Potty training

Candice - posted on 03/13/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a son that will be 3 on April 4th. We have been potty training him since September and he still is not completely potty trained. He stays dry at night and during nap, which he has been doing even before we started potty training. I ask him if he has to go and he says no. Then he will have an accident. So I started just telling him to go potty and sometimes he will go and sometimes he will throw a fit and say "No!!" I have tried stickers and smarties as rewards, diaper less potty training, having him sit in wet underwear (that doesn't seem to phase him), and I have no ideas left. There are some days that he will stay dry all day and then there are days that he will have multiple accidents. He does tell me he has to go poo poo after he already started in his pull-up and he goes into the bathroom to finish. But when it comes to the pee pee, he will just wet in his pull-up and not even tell me. So please help me. He has not worn diapers since we started potty training. These pull-ups are getting expensive!! I am a stay at home mom, so I thought the potty training would be easy since I can focus completely on him.

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Candice - posted on 03/14/2011

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Thanks!! I usually do take him every hour. But when he says "No" I feel like I shouldn't force him because that might deter him from potty training. So far he has been dry all day. I guess he just confuses me because some days he does really good and other days he has so many accidents. I am going to get rid of the pull-ups. I'm hoping he will finally get the idea and start going pee and poo in the toilet all the time. He very rarely uses his potty chair. Ever since we first started the potty training he has always preferred the big potty, so I guess that is one thing I don't have to worry about...... The transition from potty chair to toilet. Thanks again!! I will definitely take your advice.

Louise - posted on 03/14/2011

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You have to make your mind up if you are going to really go for this or not. Pull ups are a big mistake when potty training as your child does not feel wet or have an incentive to go to the toilet as the liquid is taken away from his skin. Do not use pullups at all unless you are putting him down for a nap or going over night. Start on a Monday and take him to the toilet every hour. (I would recommend that you have a seat on the toilet and not a potty, so he feels more like an adult) Do not take him away from the house at all for three days and he has the idea that pee and poop goes in the toilet. If he has an accident then just say what a shame I thought you were a big boy now. At three he should be getting all poops in the toilet as he has had bowel sensation for a year. Do not rush to clean him up leave it for 10 minutes and then clean him. Make sure that you stick to the toilet routine whether he wants to go or not and when he has shown signs of initiating when he goes to the toilet then keep asking him does he want to wee and trust that he will tell you. The most important thing is do not put him back into pull ups because in his mind this is a nappy and he has no need to use the toilet.

I know how you feel I am toilet training my daughter and have been for a month now she is 28 months. We have gone three weeks no accidents and all of a sudden she is forgetting to tell me. Drives you around the twist but it is all worth it in the end.

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