In need of Potty Training tips!

Jamie - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son in 2 1/2 and hates the toilet. Every time I ask him if he needs to go potty he starts yelling "No! I can't" He has all the signs of being ready to be potty trained. I've tried giving him pull up and regular underwear but wants nothing to do with them! The only thing he will allow is diapers! Ugh! It was funny the other day I put my 11 month old on the potty and she went poop; well my son was all mad telling me she is too little! lol Any tips? Thanks!

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Tori - posted on 08/17/2009

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My son is also 2 1/2 and he is in the process of potty training and at first I tried the whole pull up thing and it didn't work at all so last week when I was at home all week with him by myself I put him in big boy underwear whether he liked it or not and took him to the bathroom every twenty minutes or so and now he is going sort of on his own but you do what you want to do but I have been told and I have seen that taking and putting them in big boy underwear is the best way in my opinion to potty train, but that is my opinion

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Tara - posted on 08/18/2009

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Elizabeth didn't get the concept until about 3 1/2 and all of my friends kids learned about the same time as that..some a few months earlier and some a few months later..that's really the key age when things start clicking for that. Although there are always a few children that are the exception the rule :)

Jessica - posted on 08/18/2009

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another thing you may try is to do no underwear no diapers no pull up. Go comando!! Pick a weekend to dedicate to staying at home and being naked so without the hassle of clothes and diapers he may just want to give it a try

Jessica - posted on 08/18/2009

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pull ups are just fancy diapers. to a kid, they feel the same, the serve the same purpose as a diaper. No need to go there. Theres the trial and error method, stick em underwear and have a few accidents and feel it out for a few days and see how that goes.



Take diapers away. Try breaking the tabs off one of the diapers and show him "oh no.... the diapers are broken : ( " have him help you throw it in the garbage and plan a fun scavenger hunt for new "big boy undies" around the house. (Ones with his favorite cartoons or movie characters)



Tell him about the diaper fairy. At night put a diaper under his pillow and in the morning the undie fairy will come and bring him so cool new underwear to try!! Hey, its worth a shot?? lol Or possibly talk to him about how the baby needs the diapers now and he has to give his diapers to the baby. Maybe help him pick out a box and wrap it up with wrapping paper and bows to make it exciting and give it to the baby and the he can unwrap new underwear from his baby sibling. A passing of the torch theory so to speak...



With boys you can try the fruit loop game, toss one in the toilet and "aim" for it when he tries to go.



Try different methods of going. Sitting, standing, maybe one feels more comfortable than the other.



If there is male in his life (father) (obviously someone who is very trusted!!) try a mans approach. So he can have a cool role model to show him how big boys go potty.



Maybe he is intimidated by the loud flush? Find an opportunity to just go in the bathroom to just flush a few times and watch the water.



All in all.... it'll happen when he's ready. Every child is different. And boys are more difficult to get through that stage, just keep encouraging him and trying new things. Good luck!! : )

Amber - posted on 08/17/2009

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I am still trying to potty train my daughter who is 21/2. The only recommendation that I could give would be to award him with something that he doesn't get very often when he goes on the potty. It seems to work pretty good for my daughter when she goes. Award him with candy or a popsicle or a small toy. Get a treasure chest and get a bunch of small toys to put in there. Let him pick somethng out when he goes potty.

Tara - posted on 08/17/2009

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I have two children and one is extremely rebellious. What helped me was a book called "Mommy I have to go Potty" get it on Amazon. You can pick it up for about 1 cent plus shipping. It really helped a lot. Main thing relax and don't push. It will all work out. One day he'll just decide he wants to do it. I also tried using positive reinforcement. I'd ask her if she was dry or wet and if she was dry she got a gummy bear everytime I she was. I then told her that I'd give her a gummy bear if she'd like to try going on the potty instead of her pants and I said if she didn't want to that was fine..make it small issue when they reject and make a big deal when they succeed. That's the key. Good luck, hope this helps.

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