im trying to getmy 2 and 1/2 yr old son to be potty trained can anyone help

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Kim - posted on 02/05/2009

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First and formost...I have learned, every kid is different...they learn at their own pace, could be now and it could, take 'til 4 years old. The best advise I have, would be to take off all the pressure and just do your best to support and encourage. Trust your instincts, you are the parent, you do know what is best. For my kids, it seemed the best thing was to take them with me to the washroom. Inevitably, my daughter would follow me to the washroom everytime I went (I figured I'd never have a peaceful moment again). The thing is, she just didn't like the whole potty chair thing, she wanted to be 'just like a big girl'. So finally I tried this. I got a simple, inexpensive step from the dollar store for the toilet. I got a toilet seat cover and helped her up. We got a book about going to the washroom that she could read, it was great as it had a button that makes the noise to flush when you are done, so it helped to desensitize that whole concern kids have regarding flushing toilets and made it fun. The fact is, my daughter loved being a 'big' girl and being on the toilet, just like mommy, and loved the time to read. At first, she didn't always go to the washroom, but eventually it started to happen, and within weeks she had a routine and best of all, I didn't have to train from the potty from the toilet. She went directly to toilet. Her younger brother has adapted the same strategies. I hope this might be of some help.

Laura - posted on 02/05/2009

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I found that placing my son on the toilet facing the tank with washable crayons and letting him color while using the potty helped train him. Of course my husband hated that as he went potty like that for a while but hey my husband was never a hands on type of man just a great father and provider.

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I have experienced that potty training my son was very different from my daughter.  She liked her "big girl panties" too much to pee in them.  My son was older (3yrs) and showed no interest until I brought it up.  I made a point of having daddy take him now and again and show him how "big boys" go potty.  I told my husband it was a bonding thing so that I didn't have to take him all the time (like we do with our daughters!) and it took about a week before it became the norm.  Also, going to preschool with older children exposed him to a regular schedule of potty breaks with other "big boys" and helped reinforce the habit.

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2009

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I HEARD THAT IF YOU LET THEM RUN AROUND NAKED, THEY WILL LEARN TO POTTY TRAIN THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY WONT WANT TO PEE ON THEMSELVES. ITS WORTH A TRY, IT WORKED FOR MY COUSINS DAUGHTER!

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We trained our son farily easily. Letting him stand up and pee in the shower helped to get him used to the idea of when to go. So each night before showers I would tell him to go, wash down the tub, then he could take a bath. I also put a potty chair in the bathroom and had him sit on it with a book quite a bit before bath time and if someone else was going. - Good Luck!

Sheila - posted on 02/05/2009

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I got a pair of underwear from one of his good buddies who was potty trained and put them on him and told him his friend would be mad if he pee'd in them....worked. Used them again on my daughter and told her they were her brothers and he would be mad if she pee'd in them...worked again!!

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Well, one word of advice is don't push him. He will do it when he is ready. My son is now 3 1/2 years old and just got the hang of potty training. It might take a while. Because boys are a lot harder than girls to potty train.

Carrie - posted on 02/05/2009

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The Cheerios is a great trick. It makes it fun for them. Also I found that pull ups hindered my son. I think it was too much like a diaper. Once I put real underwear on him he trained a lot faster.

Tracy - posted on 02/05/2009

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If he likes to watch DVD's, there are a lot of potty training DVD's out there that the kids like.  Usually, you can rent them from your local library.  Elmo's Potty Time worked for my daughter.  Also, just keep in mind that potty training is not something that you can force him to do.  Be patient I promise you one day he will just do it all on his own.   

Michelle - posted on 02/05/2009

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I was succesful with my daughter by putting her in undies and letting her wet herself.  I set up a potty in the kids toy room on a towel.  I put her on the potty every hour or so, It took only three days of cleaning mess on the floor and washing, when she got sick of being wet and started to use the potty.

Monica - posted on 02/05/2009

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My grandson lives with me and what we did was use the stove timer. Initially we set it for every 30 minutes, the buzzer would go off and he knew it was time to go sit on the potty. Then we worked up to hour, 2 hours, etc. He was potty trained in a week and never has accidents. No drinks 2 hours before bedtime! Hope that helps!

Angie - posted on 02/05/2009

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How we potty trained our son was we got some cheerios and everytime my husband would go to the restroom he would take my son tell him that they were going to play a game. he would put the cheerios in the toilet and they would have to hit the cheerio ( if you know what i mean). it sounds crazy but it actually worked. good luck!

Brenda - posted on 02/05/2009

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How I got my son successfully potty trained was I found a potty seat he would used (I ended up buying and returning five before he found one he was willing to use) and every hour I put him on the potty whether he had to go or not. He only had pull-ups on at night-time and long car trips. You do have to watch him during play time because kids do not like stopping play-time to go to the bathroom. You also need to watch for facial expressions and actions indicating that he is about to have an accident. We didn't punish or use negative reinforcement when he had accidents. We just acted like it was just part of being a parent but when he did use the potty we just praised the heck out of him. He loved it when we clapped and yelled "YAY!!!" after he used the potty. We would also say bye bye to the poo poo and/or pee pee and he would look forward to making more so he could tell it bye bye. It worked. It did take a while but it is so wonderful not having to change diapers and the money saved is great. Be patient and breathe through a mask when the poo poo accidents happen (I had too because the smell would make me throw-up...LOL).

User - posted on 02/05/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

im trying to getmy 2 and 1/2 yr old son to be potty trained can anyone help




Boys take alot longer and he will evidently get it .  My son is 17 years old now but when he was just about  3 he decided that was it and never had accidents.  Be patient and consistent.  My daughter says CHILLAX (Chill and Relax).  You can do it.  Some people say to use cheerios in the tiolet for aimming never used this but it might just work.  Best wishes.



Karen 



 Maryland 

Judy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Fruit Loops or Cheerios are a miracle...toss a handful of them in the toilet bowl, and have your little man aim for them. It's a new "game" for him, and he won't even realize he's potty training! And, of course, post a rewards chart in the bathroom for him. Our son loved all things Thomas at the time, so we charted his success going potty then rewarded him with a new train after a week of no accidents. Worked like magic for us...don't cave in or get frustrated, and good luck!!

Alison - posted on 02/05/2009

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My son just turned 2, and I'm not potty training him yet, but here's a question:  has ur little guy shown any interest in using the potty yet?  I know that mine hasn't, and I've heard that, especially with boys (who are supposed to be harder to potty train anyway), you should wait until they want to try it.  when we try with our son, we'll use a small potty chair rather than one that's on the big toilet (my son won't sit up there to save his life!)  Good luck!

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