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01-16-2006, 02:27 PM #1
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
01-16-2006, 02:27 PM #2
Please see my post I sent to another list you sent this to.....
01-16-2006, 02:27 PM #3
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!
01-16-2006, 02:27 PM #4
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
01-16-2006, 02:28 PM #5
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.
01-16-2006, 02:28 PM #6
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!!
01-16-2006, 02:28 PM #7
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.
01-16-2006, 02:28 PM #8
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
01-16-2006, 02:29 PM #9
For my oldest dd (who is 20 now!), we used a gumball machine. She got a penny
to put in the gumball machine for each time she went pee pee. She wouldn't go
poop for several days in the potty, but when I told her she could get TWO
pennies if she went poop the went then. We had very few accidents with
her. Now my 2nd dd (who is 15 now), she didn't get potty trained until she
was almost 3. Drove me nuts! The gumball machine didn't work with her!
AWWW! She finally got potty trained because she couldn't go to play school at
3 unless she was trained. She trained over the summer before school started!
Thank goodness! I can remember how frustrated/embarrassed I was from her not
being trained. It seemed like EVERYONE else's child was trained around me but
mine! She wore pull ups and when her older sister got involved with it and let
her wear her big girl Strawberry Shortcake underwear she was delighted. She
was a sound sleeper too and wet the bed until she was like 9 or something.
That was even us getting her up at night too. She learned early to get up rinse
off and change her own sheets too. Now I cried over that too! lol One of my
brother's and my silaw both wet the bed until they were older too. Sorry I
don't have any experience with boys! lol
01-16-2006, 02:29 PM #10
I have 2 sons and with them both I tossed the potty and went
straight to standing in front of the toilet aiming at the floating
toilet paper or coaxed him to try to make bubbles....as for the
diapers he will still have to wear them at naps and night beca
use their bladders are still too immature...I also still stand my 3
year old in front of the toilet before I go to bed and tell him to
pee or else he will wake in the middle of the night to go and it's
just easier on us all. He doesn't even wake up while
going..he's so used to it by now...and remember boys are different
than girls if he seems stressed about it then try again later in a
month or so.
Hope this helps
01-16-2006, 02:30 PM #11
Very quick one here. I have four sons. With the first one, it was
at a time when mothers were being pressed to have their babies
potty trained by two years of age. Sometimes that's just not
possible. I stressed; he stressed, and it was a losing battle. A
male child, I'm convinced, will train when he's good and ready
and not a moment before.
This whole thing reminds me of when that same son was 5 months
old and my sister-in-law told me he was never going to learn how
to walk if I didn't teach him how to crawl. I had visions of his
entering middle school on a gurney! lol He just never crawled.
When all of his baby teeth came in (20 months), he stood up
My second son has a 153 IQ. I tried to potty train him. Showed
him. He sat on the potty and did nothing. As for the full size
version, get on your knees and have a look at how enormous
that large white fixture must look to a little one! Amazing, how
one's perspectives will change!
Anyway, after several attempts to train son #2, I asked, "When
are you going to go potty?" "When I'm 4," came the reply. We
still tried, to no avail, but (his birthday is six days after mine) at
midnight at the close of my birthday as we approached his fourth
birthday, we asked, "When are you going to go potty?" "When
I'm 4," he said. His father said, "That's in five days. You're
going to go from now on." That was the end of it. He never had
an accident. He was fine.
Number 3 son was my quickest with everything. Two weeks of
accidents (and I *think* he *might* have been 3), and that was
that. He was trained.
Number 4 son...age 4 rolled around, and that was that too.
My point is I think we tend to obsess over this stuff. We aren't
training them; we're training ourselves! You work a bit with them
without stressing, and let them get ready in their own time. It will
work out that they'll be ready when they need to--sometimes with
a little help from their friends who are already potty trained--and
they aren't going to be heading to school with diapers--or on a
01-16-2006, 02:30 PM #12
I had people asking me if I was still going to be nursing my son when he went
to school! I nursed him till he was 2 and by then it was night time only.
People should mind their own business unless asked!
01-16-2006, 02:30 PM #13
I agree, Michelle!
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