Potty Training

Mary - posted on 03/03/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I've been trying to toilet train my 3.5 year old for almost a year. He understands the concepts (like what it means to pee and poop, and where you put your pee and poop), unless I physically pick him up (and on most days chase after him because he runs away) and place him on the toilet, he will have both pee and poop accidents.....some times all day!!!!!! I am trying to be as patient as I can but every day for 10 months......it;s starting to get on my nerves now. I have been online, spoken to my Doctor and lots of moms, but I keep getting conflicting advice. Has anyone had this problem and what did they do about it?

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Eve - posted on 03/03/2009

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I just pottytrained my daughter. She's 3 years 2 mos. old. She was much tougher to train than my son. Sometimes I think it is more about their personalities. My son was much more of a perfectionist. Once he decided on it, he was pottrained in a week (2 yrs. 10 mos.).  My daughter doesn't like anyone telling her what to do, so the more I pushed her, the more she resisted. It took a good 6 mos. of trying. Think about your child. Delve into his inner psyche and try to decide how you would do it if you were him. It sounds stupid, but I worked in the toddler room at a daycare center for 2 years and every kid is different. You really have to know your kid. He'll get there eventually.

Maria-Celene - posted on 03/03/2009

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Try the Dr. Phil potty training method.  Worked for my 3.5 year old when I did it.  Nothing else was working, and had a similar story.  Bits of it drive you crazy but consistency of following the instructions really is the key.  Your little boy should love the concept too.  Good luck.

Michelle - posted on 03/03/2009

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Well, patients is the key word, they say they will do it when they are ready. Has anyone suggested letting them run around bottomless?  Make it a game also, I have heard fo having them turn blue water green etc..... I will be the first to admit I wet the bed at night only till I was five. It is something we all do at our own pace. Did the Dr check for urinary tract infections? I found with my kids if they took bubble bath with any soap but the baby soap they would get uti's making it harder for them to potty train etc... Hope this might me some what helpful. Mic

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