Potty Training advice for a 3 yo boy

United States
November 30, 2006 9:45pm CST
My baby just turned 3. He's so smart and he knows he's suppose to go peepee in the potty, but doesn't want to. He will even come to me and throw a diaper at me and tell me he's stinky. We have big boy pants, but he doesn't want to wear them. Are there any suggestions out there to get him started. The last one I had to train was my girl and she's 8 now. She was done by 2. So it's been awhile. Thanks!
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@Desdemona (1305)
• Canada
1 Dec 06
Wow, now is the time to bzz about the Sims game. If you're a Sims player, you will know that praising your little cartoon baby on the potty always works. Granted it takes time, but that adorable animated bundle of joy eventually learns to use the potty on their own. Have you tried praise? Are you excited when your little boy uses the toilet? Do you give him attention when he throws his diaper at you? (positve or negative attention - does not matter) Hope that helps!
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• United States
1 Dec 06
We do use praise! We do the peepee dance we learned from watching Nanny 911. He also goes to the bathroom with me and when I'm finished he'll tell me good job mommy. I'm thinking about starting to use a reward system. After we're through with the diapers we have I think that's it, I'm going to stop buying them. Maybe he'll wear his big boy pants then...:) Thanks for your advice.
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@Desdemona (1305)
• Canada
1 Dec 06
Sounds like you're doing everything right! Anyone else have advice?
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Stephefr, I think I see your problem. It's the diapers. they hold the wetness aay from hid body. Get him into regular boy short with superman or batman (you get the idea)The sooner the better. Skip those pullups too. They are nice for you but are still diaper and hold the wetness away from him. There is a children's writer Mercer Mayer that has some very fun books for situations like potty training. She has a book just about every situation. any way get the one about pottying and don't let hinm have the book any where but on the potty.
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@brckoba (795)
• United States
1 Dec 06
Try to give him some rewards, for instance when my nephew went on the toilet my sister took him to Chucky Cheese for the whole day. It worked like a charm. When my daughter goes on the toilet I give her a dime, and she puts it on her piggy bank... This reward system works very well with my family. Try it.
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• United States
1 Dec 06
Aw, now there's an idea. I wonder if I could get him to take money...lol. I thought about candy, but that's not good for him so I don't want to do that. But I didn't think about money. Thanks for the suggestion!
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@Justme2007 (1848)
• United States
1 Dec 06
hmmmm I feel for you does he still drink a bottle? my children were potty trained at a year old when they were old enough to sit up I showed them the pot. does he watch you are someone else use the bathroom? maybe this will help does he go to preschool?
• United States
7 Dec 06
Hmm Mr. Peepee where are you? - Mommy will be soo proud of me. (smile)
Well they did say boys are harder to potty train than girls are. I used to teach 10 2 year old boys at the YMCA a while back and I remember putting froot loops the cereal in the toilet, about 5 or 6 and have them aim at it. The boys loved it. lol. They got 1 m&m for pee and 2 m&m's for poo. I don't know if rewarding them with candy was the ideal thing to do but it seemed to have worked for these little boys. Good Luck!! Also check out some potty books or even the potty training elmo helped my godson.
• United States
7 Dec 06
Sponge Bob Undies, Soooo Cool. - Might make the difference.
Also as far as the big boy undies, see if you find some that have maybe his favorite cartoon or something like that on them. See if he can pick out some he likes, my daughter would wear her Dora the Explorer undies because she was on them, lol. See if that helps.
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• United States
15 Dec 06
Thanks! I try to put him in underware during the day. If he needs to poo, he'll come to me and tell me he wants a diaper. I think I'm about to get rid of all the diapers.
• United States
7 Dec 06
Its seems to me your really doing everything in your power and doing everything right..ya know maybe hes just not really ready..i know Sky refused!!! untill about 3 mths before his 3rd bday..and that was bribary cause he wanted to ride the bus and go to school..headstart..and they have to be potty trained..soooo thats what i used..and in a week he was trained..sooo this is my idea..i dont believe in bribary much at all lol..but in these big cases and nothing else works..well...gotta do..Take him tot he store or find out what one big toy. either buy it now and wait ..or wait till hes trained..but make the deal..listen no more diapers and you use the potty like a biggy boy..and we will get you what u that toy..that just might workllor soemthing liek that..i wa slucky Sky just wanted school lol..good luck!
• United States
15 Dec 06
LOL, thanks! I've tried school, but that didn't work. He's so into Cars right now. So we did go and buy a BIG McQuade car. I told him he could have it if he goes poo on the potty. He still won't do it. I've got the car in the package sitting on the pot. He knows if he wants it he has to go poo.
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
7 Dec 06
When my son was small, we put a cig butt in the tiolet, my husband and son would shoot the boats and see who could sink it. I read where someone put fruit loops in the tiolet, thats a good idea. My grandson who isn't 2 yet is potty training himself, he tells us when he has to go potty. My mom bought him a potty movie, he loves it. some kids are tougher than others. I have another grandson, that was tough to potty train. He would sneak in the dining room and go in his pants. His mom and dad kept saying it was ok, it was an accident. I got new carpet, one day he made me mad after many times pooping and peeing on my new carpet. I put him in Mr. Peebodies chair, he got to sit there for awhile. Kids who pee their pants got to sit in Mr. Peebodies chair. That was the last time he peed on my carpet. After that it was an ordinary chair, haha. Good luck, eventually all kids get it. Don't worry they won't be going in their pants forever.
• United States
15 Dec 06
Oh that's funny. Thanks for the comments.
@zambian (31)
• India
1 Dec 06
You know what, you probably went to the toilet with your little girl so she got a first hand example of how to do things. if your babys father is willing, he can try and show your son how guys go. Maybe if he identifies with him everything will fall into place. Besides your son might just be doing it because he probably enjoys your reaction.
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• United States
5 Dec 06
He goes to the toilet with me. So he still sits down to pee. We've been doing the reward thing and he's been doing good. He had 1 accident yesterday and a little one, but not much today. So here's hoping! Thanks for all the comments!
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@12ravi (515)
• India
1 Dec 06
yeh its good
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• United States
7 Dec 06
well i now this is gonna sound insane but it worked for our boys ... to get them to actually pee in the pot we threw some cherrio's in there and told them to shoot them , yes of course ppl asked why we had cereal in our bathroom during that time but we just laughed and said ya never know when ya need a snak LOL , as for the pooping , well we got rid of the diapers and when they went in their pants we made them put it in the pot , they soon figured out that if they didnt wanna mess with the stinky stuff they better get to the pot LOL , yea i know a lil tough love but hey somtimes ya gotta do it ;) it worked tho ~M~
• United States
15 Dec 06
LOL, yummy! That is a good come back. I'm not going to buy anymore diapers after we get rid of these. If they aren't around he can't use them.