I need potty training help!

Amanda - posted on 06/01/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 2 a few weeks ago. We have been attempting potty training at home and at daycare since he was 18 months. When we change his diaper, we sit him on his potty, and tell him this is where he should go potty, and then he gets a sticker for sitting there. At first, he really enjoyed it. He actually told us and daycare on 3 different occasions that he had to "peepee" and we ran to the potty and he went, yay!! But the last time he has gone, or even wanted to go, was in March. I still try to get him to sit on it, but as soon as he sits down, he says "all done" and jumps right back up. It seems he has no interest anymore in going. We've tried treats and stickers when he does do it, but he just has no interest at all! I don't want to push him, because I don't want him to pull further away from the idea of doing it. Any other ideas to get him to go to the potty?

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Candi - posted on 06/09/2011

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An important developmental step for every child is potty training. Most children begin using the toilet as toddlers, usually between 18 months and 3 years old. (Note: It usually takes a little longer to potty train boys than girls. Boys, on average, can be successfully potty trained in 12 weeks. Girls, on average, can be successfully potty trained in 10 weeks.)



Signs that your child may be ready to start potty training include:



Staying dry for at least two hours at a time.

Having regular bowel movements.

Being able to follow instructions.

Being uncomfortable with dirty diapers and asking for them to be changed.

Asking to use the potty or saying that they need to urinate or have a bowel movement.

Showing interest in the toilet and/or wearing “big kid” underpants.

When you begin potty training:



Dress your child appropriately for potty training. Garments with elasticized waists, Velcro, and snaps are usually easy for your child to take off and put on.

Choose a potty seat that your child can easily use on their own.

Your child may want to personalize his/her potty: by letting him/her write his/her name on the little potty, a sense of ownership can develop. Your child may be more likely to use a potty if s/he feels it is uniquely his/hers.

Assure your child that s/he will not fall in the potty (many children have fears of falling in a toilet while sitting on it).

Encourage your child to use the potty at regular intervals - or whenever s/he show signs that s/he needs to go.

Use proper terms (urinating and defecating) as well as the terms your child may be more comfortable with (peeing and pooping). Make sure that you define your terms so that your child becomes adept at using the terms him-/herself.

Start with the basics. Both boys and girls should be shown how to potty from a seated position first. Once boys master urinating from a seated position, they can “graduate” to learning how to urinate while standing. The reason boys should learn to urinate while seated first is that bowel movements and urination often occur in the same bathroom visit . . . additionally, the delay in learning to urinate while standing minimizes the likelihood of your son making messes while enthralled with the spray he can create by urinating.

Teach your child to wipe properly. Show him/her how to remove toilet paper from the roll, wipe, and throw the used toilet paper in the toilet. Instruct girls to wipe from front to back, which helps avoid urinary tract infections. (Note: your child may need help to wipe effectively, especially after a bowel movement, until about age 4 or 5.)

Be supportive and use rewards, such as stickers, when your child is successful on the potty.

Use praise, applause, special songs, reading a special book in the bathroom, or whatever else resonates with your child.

Avoid pressure: your child will likely have accidents during the process. Don’t punish him or her for any setbacks.

Be sure that your babysitter understands your approach to potty training and is consistent with rewards, praise, etc.

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Kismet - posted on 06/01/2011

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My son Cezar is 18 months and he has been pulling his pamper off and saying "wet". I initially thought he should go when his dad goes but it wasn't working out too well. It has only been 5 days that I take him when I go and I sit and them have him sit on right next to me. He sits for a second but then he wants to play. Since your son is somewhat older he may sit longer. Try taking him with you a couple times to see how it goes.

Melodie - posted on 06/06/2011

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It took forever to get my oldest son potty trained. But I learned something the hard way. One is that we want them potty trained now, and they are not ready. You can't make them do something their little mind is not physically ready to do. The other thing I discovered is that he did not want to sit down he wanted to stand up and go potty like his daddy. So I went and got fruit loops and a plastic stool. He loved standing on the stool and I would throw some fruit loops in the potty and tell him to hit the blue one, or the red one. It became a game and after a few days we never looked back. When he was ready mentally to go and then it was made fun it worked like a charm. The one thing I will tell you is do NOT punish them for having an accident that will just set them back. Correct them but don't get angry with them. Also take them to the store and let them pick out big boy/girl undies of their own and when you are home let them wear only those. And put them in a pull up at night or when you have to go out. My boys day care would not let them wear a pull up while potty training. Talk to the day care and make sure that ya'll are doing the same thing. It is important to be consistant with it.

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Amanda - posted on 06/11/2011

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I think they also need to feel wet when they wee to recognise the feelings/sensations that go with toilet training. I had Ash, at 18 moths, wear undies over the summer to get used to the feeling and now at 21 months he uses the potty every morning for both wee & poos however he likes to sit in front of the tv while he does it lol. Altho we take him regularly to the toilet/potty during the day, he still wets and given that its winter we prefer to use a nappy during the day when he is busy.

Christy - posted on 06/09/2011

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You know Candi that all well and fine, but my way work's and you wants be potting training for 10 to 12 weeks. Please DO NOT underestimate your children they are starter then we give them credit for.

Jen - posted on 06/07/2011

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We tried when our son turned 2 as well. He wasn't quite ready either so we waited a few minths and tried again and he was much better. We tell him does he need to make bubbles and he responds much better then potty!

Christy - posted on 06/07/2011

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Hey if you had someone to change you would you stop? The answer is NO. Now go buy some training pants so your son can go to the bathroom and get the one's with the rubber pant on the outside. Put some in his bag for school and you will need some for home, bring him to to bathroom in the morning when you get him up and again before you bring him to school. Don't give him a lot to drink so you can be aware when he will go. Let him go to the bathroom when he get to school and after that it's the teacher time.When you pick him up let him go to the bathroom before going home and after you get home bring him again. What you are doing is getting him in the habbit of going to the bathroom after two weeks of this he should be going on his own. This has worked for me for years. If you need to talk to me please call 504-710-0783. Good luck.

Donna - posted on 06/05/2011

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My daughter is neary 3 and has been using the potty for my mam but will no go for me at home no matter what ive tryed she just wont do it i feel like pullin py hair out any help would be great on this

Kaila - posted on 06/05/2011

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My son is 2 as well and I try to get him to sit on the potty when I change his diaper and he sits on the potty for a few seonds then he wants to go play and runs off. I didn't have nearly this hard a time with my daughter.

Kristiene - posted on 06/02/2011

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My son is 20 months and really need potty training too.. He dont like to sit in a bowl or on his potty he always says "Ewl and yuck" when he see the potty or bowl. , but everytime he popo he will say it but he already popo in his diaper...I need help on it too...

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