3 year old still not potty trained. Help!!!

Amber - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 3 yrs old and is not fully potty trained yet. He is fine when we are home but if we go somewhere he will have an accident even if i ask him a million times if he has to go. I dont know what else to do. Help me please!!! any tips are appreciated

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Sarah - posted on 11/11/2009

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Sometimes it can be hard going in different places. They may not want to miss out on what you are doing, or they are scared of the bigger public bathrooms or toliets. My daughter would HATE when we had to flush because of the loud noise it makes. If you and hubby are both out with him I would suggest having hubby try. Your son may enjoy the urinal over the toliet. Not sure if this would be a help for you or not, but with my daughter I bought a little potty chair cover thing that we could take with us when we went places to put on top of the toliet (I was more worried about the germs you can get off those toliets when I bought it). This helped so she did not feel like she was going to fall in and I think it made it more familiar to her. I always hate the public bathrooms so will always try to have my kids go to the bathroom before we leave the house. When we are out and about if it has been a long time before that last potty break I will just find a bathroom and have everyone go. I don't like having to deal with accidents, but would also hate being in the grocery store with a full cart and at the oposite side the bathrooms were on and having her say "mom I have to go potty RIGHT now."

Caryn - posted on 11/11/2009

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A lot of times kids are afraid of an unfamiliar toilet. If you use a ring for the toilet at home try taking it with you. It can be a pain but if he can sit on something he is comfortable with he may be more likely to go.
There is no age on when a child needs to be potty trained so don't push him to meet some deadline. Some kids just aren't ready when others are and that is perfectly fine. Just be patient with him and he will learn in time :)

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Amber - posted on 11/11/2009

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Thanks everyone for your tips!! I don't let him wear diapers, just at night. I dont do the pull ups thing just because in his mind he thinks it IS a diaper so those are a waste of money. I don't feel like i am alone in this situation which makes me feel way much better!! Thanks again!!

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bring cherioes or fruit loops with you, not to eat but to toss in the potty works great for home also, no diapers or pull ups, real undies all the time execpt bed if nite time wetting is a problem. anyway throw 4 or 5 fruit loops n the potty and see if he can hit one it's a fun game and will make him want to try and hit the floating O's this worked wonders of my 2 boys and nephews. But for lil girls i don't have a clue i only had boys.

Crystal - posted on 11/11/2009

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I have a little boy too that is almost 3 years old. Like you I am so worried that he is behind in the potty training ordeal. My child is still in diapers! I am a little worried about potty training him.. but .. It's something that has to be done. lol.

Stacey - posted on 11/11/2009

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I have a 3 yr old girl that is not fully trained yet either. Unlike your little man, she does pee in the potty home or otherwise but we are having trouble with #2. Everytime she goes in her pants. I have recently started a new method of not putting the panties on under her pants in hopes that she will go in the potty cause she loves her clothes enough to not poop in them. In your case, physically take him to the potty yourself when you have that feeling that he probably needs to go and is holding it! In fact, all my gf's have boys and they are more stubborn cause they want to keep playing, or they dont want to take the time to go! Even if they know they need to! Tell him that he will get a prize if he goes everytime in the potty that day. Buy little things he likes to do, cheap items such as: coloring books/ die-cast cars/trucks/ balloons/plush toys/ whatever he is in to and keep them all in a bag up somewhere, so when he does good that day, he gets a prize. GL!!

Crystal - posted on 11/11/2009

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I have had to potty 3 children so far and what worked for me was to NOT put diapers/pullups on your child during the day even when going some where.. Take you child to the store before hand and let your child pick out there very own special big boy or big girl under pants and tell them they have to keep there big kids pants clean ...... I have placed potty chair in living room where tv is and while at home allowed my children to walk around with underwhere and shirt and always asked do you have to go potty.... and make a big deal out of going potty...... Or when you go to the bathroom say I get a specail treat cause i'm a big girl I went potty in the pot.. I know it all sounds weird but I have potty trained 3 on my own but seriously don't put anything but under wear on the child even when leaving the house make sure you pack a couple extra pair of pants and underwear but your child won't like being wet or smelling like pee if in car seat put trash bag under child and make sure befrore leaving any place that your child sits on potty or toilet even if they say they don't have to go... I hope i'm helpful.. :)

Amanda - posted on 11/11/2009

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I would suggest this is where dad has to step in.... that's all i got, sorry

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