Boys and potties?

Joy - posted on 05/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My older son is 3yr 4mths and he refuses to potty train. Nothing I have done seems to help. My daughter pretty much just took care of potty training herself, before she hit her second bday she was wearing underwear to bed, so I have no idea how to help my son.

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Stacey - posted on 05/30/2009

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The same for my daughter. She was wearing underwear to bed around 2yrs old, but it was very frustrating for my son, when he was 3. So I stopped potty training him, and after a couple of weeks, he started going to the bathroom by himself. I kinda figured that he did'nt want my help, even though he did'nt like the poop on his bottom, but I guess he said that he just was'nt ready yet.

Sky - posted on 05/23/2009

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I was lucky both my boys were dry at 1 1/2 yrs all I done was put them in pants & let them get on with there day playing & just asked them every few mins if they needed a wee in the end the went on there own my youngest was ready at first when I started it with him & would get him self very upset if he saw pants go near him as he would wet him self all the time so I waited a month & tryed again good luck



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Amanda - posted on 05/22/2009

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Boys are def tough....my 5 year old wasn't completely trained until 3 1/2...to train him I went to the $1 store and bought several small toys. I wrapped them in alum foil...put them on the back of the toilet and every time he used the potty he got a present...after awhile he started going without a present. I hope this helps!!

Julia - posted on 05/22/2009

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Both my chn (boy and girl) seemed a bit slow, but they got there in the end. With my son, who was already 2+ yrs, I rewarded him with sweet(candy to you!) cigarettes or Smarties when he performed on the potty. He was crazy about "ciganix" and in the end it didn't take many days for him to get it right, after which I told him he was doing so well he didn't need to get a treat after each performance! Please don't think I approve of real cigarettes; I don't, but hey, the trick worked. He quickly found pleasure in doing it right every time.
A suggestion is to get your son involved in the clean-up process, so that he realises that it is better to do it in the correct place. It goes without saying that he shouldn't be belittled for his failures.
Take care that it does not develop into an attention-seeking behaviour. My niece's son still has a problem with soiling and he is 9 and in school! Fortunately it is not so bad now, but he still has mishaps, which is part of a problem from his family set-up.
Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Cheryl - posted on 05/21/2009

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I feel for you, I seemed to have had trouble with my boys too, but my daughter was a breeze by 2 yrs old as well, just don't give up, he will go when he's ready, it can be frustrating I know, but just stay calm and don't lose your cool......

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