4 years old and won't use the potty.

Becky - posted on 05/11/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son will be 4 at the end of the month and her won't use the potty. He won't even sit there for a reward. He tells me when he's going in his pull-up, so I know he's physically ready . We have offered him many things as a reward for using the potty, but he just doesn't care. I can't figure out what else to try, everything I have just sets him off into a melt-down. He doesn't like change, so everything is a battle.

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Becky - posted on 06/14/2009

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potty training success! A little gentle mom pushing, and he has got it! No accidents, and he tells me every time! Sticker chart, small treats and prizes with 10 stickers and he's game!

Eileen - posted on 05/22/2009

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I had my little one naked all the time durning the summer time when we were outside. Good luck

Holly - posted on 05/21/2009

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i kno exactly what u mean.. my son is 2 and he will be 3 in jan and he is freaked out about the potty chair..hes able to tell me when he uses the bathrm in his diaper but once we sit him on the potty he freaks out.boys are very hard to potty train.. but keep ur head up high and give him a lil more time and she how he reacts

Erin - posted on 05/21/2009

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Been there. My son wasn't [potty trained until he was a few months past his 4th birthday. It was a very long process. He just wasn't interested in using the toilet. We did the reward chart technique for a long time but instead of little rewards along the way, we would let him get something he really wanted after having gone to the potty for so many days in a row. Again, it was a long process but finally something clicked and he started going without us reminding him, prodding him along. The main thing is to keep with it! Let him give in on his stubborness.

Becky - posted on 05/21/2009

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Thanks for the info - we've tried many of these things. The potty chair doesn't work since he is really big for his age. The "parts" don't line up even on the biggest ones I could find. I think we'll just have to wait until preschool is over and go "cold-turkey".

Candace - posted on 05/19/2009

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Try setting him on the toilet with the diaper on. After a few tries and once he is comfortable with that-try cutting a hole in diaper for the waste to fall thru into the toilet.

My daughter was 4 before she was potty trained and after months and months of frustration her preschool teacher recommended this method and it's what finally worked. Before this she wouldn't soil herself, but she would hold it until she made herself sick or we put a diaper on her. We didn't even have to go so far as to cut a hole in the diaper-after a few times of sitting on the toilet with the diaper on, she was comfortable enough to do it sans diaper.

Good Luck!

Shelly - posted on 05/17/2009

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Put him on the regular toilet. Take the daipers or pull ups off and give him only underwear. Use cherrios as target practice game to make it fun and help his aim.

BTW I noticed you have a daughter too. Start her on the potty and prasie her a lot this will make him more interested in toileting. Good luck

Belinda - posted on 05/17/2009

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hey with my son he was good at toilet training but my friend had problems with her boy so she put a ping pong ball (what they use to play table tennis with) in the toilet for him to aim at, her son absolutly loved toilet training now, he would try aim and pee on it and when the toilet flushes it doesnt get flushed coz its light and will bounce on the water.. it was very fun for him. Goodluck with it all hope this was useful

Jamie - posted on 05/11/2009

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Have you tried putting a potty chair in the living room or in his room? That seemed to work for my twins while they were watching cartoons. They would sit on it every 30mins or so and try to go. Have you gotten him a dvd about potty training like Elmo's Potty Time, this worked with my kids.

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