Help with potty training

Kafui - posted on 05/07/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a 4 and half year old boy with a speech delay along with some other developmental delays . I need some help on how to potty train him.

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Jill - posted on 05/10/2013

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Our son had a few delays as well, more physical though, he was the same age and not toilet trained, we took him to a continence clinic they ran a bunch or test and a bowel scan and it turned out he was constipated and had been for a while. He didn’t show any signs of it that we noticed, it also meant he lost the ability to know when his bowel or bladder were full, they became desensitised.
The clinic also gave use great techniques to use the get them functioning again and great tips for toilet training. He was trained in a week in the end.

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Chew Leng - posted on 05/31/2013

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I started potty training my son when he was 21 month old. He screamed and kicked like I was going to strangle him when I tried to encourage him to pee in the toilet. It was a disaster for the first week. On day 8 he decided to just be a big boy and inform me before he wanted to pee. I think the turning point is when I suddenly decided to let him pee in his underwear, and not change for him. (But you have to wipe the floor so he doesnt slip.) I explained to him that if he would tell me before he wants to pee then he wonˊt become wet. Leave it on for a while so he feels uncomfortable. He will grasp the idea really fast and before you know it, he is a champion. I hope this helps.

Angel - posted on 05/19/2013

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My son is 21 months and I have begun potty training him already! When he awakes in the morning I take him to the toilet and sit for atleast five minutes. The highlight for him is the singing, clapping, and I let him flush the toilet (because thats what big boys do)! What also encouraged him, I Tivo the Pull-up commercials andy just loves to watch the "big kid now." I bought him underwear and pull-ups to get him used to the difference and now he hates to wear disposable diapers. The key is being consistent. Everyday for two hours , I take him to the toilet every 15 minutes and during that time he wears underwear. I have only been at this for 3 weeks, but it has been a success. He sometimes ask to potty on the toilet even after the two hour training session.Just remember all children are different and it may be one month or six months before potty training is a complete success!

Jennifer - posted on 05/17/2013

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My sons were both 4 & 4 1/2 if I remember right. The thing I found the most helpful were: 1: making-up a "potty-dance" and song I would do every time they had a successful bathroom visit... it was purely silly and funny to the kids, they loved it. 2: using the toilet seat inserts for kids were far more successful than the kiddie toilets, no matter if they made sounds or not. The kids wanted to feel "big" and wanted to use the same place we went. 3: We had wood floors at the time when I had my son run around naked... it truely stopped him in his tracks and made him pay attention to when it was time to go to the toilet. It wasn't my favorite, but it got him to pay attention to his body.
Good luck to you!

Cc - posted on 05/17/2013

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I'm potty training my 3 year old and I feel like it's taking forever, but I'm also working full time so it's been tough keeping things consistent between babysitters, day care, and myself. He LOVES ice pops so I've been using them as rewards when he poops on the potty. MY rule is that he cannot have ice pop unless he does it, but other caretakers are not following the rule all the time so I think maybe it's taking longer. Rewards may help though, and are often used when teaching children with developmental delays.
Also, i had posted recently asking for help with potty training and a mom suggested skipping pull-ups. I don't know if you are using them, but it may help to deter your son from going in his pants if he associates it with being uncomfortable. Yes, this is messy for you, but worth a try.
Good luck, mom.

Cyndi - posted on 05/12/2013

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I just potty trained my 4 1/2 year old who also has speech delays as well as other delays.
I asked him if he wanted to be able to wear big boy underwear or wanted to stay in a baby diaper. He wanted the underwear so I told him he would have to stay dry then. I would ask him every hour to come with me to the bathroom to go potty. Sometimes I would have to say I am going to get to the bathroom before he can and make it a race. He would then race me and laugh when he won. It took a month and he still has accidents because he gets caught up in things, but he is mostly potty trained. Hope this helps.

Dessie - posted on 05/08/2013

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what is his favorite cartoon? try some big boy underwear with it on them. my little girl is 3 we tried everything with her. she really likes batman but they don't make batman underwear, so we got her boy batman underwear. we told her if her potties on batman he would run away and she would lose that pear of underwear. there were 8 underwear when we started and only 2 when done but it worked. maybe it will work for you.

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