how to get a 3 yr old potty trained?

Selina - posted on 07/17/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My boy is over 3 and we're still having issues with potty training. He still has accidents and refuses to use the potty most of the time.

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Mary - posted on 07/26/2011

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Hi Selina
When my son started to potty train i told his father they must go and wet the plant and made it a game for him and you wont believe it he was only 15 months old and he was fully potty trained with the game we made so he could go pee pee

Denise - posted on 07/25/2011

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My son is also over three years old and we are working on potty training, he was doing ok with peeing in the potty, but mostly only when he felt like it, and he flat out would refuse to go poopy in the potty. So I handled it by taking a big plastic clear jar (like the ones that animal crackers or pretzel sticks come in, ours is shaped like a teddybear, we got it at Toys R Us, it was filled with animal crackers) and I filled it about halfway with matchbox cars, I placed the jar on a high shelf in the bathroom so he could see it but not reach it, and I told him everytime he went poopy in the potty he could get one car out of the jar. I also stopped putting diapers or pullups on him, and when we are home, he usually runs around with no pants on, or just big boy underwear that are a little too big for him (so he can very easily get them up and down, they look kinda droopy on him, but they serve the purpose well!) I only give him a car if he goes poopy because as he is trying to get a car by going poopy he goes pee anyway. The bigger part of it I think is that when he does go poopy on the potty we make a REALLY big deal about it, we laugh, we cheer, we say good job, we give high fives, we dance and sing the potty song, (which goes something line a conga line dance, da-da, da-da, dah,dah, using whatever words we think of to congratulate and support his pottytime) the positive reinforcement really motivates him to want to potty, and the cars, well he loves cars so much anyway that he already has a bunch of them, so during the days cleaning the cars that have gotten out of sight, out of mind (i.e. lodged in the couch cushions, behind the TV, under the bed, etc.) well, they find their way back into the plastic jar and he gets to rediscover them, he does recognize them sometimes but he doesn't care that they aren't new because he still wants to play with them. But for the initial set-up, I would suggest new ones to add to the allure.
Another thing we do, (because my brother potty trained his son this way,) is let him go pee outside on a tree. May sound crazy, but we live in a wooded area and for some reason boys (of all ages) just LOVE to go pee outside. My son's desire to go pee outside helped him to be aware of the sensation that he needed to go, and sometimes I let him go outside and sometimes I direct him to the potty, and again get very excited when he does it in the potty. We even call up Daddy and leave him a voicemail and my son gets to tell him what he did via voicemail, then when his Daddy gets home he gets excited all over again for the praise of going potty! Hope this helps!

Meredith - posted on 07/25/2011

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My son was 37 months before he was potty trained. For us it was all about finding the right method. I used the 3 day potty training method (there are a lot of different ones out there but the method I used was by Lora Jensen and an e-book) and it worked like a charm. My son had ZERO interest in using the potty but after using this method he was fully trained for daytime by day two, and for night within a week. Good luck and don't worry, I truly believe what everyone says, boys just take longer! :)

Samiya - posted on 07/24/2011

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My son will be 3 and he is potty trained. He didn't like the potty either. He used to want to play with it instead....lol! What worked was putting him on the actual toilet. Also because i stay at home with him, I kept him naked most of the day if we weren't going anywhere and just kept asking him if he had to go especially within 15-30 after he's had something to drink. He had a couple accidents the first day because he didnt make it to the bathroom in time. By the second day he was good. He told me everytime he had to go. After a few more days, I got him his first pack of underwear. He even wakes up during the night sometimes to go. I do still put his pull ups on him when he goes to bed at night just in case. He is usually dry when he wakes up though. He can hold it pretty well although he does have accidents from time to time if he can't get to the bathroom within 5-10 mins but that is normal at their age. If you have any questions, let me know. I hope this helps you and good luck with the potty training!

Carmella - posted on 07/20/2011

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Hi Selina im in the potty trainning stage as well im still having issue with her using the potty for moving her bowels :( but other than that she not doing too bad she has accidents sometimes but not often......i usually put her on the potty every hour on the hour to prevent wet mistakes and try to catch a bowel movement,make it exciting by creating a potty time dance if he was successful give plenty of praise,and focus on sign of having to potty pulling of pants or discomfort try to time how often he goes so you can catch him before the accident
hope this helps you and good pick :)

Carmella - posted on 07/20/2011

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Hi Selina im in the potty trainning stage as well im still having issue with her using the potty for moving her bowels :( but other than that she not doing too bad she has accidents sometimes but not often......i usually put her on the potty every hour on the hour to prevent wet mistakes and try to catch a bowel movement,make it exciting by creating a potty time dance if he was successful give plenty of praise,and focus on sign of having to potty pulling of pants or discomfort try to time how often he goes so you can catch him before the accident
hope this helps you and good pick :)

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