Does anyone have any idead on potty training a boy? My son will be 3 in Jan., and will not go on the toilet on his own! If I sit him on it, he will pee in the toilet, but then 5 min later he pees in his pants! I know they say when they are ready they will go, but my daugther wasn't ever like this!!! I don't know what to do!!!!

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Melissa - posted on 11/06/2008

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Boys are very different than girls. Girls do things a lot faster than boys. My son was 3 1/2 until he started using the potty. Little boys work differently. If you force it, it will make matters worse and back fire on you. Just keep offering it and be patient. Boys require more patient than girls do. I have three boys, and I am one of three sisters with a little brother.

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If you feel he is ready by now then you are probably right. So...bribe him. Have a box with wrapped prizes in it. (thomas train, superman, batman, dvd's, etc) Each time he pees in the potty he gets to grab a prize from the box. He will be so excited!! My oldest son was potty trained at 2.5 yrs. old using this technique and it was painless!!! Maybe not so much for my wallet...ha ha. On another note, my son only wanted to pee like his dad did. So I let him stand up. Maybe your son might like to stand up just like his dad!!! Good Luck

Julia - posted on 11/05/2008

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I have 5 - 3 girls then 2 boys. I am potty training my first boy now and it is totally different than the girls -though each girl was different too. Just be patient - my son does the same thing and he is three and a half. He is making progress constantly. Many of my friends have told me their boys didn't potty train till nearly four. The main thing that we do is to set a timer to remind both of us it is potty time.



He will get the hang of it eventually. I know it is hard to be patient, and so excited to toss those diapers :-) but it really will happen when he is ready. Hang in there and good luck!

Meredith - posted on 11/03/2008

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Potty training can be so hard! What worked for my then 3-year-old boy was putting him in undies, while I cleaned up the messes for about 3 days. I made him stay on the tile floors. By the 4th day, he started knowing when to head for the potty. This was just for #1; #2 took a lot longer and a lot more poo cleaning. For #2, a sticker chart helped, but I really think he just had to figure it out for himself. He WILL go in the potty; try not to stress too much. Now that he's 4 and going all on his own, I can laugh about how much I stressed, but I don't miss cleaning the poo!

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1. PATIENCE!!!! seriously, it just depends on your child. Luckily my son was potty trained by 2. We used the hit the target by throwing cheerios in the toilet, he had a blast with that and just plain ole consistency. The hardest part was getting him to go #2, it seems to scare all the kids. Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 11/01/2008

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My youngest was a little tougher we made his step and it worked for awhile but then he started regressing . He loved to be noticed for good or bad . So we tried somthing else every time he went we would tell all in the house , and everybody clapped and cheered and gave him high fives . He loved it and couldnt wait to go again.

Rebecca - posted on 11/01/2008

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With my first son I had tried everything from cheerios to stickers .He was just not interested at all . So we got rid of the little potty, I filled a larger shoe box with old magazines covered it with a brown paper bag . we then sat down and we decorated it with markers and stickers etc. he was so happy with his creation he from then on couldnt wait to be able to stand on his own step he made.

Ashley - posted on 11/01/2008

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Boys are harder - everyone says. First - get some targets for him to pee on - boys love to pee on stuff for some reason - if he can stand in front of the toilet, put them in there, otherwise put them in the little potty to pee on.

Second - are you doing treats and stickers as rewards? I reward even trying.

Third, I got my son this DVD - "Potty Power" and he loves it - it really made potty training more interesting.

Not to say that we are there yet, but I've helped train several other boys, so I have some experience behind me.

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I had this book when I potty trained my son... Once Upon a Potty -- Boy
by Alona Frankel.. By the time we finish the book .. he was done going potty.

Schellon - posted on 10/31/2008

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Same here... 3 in Jan. We have tried treats, wearing pull ups, wearing "real" undies and feeling the yucky wetness....I Dunno! I keep hearin he will go when he is ready and it will be as easy as 123...LOL STILL WAITING!!!

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I am going to tell you that boys always take longer than girls! Not fair, but that is just the way it is! I think that he is still relatively young and don't push it. Let him go when he is ready....pushing him only will make his resent the toliet and whole potty training thing. Have you tried special prizes or maybe even a sticker chart for when he goes potty on the toliet? I did that with my 3 year old son (almost 4) and the prize was when the whole chart was filled up was he could go out and pick out some new undies that he liked! Good luck to ya!

Jami - posted on 10/31/2008

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Maybe you should try making it fun for him. Put cheerios or fruit loops in the toilet and have him stand up and pee. I know that my son was easier to train than my daughter, I think it just all depends on the child. Potty training is hard, but consistency and confidence is all he needs. Maybe reward him with something, like a sticker chart for everytime he is a big boy and goes potty. Hope this was helpful!!

Patricia - posted on 10/31/2008

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My oldest son didn't potty train until 3 1/2, though I had been trying on and off since he was 2. A suggestion I received but didn't follow was to take a few days and really focus on it. Offer him lots to drink and stick him on the potty every hour or so. Another thing I was told to do was to let him go naked and to watch him and put him on the potty if he looked like he had to go.
What we ended up doing was offering him smarties or a sticker every time he went pee in the potty. It took a week for him to master this. After he was going regularly, smarties only if he pooped. The pooping was a lot tougher, but I'm sure its that way with every kid. It didn't take too long, three weeks or so, before he was using the potty on his own.
I know a lot of people frown on offering treats, especially candy, but it is what honestly worked for us. Good luck with whatever you do.

Ashley - posted on 10/31/2008

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I'm waiting for an answer to this myslef. My son turns 3 in June and he's the exact same way.

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