What is the best way to potty train a 2 year old boy?

Naomi - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old son who is not completely talking, and most of my time spent with his is on the weekends. The daycare will not do potty training unless he can tell them that he needs to go, but he doesen't do that yet. He likes the idea of sitting on the potty. I even do the whole sticker reward if he goes when he sits on it. Do any of you have some good tips? This is my first child, and diapers are getting to expensive. Thanks for the help.

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Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2009

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I potty trained my 3 year old when he was a little before 2 1/2 and I never did pull ups except when he was taking a nap or at bed time and eventually at nap he was staying dry and he didnt need them and then 2 days before his 3rd bday he told me he was a big boy and didnt want pullups at night and has been dry ever since at night. Now when not sleeping, DO UNDERWEAR ALL THE TIME! When you are at home and he is playing underwear dont ever put diapers or pullups on and about the 1st couple weeks it will probably be accident after accident but make him stay in the wet clothes for at least 5 mins cause they dont like wet clothes it feels different than a wet diaper and they want the clothes off right away. When you go to change his clothes dont put a diaper/pullup on put more underwear on and be positve and say good job trying next time try to make it to the potty. Even though your son doesnt talk kids are sponges they soak up everything you say to them. They understand so much. When you go out for the 1st 5 - 6 months bring a backpack full of extra clothes with underwear NO PULLUPS/DIAPERS and when you go into where you get to take him potty and before you leave take him potty. He will get it but they get used to diapers and know its not going to get there clothes wet and run down there legs and they are going to just pee if you are really wanting to potty train DO NOT USE DIAPERS OR PULLUPS. JUST USE UNDERWEAR. HE WILL DO GREAT. AND DONT GET FRUSTRATED. Just trying to help you and this is what my cousin did with her 2 older ones and she is going to do it with in 6 months with the younger one and I did this with my older one and I will be doing this same thing with my younger one with in a year. I hope I have helped and good luck.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/12/2009

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I started letting my son run around naked for a few hours a day. It sounds crazy, but its amazing how quickly he started using the potty when he had nothing as a safe-guard. You do have to be careful though... once he ducked in a corner of the kitchen and went on the floor. No fun to clean up. :(

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Tinisha - posted on 08/17/2009

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I wish I would have seen this post a while ago. I had the hardest time potty training my son who is now 4. I did everything from the cheerios in the potty, sticker charts, rewards, I even put food coloring in the potty water so that it would change colors when he went, that he thought was pretty neat and for me helped the most. But like I heard so many times and many others have said on here they each learn at their own pace and the best we can do is be consistent. Best of luck!!

Kristina - posted on 08/17/2009

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If your son is not completely talking he needs an evaluation by his pediatric health care provider. Talking at least 50 words is an important precursor to potty learning. One thing that may help is having a potty chair that he can sit on and have his feet on the floor, and for him to observe a male mentor urinating if the male mentor is comfortable with that. The normal age for boys to potty train is between 30-36 months. There are also books available that can be checked out from the library in terms of promoting potty learning.

Jenniffer - posted on 08/16/2009

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I understand i have 5 boys that I potty traind and my oldest was easy. My second he was wow took me till he was 4 and then my 3 was not so bad and the 4th was the same. My 2 year old right no wis running Daddy and i crazyLol he wants to potty but then he does not so Its very diffrent to each child. Dont give up it will happen Like you I hope its soon. Diapers are really out there in price right now. Good luck

Kathy - posted on 08/13/2009

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hi Naomi,

wait until he is 4(LOL). Boys are very hard to train. boys have a hard time understanding why they stand for one thing and sit for the other. a little trick that worked great with my son was tossing a few "FRUIT LOOPS: cereal into the bowl and have him "sink the ships". you will both be laughing in no time, also its a good way to teach primary colors at the same time.

good luck

Kathy

Angel - posted on 08/13/2009

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well you can put foot loops in the potty also and the biggest thing is to make it fun for him and praise him up

Patricia - posted on 08/13/2009

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Trying putting some cherrios in the toliet and tell him to aim for the cherrios...They think its fun or find a boat or ship that floats and tie a string to it and then tie it to the flush handle and tell him to try to sink the boat or ship.

Nikki - posted on 08/12/2009

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My oldest son had no desire to potty he would just say "not right now" At about two he liked sitting on the potty but at some point he decided he wasn't into it anymore he finally trained at 3 1/2 when his little bro who is 13 months younger started training. summer is easiest b/c there are less clothes to deal with and if it doesn't bother you he can go outside!

Tara - posted on 08/11/2009

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Quoting Naomi:

What is the best way to potty train a 2 year old boy?

I have a 2 year old son who is not completely talking, and most of my time spent with his is on the weekends. The daycare will not do potty training unless he can tell them that he needs to go, but he doesen't do that yet. He likes the idea of sitting on the potty. I even do the whole sticker reward if he goes when he sits on it. Do any of you have some good tips? This is my first child, and diapers are getting to expensive. Thanks for the help.



I have worked in daycare for about 15 years and i work with toddlers! that is crazy that the daycare won't start til he can ask! when the parents tell that they have been trying at home for about 2 weeks than i start it at school weather they ask me or not! i take them to the potty every 20 - 30 mins! if they go great ! they will get an m&m for tinkles and a whole candy bar for poops! if they don't that is fine to they will get used to using the bathroom and get into a routine of going to the bathroom! most of them get it pretty fast. but you and the daycare have to be on the same page, if your doing it at home but they aren't doing it there your son will get confused and fustrated about the whole subject and will refuse to try! And when you think he is ready just use underwear! pull ups are lots of money and they are just like diapers so they think that they can use them as diapers! maybe at nap and bed time will be good but i would just use underwear!

Sarah - posted on 08/10/2009

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Don't stress, its not the end of the world he is still only a baby. I tried potty training with my twins when they were 2. They really wasn't ready at that age, and wasn't interested so i tried again when they were 2 and a half and could understand a bit more. They were literally potty trained in a day and had no accidents. My advice to you would be leave it a few months and try again, it will make all the difference. Take care

LeaAnn - posted on 08/09/2009

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ask his dad to take him to the potty when he goes...it worked for us...or take him with you...and try to make the process sound exciting...hope that helps a little...

Lisa - posted on 08/07/2009

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Always better to start in summer. He will let you know when he's ready. I used the potty in front of the telly and running around naked. No real need for rewards as the TV made him happy enough but plenty of encouragement and clapping. Training pants too. Best of luck to you

Cheryl - posted on 08/07/2009

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I trained my daughter with pretty satin panties with lace. She DID NOT want to get them wet. The boys liked their comic underwear but were definitely not as easy to train. For both of them, I started by taking them into the bathroom, sitting them on an insert on the regular toilet. I had one boy that had no problem with that from the beginning. The other boy was scared so I would talk to him and support his back as I sat him there for a short minute, then would clap and tell him "good job, you were a big boy and sat on the big boy toilet" (even though he didn't do anything). It did not take long at all for him to be sitting securely by himself. I never got books out for either but would take a minute to play a little game and being silly boys, they really got into it! LOL, I would say "Did I hear you toot?" Then I would say something like "OOh, you better not stink me out!" They would be laughing and actually try very hard to "toot" and of course, when they had a BM, I would continue with our charade "I heard that- you are stinking me out" and I would make a funny disgusted face, hold my nose or my ears. I was light-hearted about potty-training. I did not let the boys stand and pee because I thought it was too much to comprehend for a 2 yr old; he doesn't know what he has to do until he has already started. And for several of my friends, they were able to pee-train their boys but it took a lot longer to potty-train them. I believe I didn't experience this because the boys saw it as one process. It is much easier to teach a potty-trained boy to stand and pee and in the meantime, it is a much cleaner process for mom!

Holly - posted on 08/07/2009

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We tried to make it a game, throw cherrios in the potty for aiming, and we used hot wheels and M&M's too, but have them on hand, immediate gradification

Brandi - posted on 08/07/2009

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I have no boys but I can tell you how my brother trained his boys and he's going on his 4th. Teach him to pee outside. His boys were scared of the toliet. So he taught them to go on a bush. dont knock it til you try it. Also go out and let him pick "big" boys undies. That helped me with my girls by letting them pick their "big" girl panties out.

Sharon - posted on 08/07/2009

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My best advice from experience is to let it go and wait for him to be ready. If you think about, we control what they eat,what they play with, the tv that they watch,ect this is something only they can control. My girls were easy, my son fought tooth and nail, boys are different,they don't care about being clean. After three kids all went to daycare,patience is my best advice PS he did not go to kindergarten in diapers

Stephanie - posted on 08/05/2009

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Our son personally couldn't have cared less when we gave him a sticker, so we usually bribed him with gummy bears. I let him run naked for a weekend and at day 2 he figured out when he needed to go potty he had to stop what he was doing and actually get to the potty. With a little help of me quickly running him to the potty the first few times of course. Put the potty where he plays most so it's a reminder to him. Lots of clapping and cheering also helps to motivate him.

Annette - posted on 08/05/2009

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Make it fun at first, cookie and a book or his favorite toy, while he is sitting on the potty, then try giving a treat while standing...good luck

Kristy - posted on 08/05/2009

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not too sure on the potty itself and techniques.

i was over adventerous and went straight for the BIG toilet, it was a game, i wanted to flush the toilet.

to get them to pee in the toilet though try a ping pong ball with a smiley face, buy COOL jocks to wear and try to steer clear of pull ups (they know they can pee in them)



have fun!! :)

Angel - posted on 08/05/2009

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Im expecting a little boy myself, this one is my first one. But my mother in law told me a story on how she got my husband to use the potty. she would put cheerios or fruit loops in the potty and its like a game. Creative, i have never heard of it. But try it, if it works let me know lol.

Kimberly - posted on 08/05/2009

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Every child learns at a different rate unfortunately. Its not going to happen until he's ready. My youngest was almost 3 before she got it and yet my oldest had just turned 2 when she got the hang of it. What I found helpful was to use regular panties. The "pull ups" that are made for training are no different than diapers. The child needs to know when they are wet. Trust me they dont like it. Soon they will put two and two together and figure out if they pee pee in the potty they stay dry. Keep up the good work you are on the right track with the rewards. Just have a little more patience. Have you ever seen a grown child not potty trained?

Nicole - posted on 08/05/2009

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My son is 2yr 10 months and has been trained for about 2 1/2 months. We used a sticker chart for everytime that he went and also let him pick out some underwear that he wanted. I did pull-ups at night for a week otherwise, I used underwear and plastic pants. It took 3 weeks. We started taking him every 45 min then 1 hour then 1.5 hour and it was done. He talks though a lot, so he could tell us potty. Even if you can get him to do a certain action or show a picture of a potty to everyone when he needs to go that might help with the daycare situation. We also had small incentives like hot wheels, cheap movies, or m&m's. Hope this helps some.

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