fellow parents: potty training

fellow parents: potty training

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frustrated

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Dec 2, 2013
So frustrated my 2 year old boy is still not potty trained everything we try he fights and resist how can we make him Use the potty and tell us he has to use the potty. He will sit on his potty chair for 20 minutes and hold it when I put back on a pull up he uses the restroom
Mom of three boys

Tucker, GA

#2 Dec 2, 2013
Stop using a pull-up. It's the same as a diaper, so they're used to using them like a diaper. Pull-ups should only be used at night as a precaution. You need to set aside a few days when you can stay home with him all day, and just put him in a shirt and underwear. Encourage using the potty, and be prepared to clean up messes. Have him help clean up the messes. Don't be mean about them, just remind him that he needs to use the potty. Give him an M&M or skittle or some small treat every time he uses the potty. Feed him lots of salty snacks like chips and pretzels, and drinks like Gatorade or Kool-Aid. It won't hurt him for a few days, and the salt will make him thirsty and want to drink more, and the sugary drinks will make him pee more, so he will have plenty of opportunity to use the potty. If after three days he still isn't using the potty with no accidents except at night, he just isn't ready and you should wait a couple of months and then try it again. And remember, pullups only at night. When you go out, take extra clothes, wipes, shoes, anything you may need to clean up an accident. If you put him in a pull up during the day, you are essentially telling him that it's ok to use it. And don't stress if he isn't ready. Pushing it too early is just asking for problems, and it can cause them to have accidents even when they're older. Every kid is different. My oldest was fully potty trained by the age of 2, middle was almost 4, and the youngest was only 1 1/2. It really is different for each kid. And if he isn't ready to potty train, use diapers, not pullups until he is ready. Kids get tired of diapers, they're babyish, whereas pullups look more like big kid underwear, so there really isn't any motivation to get out of them, kwim? Good luck!
mom of three

Henderson, KY

#3 Dec 2, 2013
You said "he". There's your answer. Boys take longer than girls. Don't expect too much of him. Boys are usually closer to three.
hmmm

United States

#4 Dec 2, 2013
Don't force potty training. None of my boys were potty trained at two. It was close to four for all of them. And they still wet the bed every single night.
ToughLove

Owensboro, KY

#5 Dec 2, 2013
You rub his nose in it. It works for dogs and kids too. He's a boy, let him pee outside and he'll like it and start to pee not in his pants. Give him poop candy like rollos or something but only when he poops. If that fails, rub his nose in it or drop a load in his room so he can smell it all night and tell him you're going to poop in his floor every night until he uses the bathroom right. If that doesn't work, sell him an buy a new one.
mom2

Owensboro, KY

#6 Dec 2, 2013
Bribery. Candy, games, gum and other extra privileges. Rewarding always worked for me.
hope it helps

Madisonville, KY

#7 Dec 2, 2013
frustrated wrote:
So frustrated my 2 year old boy is still not potty trained everything we try he fights and resist how can we make him Use the potty and tell us he has to use the potty. He will sit on his potty chair for 20 minutes and hold it when I put back on a pull up he uses the restroom
Use underwear. only diapers or pull ups at night. Try a sticker chart. Lots and lots of praise when he goes potty. Take him often. Usually kids have a schedule as far as pooping goes. Or look for clues of him hiding behind things and take him to the potty. Plenty of patience and praise. Good luck!! If it doesn't work, stop for a month and try again later. Sometimes coming up holidays will make training harder, there is a lot going on and maybe traveling. Maybe wait until holidays are over.
careful

Union City, GA

#8 Dec 2, 2013
With boys....put 2-3 cherrios in the toilet. Tell him to sink the Cherrios. They love to do this. U can also tell him to make bubbles.
I must strongly encourage u not to spank or use time out. Do not shame him either. It can damage a child for a life time. This is the first real task a parent ask from their child. U want them to feel accomplished and proud.
abc123

United States

#9 Dec 2, 2013
I used cheerios as targets in the toilot for every one he hits he gets a treasure out of the treasure box. He got it in no time. Good luck
mommyoftwo

Owensboro, KY

#10 Dec 2, 2013
I have a son two year old as well and he is completely potty trained except for night time. Your son sounds exactly how my son started out. Then I decided to try by the moon phase as all my aunts had trained their sons this way. The next phase is 12/3 through 12/10 and then again on 12/29 through 1/6 if if doesn't work the first time. I did a "treasure chest" and every time he went to the potty he got to pick candy, stickers, books, or whatever else was in the treasure chest. When we did this back in October he was trained within a week. Give it a try and see if it works!!! Good luck to you!
Mom of three boys

United States

#11 Dec 2, 2013
hope it helps wrote:
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Use underwear. only diapers or pull ups at night. Try a sticker chart. Lots and lots of praise when he goes potty. Take him often. Usually kids have a schedule as far as pooping goes. Or look for clues of him hiding behind things and take him to the potty. Plenty of patience and praise. Good luck!! If it doesn't work, stop for a month and try again later. Sometimes coming up holidays will make training harder, there is a lot going on and maybe traveling. Maybe wait until holidays are over.
That's a good point, the holidays could cause problems and it would probably be better to wait till after!
hope it helps

Madisonville, KY

#12 Dec 3, 2013
Mom of three boys wrote:
<quoted text>That's a good point, the holidays could cause problems and it would probably be better to wait till after!
Yea it usually makes a difference in what's going on in their lives. Anything out of the norm will compromise success.
Mom and nurse

Owensboro, KY

#13 Dec 3, 2013
Boys can take up to age 4 to completely train. The key is patience. Never, ever punish as a method. They are trying to get comfortable enough to "go" in the potty and any punishment associated with accidents will lead to regression. You'll have many older people telling you otherwise. However, I do suggest making him help clean up his own accidents, it helped my son. Just keep reminding him to try, be calm if he fails, and praise, praise, praise, his success.
Early childhood educator

Calhoun, KY

#14 Dec 3, 2013
Please! Don't force a task that your baby may not be physically capable of doing. The target age for boys is 3 years. There are many signs of readiness you can be watching for before you take on the task. This is one area that you do not want to power struggle over. There are many great sources of info on the web and some who will send videos and other materials to Encourage the process. I would suggest the American Academy of Pediatrics first. NAEYC.org National Association for the Education of Young children is another good one. Go to the library and get children's books on the subject to read to him. There is a lot of brain development information that is showing a physical inability until the brain-body connection has formed. Until it is, it is unfair to the child.
I know diapers are expensive but the downside to that is, when your training child says they have to go you have to stop whatever your doing that minute to get them there! I used to swear my baby girl (who is now 25!) had reaction to fluorescent lights because no sooner than we'd get in the store, she had to go,lol.
Be patient and good luck!

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