POTTY training help for a 3 year old

Laurie - posted on 12/13/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have twin boys that are 3, one is potty trained and one has very little desire. I bribed him a few days ago with a (sugar free) lollipop if he went pee before nap time. He then sat on the toilet for 1hr and 45m. He finally went pee and got a ton of praise and the lollipop. The next day he sat on the potty for 3h and 15m before nap time and then went. He REFUSED to get off.... I was even tired after 3hrs...but he refused. How can I get him to tell me when he has to go instead of guessing, having him sit and sit and sit.....He is very stubborn and I have been introducing training to him slowly since he has screamed and run away from the potty before.... I tried to explain that he doesn't need to sit on the potty until he NEEDS to go, but he doesn't seem to understand that pee sensation! Any thoughts??

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Laurie - posted on 12/23/2012

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Trust me.....I didnt want him to sit for more than 5 minutes but when i tried to take him off he would scream that he wanted to go pee pee!! What i ended up dong was using and egg timer set for 5 minutes And told him he needed to get off when the timer buzzed. After a few hours he began to get the hang of it....he has now been accident free for 2 days!!!! What worked to get him to want to pee was what i call the "pee jar" which is filled with all these great toys...i let him look at the toys through the plastic and kept telling him he could have any one toy in the jar if he went pee. Then i filled him with fruit, water, and juice and kept reminding him. So far it has worked!!!!!

Ana - posted on 12/17/2012

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Umm.. More than 15 mins is TOO LONG ON THE POTTY FOR KIDS.

Trick: Take him to the potty for a week straight about every hour to two hours. Yes, this will bug you out and make you tired, but you only have to do it for a week or less. Write down the last time he went if you can't remember because this gives you an idea of when he should be going next.

The whole time during the week ask him, do you have to potty? When you take him. Even if he says no, say ok, lets see. Only sit him there for about 5-7 mins, if he doesn't go, send him out.

I did this with my daughter and somehow it taught her to FEEL when she had to go instead of just sitting on the potty waiting for a sucker for half a work day.

The prizes do work for the kids, but it really seems like WE really do all the work and they get the prize.

Not all kids train the same, but I did do some of what you were doing and I got the same result.
Also, I went to YOUTUBE and watched how other mothers were doing it, and my baby is trained.

Gigi - posted on 12/17/2012

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Get him off the potty after few minutes, it is not a chair! You could "time" the potty with a short book (maybe with potty theme) - you can read it and once its finished (should take few minutes) if he isn't peeing yet, take him off and tell him he can try again soon. Just make sure he is aware that once the book is finished so is the potty time.
Give him some praise, like "good job for trying", get him dressed and try again later. Watch him closely, you should be able to see when he is about to pee, then tell him "oh, you have to pee" and rush him to the potty (even if he already started) and let him finish it there. He will get the idea soon.
Another trick is that you put him in his underwear and over it you put the diaper - that way he will feel the wetness.

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