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  • My son is going to be 3 at the end of this month. He has shown some interest in poty training, but seems MORE interested in running around with poop in his pants! GROSS!

    He wears pull ups, so he can go whenever he wants, and IS able to go, he just doesn't seem to show an interest. I havent actively pushed it either as I don't believe in pushing them before they are ready. BUT this is my fourth and last child and I WANT OUT OF DIAPERS! LOL!

    Suggestions anyone??
  • I have absolutely no suggestins! But lots of sympathy!! i am in the same boat with my 2 1/2 yr old. A few months ago, he couldn't stand a wet or poopy diaper! Would whip them right off! I figured yeah, he ready too use the potty. But now I think I could leave him in the same diaper all day, and he wouldn't care!
  • GAG They sound like two peas in a pod! LMAO
  • pull ups & the potty
    when my grandson was 2 or3 he took his diapers off so his momsaid time for pull ups & the potty. He kept using the pull ups like diapers. when we told him he wore underwear now like a big boy. he said no it was a diaper that pulled on. we bought him real underwear. sure we had afew messys but he went to the potty better. talk to your child ask them why they go in pull ups . some kids will tell others will not but its worth a try. would like to know if it works for you. I always found that when I put any of mine(4)in underwear they took to potty training faster. plus they got extra baths. For me washing underwear was a lot better than diapers (the old cloth type). for me there was no use it and toss. hey try doing diapers in a bath tub for real. LOL tell and show your kids you love them and ask them questions I get my granddaughter to tell me a lot of things. With time and pastices you can get a long way. ENOUGH!!! color me gone
  • Hi:

    I can certainly simpathize with you (I have 3 boys; and they say that boys are harder than girls). I don't know if you are a stay-at-home mom, but the way I started was to try and keep track of the times when they were most likely to have to go; like after meals and after naps, etc.

    I also know of a book called "No More Diapers" that you could read with your child. It encourages them to go to the potty. If you would like more information, you could send me a private message.

    Good luck,

    Lisa
  • girls
    I don't know if I agree with the "girls are easier to train than boys" idea. I have trained four boys so far, and my girl is not training any easier. But, as soon as this box of diapers is gone - maybe before, since I have one more in diapers that can use them eventually - I plan to stick her into underwear. Thought I might skip the pullups with this one.

    On the mornings when she wakes up dry, I encourage her to sit on the potty chair. Some days she'll sit, but it takes her anywhere from one to four hours to finally let it out! Sometimes she just cries and carries on about not wanting to sit on the potty.

    The other night I took her out of the tub, wrapped her in a towel and walked her to her room to get into her jammies. Suddenly she said, "the peepee has to come out!" so I encouraged her to hold it in and carried her back to the bathroom. She sat on the potty and relieved herself in a matter of minutes - wasn't much, but at least she recognized the feeling and let it out at the appropriate time!

    My fear is that she'll hold it in and then when she has an accident it will be a flood! I don't have a carpet cleaner, either.

    Kelly H.
  • There is a video entitled "Once Upon a Potty for Him" (also one called "Once Upon a Potty for Her") that you can get via Amazon.com. We watched this several times with our son (sometimes at his request). Between the the catchy music (you'll find yourself singing the "potty song") and the cartoon-like storyline, this might give your son some idea of what its all about....hope it helps.
  • DON'T SWEAT IT, AS HE WILL TRAIN HIMSELF WHEN HE'S CONVINCED IT'S PART OF BEING GROWN UP. MAKE SURE HE CAN SEE YOU AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS USING THE TOILET AND EVERY TIME MAKE THE COMMENT THAT "WHEN YOU'RE A GROWN UP BOY. YOU WILL USE THE TOILET, TOO." LET OTHER CHILDREN QUESTION WHY HE IS STILL USING PULL UPS. IF POSSIBLE, TAKE HIM TO PLAY GROUPS WITH CHILDREN HIS AGE THAT ARE TOILET TRAINED. IN OTHER WORDS, LET SOCIETY PRESSURE HIM INTO BECOMING TRAINED, AND KEEP YOURSELF OUT OF IT. REMEMBER THAT HE IS HE ONLY ONE IN CONTROL OF HIS BODILY FUNCTIONS AND DON'T LET IT BECOME A POWER STRUGGLE WITH YOU.
  • Two comments...

    One, IMO, pull-ups make messes more comfy for the child, whereas cloth (diapers or underwear) are more unpleasant. This is true of wetness or poop. If it doesn't feel good, the child is less likely to want to live with it.

    My daughter (now 20) was in a home daycare situation and I was very impressed with the way the woman potty trained the kids. Every few hours, she'd line them up and one after another, they went potty. It was an unspoken peer-pressure thingie, it was What You Do.

    When I was a preschool teacher, my school had a rule that all 3-y/o's had to be potty-trained, and if they weren't, they had to stay in the 2-y/o class till they were potty-trained. (The 3/4 class went on field trips, so it was truly a necessity) Two of the children REALLY wanted to "move up" to the 3s but they were adamant about staying in diapers. Both were girls, BTW. Soon as all the other children "graduated" and she was left behind, Kimberly decided it was time for her, too. She self-trained over the weekend and announced on Monday, I'm potty-trained, I can go to Miss Rani's class now!" And that was that. Becky had other issues, took her another 6 mo. before she was ready. Interestingly, she was also not emotionally ready for the older class till then, either.

    Rani
  • Potty training
    After potty training 3 boys, it just seems the magic age is 3. My oldest and youngest seemed to be trained right before (we are talking days) and my middle child went about another 5=6 wks. after his 3rd bday. They just seem to know when it is right. I always bought their favorite character underwear and let them wear it around the house while asking them every hour or so if they needed to use the bathroom. One thing I do think really worked having boys, is to start them using the toilet when they have to urinate sitting backwards. That way everything seems to make it into the toilet without them having to worry about aiming.

    Good luck. I made it through 3 boys potty training. Now we are on to lots of other fun things.

    annt