Any suggestions on potty training my 2 year old?

Kellie - posted on 02/23/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My two year old lttle boy has been such a hard one to potty train, does anyone have any tips?

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Leigh - posted on 07/07/2009

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Hey Kellie, how things working out with the potty training? When we started potty training Jeffrey we let him "sink the cheerios". we just put some cheerios in the real potty and made a game of it. we made a big deal out of it and congradulated him but didn't reward him. Carl and I just don't believe in rewarding our children for things like that. we also never used pull-ups because that was like a diaper to him. but hopefully he is well on his way and you are or will be diaper free for him. leigh ann

Ashley - posted on 02/26/2009

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my son was two and a half when he was fully trained sticker chart was a big help but we did this for awhile and it would work but he still had accidents. I trully believe kids will potty train quicker if u let them tell you when there ready just leave the option out there too much pushing only leaves the child upset. and not wanting to do it. he just one day was ready and from that day he has had only one accident that was six months ago and then he told me at a store and I couldn't get him there in time. oh and sitting on the real potty is much easier than a potty chair

Torkel - posted on 02/24/2009

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My son will be 3 in June, and we're expecting baby girl next month.  We are also having a hard time potty training at home-it is very frustrating seeing that he goes to the potty with no problems at school, for almost a year! It's like he prefers to be changed when at home.  We tried putting him in undies at home, but he would only do his thing in a corner then say what he did.  He did do his business in the potty once or twice, but only after making him sit on it every 15-20 minutes.  I GIVE UP!

Singwa - posted on 02/24/2009

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We use the Baby Signs Potty Training Program. It was great. As early as 9.5 months, our girl was able to tell us that she needed to go potty by doing the sign and she would actually stand outside the washroom waiting for us to open the door and get her on the potty seat! We find that using the potty seat works better for us than an actual potty, which both my kids refused to use and preferred to sit on the toilet on their potty seat.

Cynthia - posted on 02/24/2009

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I also bought food coloring and would put a few drops of blue in the toilet and tell him that if he peed it would turn green, or red to orange. He loved it.

Cynthia - posted on 02/24/2009

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The best advice I got was to wait until my son was night dry and then at about 2 I bought the toilet and he wasn't interested. About 2 1/2 he helped me make a sticker chart, that was his reward for going pee, and two for poo, and I spent two days taking him in every 45 minutes to 1 hour. Then I let him tell me when he was ready, and we have had minimal accidents and none at night. Definately wait for him to give you some signs. I have a friend who potty trained her two year old and it was a hassle for her the whole time, He wasn't able to let her know yet when he needed to go and would constantly poo in his pants. She went back to diapers because he wasn't ready.

Tara - posted on 02/24/2009

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My son is two and a half and FULLY potty trained. There is no reason to wait. As long as he can communicate with you, there are no "true signs" of readiness. I used the three day program and he will never wear a diaper again. He pees and poops on the potty, stays dry throughout the night and during his nap. Its wonderful. Here is the website: 3daypottytraining.com.

Hope this helps!

Ekaterina - posted on 02/24/2009

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My girl is 2 and one month. I let her run in the house without a nappy, so she saw and felt it when she got wet. I would change her and show her wet  underwear and say that it's wet, cold and feels bad, mommy doesn't like, you don't like it eithger etc. So first she started reacting to unpleasant wet clothes and would sit on the potty AFTER she'd already peed. Nicely kept telling her to run to the potty and tell me whan she needed to go until it sank in. During the day i sometimes still have to sit her myself especially if she's engaged in a game but morning, evening, quiet times, she feels in time to run to the potty. I think it's important for them to realize that itfeel better that way, so maybe try leaving her in undies, without a diaper or those cool training pants in which they feel perfectly comfortable after they've peed in them. Loads of laundry for a month and have to always change them right away so they don't get cold, but the kid is happy to see mom proud.

Naomi - posted on 02/24/2009

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We didn't push our little boy in to it, we just left the potty out for him to see and didn't put a nappy on him in the house. He had accidents obviously and you need the cleaning stuff close to hand but he got the hang of it quickly as every time he had a wee we would just point him in the dirrection of his potty. He is 2 and half now a always dry. Hope this helps a bit. x

Carrie - posted on 02/23/2009

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How do you get started potty training? My son is almost 2 1/2 and we talk about the potty and he's sat on it a few times, but hasn't gone in it yet. We're so busy during the day I don't know where to start!

Wendy - posted on 02/23/2009

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Unless there is a reason why you are starting to potty train now, I would wait until he shows signs of being ready. My son will be 3 in June and has no interest in going on the potty. I would prefer to wait until he is showing signs of showing interest, than to struggle months and months with trying to get him to do something he doesn't want to do.

Paige - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi Kellie, My son is 2.5 and is fully potty trained (not without hardships though) My trick was to give him a tiny treat every time he went (mini m&m's). Eventually, he would go on his own hoping for a treat. He's been in underwear for a month now and has had very few accidents. Another trick that I do is if he does have one (accident) he changes himself. After a few of those, he got so tired of stopping what he was doing to change himself, he just goes to the potty. Now he does everything himself from turning on the bathroom light, to putting up the potty seat, to flushing and washing his hands. Just don't push it. Once you start getting frustrated and annoyed, he's not going to want to potty train. Basically, you'll catch the signs of when he's truly ready to potty train. HOpe this is helpful ;) let me know how it goes. Paige ;)

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Boys have been known to be harder to potty train, I have a 3 year old, Our goal was to get him completey potty trained by the time our daughter arrived this past December. It happened but not without hard work and lots of patience. When he has an accident don't tell him it was wrong, just lets try again next time. When he does make it to the potty tell him good job, and tell him to be proud of himself. My husband and I made up silly songs to sing with our son while he sat on the toilet. Going #2 is hard for them they tend to get scared a bit. It all takes time, but he will get there. The thing is is to put him in pullups at night only and udnerwear during the day and before you know you wont being buying pullups anymore, just cool undies for the bootie!

Sairah - posted on 02/23/2009

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my little one in 3.5, and he is still not fully trained:-(



He knows he has to go to the toilet, but doesn't bother to unless he is asked. I have to keep vigilant and keep asking him every hour. I'd welcome suggestions too.

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