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April 22nd, 2013, 11:54 AM
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I'm at a total loss for potty training Paulie! He will be 3 in a few weeks and I can't figure out the potty training thing! All the girls were trained right after they turned 2, so this is all new for me!

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April 22nd, 2013, 02:07 PM
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Well, every kid is different so I'm convinced there isn't a one-size fits all potty training regimen. That said, here are a few things I do:

1. I usually start off by sitting him on the potty once a day or so until he can make himself pee in it. Once he can make himself go, you know he has some control.

2. After that, at some point, I try to take him fairly regularly to the potty in an attempt to keep him dry. If he starts telling YOU he needs to go, bonus points.

3. With Reid once we'd done the first two steps, I picked a day and gave him plenty of advanced warning, that on that day he was going to be done with diapers. I kept him in the kitchen with the potty, gave him scads of iced tea and soda to drink, and waited for him to have to go. HE had to initiate. I didn't want to remind him; I wanted him to recognize the urge and get to the potty alone. He had one or two accidents at first but from that time on, he was pretty much trained.

4. No matter what the "experts" say, I am a firm believer in quitting if it's not working. Really, you can't make a kid be ready for potty training and continuing indefinitely when they aren't ready is just going to be an exercise in frustration. So if it doesn't work, quit and try again in two weeks. I've done this with all my boys with no ill effects. You have my permission.

Hope that helps a little. For some of my guys, running naked also helped them, but that may not be an option with 3 older sisters! Just thought I would add that in.

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April 22nd, 2013, 06:09 PM
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I'm told that boys are more difficult to train than girls. Ethan was 38 months when he decided that he wanted to wear big boy underwear. He never went back. He was potty trained day and night. He had a couple of accidents but nothing after a week. He'll do it when he's ready. I tried forcing the issue at 2 1/2 and he wasn't the least bit interested.
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April 22nd, 2013, 07:37 PM
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Cooper was a little older than three when he was day trained. He still isn't night trained.

Erin offered great advice. I honestly can't remember what we did with Cooper.

Good luck!
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April 22nd, 2013, 08:29 PM
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Katy isn't trained yet either and she is sneaking up on three.

I trained Matt the same as my girl. When he seemed ready I just said "now you wear underwear" and we made the switch all at once. He was like two years nine months. I taught him to go sitting down, and then when he was a little older he started standing on his own.

And I agree with Erin...if it's not working take a break. I used my tried and true cold turkey approach on Katy, and she spent a full day peeing on my floors. We will try again later....
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April 24th, 2013, 02:09 AM
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How is he almost 3?!

Boy underwear is my best suggestion. Also regular reminders to go, and the Fisher Price frog (rainforest) potty which won't allow a boy to splash out if sitting.
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April 24th, 2013, 06:21 AM
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I'm taking notes here... Sebastian is way too young, but being a December baby and school cut-off being 12/31, he will start Junior Kindergarten younger than his sisters did (3 years, 9 months) and I'll have to do my best to potty train him by then!
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April 24th, 2013, 02:44 PM
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So I don't have boys but I have all brothers and almost all nephews.
The one thing I have heard and noticed over and over again -it takes longer and they seem to start later.
I think most of the boys in my family were closer to 3. Where as the girls usually started between 2 and 2 1/2.
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April 25th, 2013, 12:35 PM
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^^ I've heard and noticed that, too. Mine all trained around 2.5 but I know plenty of little girls who were way sooner.
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April 29th, 2013, 10:08 AM
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Is he going to preschool next year? I am going to try to bribe Katy with that, lol.
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