Age Old Question..Potty Training??

Hailey - posted on 12/11/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is going to be 2 and a half on December 19th. He tells me when he goes poop, but not when he pees. Everyone keeps telling me since he knows when he goes poop, we should start putting him on the potty. We went out and got him his "big boy undies", thinking that would make him more willing to try. At first, when he would pee in them he would come running to me and say it felt icky, but now it doesn't even phase him. He will pee and continue to play anyways. We have tried setting him on the potty every 45 minutes for about 5-10 minutes, but he won't sit still. He is constantly trying to get off the potty and will start screaming and crying to get off. I haven't completely given up, but I'm not trying like I use to. I don't want to force him because every article I read about potty training says not to force, otherwise that can end up delaying potty training even longer. I really want to get him potty trained, not just because I don't want to change diapers anymore(although that is a plus lol), but we also have a 9 month old and buying diapers for two kids is just getting a little too expensive. Any advice??

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Jezi - posted on 12/11/2009

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If you ask me the best thing is not to force anything. My son is autistic and refused to use the potty for a long time. He'd get frustrated with us for just asking if he wanted to try. When he was just over five years old one day instead of yelling when we asked him to try he said sure. And he has yet to have an accident.

Amie - posted on 12/11/2009

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Are you going back and forth between diapers and underwear? Make him change him self when he wets. My little boy didn't want to have anything to do with the little potty, maybe try the big one and have him aim at cheerios. And of course special treats help to encourage. Good luck.

Caryn - posted on 12/11/2009

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Sounds like hes not quite ready yet. Keep the idea alive by having his own potty chair for him, ready potty books, ect just quite pushing the issue. Boys can take much longer to train and aren't always very willing to accept this new concept.

The average age that kids are ready IS 2.5years but that doesn't mean every child is ready by that age. My step-daughter was 3, my daughter was barely 2, my neice is almost 2and is showing signs of being ready... Let your son show you when hes ready, once he does that it won't take very much work :)

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