my son is 2 in April, when would be the best time to start toilet training him? Also, since he's a boy, how do I show him what to do?

Jenna - posted on 02/27/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'm not sure whether to teach him to hold 'it' down while sitting on the toilet seat or potty or teach him to just hold 'it'. If anyone who has been through this personally has any tips or pointers, that would be great. Thanx

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Gena - posted on 02/28/2009

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My son will be 2 in April as well...we bought a potty about 6 mos ago and just let him sit on it and play.  Then, about a month ago, my husband caught him peeing just as he was getting out of the tub and put him on the potty and he finished there.  That was all it took for him to realize what was supposed to happen on the potty.  He has been going several times a day ever since.(oh and we reward him with a chocolate kiss...he ONLY gets them when he goes potty!).  I just bought some training underwear..that are padded in the crotch and a little thicker...so it absorbs some of the pee!  I have been trying to put them on for about an hour a day.  He is still no where near being potty trained...but he knows what to do and he occasionally asks to go..which I think is the first step! 



I think the first step is just getting a potty and letting him sit on it and play.  We brought a bunchof toys and books into the bathroom and just sat there and played!



Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 02/27/2009

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We started my son at 12 months with a potty chair just letting him sit on it when he wanted to and we took him in the bathroom when one of us went. Then by 18 months he started using the chair to actually go and by his 2nd birthday he would not stick a diaper back on. It all depends on the child and the more you push the less they want it. We started my son sitting down and then had him go in the bathroom a few times with his dad or uncles and he learned by watching and let me tell you he has better aim then some adults cause we taught him with the fruit loops in the toilet so he would have something to shoot at. every child is different they say to let some run around naked cause they dont want to go on them selves it is all about how your child feels most comfortable to make them want to go 

Genevieve - posted on 02/27/2009

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This may sound silly but my mom always had us start siting backwards on the toilet so we could balance ourselves better and wouldnt fall in. she used stickers as a reward too.

Christine - posted on 02/27/2009

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I am no expert as I only have 1 son who is 31/2 but 2 is early but we introduced the potty around 2 but it just sat in the bathroom for months. at 21/2 he was interested and started using it but the padded toilet training seat from Walmart worked alot better. My husband was trained by his Grandfather who used to race him to the toilet to see who could turn the water yellow first! This worked for him as it got him interested like a race! We taught him to pee sitting down and then he watched Daddy and a boy at daycare stand up so he did it. They won't be sucessfully trained until they know what it feels like when they go and when they are about to go. When my son was showing those signs I made the pull ups disappear cold turkey and told him they were all gone and made a big production about his new underwear. A few weeks and a few accidents later(alot of laundry!) he was fully trained even at night. I have heard alot of kids still wear pull ups at night even when trained which is normal. But every kid is different. Most boys are 3 before they are fully trained. Good luck!

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Ellen Renee - posted on 02/28/2009

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I have a three almost four year old boy. He has also had a hard time going to the bathroom. Some people told me to put cherrios in the toilet, have him hit it like a game. Some people had me have him sit on the toilet. My husband has taken him to the bathroom and had him watch then it was his turn. I found that taking him to the bathroom every half- hour worked better. Some times you can't just get up and go that often, but if you did for the first couple of days he would see. My son did not like the little toilet he wanted to use the BIG BOY POTTY. So he decided to start using the big boy potty like daddy. This worked great. He also realized that he could not go to school if he didn't use the big boy potty.

Charlotte - posted on 02/28/2009

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we started our son about 18 (just leaving the potty in th room with him so he knew it wasnt scary or anything) also we just sat him down on it and yes a few he did wee over the top but he soon got the hang of it if u just show him to push it bk down, and then when he got used to that he watched his dad and then wanted to be like him (if his dads not around ask a family meber to help u  out) hope this helps and good luck xx

Colleen - posted on 02/28/2009

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My son was two when I started trying him. But he was interested in the potty and is why I started him. He never liked the little training toilets that they have at stores. So I would set him up of the toilet backwards because that is the narrower end. Also when he started going to the bathroom by himself he could get on the toilet easier that why. Now he will turn himself to sit the right way (he is 3). This year is the fast year we have started to let him stand and go potty, because he is now tall enough that he can get it in the toilet without pee going everywhere.

Gena - posted on 02/28/2009

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Oh...and most pottys have a guard that sticks up so that little boys dont have to hold "it" or anything!!!

Aisha - posted on 02/27/2009

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I just asked my doctor about this and also have been doing some reading. My two year old seems very interested in potty training but when we tried he just didn't get it. Doctor and book have taught me that it is NOT a mental thing alone. The number one thing to remember is that potty training is a milestone like crawling and walking. You child didn't accomplish that until their body was DEVELOPMENTALLY ready. The body does not let a baby or small child know or feel the sensation you and I get before we have to go. This is something that comes at no specific time. So when you child is ABLE to get the sensation and is ABLE to hold their bowel movements than they also have to be mentally capable- knowing how the potty works, able to remove clothes or get your help and able to communicate with you when they need to go.



My two year old is not talking yet but he does know how to tell me. He just does not get the feeling yet so is not able to do so. Hope this helped you it did me. After knowing its not all about me teaching its about teaching when the child is capable of doing it all made a lot more sense to me.

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