potty training

Dory - posted on 06/19/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my two year old knows everything about using the toilet very well, but chooses not to. any advice? bribery is not working!

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Angie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I let my son run around the house naked. I would just keep reminding him that if he needed to pee or poop to use the potty. When he did go I made a big deal out of it singing, clapping, dancing etc. I would also give him a sticker (in his very own notebook lol )and a piece of his favorite candy. Once he got good at going to the potty I would just put shorts on him, then go to pull ups and shorts etc. I hope this helps but really they will go when they are ready.. Good luck!!

Katherine - posted on 06/22/2009

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My now 3 year old was the same way. He knew what to do, and how to do it but just wouldn't! I started training him when he turned 2 and he didn't do it on his own until was almost 3! I thought he would never be trained! Finally I just but the big boy pants on him. He did have accidents, and when he did I just explained to him that it wouldn't have happened if he used the potty! And when he did go we gave him GREAT Praise! I made him go at least try every 30 min at first. Then every 45min, then every hour and so on. Any time we went to the store we went before we left, and once we got to the store. I was careful to choose places to go that had restrooms. It then became a game of seeing every bathroom in America! But it worked!

Connie - posted on 06/22/2009

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I have two girls, so I'm not sure how boys work. But what I did for our girls was, I did a sticker chart. Each time they went on the potty, they recieved a sticker, they though it was great. Also with my oldest daughter, She didn't like being in the bathroom by herself, so as bad as this sounds, we put the potty chair in the livingroom, and each day we moved it a couple feet closer to the bathroom, it worked really well. Both our girls have been potty trained since before they were two. But they say girls are easier than boys...so I don't know....

User - posted on 06/19/2009

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Try putting cheerios in the toilet for him to try to sink as he tinkles. This can be fun for boys. Also make a books of goodies that only comes out during toilet time when you can read a fun toilet time story or knock know jokes or even a look and find book or just pictures. Also a chart for using the potty - we did stickers and they loved to put the stickers not only on the designated sticker chart but all over their own bodies. Logan got match cars for pooping on the potty. That worked really well. I am interesting in training a girl though - i am hoping she will be easy but she probably won't.

Joanne - posted on 06/19/2009

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maybe try putting the potty inside a tent (like their very own bathroom!) with some special 'toilet only' toys and books. my little boy loves his 'toilet only' toys so much sometimes i cant get him off the loo!!!

Vanessa - posted on 06/19/2009

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I went through the same thing with my daughter. I started introducing potty training to her at age 15 months. I really pushed it when she turned 3. I did the potty chair, had her sit on the big potty. I played music for her and we would sing. Read books,painted her toe nails the list goes on and on. I use the cloth underwear with plastic pants. That's a big mess. I also bought the training cloth underwear that is thicker and can absorb more. Also pull ups that got cold when wet. The only thing that went right was she never had an accident at night time. She would hold it pretty much all day. She did finally start going on her own. I just made her sit on the potty every 30 mins or so. She is still stubborn about going to the potty (she'll be 5 in Sept.) I still bribe her once in awhile about it. I hope this helps a little. You know they say a child will do it when they are ready.

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