Whose LO's are potted trained? We are having trouble with Christopher. I try my best to take him about 2 times a hour to the bathroom and put him on the potty. He will go but we still have at least 4 or 5 accidents a day. I think he is just to busy and doesn't think about it. Is it common for kids who are 3 (He turned 3 on Tuesday) to not be potty trained or not showing any intrest in it. He gets mad when I put his underwear on. He wants to wear pullups but I only put those on him when we go to the store or somewhere like that and at night. Does anyone have any tips they could give me on potty training?
Makenna is not trained yet either. (She will turn 3 on Sunday) I have to tricks or tips but just wanted to sympathize with you!! I was hoping to be diaper free for a little bit before baby #2 comes but now I am not very hopeful!!
Honestly every child is different. Dana was such a busy body that she really didn't end up fully potty trained until past 5 years old, one of the other contributing factors to the late training (in my opinion) was the child care I had her in missed the window for training her because they refused to train children under 2.5 years.
Natalie was quite easy for us, she is potty trained both during the day and at night, but we had signs that she didn't like being wet/dirty from a very early age, so she took to training well. Yes there are accidents once in a while (maybe once or twice a month) but those happen, not a big deal. Natalie's school and I worked together getting her on a schedule of going to the potty, once she had the hang of that and got the idea of when she needed to go she just started using it on her own, I always kept the potty in then same place so she would know where it was, she preferred the big potty so we put a seat on it and a stool so she could climb on it.
It's all about finding out the child's preferences when using the potty, if they want a toy or book let them bring it along, if they prefer the big potty get a seat and stool and give it a try.
Savanna is trained during the day, but not at night. She does still have accidents during the day, but it's mostly just when she's too busy playing....and it's usually just a little wet, so we put her straight on the potty to finish. I have no idea when we will night train she is still in a crib so it will have to be once we get her in a big girl bed......
I think a big part of Savanna wanting to train is that she LOVES her panties.....did you let him pick out the underwear? That may be somewhere to start. In the beginning we also bribed her with candy, until she got the hang of it.
Daniel is no where near ready.
with my oldest, he had a window of opportunity started at about 18 months old. I had the time to dedicate, so we were doing well.. but one day he sat down really quick onto his potty chair and banged his member on to the little splash guard and that ruined us for potty learning until he was almost 4. I gave him a couple of months to not be scared of the possibility of hurting himself, but by the time he was past that, he was over his window. I tried everything when he was 2-4 years old. I tried giving him the thick underwear and letting him be wet and he didn't care. I tried pull-ups with the cold sensation, and he didn't care. I tried the fading patterns pull-ups and he didn't care. Then one day, when he was 3.5 I just let him be naked bottomed and he wouldn't pee until I put a diaper or underwear on him. I think it was a difference in the feel of what his member was doing. But, whenever I'd put bottoms on him, he'd pee in them. When he was 4 we told him about an upcoming trip with Great Grandpa and that he HAD to be using the toilet if he wanted to go. That was it for him. He decided he wanted to go on the trip and he never had an accident from that point on. But he was already 4! :mad:
I hope Daniel starts showing interest soon. He's started to squat when he pee's, so I was thinking of trying naked bottom with him, but I need to do it on a day when we don't have anywhere to go. Today we need to go buy snow boots cause DH is planning on taking them snow sledding tomorrow. Then obviously, tomorrow won't work. I don't want to miss his window, but ..... :dry:
Piper's been potty trained (except at night-- she still sleeps in the crib) since she was about 2 and 4 months. She had all the signs of readiness by her second birthday, but our attempts then were met with massive failure. She seemed ready but clearly she just wasn't. We let her go bare-bottomed around the house for about 4 days and she would literally hold it for HOURS until she was crying and miserable, no matter the fact that she was sitting on the potty nearly all day! I'd put a diaper on her for nap or bedtime and she would just unload in it. So we decided to take a break and revisit the whole thing in a few months. About 4 months later, I tried the same method and whaddya know-- it worked like a charm! She was nearly accident-free in about 3 days. She has random accidents every once in a great while these days, almost always while in the middle of playing and she's too busy to notice.
My only advice is that if you try pretty intensely and are just met with frustration and very little progress, you may want to quit and revisit potty training in a few more months. Who knows-- he may take the lead on it himself! Good luck!!
Well, my attempts failed. He's still peeing every 5-10 minutes. When will he start to not pee constantly? Aren't they supposed to go longer in between peeing when they are a few months old?? Perhaps I should talk to the doctor about it? Maybe today is just a fluke (and all the other days I've tried this and/or put him in pull-ups?) *sigh*
Janelle, not sure if peeing every 5-10 is normal at this age or not? Maybe ask your doc about it. Griff usually will go 2-3 hours. He is not potty trained though. He has been showing signs of readiness for a year or so, and we make some good progress and I'll think we're only a few months away from potty trained, and then he completely loses interest. We are in a "no potty" period right now. I'm waiting for him to indicate that he is ready to try again and I have a feeling the next time he decides he's ready, he really will be. I think the last time I just SO WANTED him to be potty trained I may have pushed him a little too much and now he wants nothing to do with it. So I'm not pushing it at all until HE says he's ready and trying not to stress too much. Lots of kids (boys especially) are 3 and even 4 before they are potty trained. Just know it WILL happen eventually, provide lots of encouragement when he DOES go, and don't push it too much (or you could end up in my situation! I feel like if I had just let him go at his own pace, he'd be potty trained by now, but instead he sees the potty as a hassle that interrupts his playtime and mommy bugs him about).
@Janelle- if it seems to be when he's having naked time maybe its because he's not used to the air circulation/stimulation and after more time out in the breeze he'll adjust.
I've had a rather long road with Ellie. i could sit her on her potty at 16 months old and she's pee, first thing in the morning, and up to 5 or so times a day. she seemed to figured out how to pee on purpose pretty quick. but she still wasnt walking until 20 months, so i was carrying her, sitting her down, picking her up and dressing her again... she had many signs by 2 that she could do it, but no matter what we did (trying to go every half hour, prizes, treats, bribery) it just wasnt clicking, she didn't really know how to tell when she had to go, BEFORE she went.
until this week. suddenly she's just running in the bathroom, with dry undies, taking them off and using the potty. THANK HEAVEN. finally! I spent YEARS showing her repeatedly, how to use the potty, what to do (take off pants, get on potty, pee.... wipe, get dressed again) encouraging her to wear undies even if she had accidents, encouraging her to run to the bathroom, even if she already had an accident, and bribing with candy, stickers, more candy.... treats.... actually i told her if she went a week without accidents we'd go back to the waterpark so i suppose i have to make good on THAT too LOL... and she seems to be doing equally well with pee and poop. she doesnt do one more than the other or have accidents with one more than the other. i can tell you that if we're out of the house for a long time in our back-up pull-ups she's going to go in the pull-up without even asking to use the bathroom, like the world is too distracting for her to remember to use the bathroom.
and we also got a new couch this week and i told her the rule is that we are not allowed to pee on the couch or she can't sit on it anymore! And she has yet to have an accident on the couch!
To be honest, I've moved DD to pullups, but she's not really interested yet. I'll really focus on her training after May when her baby sister gets here. Her older DS didn't really get interested in potty training until she was at least 3 and 1/2 years old.