How do I potty train my son when he claims to like sitting in pee?

Marina - posted on 04/21/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son knows how to use the potty and has done it many times, just not recently. He just turned 3 last week and I'm still asking him daily if he would like to use the potty and he always says no. He says he likes wearing diapers and likes sitting in his pee. So... I'm at a loss. One friend suggested letting him go around without pants or diapers, just peeing wherever and he will quickly realize what the sensation is and won't like it anymore since he won't have the diaper. For a long time I thought that was an awful idea(because EWWW) but has anyone tried this?? I'm not in a super big hurry to get him trained but it takes a long time I know and I'd like it to be by the time he's 4.

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Britany - posted on 04/23/2010

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i bought my son a plastic urinal bc i was a single mother teaching a boy to pee... i didnt have the right equipment so i had to make it look fun lol. I made it a game for him to pee in the hole at the bottom... it worked, but then he wondered why his had to sis to go number two lol... i just said everybody does boys and girls. Just make sure you praise them for doing it and be goofy jump up and down high five go all out, and be presistant. It wont take as long as people say if you stay on him to "just try". Sometimes I still have to encourage my son to go I say show me how a fireman puts out a fire or something like that and he goes even when hes half asleep.

Katrina - posted on 04/22/2010

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I have three girls and have heard that they are much easier to potty train (oldest was trained by 20 months, and my middle was full trained (even at bedtime) by 22 months. By him "big boy" undies... starting sitting him on the potty about every half hour to hour and sit there with him and tell him to go potty but while you are waiting sit and read to him and play with him while he's still sitting here (so that in its self is his reward - your attention). We places the potty right in the living-room to start off so they didn't have to be there by themselves in a little room. When he goes praise him like no other..lol if he goes in his "big boy" undies make him sit in them for awhile, they dont like the wet and cold...In diapers they don't feel it! And once you've made up your mind to switch don't go back on it... throw out all of the diapers and do not buy more... I used pull-ups at night time so they still pulled them up like undies, but you wouldn't have loads of laundry to do... Wishing you luck!

Lisa - posted on 04/22/2010

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Buy him some character big boy underwear...whatever his favorite super hero is. Tell him he can wear them instead of training undies when he continues to pee in potty/// or if you let him wear them tell him he can't pee on Superman or whatever the character is.Keep in mind u will know when they r ready to potty train :)

Ashley - posted on 04/21/2010

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As a stay at home mom and a previous teacher... u really should just introduce him to going to bathroom standing up. And even if he prefers sitting, he isn't yet comfortable with standing and prob the aiming part.

Britany - posted on 04/21/2010

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my son is four he was potty trained by three...He also sat in pee it was bc he was pre occupied and didn't want to stop what he was doing. I started taking him to the bathroom every hour, and let him put a sticker on the chart for not peeing in his pants and rewarding him that evening. also I had to keep him in his "big boy underwear" or he wouldn't even try. it helps when they pick their underwear and stickers. Good luck!

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Marina - posted on 04/23/2010

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Thank you everyone for all your advice, I'm gonna keep trying nd maybe even be brave enough to do away with diapers and just use pullups and undies. @ Brittany- was the urinal the "Peter Potty"? I've seen that and wondered if it might help...
I also think maybe I wasn't praising him enough, I'm going to make sure I do that from now on =)

Ashley - posted on 04/22/2010

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britany that is a very wise idea. I always see things like that on the supernanny but never anyone that just does it. We use to do that in daycare's but stopped. what would be another way only if parents agree. my grand-dad taught my cousin who is now 16 to pee standing up by teaching him to pee off the back porch. Now suggestion if they are out with the guys and he does it he has to understand that he can only do it out in public if he is away from everyone. For example when my grand-dad taught him it was at night where no one was around or if we were having a get together he would take him out to the wood line and it would be more of a adventure and teaching at the same time. but like i said it is a suggestion.! AT UR OWN RISK! lol

Sheila - posted on 04/21/2010

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i had to kind of laugh when i first read this. some of the things that children say..... my son just turned 2 in february, so out came the mini potty for him and a small potty seat for the regular size toilet in hopes that either would seem interesting to him. no luck. i was given the advice to let him roam without diaper or undies, and actually tried it. after he walked up to our rocking chair and hiked his little leg like a dog, i had to rethink it, to say the least. lol. when i ask my son if he needs to potty, his answer is always no. i feel your frustration, i don't want to force this transition on him for fear of delaying progress, but i would also like him out of diapers successfully in the next year. my son goes as far to let me know when he has finished his business. so, again, i feel your frustration. i don't know if i've actually given you any help or not.

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