Does anyone have any potty training tricks?

February 5, 2007 12:32pm CST
I have a 2 and a half year old son, who will not potty train! My son will go as for as asking to go and then sitting on the potty, but NOTHING ever...err... comes out! I have tried bribbing him with candy and making sticker charts. We take him every hour to "try" and still nothing. We've even tried making a game out of if but still nothing. Last March we woke up one day and he asked to go and then actually did. Hecontinued this for about a week and them BOOM stopped. I know there is no health concerns hear (Trust me his pipes are working fine...YUCK!) but I am starting to worry that I am doing something wrong. Any Ideas would be GREATLY appreciated!
5 responses
• United States
6 Feb 07
I also tried bribing my son with candy, to no avail. We have a store in my town that sells nothing but things to aide in the raising of children and I had been there many times, so the next time I went in I asked the cashier if they had anything to aide in potty training and she showed me a pack of stars that will actually stick to the bottom of the toilet. I was skeptical at first, but I bought them anyway. When I got home I put them in and took my son in to see them and I told him that for everytime he hit one of the stars, he would get M&M's (he has an obsession with M&M's) and surprisingly, it worked. I'm sure if you don't have a store like this near you that they could probably be found online. I hope it helps.
• United States
8 Feb 07
you can also make some out of colored tissue paper and a scrapbooking star punch. my son was the same way. the peeing thing was not as big a deal, but every time he had to poop... we would give him 2 M&Ms...he is a chocoholic, thanks to his father. : )
@ljames (30)
• United States
8 Feb 07
My youngest son was scared of the potty chair for some reason, so we had a special book that he picked and we read it only when he was sitting on the potty. This seemed to help him relax. Also, I went cold turkey on the diapers and pull-ups. We went straight to regular underwear. This made a huge difference! After a couple of times being wet and uncomfortable, they get to the bathroom sooner. It seems pretty yucky at first, but try it and see. I took him every 30 minutes until we had success and then every hour after that. Positive praise also goes a long way. Good Luck to you, keep trying and you will make it.
@serenetee (380)
• Singapore
7 Feb 07
My son refused to use the cute and expensive potty I had bought for him. Instead, he found it more comfortable to use the bathroom toilet bowl that everyone else in the household was using. I bought a child toilet seat that could be placed on top of the normal size toilet seat for him from the kiddy shop. I placed a stool in front of the toilet bowl so that he could climb onto the seat. He was relieved that his excretions could be flushed away immediately, unlike the potty. He felt cleaner that way though he was afraid of being flushed away like Nemo. I patiently held on to him whenever he used the toilet until he was confident enough. Also, I stuck his favourite cartoon character on the seat cover to invite him to use the toilet bowl. He thought he was welcome.
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
5 Feb 07
First off,if you are using disposible diapers or pull-ups,get rid of them and go to cloth. the disposibles are the worst marketting ploy ever invented. He must be able to feel what it is like to be wet,then,if you have it,set the kitchen timer for about every hour,and have him sit for about 10 minutes,read books or let him play with toy cars while sitting. if after 10 minutes he has not gone,let him up and reset the timer for 1/2 the time of the last one. give this a try and lets see what happens ,then we can go from there.
@Seawaves (106)
• United States
5 Feb 07
try to give him laxative drops after one day he will not be able to hold it whatever it is but don't give him too much so he won't have diarria