My 4yr son will not use the potty!

April - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Help, I have tried treats, motivation, let him watch tv while on the pot, put him in time out, put fun stuff in the bathroom and did the potty dance...I even bought him a different potty!!!!!!!!

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Martha - posted on 10/08/2009

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April, dont be discouraged all kids are different. I had people giving me mean looks and at the time I was living with my long-time boyfriend. My daughter was 3 and still in diapers. When she pooped she said "I stinky" My boyfriends sister made me feel so bad about it that I one time spanked her and made her sit on it. I took her to the doctor a week later and the doctor I went to, told me to never punish for not using the potty because then the child will associate the potty with punishment. I just started telling her come with mommy and had her follow me to the bathroom so she could see me. I also bought big girl panties and it was messy but I saw results as quick as 2 weeks. Also she got mad when I told her to use her potty bc she wanted to use the big potty like me! I was scared she would fall in but better big potty than diapers or pull ups!

Stacy - posted on 10/08/2009

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I know it will be messy but get big boy underwear and when he wets himself he will feel it down his leg and hopefully find it gross, or you can put the plastic liner over the big boy underwear so it doesn't make as big of a mess but it still feels gross.

Christine - posted on 10/08/2009

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Someone suggested to use really cheap diapers that make them feel really wet and icky instead of dry. Then they might feel eewww lol.

Anna - posted on 10/08/2009

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Someone in another thread suggested putting Cheerios in the bowl and telling him to pee on them. Cheer when he makes a bullseye!

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