I have a 2yr going on 3yr old boy that I am trying to potty train. Any suggestion?

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Lindsey - posted on 01/08/2009

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We have had an awful time getting our 3 year old potty trained. Being wet just didn't bother him. We tried for multiple days in a row putting him in regular underwear so he could feel it and it didn't bother him. We were basically just cleaning up after him when he went. Then we tried sticker charts, that didn't work either. Finally I stopped everything for about a month. I didn't even mention the potty. Then I scheduled a week were I could stay home with him the whole time. I bought a timer. As soon as he gets out of bed we take the diaper off and he sits on the potty. Then I set the timer for a half hour. He started to realize that no matter what he was doing when that timer went off we would sit on the potty. That way it wasn't us telling him he had to go it was the timer.  He still has an accident every now and then but we don't have to use the timer anymore. We just put him in diapers for naps and at night. Other than that he is in big boy underwear. A lot of people say it can be done in a long weekend but I think it just depends on your kid....for us we have been at it for almost 2 months now. He doesn't tell us when he has to go but if we put him on often enough he will go when he's on the potty. Good Luck...it's one of the hardest things I've ever done.

Louise - posted on 01/08/2009

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I have a boy who is now nearly 4. I first tried potty training him 3 months before his 3rd birthday....after 2 weeks it was clear that he was still not yet ready to acheive this so I put the nappys back on and waited another 6 months before trying again. It worked the second time..Thank-god!!

Dana - posted on 01/07/2009

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I just finished training my first born son, soon to be 3 year old. We still use pullups at night and nap. I tried everything, cheerios, M & M's, small toy rewards, books, stickers, you name it....when your son is ready, he is ready. Potty training was so frustrating for me...and him, perhaps I started him too early. I started when he began to show signs of interest in the bathroom and toilet. I thought he would never want to be a big boy. Once you start, you need to be dedicated and stick with it. Plan to stay home over a long weekend or holiday so you can work your way into cotton undies. Pullups are nice to begin with and for night time accidents and such. In my opinion, once the kids figure it out, they really are just an excuse to pee and poop their pants.



Have patience, you'll get there, good luck!!!

Kathryn - posted on 01/06/2009

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My son was potty trained at exactly 3 yrs. He just one weekend decided to go potty! I guess he just decided it was time. He wanted to be in control of that! Crazy! Be patient!!!

Dena - posted on 01/05/2009

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I had a difficult time potty training my 3 alost 4 year old to go on the potty. She refused, she knew what to do and everything she just didn't want to do it because the more I stressed out about it the more I would stress her out. I quit talking about it and backed off. One day I was at my husbands restaraunt and one of the servers told me she use to teach preschoolers and the way they would teach the children to go pee pee on the potty was they would use food coloring and put it in the potty and when the kids would pee pee the colors would change to a different color. I tried it as soon as we got home and my daughter was amazed at all the different colors she could pee. I used the gel food coloring so the changing to other colors didn't work as well but if you get the liquid food coloring the colors may change better. But anyways from then on she has been using the potty all by herself, wearing big girl panties with no accidents...So maybe the food coloring will work for you as well. Also my daughter didn't like to be the center of attention like her mommy and when we made a big deal about her going she wouldn't want to go...so I had to hold in my excitement and just give her hug tell her I am proud of you and give mommy a high five. Some children just don't want the potty parties or dances...they just want to do it and be done with it. So I hope this might help you out..keep us posted!!!

Katie - posted on 01/05/2009

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The main thing is getting them used to just sitting on the potty.   With my son I put real underwear on him and once he wet himself a few times and HATED it.  He didn't want to wet them.  He wanted underwear like his Daddy.  Just give him a lot of praise some times little rewards were great also, m&m or sticker.  Hope it helps...

Lucie - posted on 01/05/2009

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Try putting cheerios in his potty and ask to try and aim at them! or put blue food coloring and tell him if he pees in it ....it will magically turn green! Good Luck! and none of those training pants...only reg diapers for bed time that's it...training pants take away from your efforts..they don't feel wet. My first two boys..never used them an let I let them have accidents and withing 3 days they were trained...make it a weekend event...potty in the living room and one in the bathroom. Take Care!

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