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09/08/2009 at 15:20
hiya I'm new to this and was just after some advice on potty training my son. He is almost 2 1/2 and will quite happily tell me when he has done/needs a poo. earlier he said he needed a poo so we sat on the potty although when it came to doing it he stood up and therefore it went on the floor and he wouldn't sit back on the potty. he will sit on the potty for short spell but will sit for longer if we sing songs together. i tried him in pants the other day and he would just say "uh oh" when he was doing a wee on the floor so he knows when he is doing it but is not very keen on sitting on the potty. i have made him a bob the builder sticker chart as he loves bob, but he only has a couple of stickers on it for asking foir the potty but is yet to do anything on the potty. i have also tried the toilet but he wont sit on that either.
does anyone have any other advice or tips? these would be greatly appreciated thank you
09/08/2009 at 20:15
What always works for me is plain old cold turkey.Don't put pants on,just a tshirt.Sit them on the potty with toys,books whatever first day,if you can till they go.If they get it right give a smartie/reward.We use Smarties cos it's easy and most kids'll perform for a smartie.It's only a short while.If they have an accident,don't get cross just tell them no we don't do that on the floor we do it in the potty,clean it up,say no more.Keep sitting LO on potty every 10 minutes or so.That way you're more likely catch a wee,and they're more likely to get their smartie.None of mine have taken more than a day or two to get the idea.Yes they'll have accidents while they perfect it,but as long as the good keeps getting rewarded and you don't get too stressed over the accidents they'll get there in a couple of weeks.Consistancy is important,it's no good putting a nappy back on cos you've had enough cleaning up.
Nap times,bedtimes and if you go out,use pull ups,and if you call them big boy pants,not nappies it should encourage them to use them as pants.After they master getting there in time more often than not,then worry about putting pants back on.Wean them off the smarties when you think you'll get away with it.
It seems a bigger thing than it actually is.Try not to feel too stressed by it all and just keep at it,it'll come .Best of luck.
22/08/2009 at 12:25
I also used the smartie trick with my girls! Both have trained before their 2nd birthday and I've only had to use the smarties for the 1st week then I "ran out " and offered a trip to the swings or shop round the corner as a big treat. Neither of mine have been at all bothered by stickers on reward charts.
I would advise that going back to pull ups for outings has just provoked tantrums from my girls and caused more accidents in the long run. I'm currently trying to get my mum to stop saying my youngest needs pull ups to go out with her (only trained last month). I find I can have no accidents from her all day until people start helping me but not listening to her or not giving her chance for a proper rest after lunch. The tired out accidents are the worse because she starts nodding off and wakes up hysterical and damp. They then her in pull ups and she stops telling them until I get back and she crys and shows me her pull ups and asks for her big girl knickers back.
I used the Potty Training in One Week book by Gina Ford and found it quite useful for the tips. I also found that knickers with their favourite characters on are less likely to be wet than the plain ones - seem to like looking at upsy daisy and fifi while sitting on their potty!
Good Luck xx
22/08/2009 at 15:57
hiya thank you for your replies they have been very helpful and i feel we have turned a corner with potty training. in the last few days i have put my son in pants all day. the first day he had lots of accidents but i still perserveredby the second day he still had lots of accidents but was more willing to sit on the potty and try. yesterday at the childminders he only had two accidents all morning but there was lots going on that he didnt want to miss out on, bless him. but today he has done really well he has done 3 really big wees on the potty and no accidents as yet. (i think the chocolate button rewards are working )
He used to not like sitting on the potty but in the past few days he has been doing really well, i used to have to sit next to him on the floor when he was on the potty to encourage him to sit still but now i am able to go into anther room and he will still be sat there. we still use pull ups but only at sleep time now but he hates putting them on and would rather have a bear bum lol
thanks again for your replies and tips
06/09/2009 at 14:32
hiya just thought i would keep ya posted and to ask for a little more advice please.
we are doing really well now with the potty training my son now comes up to me and tells me that he needs a wee and has been dry for the past week now with no accidents.
the only problem we have now is when it comes to doing a poo, he clearly knows when he needs one as he tells me but will not do it on the potty instead he either does it in his pants or waits till he has his pull up on at sleep time! any tips on how we can overcome this hurdle.? we don't use the chocolate buttons anymore for a wee as he is not bothered about them but i have said to him if he does a poo on the potty he can have 2 chocolate buttons but that isn't working as yet so any other advice would be greatly appreciated?
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