Help with potty training

Angie - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son who will be 3 in a couple months is potty trained but doesn't seem to want to go when he needs to. I know when he has to go when he starts dancing around and crossing his legs. he can go without my help but always wants me to help him. Mornings are the worst like he holds it in til he just cant anymore and than goes all over the bathroom floor. I dont know what to do. I need help. Anyone?

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Caryn - posted on 11/10/2009

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I agree with Sarah. Rewarding good behavior IMO is much more effective than punishing bad. With my daughter she had a sticker chart htat hung on the wall next to the toilet. Everytime she went pee on her own she got to put a small sticker on, for poo she got a big sticker (both she got 2...). After so many accident-free days she would get a small treat of her choice.
Making potty training fun is very important. You don't want your child to feel like its something s/he "HAS" to do. Make as big of a deal of it as you possibly can.
Since your son wants you there all the time it is possible he is just scared. This may sound odd but a lot of kids are scared of sitting on the big potty, if you don't have one buy on of the little rings that sits on it for him (they are around $10 I believe) and see if that helps any.

Shelly - posted on 11/10/2009

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I started with lets go to the bathroom and I will wait in the doorway for you. Then waited at the hall, then where he could not see me but next to the door. Then I would walk him and come back and sit down, then he magically took off on his own.

Sarah - posted on 11/10/2009

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I would do a rewards chart for not having any accidents and for doing things on his own. Until there are less accidents I would have him go right away when he gets up in the AM and then every so often during the day. For trying to get him to do things on his own. If that is going into the bathroom on his own, let him know you will leave the door open and will check on him. I find that if I say I need to do something quick that helps. For like the wiping, pulling up pants, snapping pants I have them try first. They must try and they must put effort into it before I will help them. When I do help them I show them how to do it and try to have them do it more than me. For example pulling up their pants after they try I will show them where to put their hands and how to pull them up and then with them doing it I help them.

Dawn Marie - posted on 11/09/2009

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I can only offer sympathy! Potty training is dragging on and on for my three year old. She does great sometimes but is not reliable

Christy - posted on 11/09/2009

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Toss some cheerios in the toilet and tell him that he gets a penny for every cheerio he hits. he will work harder to keep it in the pot

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Angie - posted on 11/20/2009

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I want to thank you all for your help and all of your suggestions have come in very helpful for me... knock on wood.. he has been doing so good!!!

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