet...but a week or 2 is a long time for a child and they might be ready...maybe not, just keep trying in a loving yet matter a fact kinda way. Just so you know my daughter was potty trained at 18 months, my 2nd boy 2, and my 3rd boy 2 1/2, the last was the hardest. Especially for me I am suppose to be the potty training queen!!! LOL!!! Good luck and Lots of patience!

Diane - posted on 06/03/2009

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Actually, when I trained my three youngest I guess I was lucky. It only took a couple of weeks for all. I let them run around the house with no diaper, pull-up, underwear - nothing! If we had to go out we used pull-ups. It worked for us - they all ran to the potty when they needed to go. My daughter was 2 1/2 and my boys were 2 when they were trained. Good luck!

LaCi - posted on 06/04/2009

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Put a cheerio in the potty and make it an aiming game.

Buy him superhero (or whatever character he likes) underoos and white underoos. Tell him he can have the superhero undies when he uses the potty. If he has any accidents give him the white underoos and tell him the superhero had to go because he didn't like the pee (or poopie) and he'll come back after he uses the potty a little better.

I haven't potty trained mine yet, but thats what I have heard worked for my friends.

I am very interested in the bare butt method, or the 3 day method, when mine starts

http://www.babycenter.com/0_potty-traini...

Chitty - posted on 06/04/2009

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Hi... you may want to read to him stories about using the potty. He might be afriad of how the potty looks or feel or how the flash thing sounds. You can be an example on how a potty could comfort you, when your stomach complains, sometimes they need to know that it also happens to us, grown-ups. Sometimes letting them be in undies can help, when they get to feel the "eek" and they realize they don't want it, explain to them how the potty can be a great help and comfort. it would be kind of messy, but we need to try something if the other won't work. Be creative and imaginative try to look at the potty on a small child's perspective, and always make sure to give them words of comfort and encouragement on their attempts. My daughter just turned two and sits on the potty to pee but not to poop. She finds the sitting down too long a wait than running around with the pampers and releasing... then she would just say "mommy wash pupu" and we would remove her pampers and say bye-bye pupu while we drop the package in the toilet and she does the flash. She can't appreciate the sitting yet... they need time. One success we have on the potty is when I stayed with her and sang as we wait, other moms read to their child or have the child have a book to look at when they are sitting, but make sure on your first attempts that it is coming and there are no pressures. Also make sure that the seat is comfortable for your child and the hieght is just right. Good luck!

Davneet - posted on 04/30/2013

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My son is about to turn 2 in this july. He is still unable to speak well so he doesn't tell us when he want to poop and while wearing diapers he does into that.
Since a week i am trying to make him sit into the potty seat at a specific time when he poops. But he sits and finally when i make him wear a diaper he poops into that.
How shall i make him train to do potty in the potty seat..
Please suggest

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PnJ (Joanna) - posted on 06/04/2009

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I have a 2yr old daughter who will be 3 in June and she just became potty trained. It is hard but we let her pick out her potty and we bring it everywhere! I was advised by many friends to stay away from pull ups and it took time but she is now going without any accidents at night. I started when she turned 2 and made it on her terms. Then when i realized she knew when she had to go and didn't need the diaper we started with "the talk" on how she is a big girl now and we went and let her pick out undies and we put diapers away. She fought a little but I would sit with her in the bathroom and talk and tell her to just relax and let it come out and how it makes a silly sound. It is amazing the potty stories you can come up with when you are desperate..lol Good luck and don't worry every child is different and you have to try not to force it until you are sure they know when they have to go....good luck!!

Katie - posted on 06/04/2009

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We just got my 2 1/2 yr old potty trained, working with daycare and at home, we just decided to go right to big boy underwear, he didn't enjoy the feel of very wet pants instead of the pullup that pulls the wetness away from the skin. He still wears a pullup at naptime and bedtime because he has accidents when he sleeps, but other than that, he's doing great with it. Its frustrating at first and you have a lot of dirty laundry but its all worth it.

Jody - posted on 06/03/2009

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well, i have boys also. i think 2 is a bit young, but mine responded better when they were 3. i had them both trained in 2 days. i just put underwear on them and let them pee in their pants. they both couldn't stand it and went on the potty. you can buy the padded underwear so it doesn't totally make a mess. worked like a charm with both of mine.

Gale - posted on 06/03/2009

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I agree with the no pull-ups advice. That's what we did with our daughter when she was too. We had her training potty in the bathroom for a month or two and let her sit on it whenever she wanted to, but when she was REALLY ready to use the potty, we put that away and she only used the regular toilet. I'd set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes and everytime it went off we'd go sit on the toilet. It only took 4 days and she was totally potty trained. She didn't always want to go, but the promise of getting to wear 'big girl panties' was a great motivator for her. Good luck!

Jael - posted on 06/03/2009

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I'm in the same situation right now...my two year old daughter is really hating it. She sometimes screams when we take her in the potty. OR, we'll sit her down on the potty, wait several minutes, then put the pull up back on. She immediately pees in the pull up! A friend suggested that I have her run around in nothing but training pants and if she pees or poops in the training pants, it will be very uncomfortable. It may mean more clean up for me, but it might get the point across?

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This is for the almost kindergardener still in diapers. I feel for you my now 8 yr old did the same to me. I finally put my foot down made him wear underwear and when he had an "accident" I made him clean them out in the toilet and let me tell you what he only did that 2 times he said "thats gross mommy and I don't want to do that any more" and I told him I didnt want to either. We just took it from there. Treats and stuff like that dont work at this age its a choice. The Doctor told me theonly thing they can control is what goes in the mouth and when it comes out the other end. So some kids try to hold that as long as possible. Try also giving other choices like what he wants to wear for the day or what to eat keep the choices limited to 2 or 3 or they will be overwhelmed.
I hope this helps. Lots of luck. Kendra

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If he has control (which may not happen until he is 3ish) you might check out "potty training in a day". It was very helpful and actually worked. I'll try and find my copy to give you the exact title and author. Basic idea was practicing going potty from the spot an accident happened.

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In my experience the most effective way to potty train a 2 year old boy is to go over to a wall and bang your head on it really hard until you fall over. hahaha Just kidding but I think that would cause about the same amount of pain and the same level of effectiveness as my experience trying to potty train my son at 2. I waited until he was actually ready to do it (around 3) and it was a lot less traumatic. If yours is ready, LUCKY YOU. I don't know any boys who are/were but I do hear they exist.

Vanessa - posted on 06/03/2009

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I found that by showing him a little potty and a big potty next to each other, plus, having dad or a male member of the family taking him to go pee works. But worked the best was putting him in big boy underwear and letting him pee himself. Plus for going poppy in the pot as we call it, we rewarded with a special sticker he picked out, and at the end of the week if he went in the pot for the entire week he got a hot wheels and for two weeks he got big boy underwear. Mine is three now and has been pottying training since he was two..but we finally got him in big boy underwear day and night.

Cheryn - posted on 06/03/2009

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Try the 3 day potty training method- i am doing it with my daughter and it's working very well!! If you google it you can find it- there is one available to buy and another you can read on the net!! Obviously they are not completely potty trained in 3 days but it's a very very good start!! It took me over a year and a half to train my son- i wish i knew about this back then!!

Big Mama 2 - posted on 06/03/2009

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Cherrios in a tot potty chair. Tell him to aim at the cherrios!!! They love it, They learn a little aiming self control. It makes it fun. Just be prepared for him to run around naked for a couple of days as he tries to squeeze some out to hit the cherrios!!! LOL

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we make a chat and they get to pick the prize my son right now is working on his plan:

One day with no accidents: MnMs

One week with no accidents: potty party: cake and ice cream

One month with no accidents:new dvd

By then we don't need to really do anymore

Kelli - posted on 06/03/2009

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Dear Ladies,

How many teen age boys do you know who are in diapers? Potty training comes when the child is developmentally ready. If there are stressors in the child's life such as parental strife, pressure to get potty trained, and others, the child will resist. At one point I had 3 kids in diapers. The more I pushed, more they resisted. Allow yourself and your child time. Provide love and support. If you are worried about them going into kindergarten with diapers, relax. The peer pressure will get to him. He will want to be just like the other boys who use the bathroom. Good Luck my friends. It will come.

Amanda - posted on 06/03/2009

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I tried to potty train my son at 2 but it didn't work out that way just because he really wasn't ready for it at that age. Boys will be much harder to train if they aren't ready for it and if you force it, it will make it that much harder. So i held off on it until he turned 3 and he took to it much easier and better and he's been potty trained ever since. What i did with my son was put him in real underwear and made sure he went every hour throughout the day and limited fluid intake at a certain time at night so he wouldn't have any accidents at night and it worked. He's 5 years old now and has been potty trained ever since. Its normal for boys to take longer to potty train but you have to wait until he is ready or else it'll just be a complete nightmare. I had to learn it the hard way. It was a complete nightmare until he turned 3 but i think it was just mostly cause he wasn't ready for it at 2 years old. Hope this helps out some. Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 06/03/2009

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I know this is annoying, but the best thing to do is wait until they're ready. My son was 3 and 3 months. He really wanted a Cars toy, so I made a 7-day chart and when he completed 7 days of going to the potty he got his toy. Everytime he used the potty, he got a smiley face on the chart. It didn't have to be 7 days in a row, but it had to be 7 days total. He's been great since then. Still wears pull-ups at night, but that will be done soon too. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Miffy:

My son was late potty training, 3 years old, the secret for me was patience. If you get angry because they won't go it puts them off. I bought him jocks (he got to pick) and everytime he used the potty i got out party whistles and we danced and sang. I found that making a huge deal when he went to the potty worked really well because he was waiting for the next "party" Good luck



That's another REALLY good point!!!  If you make  a huge deal about it they get excited because so much of their behavior is reaction-based!!!  Great point!!!!

Miffy - posted on 06/03/2009

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My son was late potty training, 3 years old, the secret for me was patience. If you get angry because they won't go it puts them off. I bought him jocks (he got to pick) and everytime he used the potty i got out party whistles and we danced and sang. I found that making a huge deal when he went to the potty worked really well because he was waiting for the next "party" Good luck

Stacey - posted on 06/03/2009

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I agree-teach them to pee standing up-it's more fun that way... then let the other part come later when they're ready. I also think underwear at home is a GREAT thing!

Jessica - posted on 06/03/2009

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I had the male of the house take him with to the bathroom with him (even if my son didn't have to go yet) so that he could see the basics of what was going on (he stood with his back toward my son so he couldn't see everything, just get the main idea). Then when he stated expressing interest in doing it himself, I put him in big boy underwear - it results in some more cleaning but since the regular underwear don't give them the extra absorbancy/comfort...they don't like having it soaked into clothes. I also used those cool effect pull-up which my son HATED because they make it cold when they pee in them. I hope somethin here works. Also, as bad as some people think it is, let them pick out a toy that they REALLY want (my son's was a battery operated riding quad runner) and tell them they can't get it until they're potty trained cuz they're for "big boys only"...it's not really bribery...just motivation. Between the comination of things we tried...my son was outta pull-up anfd potty trained in 4-5 months!!!!

Lesley - posted on 06/03/2009

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My son was the easier to train than the girls. Instead of trying to get him to sit on the potty, get him to stand. My son went a couple of times with his dad to bathroom and he never had a problem. Also you can try throwing a couple of cheerios in the toilet and have him try and hit them. Hope these ideas help.

Karen - posted on 06/03/2009

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Excellent question.........what is the easiest way to potty train a 3year old boy??? is my question. I believe it is an issue with stage fright & not being able to sit still for my son! sorry, i can't be of help, if anything i will give you support, as i am still trying! i bought 2 potty's & underwear when he was 2, as he told me he wanted to go potty?? again, we are still trying, he goes potty on the potty once a month, all other times are a fight & it should never be a fight!!!! GOOD LUCK!

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I am glad you asked this question because I would appreciate any help in this regard too. My son seems absolutely determined to keep his pampers on and refuses to sit on the potty. Help! He will be starting kindergarten soon.

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