Potty training tips? Re-inforcement?

United States
October 27, 2006 3:03pm CST
My son has been relapsing lately. He's been potty trained for about 8 months now, but the last week or so he jsut gets so caught up in life he doesn't want to stop and has accidents.
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@all_n_one (2005)
• United States
27 Oct 06
fruit loops in the toilet for target practice trust me it will do in 2 days what couldn't be done in months. It makes it fun for them to go pee because that wanna hit the fruit loops.
• Canada
28 Oct 06
That's hilarious! Maybe I should do it with my husband... Anyway, my only suggestion (and I don't have kids, so it comes from friends) is to have a potty near where your son plays or to move some of his favourite toys to the potty "area"...he can still be involved and engaged in his favourite activities while he's using it, and it will reinforce the positives of potty training.
• United States
29 Oct 06
Good idea! We actually just tried changing things around a bit so he cna practice standing up and going more.
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@tsmeesa98 (576)
• United States
27 Oct 06
Has there been any changes in his life? My son did that when I had the baby but when I didn't make a big deal out of it he seemed to get past it. Sometimes too all they want to do is play and then it's really hard for them to pull themselves away from what they are doing to go to the toliet. Try every half hour or so (depending on his age) asking him to go to the bathroom and try.
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• United States
27 Oct 06
There haven't been any major changes. He does seem to get REALLY caught up in what he is doing but whenever I ask him if he has to go I always get "no" even if he does have to go.
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@MrsFrizzle (1964)
• United States
29 Oct 06
This is very common. Children will get so wrapped up in playing the forget to go. Just give him a reminder every hour.. Say Do you have to go potty. I work in daycare what works best is just saying Sweetie go sit on the potty and try to go for me. They might and the might not but they will be less likely to loose track of time and wait till the last minute.
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• United States
29 Oct 06
Good idea! Working at home on the computer all day as I do, I stop and take a stretch break every hour or so, I'll ask him then!
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@pumpkinjam (6859)
• United Kingdom
27 Oct 06
It is hard when that happens. Don;t worry about it, my son was still having lapses until he was 5. All you can do is ask every so often if he needs to go. It's the only way to get his concentration off what he's doing. That can be a real problem when they are engrossed in something. One important thing is don't ever get angry. Accept that it will happen. Explain to him that he needs to let you know if he needs to go but that it's ok if he has an accident.
• United States
27 Oct 06
The not getting angry bit is easy. I know he doesn't do it on purpose because he gets more upset about it happening, distressed even. Thanks for the advice.
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
31 Oct 06
When my grandson was 2 he was pretty well trained except when he got busy. We moved very close to a play ground and the first time he went to play he had an accident. I told him if it happened again he would not be allowed to go to the play ground He never had another accident. So they some times need incentives.
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• United States
6 Nov 06
My little guy seems to be doing better now but I'm sure all the tips in this thread wil help other parents in the same situation. Thanks for suggesting the incentives!
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@deeds14 (815)
• United States
29 Oct 06
Have you tried rewards for him making it to the bathroom? You could start a chart, and he'd get a gold star each time he goes. When he gets a certain amount of stars, he could get a little treat get to pick a game that the family all plays together. Good luck!
• United States
30 Oct 06
He's barely two. He doesn't really understand the concept of saving up for anything and stickers are used as decoration for Mommy and Daddy right now. He doesn't believe he should wear them or have them at all. LOL
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