Any advice or tips on potty training a boy?

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Kim - posted on 11/16/2009

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This may seem weird but in training my son I would let him put a handful of cheerios in the toilet and the game was to aim and shoot them. Then he could flush them down. He thought it was fun and we kept a little baggie of cheerios in the bathroom.

Felicia - posted on 11/12/2009

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My boy was almost 3 1/2 before he would go to the potty! One day he was just tired of wearing pull-ups and decided to go. It is a good idea for daddy to show him how - but otherwise ....When he is ready he will do it!

Diana - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hi Elizabeth - my only tip is wait until he's ready. I tried to get my son out of nappies and we have accidents which made him really distressed. I put him back in nappies and one day he just took it off himself and decided he didn't want them any more. He was dry day and night from then on. I had to get him up in the night to go to the loo at first until he was about 3 1/2 but we haven't had an accident at all.



Good luck!



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Madeline - posted on 11/10/2009

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try letting him run around naked and get a seat for the toilet or a potty which ever he would use my son hated the potty and he likes the seat on the toilet. and when he is telling you that he needs toilet try training pants not the pull up as they are exspensive and i find they are just like a nappy but there are traing pants made out of that terry towling you can get them from big w or best and less. or just try normal undies and if he does a wee take him to toilet and put him on it and say this is where you do wee wee or something like that

Christina - posted on 11/10/2009

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I agree with Connie....Let daddy show him how its done. And the cherrios and fruit loops did not work with me....My little boy knows those are bite bites...so when you throw them in the toilet and tell him to shoot them he would just try to reach in and get them. LOL so that never worked with me :)

Maria - posted on 11/10/2009

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i haven't had any official potty training classes with my little guy

but i heard that having the baby boy "sink the cheerios" really works.

throw some cheerios in the toilet and have him sink them...with the urine obviously lol

Jenn - posted on 11/10/2009

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I had my son potty trained before his 2nd birthday. I think the biggest thing is that you really have to watch for their readiness and don't miss that window.
I totally agree with the once you start don't stop. And I say go cold turkey. Skip the pull-ups because I have yet to meet a parent who has used them and it has worked.
Go on a fun shopping trip and let him pick out what ever undies he wants, what ever character.
Do a diaper free count down. Let him know "this is your last box of diapers and then you are going to be a big boy and go on the potty"
If he's a Daddies boy tell him he get to pee like daddy in the big potty.
I also gave my son pez initially as a reward but it didn't last long because he was just proud of himself and getting high fives and cheers was just as good. But I know a lot of people do M&Ms or stickers.
And lastly just follow your instincts, if you think he's ready, you are probably right :)

Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2009

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There is a great book coming out about the Diaper Fairy called Max and the Diaper Fairy. It should be released soon, but it is one mom's journey of potty training her 3 year old boy.

Amy - posted on 11/10/2009

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i have a 3 year old son that was very stubborn on being potty training and the only way i got him potty trained is i did some serious one on one time with him and when he was good and went i gave him a sticker to put on his sticker chart and when he messed in his pants i put him in timeout to let him know he is a big boy and peeing or pooping in his pants was not except able any more i also quit using pull ups i believe its just an easier way for them to pee or poop in there pants

Amy - posted on 11/10/2009

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i have a 3 year old son that was very stubborn on being potty training and the only way i got him potty trained is i did some serious one on one time with him and when he was good and went i gave him a sticker to put on his sticker chart and when he messed in his pants i put him in timeout to let him know he is a big boy and peeing or pooping in his pants was not except able any more i also quit using pull ups i believe its just an easier way for them to pee or poop in there pants

Connie - posted on 11/10/2009

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The average age for potty training a boy is 3.5 years to 4 - rule number 1: once you start, don't stop.



Have male role models "show him" -

Make a BIG deal out of any effort and successes

NEVER, EVER use potty as punishment - do not belittle him in anyway for accidents.



My boys gotta kick out of "ready, aim, fire!" I'd throw a couple cheerios in the toliet, and tell them to see if they can hit them. There are also flushable form "potty targets" you can purchase at Wal*Mart, Target, and other similar retailers. Then of course, there is the less popular, mom frowned upon, sword fighting (two boys going pee at the same time), but it works.



Boys are statistically more difficult to train, and may have accidents well into preschool - BM's will, generally speaking, take much longer for them to learn - they seem to like hiding spots in crouching positions opposed to cold toliet seats and exposure - hmmm, wonder why? lol.



Patience, patience, patience. This to shall pass! Good luck :)

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