potty training

Melissa - posted on 03/03/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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anybody have any tips on how to potty train a 2 year old boy im not having much luck

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After all the books and advice from everyone, I have concluded that it will happen when he wants it to happen! ;-) Start training early and have struggle and angst; or start training later and have a short time of it. PS Boys like to "water" the plants in the backyard! All of nature is a urinal!

Pamela - posted on 03/06/2010

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my son was 2 on Jan 12th on the 5th we started training him every 20 minute the timer would go off and we would out him on the potty took 4 days before he worked out what we wanted from him. I took away nappies completely and he has been dry at night and naps since he will even wake up in the middle of the night come and get me and go back to bed. 2 months later we pretty much have the wees down but we are no closer to poos occasionally we get a poop on the toilet but not often . Im worried as he started daycare full time monday this is either going to be really good for him or out him back .. there are 8 other 2-3 year old boys toilet training and there carer tells me they all make a big game out of it .. Cameron is the youngest of the lot so Im really hoping he wants to be like the other boys and follow suite if not I guess I will be cleaning poopy undies.. we will see how we go fingers crossed. GOOD LUCK MUMMIES

Lynn - posted on 03/05/2010

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um i just started helping potty train my nephew yesterday and i put it in kitchen for easy access and i took off his daiper and let him play with the potty and i sat on the floor and watched him. he didnt go potty. but he didnt want a daiper back on. so i let him run around with just a shirt on. 20 mins later i lookied at him and he had a tiny wet spot on his shirt but no puddle any were so i rushed him to the toilet and he went pee on the potty for the first time. i gave him two smart ones (candy) after every time he went potty and we did a potty dance. i also gave him candy for trying acouple times.

Colleen - posted on 03/05/2010

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i was having the same frusteration, thanks for asking the question and for the posts!!!

Kathleen - posted on 03/04/2010

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potty training is frustrating and doesn't always work the first time around (my oldest relapsed after my second child was born). But every kid is different. I bribed my first with stickers, I have heard of people using m&ms etc. I have the potty dance video, elmos goes potty. elmos potty toy etc etc but my second wouldnt do it. One thing I learned with her was that pull ups were making things worse. She felt she didnt have to rush, or do it everytime cause hey it was a diaper anyway right? Once I took the pull ups away and let her pee herself a few times, she started paying more attention. The only thing I learned is dont push. Try a bit and back off try again back off... The harder you push the harder they push back...

Kristin - posted on 03/04/2010

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She (Clare) is right. I'm working wih my 2.5 year old boy on this right now. Some days, he's all over this because it "makes mom happy." Other days, I feel like it would be easier to drive my head though a concrete wall.

So, tips. Is he making it all the way through a nap without wetting himself? If so, when he wakes, sit him on the potty right away. Then reward him for his success; applause, stickers, a party hat, whatever. It will really get the message across that this is something desirable. Then every time he uses the potty successfully, do it again. Also, anytime you have to go, take him. Praise him just for trying. He will still have accidents, accept it and move on. Do your best to not make a big deal out of it or show your frustration (we all have a bit of it about this) on his "lack" of progress. He's just learning to be aware of something that would just happen and there is so much other fun and exciting stuff to do. I/my boys had more success when I took the disposable trainers away. They just don't really feel wet, even in the one's with the cool sensation patch, and don't learn to associate the urge to go with feeling wet. But, kids still get it done eventually. When he is mostly there, take him to get his big boy underpants and let him choose. Make a big deal out of it and let him know that they are waiting for him. A big treat, whatever really motivates him, in addition is a good idea too. Do you know any mom's with kids your sons age who are also potty training or a little older who are trained? Maybe some playdates with them might motivate him, nothing like a little peer pressure.

There are lots of methods and books and.... It goes on and on. Be patient with him and yourself on this, if you push him to do it too much, he will just refuse to do it. This is one area you don't want to turn into a big power struggle. However you do it, you will want to tell his other caregivers (sitters, grandparents, aunts, etc.) how you are doing this so they can help to keep things on track at the times you can't be there with him.

So patience and consistency are key, and with that good luck.

Clare - posted on 03/04/2010

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My son was not interested until he was 3. They say boys are harder and usually older when they finally go for it. I had the same problem on stressing myself out wanting to do it sooner and it is true what they say, the kid will do it when he is ready. And when he got it, there was no turning back. We also did the reward system for each time and then the grand prize after about a week which was something he drooled over at the store. I've heard that if you force the issue, it takes longer.

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