2 1/2 yr old son won't be potty trained. tried everything. need pointers! asap!

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Lori - posted on 10/27/2009

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Wow, you are getting a LOT of good advice from other moms! My son was very stubborn too. I finally sat down with him and explained that the diapers are "all gone" and we're not getting any more. I told him he has two choices - to go in the potty or in his pants. Of course, I suggested he go in the potty but of course, he chose his pants for a few days (oh what a mess!). I had him clean up his messes and he finally realized the toilet was a better place to go. He was 3 years old plus a few weeks.

Jamie - posted on 10/27/2009

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just started potty training my son who is now 33 months old. I tried at 22 months old and he just wasn't ready. The doctor told me not to rush it if he wasn't ready. But I tell you I am glad that I didn't Cause I started Potty training exactly two weeks ago with bribes. And I never did the potty training pants. I went straight to underwear. Which was a big help. I bought underwear with characters on them and tell him that he didn't want to make diego or spongebob wet cause it would make them sad. and would always have the potty in close area for him. I would always ask every half hour " need to pee" and he would answer me. and Just two days ago he took the initative to start just going straight to the potty himself and pulling down his own pants. yay for me. I have a 6 month old and hate the double diaper duty. Pooping was the harder to get done. But has now been doing both on potty for two days straight faithfully. GOOD LUCK it takes a lot of time. and sometimes they maybe not ready and if you wait till there ready you may be saving your self the hassel and complacations. once their ready they take off.

Shondra - posted on 10/27/2009

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Patience is everything...bribes work. Getting him to practice sitting down on the potty (with his diaper on) and then when he is comfortable doing that...cut a hole in the diaper and celebrate with him when he goes. This worked for us and we called everyone so that he could tell everyone and everyone was sooo pleased that he continued to do it!! Good luck!

Juanita - posted on 10/25/2009

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just put regular underwear on the child. when they wet it they will know. if it's a boy put a couple of cheerios in the toilet and tell them to hit the target. it works. little girls just be patient with them

Tonya - posted on 10/25/2009

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My son was almost 3 when he got potty trained. I tried and tried to get him to go potty but nothing worked. He WILL do it in his own time. I work so my son attended day care at the time and that seem to help alot. If your child is not in daycare and is an only child, then you might want to put him in daycare 2 or 3 days a week. This will help with interaction with other children, as well as let him see other kids "going potty" and being a BIG boy. He will follow suit. Just give him time and don't rush him. The hardest thing to do is take someone's advice when you want something to happen so bad--I know I've been there with mine. I didn't listen to people who were telling me the same thing and I went out and bought a potty, pull ups, and guess what--I wasted money!! That's right--wasted it away!! It was in his timing, not mine and I had to learn that the hard way. Good Luck.

Sarah - posted on 10/24/2009

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I ditched the pull-ups...they didn't work for us, only if we were going for a long outing. I also would ask him every hour to hour and a half to sit and try. Let him pick out his own potty and get a spare for the car. Eventhough my son (3 1/2) is potty trained, he is still afraid of public toilets. When he needs to do his business we go to the "car". I keep papertowels and ziploc baggies in there for easy clean-up. As much as I hate shopping at Wal-Mart my son picked out their "Froggy potty" made by Fisher Price. It's only two pieces and has a high front "guard" so that even if he doesn't hold his weiner down all the way pee doesn't spray all over!! We went through 5 potty's until we came across this one. Try www.Walmart.com. Good luck:)

Jennifer - posted on 10/24/2009

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my son didn't want to at first either. once he did, he caught on pretty quick. recently i brought him to the doc. and he siad that he was surprised that he was potty trained becuase most boys won't until they're about 3. just give him time. he'll do it when he wants to.

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