Potty training question??

Katy - posted on 06/19/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Ok, My son started peeing on the potty out of the blue the other day. Since then, I have been asking him every 2 hours or so if he has to go and he usually goes. I even tried the method of letting him run naked around the house and putting the potty in the livingroom with use and that was successful, when went on the potty when he had to go also. My question is how do I get him to start telling me when he has to go??

Another question is how do I approach the poop issue?? Any ideas or tips?? Thanks.

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Sarah - posted on 06/19/2009

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That's how it happened for us too. Right before my daughter's second birthday we bought her a little potty and put it in the bathroom. She didn't seem interested, so we just left it there and didn't make a big deal of it. About two months later she starts using it one day, out of the blue. We made a big deal and told her how proud we were and clapped and stuff, but that was it. I switched her to pull-ups, but was afraid to make the leap to underwear. After 2-3 weeks in pull-ups, and only a handful of minor accidents, we bought some Gerber underwear and took the plunge. It was a totally smooth transition, and she was fully potty trained. Every once in awhile she still has an accident, but they are few and far between. I think pull-ups actually delay potty training rather than help, and would skip them altogether except for nap time and bedtime, and use them just in the beginning. There is really nothing you can do to make him tell you when he needs to use the potty...just constantly ask and remind him to go, and he'll start telling you after a little while.

As far as your question about how to address the poop issue...what poop issue?? Just explain to your son that when he needs to pee or poop, he should do it in the potty. Maybe buy a few books on the subject for him? We have a few, and "Everbody Poops" is a big hit, but the others were pretty much just tossed aside by my daughter. One of the biggest issues you *might* have is constipation , because they are holding it instead of going in a diaper. I make an effort to feed lots of foods that will help her "go" and keep her regular, and encourage her to drink water. We have dealt with constipation, and it's not fun.

Marnie - posted on 06/19/2009

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well here is my probably useless two cents worth. As far as having them telling you they have to pee, don't think it is gonna happen quite that way. Mine is just 3 years and it is still half and half (she tells me and I ask/make her go). I still don't necessarily think she fully comprehends the feeling but it is coming. The big thing is that she is holding it more and more when she has undies on and releasing only a small amount during an accident and finishing on the potty.

Do you know how we breached the poopy stuff, smelled her farts. The farts that are let go right before are truly tell tale. We sat our daughter on the potty, gave her games, books, candy, and it works. She is learning to tell us poopy before peepee.

They will tell you sometimes but most of the time they wll say no cause the are just tooo busy to be bothered so you just have to make them and have some level of a incentive system in place (a compliment, a treat, a waiting friend, trip).

Good luck and remember, positive reinforcement and active participaition from both sides.

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Kathryn - posted on 06/21/2009

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My daughter never told me when she had to go she just went to the bathroom door and i also asked her if she had to go

JESSICA - posted on 06/21/2009

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My son, at first, didn't tell me when he had to go. i had to ask him also. But, he started using signs, such as pulling on his pull up or patting his butt. Maybe teaching him the signs will help. Weirdly, my son started pooping in the toilet before peeing. I just can't time when he pees.

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