potty training?

Nicole - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is tiny but very smart for his age. He speaks and communicates very well. He is familiar with the potty and knows what it is used for but just isn't interested in it. My husband and I usually make a pretty big deal about it when he does use the potty on those rare occasions and every time my hubby or I use the potty ourselves he says "good girl mommy" or "good boy daddy." It's cute but he has no interest in using it. He knows when he has to poo because he usually goes to the corner or somewhere he can't be seen. Should I push for potty training or should I wait until he shows interest on his own time? Any thoughts? Ideas? Advice?

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Jamie - posted on 01/24/2010

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First off, how old is your son? We introduced potty training @ 18mo. My daughter was communicating well at this age so we tried. She wasn't really interested @ first so we slacked off a bit. She just turned 2 and is almost done w/ the training. It takes time & patience. Try offering rewards such as stickers or 1-2 M&M's. Eventually it will start to set in. After they get used to the idea of going potty slowly take away the incentives so they will not expect treats for the next year +. Also look for clues, if you see him going behind the couch to poo, try taking him in to the bathroom and see if he uses it. If he does, make a huge deal of it so he gets the idea. My daughter tells us each time she has to poo, but not so much w/ the pee. So we take her to the bathroom every 30-45min. She's now slowly telling us if she has to pee. Trust me, you need LOTS of patience. He'll get it at his own pace. Just make sure not to scold when he does have an accident or he'll resist it more. Just say something encouraging so he's knows sometimes mistakes happen. Sorry this went on for a long time!

Allana - posted on 01/23/2010

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dont disregard the potty but maybe step back a bit and dont worry bout it too much he will do it in time like u said he is a smart boy :-)

Samantha - posted on 01/23/2010

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My daughter is two next week, and showed all the signs she was realy for the potty training. We tried potty training last week, we offered a sticker reward chart and she also got a lolly every time she used potty. She understood what she had to do but got upset cos she simply couldnt hold it in until she got to the potty. We had to stop because she was getting so upset, we will try again in a few months. From everything I have been told, it is best not to push them and you can generally tell within 2-3 days if they are ready, we knew within 2 days she wasnt ready.

Lea - posted on 01/21/2010

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Have you offered a reward for going potty? My son loves getting stickers. He might just need positive reinforcement.

Sara - posted on 01/21/2010

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my son who is 4 now took to potty training straight away as my cousin who had kids the same age looked after him whilst i worked so he could see the others doing it he copied and thought it was fun to be the same but my little girl who is just two will not go near she screams if i put her on it and when she has no nappy on she just wees and then runs off saying ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh cos she knows she has done something wrong - i am really trying but run out of things to do. id love to know what other people with older children have tried with the younger ones.

User - posted on 01/20/2010

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I like the idea of the underwear. I am going to try that soon. I am dreading potty training!

Leah - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son was the same way back during the summer he was doing all the signs of being ready to be potty trained but then when it came down to it he had no interest. So we did not force him we just simply waited a few months and tried again. We just put underwear on him and told him to use the potty and he took right to it without having to be forced.He has been potty trained for going on a month now and no accidents..I would not reccomend forceing him to use the potty it might just delay the whole process

Rachel - posted on 01/20/2010

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I am in the same boat! So I would be really interested in what other moms have to say. I was thinking doing the 3 day nakie method where they run around naked for 3 days and you put them on the potty every time they start to go to the bathroom, I just can't bring myself to do it bc of the mess.

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