Potty Training

Crystal - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 2 and everybody says thats the age 2 start potty training ive bought him a potty but when i sit him on it all he does is whine and i would still have 2 put an overnight on him b4 bed because he refuses 2 go without his cup. he hasnt really been saying pee and poop every once in awhile he will say it, has anyone else been through this and what can i do to try and get him 2 use the bathrm

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Wendy - posted on 03/12/2010

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Potty training isn't completely based on age, but on readiness. If he's not ready yet, put the potty away and don't worry about it. Try again in a few months. Signs of being ready would include understanding the use of the potty (pee and poop), being uncomfortable when wet/messy and telling you when he needs to be changed. Don't force it, you don't want it to be a bad experience for him. If it takes him a little longer, so what?

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Diana - posted on 03/26/2010

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I read that a good way of getting them ready for it is to try to change them as often as possible while they're still in diapers so they get used to being dry. When our son turned 2 we took him to the store so he could pick out a seat and fun underwear ( he has a thing about cars, so we got the cars potty seat and underwear, which worked great for encouragement). I tell him his new undies are so cool he doesn't wanna get them dirty. We've been at it for over 2 months... I must say possitive reinforcement is definitely the way to go, try not to seem too upset when he has an accident, but just remind him he needs to tell you BEFORE he needs to go. My son still has accidents, but he is getting better everyday. Like everybody said, if he's completly terrified, let go of it for a while... No use getting him traumatized. I also saw an elmo doll that comes with a potty seat, and explains to them how to do it. Good Luck!!

Lynne - posted on 03/26/2010

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Every child is different, so 2 is definitely not a "magic age". Both of my boys were not ready at two, in fact, my second son, I didn't even start potty training until 3. Neither of them had any interest and didn't really care if they were wet or poopy. Don't push him too much or you will get him rebelling against it. I would just try once a month or so until he starts to take an actual interest, the other thing you can try is rewards for when he goes on the potty. I always started with a couple m&ms or skittles and then once they started going consistently, I did a sticker chart with a reward once they had 10 stickers. Usually the reward was going to the park, or a trip up to the swimming pool in the summer. Use what motivates your son. He will get it eventually so try to not to stress too much. (Although, I know from experience that is hard not to do!) In my experience, girls just potty train easier and earlier.

Melissa - posted on 03/25/2010

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I have a two year old and his peditrician told me that just to introduce him to a potty chair and ask him sometimes if he want's to use the potty and she said if he says no not to make him but if he says yes let him. She also said that they are normally three years old when they are completely potty broke.

Ada - posted on 03/24/2010

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i've tried to potty train my daughters, they are 2 yrs old, and it didnt work out. my mother in law kept insisting i should begin right when they turned two but they didnt catch the hang of it. they would sit there for minutes without using the potty. i stopped trying and believe when they are ready it will happen. i've also heard from alot of mothers i know personally that they actually didnt begin until their kids were 3.

Atiesha - posted on 03/23/2010

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well done force it but my likes gen on the pot but he forget to tell me wen he got to

Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2010

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I BOUGHT A POTTY FOR MY DAUGHTER A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO AND TRIED TO GET HER TO USE IT TO NO AVAIL. SHE WOULD GO AND PLAY WITH IT SO I LEFT HER ALONE. YESTERDAY I WAS GOING NUTS LOOKING FOR HER AND SHE CRIED OUT "MOMMY I AM RIGHT HERE" AND WHEN I WENT TO THE BATHROOM SHE WAS SITTING ON THE TOILET SEAT POOPING AND ASKED ME "MOMMY YOU PROUD" AND SHE JUST TURNED TWO.. ITS LIKE EVERYONE SAYS WHEN THEY ARE READY IF YOU FORCE THEM THEY GET SCARED AND DON'T USE IT.. AND FOR MY DAUGHTER SHE PREFERS THE BIG PEOPLE TOILET.

Renee - posted on 03/17/2010

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My ped said, when I asked about my daughter, that make set times to go, like before naps and bed time and after waking. If he starts to get that add other times. If after a week he still wants nothing to do with it, he said to stop all potty training unless asked to go potty for 2 to 3 weeks and then start again. Age isn't an indicator, understanding what pee pee and poo poo is and what the potty is for is the indicator. My nephew is almost five and still not potty trained because he doesn't care to learn and gets aggressive about it. My daughter on the other hand likes to use the potty only in public. She understands peepee and poopoo and tells me right after she goes at home. You just have to let him guide how you train him

Jen - posted on 03/11/2010

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I absolutely dread potty training, but, I will tell you it won't happen if you have to force it. So, if he's not ready- let it go until he is. You'll know. My youngest turned 2 end of January and I'm not even trying. My older 2 were 3 yrs. and 4 mos. - both of them.

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