Almost 3 & still in diapers ! HELP !

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Shy - posted on 06/26/2011

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I might get a lot of crap about this (LOL) but my oldest is 4 1/2 and still sleeps with a diaper. We're in the process of going to sleep without it and preparing him for a few accidents. My little one is 2 1/2 and he's not in any way interested in the potty. He sees his brother, daddy and even me go into the bathroom and he'd rather just say "potty? bye bye" then actually stay there and learn haha. He does however have his own mini potty that's available to him whenever he's ready ...

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Kate - posted on 09/16/2011

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mine will be 3 next month.. she has peed a few times and pooed once....all in her potty chair...i got her a dora potty cover for the big one but she refuses to use it.....uggghh.

Ariel - posted on 03/25/2009

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thanks for all the tips! she seems to want to go before shower/bath time because she knows bedtime is coming and wants to stall, but other than that it's a deffinite no no for her, "do you have to pee?" .. "no!" .. and then the next thing you know MINUTES later her diaper is wet! deffinitely frustrating but we'll keep trying..

Leslie - posted on 03/25/2009

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My daughter was fully potty trained at 2 years 4 months and this was all due to watching the video "Once Upon a Potty". She watched it a few times and decided she didn't want to wear a diaper anymore. Horrible movie... but it seemed to have done the trick.

Rebekka - posted on 03/25/2009

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I really feel it is on the parents. Everyone says your child will let you know when they are ready. But if you just plan have a lazy kid they are content in diaphers. All of my children are potty trained by 2 no expections. I started them at 1 and it all just took off from there. If your little one is a boy try sinking cherrios. or with a girl try letting them sit back wards on the potty. I really am not a fan of potty chairs. Expecially at the age of 3. I do daycare and have a mother who thinks her 3 year shouldn't be potty trained untill 4! You just have to let them know that going in there pull up or diapher is not ok. Maybe take you vaction this year in potty training. It is much easier to be consitent with the child. Hope this helps.

Melanie - posted on 03/25/2009

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Don't worry yourself, that's still so young!  Don't let people with "my child was potty-trained before 2" stories freak you out.  Yes, that happens, but still working on it at 3 is much more the usual.



I have 3 kids.  One wasn't potty trained til nearly 4, one was done by 2, and my daughter is 3.5, and she is 100% trained for peeing, she refuses to poop in the potty and does it in her underwear!  All three are normal!  Every kid is different.  You can try a variety of things, like leaving them naked, sticker calenders, etc., but at the end of the day, they are in control of their bowel and bladder.  They have to be ready to do this.  I truly believe that being encouraging is good, but being too pushy or making it feel like a punishment in counter-productive.

Grace - posted on 03/25/2009

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When my son was 3 yrs. & 2 months, we had a pivotal day during which I decided he was going to remain in the bathroom with no diaper/pants on until he sat on the potty and used it. He was not a happy camper, to say the least! He spent a total of six hours in the bathroom, coming out only to eat..and FINALLY it happened...he nervously told me he needed to potty. I told him he could sit on the big potty or on his little potty, whichever he wanted. I told him I would stay with him or walk out of the bathroom..his choice. He decided he wanted me to stay, but "DON'T look" he insisted. Once I assured him I wouldn't look, he went to the bathroom in the potty...and I praised him and encouraged him and that was it. It was over...from that point forward, I reminded him how big he was and how he could use the potty and told him we didn't need the diapers anymore. We never looked back. It was almost as though he was afraid to do it the first time (this was #2, as he had peed in the potty a couple of times, but never regularly and was not interested in continuing before this day.) Anyway, that one day of being confined to the bathroom with no pants on was absolutely the turning point for us, and well worth my 6 hours of sitting at the bathroom door with a not-so-happy toddler! Best of luck to you!!! :)

Lacey - posted on 03/24/2009

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It seems like diaper-changing will never end, but you really just have to wait until you child is ready.  You can't force it on them or it will end up being more of a struggle.  Look for signs that they don't want to be in diapers anymore, do they not like to sit in a dirty diaper?  do they find a hiding spot when it's time for #2?  These types of things let you know they are aware of their body and are more likely to do better when they start potty training.  Kids don't have the muscles sometimes to hold it in to make it to a potty rather than just releasing and if that's the case you'll end up w/ a lot more accidents and a discouraged child.  Good luck!  

Lacey - posted on 03/24/2009

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It seems like diaper-changing will never end, but you really just have to wait until you child is ready.  You can't force it on them or it will end up being more of a struggle.  Look for signs that they don't want to be in diapers anymore, do they not like to sit in a dirty diaper?  do they find a hiding spot when it's time for #2?  These types of things let you know they are aware of their body and are more likely to do better when they start potty training.  Kids don't have the muscles sometimes to hold it in to make it to a potty rather than just releasing and if that's the case you'll end up w/ a lot more accidents and a discouraged child.  Good luck!  

Lacey - posted on 03/24/2009

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It seems like diaper-changing will never end, but you really just have to wait until you child is ready.  You can't force it on them or it will end up being more of a struggle.  Look for signs that they don't want to be in diapers anymore, do they not like to sit in a dirty diaper?  do they find a hiding spot when it's time for #2?  These types of things let you know they are aware of their body and are more likely to do better when they start potty training.  Kids don't have the muscles sometimes to hold it in to make it to a potty rather than just releasing and if that's the case you'll end up w/ a lot more accidents and a discouraged child.  Good luck!  

Lilianna - posted on 03/24/2009

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He needs to be ready for it.  My son is alost 3 and I potty train him in few days as well but at the point when he asked for it.  I tried biefore...nothing worked.



good luck

Rachelle - posted on 03/24/2009

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My step son was 3 and still in diapers when I came into his life. A lot of people thought he needed to be potty trained but no one wanted to do it!

After his third bday, I potty trained him in 3 days! It was the perfect again because he understood the concept and what his body was doing. He also had motivation at his age...he wanted to go to preschool.

I would do the exact same with my daughter if hostiry repeats itself.

Listen to your kids and what they are ready for. Potty training shouldn't be a battle!

Best of luck!

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