Post # 17
i’m not a parent but i’ve been around kids who were in the midst of potty training, so i’ll just share what i’ve observed.
as others have already said, get him out of the pull-up and into some big boy under wear. whenever my mom finds out that one of the kids in our family is potty training she always buys them some undies w/ their favorite character on it, so they can get excited and (hopefully) not want to ruin their cool new big kid underwear. and if they’re already potty trained, it makes them feel proud of their accomplishment.
even if he says he doesn’t have to go, take him to the bathroom anyway. when my brothers and i were little, even if we said we didn’t need to go my mom would tell us to try anyway, and almost every time, we were able to squeeze something out, lol.
i agree with the other posters who suggested prizes and such. we used sticker charts with my cousin and once she received so many stickers she got a treat (like an ice cream cone or something).
something else that might help is to let him brag to someone about pooping in the potty. i’ve gotten phone calls from my little cousins who are like, “i’ve been going pee pee in the potty all day!” sometime people over hear the conversation and give me the side-eye, but whatever, lol.
i know it’s frustrating because there are so many false alarms. the kids says they need to go, so you run to the bathroom and then….nothing. and then sometimes you don’t think they need to go, but they really do and then there’s an accident.
i should point out tho, that most of my potty training “experience” is with girls.
good luck 🙂
Post # 18
@This Time Round:
I think this might be easier for girls as my son doesn’t talk or understand what I’m saying half the time and doesn’t respond to stickers, prizes etc. only food but I can’t use that every time. Last night I put him in big boy underwear and he had an accident. He cried and even though I explained he had to use the potty in order to have clean pants he was not interested in it whatsoever even though I offered him a prize.
Post # 19
@JustLove25: I have to agree it takes boys a little longer to be FULLY potty trained. My daughter was a breeze. she was out of a diaper at 17 Months. (she walked at 9 mos) my son took a little longer, he was trained at 2 1/2. I started my kids REALLY small, both of them would go #2 about 2 hours after their meals so right when I thought they’d be ready or saw them trying to go, i’d sit them on the regular toilet. I started this because my little brother was terrified of the flush sound when he was a baby and figured it’s probably one thing that prevents kids to use it. idk, i just thought it’d help.
My sister had issues with my niece and tried putting her in undies and she just didnt care if she had an accident. One day; she came over and saw my daughter’s princess underwear and asked me if i could buy her some. I told her i would but she couldn’t wet herself or she’d be peeing on their face. lol. maybe not the best thing to tell a child but it worked. 🙂
Post # 20
@Mcda04: I told her i would but she couldn’t wet herself or she’d be peeing on their face
That is so hilarious, and it’s true! Whatever works…. LOL
Post # 21
I’m glad you got a kick out of it. I think i’ll be the embarassing aunt that reminds her of this when she’s older. lol.
Post # 23
Late to the topic but I am a Mom of 5 boys and 2 girls. Most were crazy difficult to potty train as they still had accidents when dh and I started dating 6 years ago, youngest boy is 10 oldest is 15. Inconsistency is the mother of all potty accidents. Pretty sure his kids have physical issues that caused the huge delay since the girls have different Moms and had a hard time too but what do I know ; ) My bio boys potty trained at 3. My oldest I did the naked thing at home, big boy underwear in public and although an inconvenience a load of extra clothes went with us every where. My younger boy, tried the pullup thing, annoying! As soon as I quit using them so did he. Having accidents as a 3 year old does not lend itself to being embarrassed unless you as a parent ridicule your child and are unprepared. Still having accidents as a 4yo in preschool with 20 other potty trained kids will though. I used to teach preschool, just because the other parents got potty training down didn’t mean they had manners down. Try a bag of cheerios to aim for in the toilet when in public. Good luck, hope he gets the hang of it soon. Please don’t think of accidents as an embarrassment, that stuff riles me up. lol It’s just part of growing up at that age.