HOW DO YOU POTTY TRAIN AN 3 YEAR OLD

Dannique - posted on 09/08/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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MY SON COULD CARE LESS IF HE HAS POTTIED ON HIS SELF NUMBER 2 AND WILL RUN WHEN YOU TRY TO CHANGE HIM AND BE MAD, HOW DO I POTTY TRAIN AN LAZY BOY...

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Dee - posted on 09/08/2009

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i let my 3 year old son wear nothing on his bottom no underwear, pull up or diaper, and after one day he finally got it, now he doesn't wear a pull up ever not even to bed, hope this helps

Vicki - posted on 09/08/2009

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Its a messy business & usually it takes about 2 weeks of wet patches on the floor lol but then it just clicks & they seem to get it. Just encourage them with rewards charts, praise & most importantly DO NOT STRESS as they pick that up & they get anxious & fear the potty. If you are out & about, take several changes of clothes with you & a bag to put the wet clothes into (also a towel for the car seat incase of accidents there). I always found training pants/pull ups do not help as it is just a nappy you can pull up & down & if they have the option to pee in them rather than go to the potty they will. If after two weeks and things are not improving it may just be your child isn't ready yet, so try it in a week or so again. My health visitor told me the reason children are later in being potty trainned now a days is because nappies are so much better & the children don't feel they are wet, so not to get worried when parents tell you "you were potty trainned at 18 months" as we were in terry towelled nappies & it was wet & uncomfortable so we wanted out of them! Good luck with the potty training!

Veronica - posted on 09/08/2009

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I also had a hard time getting my son to potty train. I put the potty chair in the living room. And I reward him for going on the potty. We started with pennies for going pee and a dollar for him to put into his piggy bank for going number 2. He was so excited to get that dollar that he really tried to make it. Don't get me wrong he didn't get it right off the bat, it took awhile, but when he needed a little extra boost - I'd take a dollar out of his piggy bank when he went in his pants and told him he would get it back when he went on the potty. Worked like a charm, per the words of my pediatrician "boys are lazy and needed to be pushed a little." LOL, I thought this was great of him to say, it gave me encouragement to stick with it. The most important thing I found was keep at it and don't get discouraged. My son turned 2 in march of this year and thats when I started potty training. A few times I was ready to give up thinking he wouldn't get it, maybe he was too young, ect. But now he takes himself to the potty when he has to go and is doing awesome.

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Dezharae - posted on 09/11/2009

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I potty trained my son when he was 2 1/2. I tried a couple of times before then and gave up. You have to jump in with two feet and not give up. It took about a week-two weeks. We did not leave the house at all, I put him in the living room,with his potty and beach towels underneath it,he ran around naked and I pumped that kid full of liquid. Every 10-15 minutes he sat on the potty and I cheered and clapped. Just keep at it. Like I said A whole week of not leaving the house and non stop sitting on the potty and trying. Number two on the other hand took a little longer but you can do it, stay positive,good luck!!!!:)

YVETTE - posted on 09/11/2009

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Hi, well what i did with my twin boys was started putting training pants on them and when the pooped on them selves i would take the dirty pants and them to the toilet and let them watch me put the doo in the toilet and flush and tell them they are big boys and they need to potty on the toilet. It can be tough for 1 week 3 at the most but it worth it. Those pull ups are just like diapers and more expensive and the kids think they are just like diapers neways. So try to get the plastic unde's to go over the underware. Plus know the approx. time when they go poop, and put them on the toilet at that time and about 30 mins after they have a drink. Try it and let me know!!!!

Sarah - posted on 09/10/2009

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My little sister didn't except being a big girl till she was almost 4. What it finally came down to was stop buying and using diapers, it is messy for a while but worth it. Also, take him to sit on the potty every hour till you see what his routine is. Very time consuming but it pays off. I am not a fan of bribery so I just use encouragement, tell him, you can do and then let him have his space, don't sit and watch him directly, give him a book to look through while he sits there and then when he does go give him a high five and tell him "I knew you could do it, what a big boy you are!!" Find what works with his personality and your style of parenting.

Renee - posted on 09/10/2009

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I have tried numerous times to potty train my 3 year old with no luck. I tried all the tricks - candy, telling him we'd go to the store and get a toy, new PJ's (he wanted superman) but he got bored with the prizes. I let it go for a few months and then decided to try again. This time I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of different toys and candy and put them all in the bathroom. Then I told him every time he went on the potty he could pick a prize. I started taking him every hour or so whether he had to go or not. He was resistant some, but I would remind him he could pick a prize and he would finally give in. He was so excited to pick a prize and having choices kept him from getting bored. By the end of the second night he was going every 10 minutes just to get a prize. By day 4 he was going without me even saying anything to him. He would come to me with his pants around his ankles and when I would ask what happened he would say "I went potty". I was in shock!! Hope this helps!

Donna - posted on 09/10/2009

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My husband promised our 3 year old anything she wanted if she could go for one week and go potty with no accidents. Two weeks later she was completely potty trained and she had the last laugh. He was thinking a movie or toy. She had her heart set on a swing set. We still have the swing set in the back yard. And she was the potty trained quicker than the other 3.

Katie - posted on 09/10/2009

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Potty time has to be fun, fun, fun!! special time together, silly potty songs, i.e. "P" is for potty, lets get it out of me...potty potty potty starts w/ "P" sung to the "C" is for cookie tune, & rewards! super special rewards like baking brownies together then eating them warm. If he even gets a drop in the potty, you need to make the biggest deal ever...like you won the lottery...the amount you'll save not buying diapers, you practically are winning the lottery, so act the part & he'll catch on quick!

Lindsay - posted on 09/09/2009

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REWARDS, REWARDS, REWARDS!!! My son was 3 1/2 when he was potty trained and he was stubborn at first, so I tried it, and it really worked. I got a piece of poster board and drew out a bunch of squares on it. Put his name really big on it and label it his "potty chart" or whatever you like. tape it to the back of the door and everytime he actually goes, let him have a sticker to put on his chart, I know this sounds dumb, but my daugter just turned two and we have been potty training for two weeks, and I'm proud to say after about 3 days, we had NO accidents, because she wanted a sticker, even if she went just a little bit!. 1 sticker for #1 and 2 stickers for # 2. You can get stickers for really cheap at walmart. Also, for boys, my mother in law told me to throw a cheerio or a small marshmallow or something in the toilet and tell them to try to hit it with their pee. Boys think that is great. Hope this helps.

Brenda - posted on 09/08/2009

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First gotta relax and know it is perfectly normal at three for them to not be potty trained. My son trained at 3 1/2 finally. We offered those little dum dum suckers for each sucess, and slowly but surely as we worked through the bag, he started going on his own. I just took away the pullups, put him in underwear, and he finally got it. Pullups are too absorbant and they really don't tell the difference. I also got some potty training videos. Mine loved Potty Time with Elmo because he loved Elmo, and it did help quite a bit. Getting the Potty time Elmo doll might be helpful too. The main thing is the more your force it the longer it takes and the more resistant they can be. I tried reward charts but it didn't work with my stubborn boy.

Samantha - posted on 09/08/2009

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I dont knw if you've tried this but have you tried regular underwear?? my gma told me that when she was potty training one of her daughters which this is diff. since you have a boy but umm she use to put silk underwear on her and when she wet her self once that was the end of it

Martha - posted on 09/08/2009

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Bribery!!!! "If you go on the potty you can have a candy."

Put a ball in the potty and have him aim at it. Make it fun!

Make sure that he gets one on one time- thats what he gets when your changing a diaper. Sit and read a quick book, talk with him, play a game. Kids love one on one time and sometimes they hold onto this "special" alone time -even if your upset.

Best of luck!

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i recommend ... dont stress, and only have jockies on him at home ... its messy but the only know to mess in a nappy. my girlfriend did nothing but stress and focus on it... within no time of not her relaxing bout it so did her son:-).... ya just have to be a lazy mum.lol

Stella - posted on 09/08/2009

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I put the potty chair in the living room and put in Thomas the Train or another show that is a favorite but if you have carpet in the living room fold up an old towel and put it under the chair it can get messy sometimes also tell him that big boys don't go potty in their underware

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