Potty Training a stubborn 3 yr old boy

Elizabeth - posted on 05/01/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




Daycare says he needs to be fully potty trained by the end of July. We've tried everything we can think of, and nothing has worked. He wakes up dry most mornings, and refuses to use any form of potty/toilet, and will wait until he has a fresh pull-up on. He has been able to hold it half an hour from overnight! He is completely unphased by being wet &/or poopy; it doesn't bother him at all. I am out of ideas, and pressed for time. We have a new baby coming mid-June to add to the stress. I'm not really in a position to take a week off of work to keep him home and lock him in the bathroom until he does it. Any serious suggestions welcome! Thank you!


Brooke - posted on 05/01/2009




My oldest son was like this too. I lied to him (not the greatest thing, but it worked) and told him I was out of pull ups and couldn't afford any more and that he would have to wear big boy underwear and go in the potty. He just looked at me said ok and started to finally use the toilet. Is he excited about preschool or anything else that may get him motivated?


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You know the book about the potty is really a good idea. I worked at a child care center and they had story time right before they had the kids go to the potty. They also had them sit on the potty every hour. My son tries to go to the potty when candy is involved. But you have to keep on top of him to see if he has soiled his pull-up.

Kristin - posted on 05/01/2009




My son potty trained when he was three, all on his own because he was ready. Never once wet the bed or undies, he is now 4 1/2. I have also trained my Step Daughter and here is what we did. With my Step Daughter we did what I called "potty pops" she used the bathroom in the potty, she got a sucker and a sticker to put on her potty. With my son he would watch Daddy and go when Daddy went. There are also little colored tablets you can buy to change the water color. This was a special treat when he used the bathroom. We would drop it in and watch to see the color change. There is also "Sink the cherrio's" Works well with boys. No pull ups. Put him in big boy undies, let him pick them out. Key is a lot of praise and talking to him about this is what Big boys like Daddy do. Hope this helps! Best of Luck!

Pam - posted on 05/01/2009




My friend trained her kid in 3 days (well the nanny did) by leaving her outside as long as possible naked, waist down. I had to train my son in the winter and when I couldn't take it anymore, I put him in his underwear and sweats, and he hated getting his favorite dinos wet and poopy sent him into tears, took 2 days! And only 3 accidents after that. Hope it helps

Donna - posted on 05/01/2009




I am potty training my 2 year old at the moment. I got a book all about potty training and this helped him to understand what he had to do. Also sticker charts and treats are a good incentive to use the potty. Hope this helps. Saying all this my son will only use the potty if he is left with no pull up on. He will not ask for it if he has a pull up or under pants on

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