Potty training ideas anyone?!!!

Angel - posted on 04/27/2013 ( 16 moms have responded )

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So my son loves the idea of wearing big boy underwear but he gets so into Elmo that he doesn't always go potty!!! He just turned two in January I am not sure if he just doesn't understand the idea of recognizing when he has to go or what and I don't know how to explain to him what that feels like?!! I don't want to pressure him or chastise him if he always makes mistakes but we've been training for months he does great some days others not at all!!!! Any tips for potty training an active 2 year old boy?!!

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Cheryl - posted on 05/17/2013

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Don't worry too much about it. This is completely normal for boys even after months of training. It will come with time. Put him on the toilet after every accident to reinforce that. Give him heaps of praise when he does go on the toilet but don't stress when he doesn't.

Karen - posted on 05/15/2013

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Read them stories when they are on the potty trying to go. Ask often if they need to go yet. Remind them that they don't want that gross stuff in their pants now that they are not babies and don't have to.

Jamese - posted on 05/04/2013

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When you take him to the bathroom take some fruit loops cereal put them in the toilet and have him aim for it. Make it a game take breaks and I once you think he needs to go potty cuz maybe he's too into the cartoons just go "okay time to play the fruit loop game!" Lol i know it sounds a little strange but it works! My son is 2 and he's potty trained already because of the "fruit loop game" my mother passed that down to me she did it with my brother, lol Goodluck!

Faye - posted on 05/03/2013

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Set a timer at 15 minute intervals. The timer acts as an independent reminder and you are not the one nagging him to try. After there is success for at least 2 days, move the timer to either 20 or 30 minutes. After 2 days of success at that interval, move it to 45 minutes.

They are too busy playing or watching Elmo/Big Bird/Little Einstein that they ignore the signs that their bodies are giving them.

By the time I was ready to move the timer to 45 minutes, my son, who was 2 at the time, told me after the timer went off and he had went potty, "mommy, don't set that again, I got this." I laughed, set it anyway and watched. At about 35 minutes, he set the toy down and ran to the bathroom as he had to go. I quietly turned the timer off (microwave so no big deal) before he came out.

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2013

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Sometimes it helps if you remind them. Another thing I do is after asking if they have to go for awhile (just here and there...not consistantly) if they have not gone for awhile an hour or two from when they "normally" go then I have them just take a potty break and try to go. This helps them stop what they are doing and take that break.

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Leanne - posted on 07/21/2013

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Woohoo add on to my earlier post. Your post made me think and I took my own advice stopped even talking about potty (was hard s her nursery report came back withe4 out of 5 marks in personal development section as because not potty trained) (made me feel bit rubbish :-( . Stopped talking about potty or moaning about accidents and hey presto she is on the potty. At first many accidents, then put it on sticker chart as special achievement (put this on chart as I can put any good or caring behaviour s special achievement to avoid disappointment haha) Potty trained now don't know if this is just because she was ready or not, just seems bit of a coincidence as it happened with both children good luck to all others potty training

ps do not let others make you feel rubbish, every one is different. Your child might be slow at potty training but may be able to count to 25 when others can only count to 7.

Shova - posted on 06/07/2013

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My son is now two,we started training..you can make a potty chair,that i do.....play with the potty,sit over it.Makes games.....i downloded a great app called potty training learing with the animals...it seems workes really,you can try this one!

Lynsey - posted on 06/06/2013

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I need help too! My son has no interest at all! He says he wants his diapers forever! UGH!! He will be 4 in Jan. hes gotta get out of these diapers! HELP!
Lynsey
www.hotcitycoolmom.com

Jennie - posted on 06/06/2013

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Why don't you try the method talked about on pottytraingboysgirls.org?
Works really really good! Got both my girl and boy potty trained within a week!

Angel - posted on 06/05/2013

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Well I asked my dad about it and a few other family members and put him in underwear all weekend and he didn't get his snacks as normal just regular breakfast lunch and dinner and if he did potty he was rewarded with his snacks. After just the weekend I sent him to school in underwear and he's done great!!!! No accidents!!!!!

Leanne - posted on 06/05/2013

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With my first daughter i left a potty in the front room at the start of the summer explained what it was for but never asked her to go on it, I told her that when big girls stop wearing nappies this is were they do their wee wees & poohs. then whenever we were in the garden i would let her run around in a loose dress or long top without a nappy on, This was only to help make her aware of when she was going but she instantly took a dislike to nappys as they not comfortable in summer heat.

i then used to struggle to get her to wear them i thought this was a bad thing but then because she would kick up such a fuss i would say you can have it off indoors if she used her potty, when she would have an accident i would put the nappy on and say this is why we have to wear nappys just until we are ready to use potty, within 4 weeks she was trained and all by accident i didn't plan on training her for a month afterwards, when she turned 2

However with my second girl she is 2y 7m and is just not ready she wants to wear knickers but sits on potty after she's done a wee/pooh although i was only positively encouraging her i have stopped as i know she feels disappointment when nothing comes out.

My midwife said to me the average age (uk) is more like 3y now used to be 2y due to nappys being a better fit and more absorbent.
you also have to wait till your child is ready although praising them and gentle encouragement wont hurt just don't be to full on as you might put them off or make them feel disappointment with themselves remember its not a race and they all get there in the end,

that's what I have to do, as us mums find it hard not to worry when we see or hear of others doing it.

Shova - posted on 06/05/2013

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Don't worry ,there are kids that take longer..that happened to my oldest son..and he learnedlater!! what i would suggest is to try to make games, read lots of stories, ,,,i dowloaded a great app called potty training learning with the animals....my son loved it and help him a lot! you can also try in this way.........

Good luck.

Diana - posted on 05/05/2013

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Okay I got the pee thing down pack because I let him stand up. My son turned 2 in January as well. He doesn't pee in the bed at night either. He likes going in the bathroom and climbing up on the step stool and watching the pee go into the toilet.He then takes off running back to play. So i guess its faster and more exciting to stand up. Sitting down is too boring for him. Which is why I am having a hard time getting him not to poop on himself. I too went with the naked idea. However, I got tired of cleaning up poop. Any suggestions on that?

Kayla - posted on 04/27/2013

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Ive been trying to potty train my 3 year since he turned 2. He now likes wearing big boy underwear and will go potty on his terms but other than that. Ive been told to let him run around completely naked and when he goes, make him clean it up and then run to the bathroom. Ive been told to take him to the potty every 5 minutes. Rewards like stickers or candy. Nothing has worked except now he loves stickers.. lol Its a difficult task, that's for sure. Good luck!

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