Im having a problem potty training my younger son and he is three and a half now I know I cannot force him. Does anyone have any tricks up their sleeves for this problem.

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Laurie - posted on 10/28/2008

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ok i know this is going to sound a lil strange but have you tried drawing a fly or bug in the bottom of the potty and then telling them to pee on the fly. plus this encourges accuracy and god knows all men need that. and also don't know why and as back woods as this might sound let them pee outside all lil boys and men included like to pee outside. now i haven't had the pleasure of trying these tips myself but have several friends with lil boys and they all had great success. good luck!!! and remember if all else fails do take them to a doctor there may be a problem and nobodys caught it yet. it happened to me when i was lil.

Paula - posted on 10/28/2008

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MAYBE HE IS PICKING UP THAT YOU ARE FEELING ABIT ANXIOUS, KIDS PICK UP ALL SORTS OF FEELINGS FROM YOU. CHILL OUT TAKE EVERYDAY AS IT COMES. wHAT i DID WITH MY 2 YEAR OLD WAS, HE USED TO COME TO THE TOILET WITH ME , AND ALSO i USED TO THINK ITS ABOUT TIME HE HAD A WEE OR POO NOW, AND STAICK HIM ON THE POTTY OR TOILET. mAKE THIS A FUN TIME WITH YOUR LITTLE ONE NOT A STRESSED TIME. GOOD LCK.

Theresa - posted on 10/28/2008

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SUREFIRE METHOD: My son was 3 1/2 and absolutely refused to sit on the potty. I would show him these great gifts and he wasn't interested in them at all once he leared he had to pee pee on the potty to get them. I was afraid he wouldn't be able to go to preschool which was starting in a matter of weeks. Then I got the best advice ever!!! I told him that the "potty fairy" was coming and talked it up for a few days about how great the "potty fairy" was. Then, when I knew I had a couple days in a row where we didn't have to go out, I waited for him to wake up one morning and came in his room all excited. I told him the potty fairy had left him a whole basket of gifts! The difference was this time I had wrapped the gifts. He was very curious abou thte gifts (which were just some dollar store items in a basket - many were the same ones he had rejected when he knew what they were, matchbox cars, fruit snacks shaped like tractors, etc.) He couldn't stand not knowing what they were. From that day on he was pee pee trained. He even pooped on the potty that day. I had to call my husband at work and tell the "potty fairy" to bring more wrapped gifts home to leave that night. The key is to leave him naked and leave the potty right where he is and don't give in until he has opened that first gift. His curiousity will be too much for him if the gifts are wrapped. Trust me. Good luck and let me know if you try this and it works. My son was completely trained within 1 week. Oh, and to get rid of the potty fairy you can tell him there is one final big gift at the end (my friend's kids got a playhouse) or have a potty party with his friends, etc. Be creative!

Kelley - posted on 10/23/2008

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You know my son was so hard and then finally he just did it. We did do a sticker page that we stuck on the mirror and then he got to pick a sticker and put it wherever on the page he wanted. We also let him go outside and told him to hit things hahahah But I tell ya, once he got it he got it. Pooping was a bit harder and then we got a poo poo party bag LOL He got a toy each time he did it.

Tiffany - posted on 10/23/2008

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have a little table next to it with books and odd toys to encourage him,worked for me! might for you 2!

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We got my 2 year old boy potty trained in a week by just putting him in underwear. I took him shopping and let him pick his own pants. After he got wet a few times he figured it out really fast. You need to be able to kind of follow them around for a few days and will probably clean up a few messes, but it is so great to be out of diapers. He is sleeping through the night and waking up dry!!

Heather - posted on 10/23/2008

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I'm trying to potty train two 2 year olds, but they don't seem to interested either. They started out really strong but now thye wont go on they potty. They tell me when they need their diapers changed and when they are poopie, but they wont go in the potty chair. I am in a cast right now so I haven't been persuing the issue but once iI get my cast off i'll try again. Someone told me to try putting the potty in front of the tv and let them sit on it while watching thier favorite show or movie. Another person told me to just have books or toys that they can read or play with while they are on the potty. Try making a game out of it, make it fun, make up songs to sing and dance about potty training. my sister has told me to that boys are harder to potty train than girls are. Not sure if you tried this but stores sell a product called Piddlers, you put them in the toilet and have your child pee on them, especially fior boys to help with thier aim; sounds crazy, but it works for some, just an idea.

Naomi - posted on 10/23/2008

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I understand where you are coming from, I am having the same issue with my son. He is going to 3 next week and has no interest in the potty except to play with it. I have tried all the tricks I know with no results. I thought I was doing something wrong because my oldest daughter was potty trained 2 months before her 3rd birthday. I found out that boys are usually take longer to be ready to be potty trained and once they are it takes no time to train them. My son will tell me when he needs his pull up changed. He understands all about the potty. I jokingly say my 16 month old will be potty trained before he is. I have been told by other mothers just be patient and he will finally be ready.

Debi - posted on 10/23/2008

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okay, so we started with my oldest over a year ago, and he's FINALLY got it. He's 3 and a half, and we tried everything. charts, treats, putting him on the potty every fifteen minutes, the book "How to potty train in One Day" you name it, we tried it. It finally came down to him being ready. Mind you, the other things did help. he gets excited now to do his business, as long as he gets to dispose of it in the big potty from his potty chair, and then gets a sticker on his chart. but we basically found that he did it in his time as long as we were patient and encouraged him. so hang tight! every kid is different, but they are all headstrong. Good luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 10/23/2008

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Believe me you are not alone. My oldest was 4 1/2 before he stopped having "accidents". We did everything mentioned below and more including a urologist. we did positive praise and negative by taking a toy or thing away. It came down to him being a strong willed child who will do it when he's ready. Once I started putting the oven timer on for every 1/2 hour I sat him down and said when he heard the beep he was to try to go whether he thought he had to or not. This and then we bought a potty watch for about $10. which let him feel like he controlled it on his own. Within weeks we had no more accidents! Every child is differnt so hang in there and know that you aren't the only one!

User - posted on 10/23/2008

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My four yr old used to be scared of the potty, but he always liked lookin at my husbands truck magz, so I would sit him on the potty with a magazine and it worked wonders. But now my almost 3 yr old doesn't want anything to do with. But he also likes magazines, so who knows if that will work for him. Hope it helps

Sara - posted on 10/23/2008

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My 2 yr old will potty like a champ...poop is a different matter. suggestions?

Jaymie - posted on 10/23/2008

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Christine Whalley I know this is going to sound bad..but I'm really happy to hear this...my son is 3 and he won't potty train for the life of him..I thought I was the only one!!!
My nephew who is the same age is here visiting for a week and I think it's been helping my son seeing another boy do it...we'll see! Anyway I don't have any tips or tricks...just wanted to let you know I'm in your boat too!!!! Can't wait for no diapers!!! :)

Sarah - posted on 10/23/2008

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have u tried letting him come to the toilet with u, my daughter did she asked question that i answered and has used the toilet she would not use the potty at all until a few weeks ago wen her little friend came to play and he used it. hope it helps and let me know how things go,

Jennifer - posted on 10/23/2008

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Have you tried, potty charts, treats, or any kind of positive rewards? My boys were really hard to potty train. We had a potty chart and they got stickers when they made something in the toilet. Also, they like MMs, so if they did their duty in the potty, they got to pick out an MM for their treat. Also, sit him on the potty every 20 minutes for a few minutes to get used to being on it.

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