Potty training advice for a 2 year old

Bryttny - posted on 07/22/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 1/2 in september and i've tried to potty train him. I have taken him to the bathroom with me and all he does is play will the potty. He tells me when he has to poop but he refuses to use his potty. I've heard cherrios are a good way to potty train a boy to pee on potty. I just dont know what to do because i dont want to force him to use the potty if he doesnt want to.

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Niki - posted on 07/30/2010

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Cheerios are good, they also sell aiming targets at Toys R us. We used "The Potty Boot Camp" with our child and it worked wonders. www.thepottybootcamp.com goodluck!

Emily - posted on 07/29/2010

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My son is 2 1/2 and is almost trained. I started early, and did the slow but sure method. A little before he turned 2 I would put him on the potty (a little potty chair) in front of the TV. He would usually sit there for awhile and watch TV, and I would give him something to drink. If he happened to go he got loads of praise and a treat (usually an M&M). We did this routine for several months (he's our 1st, so we really didn't know what we were doing), but he still had no concept of feeling the need to go, and then going to the potty. Finally, I started having him run around the house bare-bottomed. This seemed to work well, because he instantly knew he was peeing, and didn't like it running down his leg. It helped him connect the dots, and realize what he needed to do. We had one set-back, where he started screaming and holding it in, and refusing to go on the potty-demanding to have his diaper back. So, we put him back in diapers for a month, and then one day I just took his diaper off, letting him run around bare-bottomed again-but with no pressure. (I think he may have felt too much pressure earlier) He started going in the potty on his own, and we rewarded him with m&m's. Then, we finally took the plunge and put him in underwear. Which is where we are now. He does great at home, with a few accidents. he needs help pulling his underwear down, so we have to help him which makes it a little more difficult. When we leave home it's more tricky, and we're hoping to work out the bugs with that.Gerber makes plastic training pants that you can put over their underwear, and it helps contain the mess-although they do leak sometimes. I don't like Pull-Ups because they are basically a diaper, and offer no incentive for the child-but that's my opinion. And, right now my son only wears diapers at nap and night-time. I hope this helps!

Nina - posted on 07/23/2010

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I had the same issue with my son, when he did pee in the potty he would refuse to poop, actually holding it all day etc. I have been told to not use diapers, set timers, make them sit their until they go...but honestly your child will do it when he/she is ready. I tried to push my son (he will be 4 in dec) bride him with his favorite toys/food but he was stubborn. I would get stressed, he would be stressed. I started potty training him a little after his 2nd bday and he was not ready. Around 2 1/2 I really started pushing him, but no matter what I did he was not going to do it. So I backed off and let him set the pace. We just kept talking about going potty and being a big boy. I would always ask him if he wanted to go ect... It was just around his 3rd bday when he really started showing intrest and cooperation ... when he did go pee in the potty we made him feel so good and made such a big deal about it. Because of advice from other I was teaching him to sit down to pee but when he saw daddy standing to pee he wanted to be like him and after that he stood all the time. I am currently working with my daughter who is 2 yrs and 3 months, but she keeps telling me no, she doesn't want to. So I will try in again in a month and see at that time. I would love to have her potty trained but she will do it when she is ready. Just remember, if you are stressed about the situation your child will be too. Just relax and it will come with time, encourange them, dont make them. Using the potty is about the only thing your child has 100% control over. It will surprise you when they are ready... one day they will be in diapers and in a day or two they will be potty trained (with an occasional accident) it does happen fast! :-) Good luck

Debbie - posted on 07/23/2010

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My daughter is 2.5 years old and she's pretty much potty trained. (Although my 9 year old was almost 4 before she was potty trained so each child is different.) With my 2 year old, when she turned 2 (or around that timeframe) we were at Walmart and she saw Dora undies that she wanted. I told her that I would only get the undies if she gave up her diapers and would start using the potty. She agreed. That next day the diapers came off and the undies came on. She did have a few accidents in the beginning which to be honest scared me to death thinking of her having accidents on the furniture since just having to clean it (I know ... selfish thought, but it was still one of those thoughts I had.) I ended up also buying a light plastic sheeting from the hardware section for about a dollar or two and putting a throw blanket over it on the couch and loveseat .... just to help if there were any accidents and not to make me so paranoid that she could pee on the couch. .... I got frustrated a bit in the beginning when she would pee in her undies but I took her to the potty afterwards and made her just sit there making sure there was nothing else (and reinforcing that the potty chair is where she's supposed to go potty). After long she had less and less accidents. She does still wear a pullup at night and nap but she hasn't had accidents in them for a couple weeks now. (Although she does yell out at midnight - 2am to let me know that she has to go potty at night).

When she did have accidents in her Dora undies, I asked her if she thought Dora liked being peed on. She said no, and then I mentioned that I hope Dora didn't make her stop watching her on TV because she was upset with being peed on. (Not sure if it helped or not but I have a 2.5 year old now that rarely has any accidents anymore ...actually for the last few weeks I'm pretty sure she hasn't had any.)

Pam - posted on 07/22/2010

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Have you tried to sit him on the potty? or are you having him to stand? my son will be 2 in sept and we have been potty training for all most 3 weeks now. He is doing great yes he has his accidents but he is doing a lot better then what i thought he was going to do. Oh yeah and he sits still. Try to sitting thing and see if that helps. good luck

Kaelah - posted on 07/22/2010

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My oldest daughter was almost 3 whenever she was just starting potty training. cherrios r a good way to start it too. We did that with my stepson.

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