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I am trying to potty train my 2 yr old well hes 2.5 if that really makes a diff. his dad and i live seperate and its hard to do the same things any advice ILL TAKE IT!


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Asked by MoLo1 at 2:48 PM on Sep. 29, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • consistancy is key. there are hundreds of ways to do it you just have to find what works for your son. insentives for the first few weeks is usually a big help. our son is 2 1/2 also and we used sticker charts (1 for pp 2 for poop) I've also heard of using m&m's, jelly beans, etc as incentives to go potty. When first starting ask him every 15-20 min if he has to go. if he says no the 1st time you ask say 'ok but if you have to go tell me because big boys go on the potty' then ask again if he says no again say 'well let's go try' -cont-

    Answer by landensmommy411 at 3:00 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • -cont- if he has an accident don't yell or scold him bc this will hinder the process. Simply say 'OH NO!' (exagerated tone of voice) and then say 'ok well let's clean it up' and for pp have him help you clean it up. then once he's going pretty well and consistantly (youll still have to remind him after he's going consistantly but only every 45min to an hour) by then if he has an accident get him a towel and have him clean it up that helped us bc when we cleaned it up he didn't care but when he has to he tells us 'eww gross' & pretty much stopped having accidents. training them to poop is harder you gotta find something to keep his interest long enough to stay there for us we use flashcards, toy cars, books, and a ball where I sit on the tub and play 'catch' with him (only 1 thing per trip though) GL & I hope it helps

    Answer by landensmommy411 at 3:08 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Potty training never works until the words you are using match up with the experience your child has --he needs to be able to feel the urge to go early enough to be able to get to the toilet, he needs to feel the muscle experience of 'letting go' sufficiently to do so while sitting (or standing) at the toilet, and he needs the physical maturity to both 'hold on' and to 'let go' intentionally, and the psychological maturity to remember and notice.

    You can't 'train' any of that, but you can make yourself (and your son) crazy trying. People who claim 'success' in parent-driving training either managed to either time it perfectly quite by accident, or create multiple excuses to explain away the multiple daily 'accidents'.

    Answer by LindaClement at 5:09 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

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