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HELP potty training!!!

He decided he wanted to wear underwear two nights ago and today he's refusing to go on the potty chair. His had a accident here and there on the floor but his been holding it too. Idk what to do. He's only 2yrs 4months but i figured since he wanted to without me asking him He'd be all for it. Every time he went on the potty chair he was excited and then i would tell him im proud and give him a sticker & a piece of candy. I'm stumped on what to do.

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Asked by nickchick at 1:20 PM on Jan. 23, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • try taking his freedom away from him. tell him that in order to keep wearing the big boy underwear that he has to use the potty, or wear diapers like a little baby. also, maybe try using the seat on your own toilet. he might want to be like mom and dad.

    Answer by xtwilightx at 1:26 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • You need to try to make it a fun routine. When you go to the bathroom, take your son with you. Sit down and sit him down and tell stories, read his favorite book or do whatever keeps him interested. Story time potty time worked wonders for my daughter. Keep a book he likes in the bathroom. It takes enough time to read a story that whatever is inside will come out because he will be relaxed and interested in whatever you are doing together. Keep it fun and make it a part of your routine. Always be consistent so that he knows what to expect. When he gets into the routine of going when you go, he will understand that concept. If he doesn't go, don't make a big deal over it, but when he does go in the potty, praise him and tell him how proud you are of him.

    Answer by neebug3766 at 1:28 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Also, do not punish the child for not wanting to use the potty. He is still very young to be potty training at all. Give him love and take him with you every time you go to the bathroom.

    Answer by neebug3766 at 1:29 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Maybe try pull ups because they are still kind of like underwear to him... but i wouldn't be giving him stickers or candy.. he doesn't need rewards for stuff he will already learn to do on his own... that will train him to want candy after going to the bathroom and thats not healthy at all..

    Answer by Jan0609momma at 2:42 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • jan0609...many potty training resources recommend rewarding the child after they use the potty. kind of like a school age child getting a sticker in class for getting a good grade, or for doing something positive. positive reenforcement helps teach children good behavior.

    Answer by xtwilightx at 3:24 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • thank you for the advice but i believe pull ups are the lazy way to train a kid to potty because it feels like a diaper so they think its okay to pee in them. When he wears his underwear he'll hold it unless he doesn't make it to the potty. As soon as i put a pull up on him he pee's in it. really its not healthy that's why almost every parent i know has done that and its worked.

    Answer by nickchick at 3:26 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

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