My son will not potty train. What do i do?

Angie - posted on 05/20/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




My son will be 3 in July and will not even attempt to use the potty. He used it for my mom the other day bc my nephew, who is the same age, was going on the potty. At first he was terrified to even sit on it, now he will sit on it for a long time and do nothing and the minute i let him up and put a diaper on it he is telling me he pottied in his diaper. I am at my witts end and do not know what else to do. I have promised him the helicopter he wants, told him that he can use the computer, and that iwill take him to see a cardinal's game...but only afterhe is potty trained. Nothing is working. Please Help!!!


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Chelsey - posted on 05/20/2010




my daughter was the same way...we would try to bribe her with toys, treats, stickers etc. Finally I was fed up because I knew that she knew when she had to go. After we used our last pull up (which I don't recommend using because it's just another diaper for them) I told her she wasn't going to wear them anymore. She cried for a while had an accident in her panties, but when I wouldn't give her another pull up she decided that she didn't like being wet (or getting lightning wet...we got her boys underwear b/c she loves the movie Cars) and was potty trained that day. I don't know if it'll work for you, but its worth a try if you can handle the wet floors lol

Jennifer - posted on 05/20/2010




This worked for my son. We took the potty out of the bathroom and put it in the hall way for quick access. When we knew he had to go, we put the potty in the living room, like if he was watching amovie. We would sit him on it til he went, he eventually started to do that on his own. We also made a calender. If he went potty that day, he got a sticker. When he got seven stickers in a row he got a prize. Eventually they just catch on.. but you can't force them to do something they aren't ready for, but you can always give them a little shove in the right direction.

Lara - posted on 05/20/2010




The best advice i can give you are these. If he cannot dress himself he's not ready to learn yet, it's not a race do you know any 20yr old men wearing nappies? No because they all learn eventually. He is still very young yet and although i can tell you are waiting for him to take the next step, relax and he will too. If he feels your need for him to learn he will pull away from it. When he does show signs of being ready make the decission from now on no more nappies/pull ups or anything other the pants, It only sends mixed messages. One minute your telling him to pee in a potty the next to pee in a nappy, make the decission and stick to it, if he's not ready take a step back and try again another day. Hope this helps. Lara x

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