Need tips to get me 3 yr old son to use the potty on a regular basis!!

Lynsey - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




He sometimes can make it when he is wants but other times he will pee and poop in his underwear and not tell me. Sometimes he will poop on the potty especially if he is naked. Should I let him run around the house naked,lol??


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Krysten - posted on 06/03/2009




Tabatha, that method works!!! A reward system always works too.. however sometimes they get too stubborn to the point where they dont even care about the reward anymore. A potty schedule is perfect. In daycares, ( ive been working in a daycare for 2 years now with the potty training class) We send the kids to the potty/do changes every two hours. If they are potty training and IN underwear, we send them about every 30 minutes to an hour. When they have an accident, let them now its ok and DO NOT punish them for it. Now if they do it intentionally, yes punishment is needed. Potty training is always a challenge but once you get a rhythm down, they do pretty good. Also, no pull ups or diapers... if you sometimes switch back and forth, that says to them that its ok to go in your pants. One thing that usually worked with my kids at work is when they did have an accident i would ask them if they wanted to be a big boy/girl in undies or a baby in a diaper. That usually hit them then.. they think i wanna be a big boy/girl..

Anywho.. sorry i wrote so much. Hope I helped.. Message me if you need anything more! Good Luck!

User - posted on 06/03/2009




The best thing that worked for my daughter and hopefully for my son in about a year, is to have them on a regular poyty schedule. Like when you were in school and you had bathroom breaks. If your son goes to daycare and they do it this way stick to the same schedule they have. NO MORE DIAPERS OR PULL UPS!!!!! At this stage he's seeing what he can get away with. If your son stays at home make your own schedule that reflects what fits into your lifestyle best and if he's with someone else for the day make sure you stress the importance of him sticking to that schedule. It will seem tedious at first but when they get the hang of it it is well worth it. Good luck. Hope this helped

Lacy - posted on 06/03/2009




I'm kind of having the same problem. I just let my 2 year old run around naked during the day sometimes and he goes to the potty.

Crystal - posted on 06/03/2009




I used the reward system with my son who is 3 also. He loves fruit snacks but he doesn't get them often. I started with him getting one every time he went poop or pee in the potty. Then as he got more consistent I went to a chart with stickers, for every 5 stickers he would get a fruit snack. Now he doesn't even need the fruit snack reward. He is almost finished we are just working on bed time. This method only took about a month or so to get the results I have now. Of course you can use any reward you want, just make it fun for him. Good luck!

T_cjones108 - posted on 06/03/2009




i was told to put some cherrios in the bowl and tell him to try and sink them!! my friend swaers by it! good luck and i dont see why he cant run around the house naked :)

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