What's the easiest way to potty train a little boy?

Joelle - posted on 04/30/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )




Just wanted to get some ideas from everyone in how to potty train a little boy...I have been told that they are harder to train then girls and my little girl was a breeze. I have been slowly introducing it to him to try and get him use to it,but it seems that he wants no part of it. lol HELP!!!


Kylie - posted on 05/08/2009




MY son is 2 and a half and i am seeming to get no where. Its like he just cant be bothered stopping what he is doing to go to the toilet. I have tried using jocks and taking him every half hour but he just refuses to go and doesn't mind wetting him jocks in the slightest, yet at bath time it is "a must" that he goes to the toilet/potty before he hops in the bath-he won't get in the water until he has "done wee's". I dont want to force him to go to the toilet during the day in case he goes backwards with it, but I really need to get him trained as I also have a 10 month old. It seems he just "doesn't have the time"
Has anyone had this problem and/or know what to do?


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Joelle - posted on 07/27/2009




Thank You all for sharing your great ways on how to potty train a little boy,,,I'am definately going to try some of these ways to get him more interested in trying to use the potty with hopes to getting him trained. He is only 2.5 and alot of folks have said not to worry that boys usually are trained by three or show more interest in potting at that age,but I would love to get it done and over with.lol Thanks again for sharing all these wonderful ways with me.

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My son is 2.5 and is now potty trained. We started about 3 - 4 weeks ago and used the approach in "Toilet Training in Less Than a Day" by Nathan Azrin. Now I will say, we weren't flawless in less than a day! But he did catch on. The book asks you to make sure your child is ready by answering three questions. Definitely don't force the issue before he's ready.

We still wear pull ups at night because he's still in his crib. But I made the distinction between diapers and switched to pull ups - at night only! I have been told by pre-school teachers and other mommy friends that using pull ups during the day as a "training tool" instead of diapers does not work because they are too absorbent - and I agree.

During training, I used a simple training underpants from Target that have a smidge of padding, but nothing big. They're basically like big boy undies with a slightly padded crotch area. This is great because it absorbs the little droplets that may occur, but still let your son know when he is wet.

We still have an accident occasionally, but rarely now. And after training, I would recommend bringing a travel potty with you on errands, and changes of clothes and underwear always! :)

Best of luck!

April - posted on 05/19/2009




I've heard that putting a little guy in boxers works really well, if you don't want to go the totally nude route. That way his body feels different than when he's in a diaper, Pull-Ups, and underwear. He's aware that something's changed and may be more in tune with his urge to go.

Lisa - posted on 05/12/2009




I am potty training my lil girl - she is 20 months. She started by telling us she had to "poo poo" (she was actually going pee... and she would want to sit on the potty but she had actually already gone pee in her diaper. we let her sit on the potty anyway)

Now she is jumping up and hollering "POTTY POTTY! HURRY" and we RUN to the potty. This morning she wouldnt go, wouldnt go... then after I walked out of the room (about 1/2 hr after her basically playing in the bathroom... gets up.... wants to leave the bathroom... but I insist that she has to get her diaper on 1st...then she sits back down insisting she still needs to potty) I walked out and she came running... she had gone pee in her potty!!!

So her brother and I made a HUGE deal about it, she got stickers on her "sticker chart" thats taped to the bathroom wall.... and now she is sitting on my lap in big girl panties... we will see.

She hates having a wet diaper. This just started with her. She never cared before.

Ok so while I was typing this she peed on the floor.... its all good. ha

With my son (and Im doing it now with my daughter) i take them to potty every hour on the hour. if they have an accident in between that time we clean it up and talk about the potty.

but it worked for us.

Kerryjane - posted on 05/12/2009




my son is 2 and has just finished potty training with him we just put pants on and left the potty in the room where he could see it always asking do u need to go? we use stickers for weeing and pooing and they get to choose wat sticker the want also it really helps if they understand they need to wee etc if they dont understand they need to go they are not ready also the little seats for the toilet we use too he takes it with hi wen we visit other people it gets them used to going to the toilet maybe the idea of a potty is not for ur son u could try the liitle seat on the toilet saying this is for big boys not babies dont know if this is any help .

Krista - posted on 05/10/2009




First of all, how old is he? Is he showing any interest in pottying? I have potty trained my three boys, and every one was different. My oldest, didn't train till he was 4. My middle one trained at 3 in the span of 2 weeks because he didn't like to be wet. My youngest, now 4, trained a year ago, partly due to my prodding because he was starting at a preschool that he had to be trained for. Took a few, but he did it.

I have done sticker charts with rewards, praise, and basic figuring it out. I have never gotten mad for accidents (especially when they're learning, ignore mistakes), punished for accidents (except when my 4 yr old WAS trained and peed just cause he was bored, he had to change his own clothes).

Pullups are ok for beginners, but as they go, go with training underwear. Maybe with plastic pants. They just don't get the feel of the wet against their skin with the pullups.

Biggest part, wait till he's ready. It can take forever, but, as I kept telling myself with my oldest, he won't go to kindergarten in diapers.

Good luck

Teresa - posted on 05/10/2009




Try sitting him on the toliet facing the tank and let him take his favorite trucks or cars...they sit there and play and forget what they are doing...That was the only way I got my now 10 year old son to go...tried the pull-ups..fruit loops...but him sitting there playing he got the idea and had fun too

Jennifer - posted on 05/03/2009




I 'd let him do it when he ready! He will show you and tell you. My oldest took 2 years to be completely potty trained! It is was so frustrating. I decided with my twins who are 3 that I would let them do it on their own (to an extent). We taught them how to peepee in the shower (to show them how to contol it), introduced pull ups, let them play with the potties, watch their older brother and us, and they soon started to tell me they wanted to go potty. No pressure. Today, my twin son pooped on the potty. All he needed was praise for it and he was so proud of himself. With my oldest, I had to bribe him with Matchbox cars. It was a nightmare.

Liza - posted on 05/03/2009




My sister in law put a couple of fruit loops in the toilet bowl when she realised he needed to go and told him to aim for them he had a blast and kept it up no problem lol

Tami - posted on 04/30/2009




I went totally nude for about 2 days and when he saw himself go, he was fascinated. When I noticed he was going, I ran to him, he would stop and we could make it to the potty where he would go again.
Also, try potty videos. The bear in the big blue house (potty version) is really great!
I tried sitting at the toilet, but he never went.
You could also catch some poo in his diaper, bring him to the potty and plop the poo in the potty (kinda tricking him that he went-let him sit there for a bit so he thinks he did it) and then REALLY applaud and dance and make a big stinkin deal about it. Worked for my son. Make sure the man figure in his life is showing him what he does so he thinks it is cool to stand up and pee.
Most kids take forever because parents drag their feet. I don't blame the parents, it IS HARD HARD work.
I read a lot of books from the library telling me that kids are old enough even at 9months old, it's the parents that don't want to do it. So have confidence that he can. Keep diapers for the naps and night time, and leave it off the rest of the day. I gradually put pants on (had a couple of accidents in the begining) and then put undies on. He is a pro at peeing now. He stands up, got rid of the messy Elmo potty chair... His pee pee is just the right height if he stands close enough to get it all in there. :) He is 2 1/2 now.

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2009




First off how old is he?? When my son was potty training, he's 10 now wouldn't go near a potty or toilette. He would fight and fight. For peeing, this is gonna seem strange i know, I had him pee in a cup for the first while. He loved that idea. And it's easy to take a cup with you everywhere you go.

Stay away from pull-ups etc... I always left him in underware even while out in public. Just always bring changes of clothes with you. I find pull-ups are way to absorbant still. When he would wet his pants or poo i would change him immediately for the first month or so. After that i let him sit in it for a few minutes. He didn't like the feeling of being wet so he would start asking to go in the cup.

I would take him to the bathroom every half hour, and eventually he learnt. I start at age 2 and by age 2 1/2 he was fully trained during the day and even at night times. All kids are different so it may take longer or shorter.

Key is to be consistant. Always, always make it a point to bring him to the potty every half hour, or whatever time interval you go with. And if you choose to use underwear, only put diapers on while napping and bedtime etc....

Hope this helps

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2009




I would just get real underwear. I tried the pull ups and that did not work. It will take some time but just use underwear. Take him potty every half hour or so. How old is he?

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