Toilet traing my 4 year old

Elizabeth - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My sons is 4 years old his half toilet trained if that makes any sence.. He uses the potty now by himself when needs to wee but when it comes to number 2's he wont. His not helping I mean he will either wait till his aven his day nap wen his got a nappy on and do it or he will juz sit there watching t.v doin it and not saying a word. I have tryed to tell him potty his for wee's and pooh's but he just wont use it for pooh's only wee's. He starts kinder next month andI dont know what else to do I mean I stoped him having his day naps so he can learn to use potty if needs to do number 2 but that didn't work still done it in his undies :(. Plz anyone help?

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Anna - posted on 02/01/2010

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Reward with stickers when he goes pee and encourage him so when he goes poop he can earn more stickers. I have heard of others using quarters and that = something special they can buy.

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That's great your kids started early. Just remember each child develops in each area at a different time. My kids walked at 9 months and got teeth after 14 months. My eldest wore a nappy at night till about six months ago and just stopped an has only wet the bed once. she has just turned 5 2 months ago. Each child needs to be recognising what is happening. My 3 1/2 yr old refuses to do a poo in the toilet too. She has been toliet trained for almost a year now. When we are home I refuse to put a nappy on if she asks. There will be a time when she can't just hold on and will need to go. It's a common problem and they will eventually go on the toilet when they are ready. Not when we are ready.

Fiewor - posted on 01/17/2010

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The earlier you start the child on the use of the potty, the better. Also, set a schedule for using the potty. I put my 21month old son on his potty every morning before he has his bath and make him responsible for covering it when he is through with it (started when he was 17months). At first, I applauded him and generally got excited when he covered it. Now, he applauds himself and we both get excited when he does it.

Kim - posted on 01/11/2010

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my 3.5yr old has been day trained for only 3 mths. i tried pushing him bribing him and nothing worked. eventually i gave up and he woke up one day and decided to use toilet. my advice is let him do it in his own time

Sandra - posted on 01/06/2010

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I went through exactly the same thing with my son when he was 3 and I thought he would never grow out of it! I ended up just leaving him to wonder around the house with no nappy on and only putting it on when I went out! I would put him on the potty every hour as well and praise him for everything a wee and poo! They do say that boys are harder to train than girls! He's 4 now and he doesn't wet the bed as I didn't push the matter of potty training! A few friends took the health advisors advice and are having problems with wetting the bed! I say if they take a little longer than the others then it's not a huge deal, but don't panic to much! Just don't try to show him that your to upset about it as he'll get more upset and find it more difficult to carry on the process!

Kathryn - posted on 01/06/2010

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Yay! All I can say is that sometimes pooping in the potty is scary for them. I don't know why, it just is. So, now that he's done it, maybe he is over that fear and will continue. Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/06/2010

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hey Christine :-) When he was younger he would show signs up until when I put him on toilet everytime he would then stright away after that he STOPED so I had no way of knowing if he needed to go he showed no signs and if he did it would be when his in room alone aven a nap. But end of last year to this year his been doing great his been using potty to go wee wee's all by himself now. He still didn't do any number 2's until tonight as he was wondering off to lean over the counch gave me a feeling so asked him to go potty if he needs to do pooh's so to my suprize he actuly sat on potty and did it :D:D:D so PROUD of him. It took awhile for him to get that down but he did and ive never been more proud of my lil man...

Christine - posted on 01/05/2010

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There should be signs of when your child is starting to go. Watch for these signs (grunts, pushes, etc). When you see these signs, pick him up, and tell him he needs to use the potty like a big boy, and set him on the toilet (I sometimes have to hold my 2 year old there) but he will go. Then make a big deal of it. Don't mention the part that missed...

Valerie - posted on 01/05/2010

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i worked with my grandson recently to go pooh on the toilet. every day i would say it is time to go potty on the toilet and when you do we are going to make a yummy chocolate cake with candies on it...each day and several times a day i would let him know that..and when i would leave and come back i would ask him first thing if he went yet and tell him how much i wanted to make that cake with him...finally he did it...and to make sure he kept working on it, as soon as he was done i told him that the next time he went we were making brownies...i kept with the brown theme but i think it is good to offer a treat he really likes...ithink mhy grandson was a little afraid so i had him sit on the potty a couple of times to practice..i made a huge deal of it when he went...hugs, high fives, etc. we have to get excited about what they accomplish for them to know it is important...good luck and talk to the teacher if still a problem when school starts...

Jay - posted on 01/04/2010

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i'm going through the exact same thing!!! it is driving me nuts!!! greg is 4 and my youngest, sean, is 2. greg does so good for a few moments a day; but then wants to be a "baby" and refuses to let me know, even when i ask him and try to get him to on the potty. hopefully somebody can help us! :) you are not alone!

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