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Potty Training Problems

My son outright refuses to go potty in the bathroom 95% of the time. He throws a tantrum every time we say it is time to go potty and take him in there. We have tried bribes, celebrating each success, singing & dancing. We have decided to back off on it for a month because it seemed to be stressing him out, but now he even refuses to let us take off his wet pull up. We even hint that we want to change him and he freaks. We are at a loss and don't know what to do any more. Please help.

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Asked by Ellyskids at 2:14 PM on Jan. 28, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • How old is your child?

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:15 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • I stay strike the pull ups. Get him some big boy undies and when he wets, have him change. (Depending on how old he is-you didn't say). As far as using the potty, have you tried getting him a toilet all for himself, sitting on the floor? May be easier for him.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:16 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • Can he use words to express the need to go? (he won't at first, but, the ability helps)
    Can he pull his pants up and down? (Again, he won't at first, but, the ability helps)
    Can he stay dry through naptime/at least two hours?
    Will he sit on the potty, big or little?
    Is he at all scared of it?
    Does he seem even slightly interested in it/intrigued by it?

    If he shows all of these signs, then, chances are he is ready to try. Be consistant and constant. If you can, set aside a week for this specifically. Lose the diapers and got straight to big boy undies. Praise him and expect setbacks. Day will come before night training. Don't give up. It shouldn't take very long at all if he cooperates. Good Luck.

    If he doesn't show all these signs, then, he is not ready and you should give him until he does before you start again.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:18 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • he is probably not ready! If your doing all that and he refuses WAIT! He isn't even 2 right??

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:33 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • if he's not two yet, I wouldn't even worry. It usually just comes naturally with a little help. Don't get mad at him.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:33 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • if he is not ready nothing is going to work. ask yourself do you think he is ready to potty train or is it you that wnats him to be potty train. some kids potty train early others late. my dd was ready at 18 mts. i wasnt ready(pregnant) but i got her potty train by 24 mts. she was ready. my nephew wasnt ready till age 3.

    Answer by piwife at 2:40 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

  • He will be 3 in May and He refuses to use the child's toilet, when he will go on the potty its always the big one he chooses.

    Answer by Ellyskids at 7:40 PM on Jan. 28, 2010

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