Need potty training advice for almost 3 yr old

BEE - posted on 03/15/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have been gradually potty training my almost 3 year old son. He does great when he's not wearing any diapers or pants and will just go to the potty by himself and go pee (we're still working on the poop thing but he's getting there). But when I put any underwear on him, he doesn't bother using the potty anymore (probably thinking that it's a diaper). Any advice?

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Cheryl - posted on 03/29/2013

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Just keep going but get rid of nappies completly. Get undies with his favourite characters on re cars, etc. Show him and say you don't want to get cars wet. Don't make a big deal out of it when an accident happens but always take him to the toilet and put him on afterwards. Keeping bed dry is a development thing. Its not necessarily training so I just kept nappy on at night until it was dry most mornings. Then use brolly sheets for a while. Hope that helps

Shawna - posted on 03/16/2013

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I found several books at my local library and sent for the potty dance video. Basically we read and talked bout how his body worked. The final push came when he excepted being in charge of his body. This took what seemed like endless reminding and encouragement for both of us. Since then, if he has an accident, without emotion on my part, we simply get new underpants and pants and move on. Daniel Tiger says it best, "keep trying and you'll get better"'.

Liezl - posted on 05/28/2013

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My son is not quite there yet, but most of my friends used www.bye-bye-binky.com for advice. They have a wonderful process that has a high success rate. Well worth looking into it...

Breanna - posted on 04/02/2013

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My daughters 20mnths and I'm potty training. I had her throw her diaper away and bought her panties with her favorite character on them. I would put her in panties all day and pull ups for nap and bed time. I put her on the potty every hr to a hr n a half so that she's grasp the concept of holding it and we sing the potty song when she's one the pot. I let her see me go potty a few timea so shed no what the pot is for. Throughout the day I remind her that poop and pee goes in the potty not her panties and eventually she caught on. Its been two weeks and she not having accidents anymore now were working on her letting us know she has to potty. Hope that gives u some ideas.

Mariana - posted on 04/01/2013

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I've found this article to be very helpful "Potty training in 3 days" http://www.babycenter.com/0_potty-traini...

I didn't follow the exact step by step. Read it once and then just did my own "thing". My daughter is 2 years old and 3 months. We started 3 days ago and SUCCESS!

1. I made her take off her own diaper and throw it in the garbage can "say bye bye diapers forever"

2. All day with no diapers or undies. Asked about a zillion times if she needed to potty. She peed a few times around the house but then quickly ran to the bathroom and pretended to pee.

3. FIrst night, pull ups. Second and third night just undies and woke up dry! yey!

Tips:
-never get mad! Be patient and TALK to your child. Don't under estimate a toddler. They understand more than we think. My new philosophy is to explain everything. Sooner or later she'll understand and apply whatever it is I am trying to teach her.
-don't do so many "steps" and take like a year to "gradually" potty train. It just makes it harder for the child and the parents.

The only issue we are having is that she won't go to any bathroom other than the one at home. I am not stressing about it, just taking it step by step.

Hope this helps. Let me know if the article helped at all.

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Keep doing it. It took a good 2-3 weeks for it to "click" with my daughter at the same age. Getting her entire outfit wet made her really sad and she eventually figured it out. Poop took about an extra week, but she got it. I also went cold turkey on diapers - none during naps or night time. It took about 6 weeks before she stopped peeing in her bed at night, and even at that, she would only wet about once every 4 nights because she was stubborn and wouldn't go pee before bed. It's worth it in the end to be totally diaper free!

Jenn - posted on 03/21/2013

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In my experience with my two boys, now ages 10 and 7, they were ready right around 3 years old. I tried at 2 and 2 1/2 but when they are ready, you'll know. It just clicks all of a sudden. Good luck!

Nichole - posted on 03/19/2013

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I seem to be having a hard time as well. my son does the potty dance but he just thinks its a dancing game and doesnt take me serious.

BEE - posted on 03/16/2013

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Thanks Shawna. What was the name of the video? I'll look into more books. We have 1 at home but maybe if he reads other ones, he'll understand more.

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