Potty training

Courtney - posted on 01/22/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




I am potty training my 3 year old. We are throwing away the diapers and are on day 3 of a "diaperless" household. We are using the sticker chart. When did your child become more independent about going potty? He still needs me to almost force him to go. Sometimes he tells me but it seems like a struggle. We are going to start putting him in vinyl pants over his underpants to contain accidents but allow him to be uncomfortable. We have used m & ms in the past with little success. Any advice or suggestions?


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Tara - posted on 08/13/2009




My daughter was completely potty-trained at 26 months, I stayed home with her so maybe there's a difference? I never had any trouble, she wanted to wear panties & that was it! I was very dilligent about keeping her clean while she was in diapers though & I think that makes a difference :)

Rachel - posted on 08/13/2009




I've tried stickers, m&m's, toys, taking away his spiderman costume (most prized posession) among other things. a few weeks ago we had a 3 days weekend and i just broke down and put the big boy underwear on him and said "dont pee in these or i'm taking your costume away!" he's had a few accidents but for the most part he's learned how to hold it. I still have to tell him when to go and sometimes he fights me about it but I am NOT going back to pull-ups (except at night) no matter how bad it gets! there HAS to be a means to an end!!!!

Maddy - posted on 05/01/2009




I have two. Brodys 3 and Hallies not quite 2. The yare both fully potty trained to the point of not owning any diapers or pull ups. They are so much smarter than we give them credit for.

Tip 1) No More Diapers!! When at home (aside from sleeping) TAKE IT OFF!!!

2) Find a special candy or 'treat' and ONLY give it to her when he/she 'goes potty'. At first he/she got it just for sitting down, then after a couple weeks he/she would only get it for pottying. After that it was only with pooping.

3) PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE.. They love making mommy happy!

4) Dont get upset with accidents, they happen. Just explain that he/she needs to make it to the potty next time.

5) Take your child every 15-20 minutes at first. Then start to spread the time out as they get the hang of it.

thats all Ive got, but my son and daughter were both potty trained well before 2 years. Hope this helps

App+7mnejhu - posted on 03/24/2009




My dd is 3 and was fully potty trained at about 2.5. She still had some #2 accidents for a while but this completely stopped. I simply put her in regular panties and had to watch her all the time. Good luck. The preschool she was going to would not take kids after 2.5 who are still in diapers. They had to be in pull-ups or totally potty trained. No they can't even ware pull-ups. So i had no choice. I think, the more time you dedicate to it, the easier it is.

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2009




I feel like this is an endless struggle at my house. We started off with a Winnie the Pooh potty at about 2 yrs old...he fought us from day one. Then we decided to try the seat for the big potty and he seemed to do a little better with the aid of stickers and us putting him on the potty every 1-2 hours.Unfortunately he has been back on his stubborn streak again so I'm thinking about going with big boy underwear and throwing out the Pullups to see if this helps some.So far though pottytraining seems to be our worse enemy around here. Hope things get easier on you~

Amy - posted on 02/19/2009




We started out with the little toddler potty my son could sit on, but he didn't really start potty training well until we bought a seat to fit on the "big potty" at 2 1/2 years old. Then we gave him a "pee pee candy" everytime he went and two pieces when he would go #2. That really helped us. It seemed like a lot of work at first because he wouldn't tell us when he had to go, so we would just put him on the potty after waking up and after everytime he had a drink at meals or snacks. Then one day...he just started running in there on his own about two months before he turned 3. He has been completely in underwear for about 5-6 months now, but he still does wear a pull-up to bed just in case he has an accident...even though it's usually dry every morning. I think every child is ready at different times and one day all of a sudden they get it and it's not as much of a struggle! I thought I would be fighting him forever, but it's much easier now. BUT...he doesn't want to stand up to pee so that's what we are working on now:) Good luck!!

Michelle - posted on 01/23/2009




my son just turned 3 in dec.  he's in daycare and they actually started potty training him.  we were having no luck with it at home.  we found that, because at daycare he uses a "big boy" potty, we let him use the big potty at home instead of the toddler potty we had bought.  he uses a stool and stands up to peepee, but we have the same trouble that he doesn't tell us he has to go.  we take him every 1-2 hrs.  i started running the water facet in the sink to help him peepee and now he doesn't even need that, but he still won't #2 in the potty yet (i'm hopeful it'll be soon).  i'm learning that i just have to have A LOT of patience with this, but he's getting better each day. 

hope this helps....sorry i don't have more advice, but i'm new to potty training myself as this is my only one...

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