how do you potty train a boy?

Monika - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I've been trying to teach my little guy to sit on the potty and do his thing but he seems to think its a fun chair and can sit there for ages and play without actually going...as soon as i put the nappy back on then he goes! Any advise, tips, tricks, anything?

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Rose - posted on 02/16/2010

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With my oldest I gave him a sucker every time he peepeed in the potty, and told him I would take him to the store and he can pick out what ever he wanted. It worked for him but my 2yr old son will pull his pants and pull up off we just sit him on the potty. He is a work in progress.

Crystina - posted on 02/16/2010

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Well I am going through the same thing I am a single mom with a boy and girl, the girl was easy but a boy i think is a little more difficult. My son likes to do what sissy does so if i put her on the potty then he wants on, so i put him on his potty chair and he plays and once in awhile he does go potty and gets a special treat for being a big boy, and then he gets to wear his big boy pants. As far as getting him to stand and tinkle i was told that cheerios in the toilet or even a coffee can. But i guess they like the way it sounds when the pee in the can lol

Crystal - posted on 02/14/2010

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My advice would be to put him on the potty every 30 minutes or so depending on how often he wets his diaper. Eventually one of the times he will go and when he does make a really big deal about it, clap, shout hooray or even dance around. I know it sounds silly but when he see's that it's a big deal he will want to do it more and more. I wouldn't push it too hard he will go when he feels he is ready but incourage him to use it as much as you can. If he feels pressure to use it or is forced to sit there for hours he will start to hate it or just get so bored with it it won't be appealing. Hope that helps a little :)

Ari - posted on 02/14/2010

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I have always sat my boys on the potty then pour warm water over his stuff and then usually they pee after you do it like that for a while then you wont have to use the water. It actually even worked for my girl

Katy - posted on 02/13/2010

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throw some tosty o's in the potty and have him aim and shoot. That's what my mom did with my brothers. Worked great!

Bethany - posted on 02/09/2010

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also, i set aside a week where we didn't go out and daddy was off work and took thomas' nappies off him so he could only wear big boy pants. i found when i had tried before in orevious months and kept putting him back in napies when i needed to go out it was like taking 10 steps back x

Bethany - posted on 02/09/2010

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our little boy was the same so we started him on the toilet with a child seat, within a week he was dry and now uses the potty more. another trick we used was to teach him to stand and wee like daddy does it made it more fun for him. keep at it you will get there, some kids just take a little longer than tohers so don't worry about it if he's not quite ready x

Megan - posted on 02/08/2010

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OO and another thing get him a potty seat that fits to your toilet because my son did the same thing he thought his potty was a chair not something to pee in! so I got the potty seat that fits to our toilet and he figured out that was the toilet!

Megan - posted on 02/08/2010

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I had my son potty trained in 3 days this way! All I did was take away the diapers and pull ups! I got stickers and little treats like 1 or 2 m&ms and let him pick out his own big boy pants lol! and we had a few accidents but after the 3rd accident he realized he was wearing underwear not a diaper!

Tanya - posted on 02/07/2010

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I finally quit using the potty chair it became a toy & entertainment center.We use step stool now he stands to pee.

Shannon - posted on 02/05/2010

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Every child has their own pace for doing things and so do the parents. My advice to you would be to not worry and not force the issue. At this age especially they are just learning of this brand new concept...independence! Forcing him to go and/or punishing him for not is in my opinion the wrong way to go about it. My son will walk over to the potty chair and just go...he poops all the time and not pee very often...kinda the opposite of most. But here is what i did~i let him discover what was in the diaper after he had pooped. That allowed him to see what was coming out and he stuck his face almost in it...he smelled it and got closer and closer. Honestly i was getting nervous about him sticking his face in it. BUT he didnt. The first time he went poo on the potty chair...i jumped and screamed and praised and high fived. But i also didnt just take it away...i let him look at it over and over for about 5 minutes...he said wow like 35 times. Then together we went to the toilet and i let him dump it in...let him wipe himself and flush the toilet himself. At this age control is HUGE...that (potty training) is the ONE thing you can not control...so they like to hang on to it for as long as they can. You always get much better resulf for rewarding and not punishing. I also put him in little boxer briefs or run naked around the house a few times a day...and ask him often if "he wants to SIT on the potty" and not "if he has to go potty"...they dont neccessaraly pee every 30 minutes...do you? Well hope this helps. Good luck...youll both get through it sooner than you think. Take care.

Ashley - posted on 02/05/2010

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oh my boy do i know how you feel! my son is 5 years old and i just barely got him potty trained. and putting underwares on him was a totally different disaster. i couldnt even get my son to sit on the potty but when he did it seem like forever. and of course he would in his pamper. but it just takes time. i got frustrated many times and i felt that when he was ready he would go. and now pampers gives him rashes he wants the potty. the only advice i could give you is patients. kids are smart and they know what they need to do. i wish you the best.

Kristen - posted on 02/03/2010

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When I was potty training my oldest I put him in underwear, and made him sit on the toilet every 30 minutes, even if he said that he didn't have to go. If he had an accident I took a towel, and made him sit in the wet underwear for 10 minutes. That way he learned that wet undies are yucky. He was potty trained in a few months.

Rykki - posted on 02/03/2010

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I let my little guy run around in underwear. It is winter here so I just kept giving him liquids and set him on about every 45 minutes. Eventually he figured out what that feeling was. If he had an accident I would simply clean it up and set him on the potty.

Victoria - posted on 02/03/2010

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My little un just scream when i try and get him to use the potty and i cant get him to sit on it, my grandma says he should be using a potty by now but how can i make him go without making him scream?

Monika - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have sat with him on potty or big toilet with kiddy seat for up to an hour at a time, do leave him to run nappyless in the garden or with big boy undies and so he is aware when he does peepee in his pants, just wont do it on the potty or toilet...go figure, thanks for all advice though.

Rykki - posted on 02/02/2010

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Do you ever let him run around in underwear or bottomless? My son wanted to sit on the toilet. That's why I started training him. I do have to set him on the toilet when he goes, because he boycotted any type of potty chair. Now he pats his bottom when he has to go. Good luck and be patient.

Lea - posted on 02/02/2010

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Obviously not waiting long enough. Plan to potty train for an hour or two. When he does go, provide positive reinforcement (praise, sticker, or potty that plays music).

Mary - posted on 02/02/2010

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Yep Monica buy a potty that plays music when he does something in his potty and he will be delighted with himself.Don't leave him too long on the potty as they can get bored or think it is playing but with a musical potty he will want to get up when it plays cause he knows he has done the business then lots of praise.good luck

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