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Posted by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 10:52 PM
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Can I please get some tips on potty training a 2 year old boy??

by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 10:52 PM
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by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Put a kid potty in the corner in every room - or wherever he plays most often. If he sees it a lot, and knows right away where it is, he'll be more excited to use it. Boys are funny... Put a couple fruit loops in the bottom (as long as you can be sure he won't eat them - ewww!) and he can "aim" for them and gets a big high five (or whatever reward you want to do) if he hits them. That will take the pressure off of having to go, and make the focus for him to be on hitting his goal!

I don't know how to potty train for poop though - that one was tough for us...

by on Jan. 28, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Huggies has a free potty training dvd that I ordered.  My son is not ready yet though so I have not watched it.  It can not hurt to watch it though since it does not cost anything.

by on Jan. 28, 2009 at 8:59 AM

You have to first make sure he is ready and look for the signs. Truthfully  boys may not be fully ready till 3 years 4 months to complete the process and stop having accidents (girls much earlier). However many schools require they be potty trained to enter a 3 year old classroom (lower teacher-child ratio someone cant be gone changing pants all day) My son started getting it in December (he will be 3 late February) but we are still working on the fininshing touches.


- does he ever tell you he is wet, has poop to be changed or does he tell you when he is going in his diaper/pull up?

- does he stay dry for extended periods of time? that means it will be easier to schedule him to try and his bladder is ready/has more control.

- can you tell when he is going (if he is going to poop - does he go squat behind the couch or something, if he needs to pee - usually they stop what ever they are doing and sort of stare into space for a second) these signs will help you notice when he is about to go so you can escort and encourage him to the potty.

I used to carry my sons potty seat into each room (f he went in basement playroom - i took it down there since if he was just starting he may not be able to hold it all the way to the bathroom) I also put stools in the other bathrooms so we could go to the nearest one or his choice. You want to get him used to a big potty to since restaurants, malls, friends houses are not likely to have a kid potty.

We talked about family who wore "big boy/girl" underwear (he looks up to some of his cousins so they will even say to him...are you going to wear underwear like me)

PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE: so important -- dont focus on the accidents/defiance as much as you do the little strides he makes. The more positive you are about it the more willingly hell comply.

Books: We bought books which we leave in the bathrooms so when he sits he can look at them (often a kid will sit for 2 seconds and pop up -- you have to get him to sit for a little so the muscles loosen and let the pee/poo come out, once he starts to understand that sensation he will sit and wait for it but at first they dont know what they are waiting for) Think about it -- he knows there is pee in the diaper because you say so when changing him - but he has never seen it come out so does he really understand what it is. Potty books also explain the process to them and are a fun way to learn about the potty. Elmo also has a DVD out about the potty (my daycare gave us the one from pullups, but it didnt captivate his attention it was more for parents)

We used to let our son come in the bathroom with us. I would be a little dramatic and say -- oh I have to go potty, hurry hurry before I have an accident (and I would scurry down the hall - I didnt let him see me actually going but I would say -- do you hear my pee coming out? I would also encourage him to go in with is father a couple times as then he could really see what pee is and how boys do it. This all depends on your comfort level though.

I encouraged my son to sit first (we are just starting to give him the option to stand) My reason: at the start they don't really understand the sensations - so if he is peeing and all of a sudden has to poop - is he going to know that he needs to quickly turn and sit? can he stop his pee midstream will doing so? not likely.

Got to go -- he is waking up. Hope something in there helped. I have other ideas if you need more I just have to run.


goodgood luck.

by on Jan. 28, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Put real underwear on him. Give him a treat like m&m's or even a cookie when he does go to the bathroom. If u live in a place where he could go outside, I think i would wait till it warms up and take him outside and tell him to aim as far as he can or go water a tree or the tire on a car. Anything of that sort. Also, have the daddy take him so he can see how to do it.  That's how we got our son potty trained. good luck.   :)

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