potty trainging a boy - any tricks?

Noelle - posted on 10/25/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 2 and about a month ago he decided that he needed to start to use the 'big boy potty' - which we are THRILLED that he decided on his own to begin potty training. So, due to space in one of our bathrooms, we are using the cushioned seat that just sets on the regular toilet. We are constantly asking him about needing to go potty and at diaper change times, we do our best to have him try. We also have a 2 month old at home, so we are trying to stay as consistent as we can with the training. I think he's getting the hang of it about letting us know just before he has to go - and I do mean "just before" - if we don't attend to him as fast as we can, he will go in his diaper, but getting better.
Our two questions with our situation - because our seat doesn't have the little peepee "lid" to prevent him from peeing on our shoes, we're teaching him to "hold his peepee down" but he hasn't gotten the hang of it - any suggestions?
and 2) where do we go from here? lose the diaper and go to pull-ups or regular underware? or just ride it out a little longer with increased consistency on our part?

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Elexis - posted on 10/27/2009

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Well as soon as my son turned 2 I started potty training him. He also had the seat that fit over the toilet. Well for the first week he was no longer in diapers just pull-ups and I gave him lots of liquids and made him sit on the potty every 30 mins weather he said he had to go or not. I had a sticker book/chart for him every time he went. Week two I dropped the pull-ups and went to undies ( be prepared for lots more laundry) He didnt like when he peed his pants how it felt so he would be sure to tell me he had to go but none the less he had accident fro about a month mostly at night so I had to train his bladder by giving him juice and having him hold it till the last minute so his bladder was able to hold threw the night ( the peditrician let me in on that one) Once night time was done and he had no more accidents I bought a step stool and now I let him stand or he will climb up on the toilet on his knees and pee in. I put fruit loops in and told him to sink em. The little potty didnt last long because of the problem with my boy peeing out of the toilet not getting the concept of holding his weenie down in the bowl so I got rid of it and had him straddle the toilet one leg on each side so he couldnt miss, well i hope this helps if you have any questions feel free to ask im more than happy to help...

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Jamie - posted on 10/27/2009

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just started potty training my son who is now 33 months old. I tried at 22 months old and he just wasn't ready. The doctor told me not to rush it if he wasn't ready. But I tell you I am glad that I didn't Cause I started Potty training exactly two weeks ago with bribes. And I never did the potty training pants. I went straight to underwear. Which was a big help. I bought underwear with characters on them and tell him that he didn't want to make diego or spongebob wet cause it would make them sad. and would always have the potty in close area for him. I would always ask every half hour " need to pee" and he would answer me. and Just two days ago he took the initative to start just going straight to the potty himself and pulling down his own pants. yay for me. I have a 6 month old and hate the double diaper duty. Pooping was the harder to get done. But has now been doing both on potty for two days straight faithfully. GOOD LUCK it takes a lot of time. and sometimes they maybe not ready and if you wait till there ready you may be saving your self the hassel and complacations. once their ready they take off. but i always tell him to hold it down and if not keep showing and eventually like andything repetative he will remember I would go right to undies

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