How to get DS interested in Potty Training
I have a son who will be 2 in April. We have had no luck getting him
interested in potty training. With our daugther, who is now 7, we
put the potty in the bath room when she was 1 and got her sitting on
it and using it whenever we went to the bathroom. She was fully
trained, no accidents, by 2 years old. Our son shows noi interest in
the potty at all. He will occasionally sit on it when we go to the
rest room but doesn't want to tak his clothes off to try to use the
potty. We do sit him on the potty for a few minutes before baths and
before bed but he never goes and doesn't seem to get the idea behind
the potty. (no pun intended! lol) Does anyone have any ideas to get
him interested in the whole potty training thing? We aren't trying
to rush him or push him but I also do not want a 3 or 4 year old who
is still wearing diapers. Besides the cost of diapers he woulden't
be able to go to play school or nursery school if he isn't potty
trained yet. HELP!
TIA, Maya in San Diego
Please see my post I sent to another list you sent this to.....
My son took a lot longer to get it than my daughter. He just was not on
the same time table.
It was not a problem as I was home with them at that age; he was
basically trained by three, but night time pullups were necessary for
longer. He slept VERY soundly, and just didn't wake up when he needed to
He wore pullups when he stayed anywhere else at night even after he was
4, 5, and 6 and usually dry at night--as when really tired, he just
At home, my husband, who is a late night guy, would get him up when he
went to bed around midnight, and that helped him get through the mnight
dry many times. But that's an older child. I think two is young for many
boys to be potty trained.
check family history for boys. When I was dealing with this, (and
worried, as I'd never potty trained a boy before, and, as with you, it
was easier for my daughter) it dawned on me that my brothers had been
late bedwetters, but not my sister and I...... if your brothers or your
son's father wasn't trained early (or only trained under duress) youmay
need to give your son some extra months to mature.
Hope this helps!
Friends of mine who have potty trained a boy used cheerios in the toilet for
aiming practice. You know, sink the Cheerio. LOL Would this work for you?
Good luck, we are potty training our 21 month old daughter.
Mother of Cora
I had kind of a difficult time with potty training my son b/c I was working full
time and my sitter believed in putting the kids on the potty and having them
stay there until they atleast tried to go. She's babysat kids for about 30 yrs
and also had 4 kids (3 of them boys) herself and this is how she did it. Well my
son wanted no part of it. As soon as he'd get home, he'd want to be naked. I
tried keeping him atleast partially dressed, but that was a losing battle.
Anyway, when he was naked, he would use the potty for both pee and poop, but if
he was dressed, he'd have accidents. He finally got to the point where he would
wear pants and still use the potty at home, but the sitter wanted him in pullups
until she was sure he was trained. Well he was almost 3.5 and I had some extra
time off work b/c of Christmas and by the time he had to go back to her, I sent
him with just underwear. He never had an accident at her house but would still
wear a pullup at naptime. Even then, he rarely had accidents.
I have heard that boys potty train a little later than girls. We started my
dd on the potty at about 15 months, with absolutely no pressure. Soon after
her 2nd bday we started putting the pressure and she was potty trained
within a few weeks, still wearing a diaper at naps and bedtime. Now she'll
be 3 in April and never needs a diaper at naps but pees 70% of the time in
her diaper at night. Im not worried though because I do believe their
bladders are not as developed and she will wear a diaper to bed for the next
few months, no biggie.
I strongly do NOT recommend "pull ups". If you want to train your son, then
use regular boys underwear, he'll make some (well lots) of accidents but
pull ups are just like diapers and they wont learn to use the potty because
they know the pull ups will soak up the wetness, I think pull ups are a way
for the diaper companies to keep you spending money with them longer.
But I think boys are several months behind girls. Its also good to have him
watch another man pee as often as possible. GOOD LUCK!!
OK we had the same problem with my son and he is now 4 1/2 and has been
potty trained completely since the end of March last year. My daughter wasn
t that much of a challenge when we worked with her but she was about 2 1/2
almost 3 I think when she was done with diapers. I tried everything and
nothing would work so don't feel like you are the only one on that issue.
When I would ask doctors about it they would just tell me that I shouldn't
worry about it until after he turns 4, if at that point he isn't wanting to
do it than you can start to worry. What we did with both of our kids is we
told them that once they were completely out of the diapers that they could
pick out a package of underwear that they wanted. Everyone told me to try
stickers on the lid of the toilet, cherrios for him to sink in the toilet,
bribe him with something that he wanted for when he did go potty in the
toilet, let him wear underwear and if he wets them make him keep them on for
awhile...I could go on and on but I won't. The main thing that I learned is
that he will do it when he is ready to and not to worry about it because
than you are causing yourself unneeded stress. It also won't hurt him if he
misses out on nursery school or stuff like that. I wish you luck and wish
that I could offer you more help but the fact is that I fought with my son
for 2 years and he did it when he wanted to do it no matter what I said and
I was continuously sick from stress. I will happen don't worry.
Dr Phil told his audience how to toilet train a child in less than
one day with the help of a doll that wets after you feed it. I
would suggest you go to his web site and find the info as I am
way past this and my children were trained shortly after they
started walking as I could not stand to clean up poop. Can't
remember how I trained them but they were young. Best of
luck, Grandma Flatt in COLD COLD Ontario
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