Help!!! Potty Training a boy

User - posted on 04/20/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 years old and he won't poop or pee in the toilet. I don't know what to do my girls didnt have this problem they were potty trained at 2. I have no ideas on what to do because he is a boy. So any ideas please send them my way.

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Chrystina - posted on 04/22/2009

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The way I trained my son was mainly patience and chocolate chips. If he had dry pants when I asked him he got a chip. If he peed he got two if he pooed he got three. He was the only one to get these, so it made it special. Another thing is I started him sitting and tucking. He later learned to stand as daddy does.

Cassie - posted on 04/20/2009

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My first son was wearing diapers until a few months after his 4th birthday, so don't get down your's is fine. Try putting cherios in the toilet and having him aim for them. Our big incentive was school I kept telling him 'they don't let boys who wear diapers go to school' I knew he knew when he had to go so I just put him in underwear and took him to the bathroom every hour, after a few days he peed no problem on his own. The poop took a little longer and had many accidents but after a couple months he was trained. Have faith you will be able to send him to school :)

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With my son, I had to relax, and find the right motivator. We made a potty poster. I took him to the store and let him pick out a ton of stickers. Every time that we tried to potty, if he was dry he got to put up a sticker, if he peed he got to put up another one. I also wrote words on the poster (car, book, train, movie). Every time he pooped in the potty he got to put up a letter and when he spelled the word he got the item. That was really exciting for him. We don't do the stickers or letters anymore, but I still keep the poster on the wall. When he finished all of his letters we had a little party (happy meals and a movie). It really made him proud. I haven't taken the poster down yet, b/c he still likes to show people when they come over. Maybe something like that would help your son. I know how frustrated you feel. Hopefully you will find a solution soon.

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