Desperately need suggestions for trying to potty train very resisting 2 year old son! HELP!

Lindsey - posted on 08/08/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son is taking his diaper off, but does not want anything to do with potty, he screams to the top of his lungs the whole time we make him sit on it. Tried stickers, and even offered cookies, but still no excitemtent or interest. We are buying more diapers and wipes then we are our own toilet paper!

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Abbs - posted on 08/13/2010

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How old is your son? Honestly, our daughter will be 3 years old at the end of this month, she isn't using the potty all the time yet. But we had bought her one when she turned 2. She didn't use it all the time, but she always came in the bathroom with me and knew what it was for and how to use it. She would "pretend" to go on the potty but never took her undies off. Just recently, my mom was watching her and she went to the bathroom, took her pull up off, threw away her poop in the big toilet, flushed the toilet herself, threw away her pull up, went to my mom and told her "mama, can you please wash my hands? I went poop and threw it away". We were just so amazed. She still wears her pull ups, but she also likes to wear regular big girl underwear and has been using her own potty on her own, not all the time, but the thing is, we're not forcing her. But she already understands the concept of the potty.

Wendy - posted on 08/11/2010

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he will let you know when he is ready!! When that time comes have a SET routine in place, the BIG thing at that time is keep to the routine!!!! My youngest son, now 14, when he was 3y/o, was not potty trained. I was working 1st shift, 2nd shift, & 12 hr shifts all in the same week. So I quit that job & started working a different one with better hours. I set up a routine with my babysitter, & we had him trained in 1 week!!! SO DON'T GIVE UP!!!!! It will happen!

Siti - posted on 08/11/2010

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My daughter is 26 mths old and I haven't started potty training yet, even tho i've changed her to pull-up pants. She would tell me that she had poo-ed, only after it was over .. LOL .. but it's a start. She's not ready yet and I want her to be at her own pace, not mine. Like what the other parents said, don't force him. Let it be a growing process that he enjoys, not smthg that he is forced to do .. after all, our kids can now eat using a fork and spoon without us forcing them, rite? :) ... go with d flow ...

Prisca - posted on 08/11/2010

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Read Gina Ford's Potty Training in one week book - It's about whether he is ready both physically and emotionally. I agree with others. Don't push it. x

Kathryn - posted on 08/10/2010

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my daughter didn't like the little potty chair...she wanted to use the "big potty" so we went and i let her pick out her seat to go on the toliet... that was at 2 years old...she is now 4....a friend of mine potty trained her two boys by putting a few cheerios in the toliet when she noticed that they had to go and told them to sink the cheerios...she turned it into a game...i have been told they have an actual "game" like think that has a bullseye you put in the bottom of the toliet that they are suppose to aim towards...

Jennifer - posted on 08/10/2010

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Don't force the issue...my daughter is 3 1/2 and just potty trained herself. I tried everything that I could think of to motivate her to want to go on the potty, but nothing ever worked. One day she came home from Grandma's and had used the toilet the whole time, telling Grandma every time she needed to go...and that was it...no accidents since! He will do it in HIS time, you just need to be patient!

Crystal - posted on 08/09/2010

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How old is your son? For my five year old I tried potty training when she was two, but she was not fully potty trained until she was three almost four so what I did with my second daughter was wait until she was three than I put her in underwear and also gave her m&ms when she went potty on the toilet than when she was going on the toilet I changed it to if she was dry the whole day she got m&ms. For my five year old I used dum-dum suckers because that is her favorite.

Alison - posted on 08/09/2010

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How old is he? My son wouldn't even think of it until he was over 2...almost 3 actually. I read books while he was on the potty and put him in real underwear. My guy hated to be wet so it worked like a charm. Good luck!

Marcy - posted on 08/09/2010

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Let it go....don't actively pursue training until he is around 3. If you feel like you can't let him go until 3 put the potty out and let him explore it when he is ready.

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What worked for me was taking my son shopping to buy his own pants and his own booster seat for the toilet (he wasnt so keen on a potty). He liked that meant he could be a big boy, of course we had countless accidents but we got there in the end!

Alison - posted on 08/09/2010

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If he is only two, there should be no need to pressure him into sitting on the potty. He is still quite young and pressure may prolong the process.

Dora - posted on 08/09/2010

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If his father is in the picture I would recommend having him watch daddy each and everytime he uses the toilet. That is how we got our son to start getting interested. He wants to do everything daddy does which includes using the toilet. We are not pushing the issue because he is only 2yrs old but we ask him if he wants to go and if he says yes we put him on the toilet.

Eliz - posted on 08/09/2010

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First of all how old is your little one? I have recently started actively potty training my almost 21 month old. Sometimes he sits on the potty without a problem,sometimes its a battle but its all about consistancy. I use the naked method. I keep him naked from the waist down in order for me to see his signals and also so he doesn't just go when he feels like it. You have to be very attentive when potty training. The first time my little one went in the potty I danced and sang and clapped and praised him and now its much easier even when he doesn't wan to sit on the potty he will eventually go in it and forget he was upset. My little one pulls on his penis and tesicles when he has to go potty. Thats when I know I need to sit him on the potty. I know some people won't agree with making him sit on the potty when he doesn't want to but it works for me. I have only been using the naked method for about a week but it has already saved me in the amount of diapers we go through. I only put a diaper on him when we lave the house and when he goes to bed. Otherwise all day at home he is naked. It's ok if he pees on the floor because as soon as you see him start to pee you wisk him away to the potty. Some children find the big potty scarey so if you don't have a potty chair I would suggest you get one and put it in the living room so its less scarey and you can put him on it fast when he starts to pee.

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