what can i do, i have tried everything for my 3 1/2 yo?

Crystal - posted on 04/20/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




My 3 1/2 yo has been fully PT for a little over a year now and he also has 10 month old twin BG/BB siblings. He used to poop in the potty but now for the last several months he has started going in his underwear. What can I do we have tried just about everything and he still for some reason will not go in the potty anymore. I dont know if he is doing it because his brother and sister do or what? please any advice anyone could give me will be greatly appreciated!!


Christina - posted on 04/20/2011




Hi Crystal. It seems to be like it might be an attention thing as you hear quite oftern about older siblings reverting back to baby like behavour to get their parents attention away from the baby and onto them.
My 3 year old is pt but is sometimes lazy and goes in his pants. What i do with him is get him into the toilet strip him off and clean him up without saying a word then once he's clean ignore him for a few minutes. It might sound harsh but as it seems like his doing it for your attention good or bad, if you don't pay him any unless he's really good and goes in the potty he'll soon catch on that doing it in pants gets him nowhere but been good and doing it where he's ment to will get your attention.


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Katherine - posted on 04/21/2011




I agree, It seems to be all about attention. My 3 year old reverted to doing her business in her pants while we were very busy getting our house ready for sale. We spent a couple of weeks of spending every spare moment with her (and quality time too) and she got back to her usual toilet habits. Good luck!

Louise - posted on 04/21/2011




I think Christina is right. Also another thing to do is use the toilet not a potty. He is old enough to feel embarrassed in using a potty. let him use the toilet like daddy does.

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