Beginning stages of Potty training

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-2011
Beginning stages of Potty training
Mon, 04-01-2013 - 7:29pm

Recently my just over 2 year old boy has decided that he doesn't want to wear a diaper. Some days aren't too bad but other days he refuses to put his diaper on. I am taking this as a sign to slowly begin and introduce potty training?

He has been sitting on the potty for a while now just as part of games and fun times but we have now let him use a toddler potty seat on top of our 'big boy' toilet and he does go there when we sit him on it.

I tried out using a normal big boy underwear and for the first couple of days in the mornings he would do okay but I would have to ask him every 30 mins if he had to go potty. If I don't ask he won't tell me and will just pee on himself.

Is there any advice anyone can give to me? He can tell me that he has gone to pee in his pants only after he has done it. 

Also any votes on whether I should invest in some 'training pants' where there is a thin liner to absorb some of the accidents or cloth diapers vs the disposal diapers so I can save $$ in the long run? 

Any tips would help! I know its not an overnight process but any ideas and tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated!! 

Community Leader
Registered: 08-23-1999
Fri, 04-12-2013 - 5:41pm

Hello Jillybean,you might try getting all your young ones to try to get used to the timer,start by setting the timer for the best time,and see who can get there first or if only one child,in time without wet pants,when this becomes normal,and they seem to loose interest,aks the perants if a small treat would be ok.

One M&M for pee in the potty,two for a poop.

I hope this is a help.


iVillage Member
Registered: 01-24-2012
Thu, 04-11-2013 - 12:05pm

I'm in a similar situation with one of the kids in my home daycare. However, the "asking every 30-45 minutes" is now turning into some kind of control battle. I guess the novelty is wearing off and now the little boy will just refuse to even sit on the potty and it's a struggle to even check to see if he had an accident or not. Uggghhh!  I guess it's similar to nagging someone too much?

Community Leader
Registered: 08-23-1999
Wed, 04-03-2013 - 6:29pm

Welcome to our board JW.

I take it you are presently using disposable diapers?

It sounds like he may be ready to get started.

get a number of cloth training pants and about a 1/2 dozon pair of plastic pants to put over them.

When he wakes in the morning,straight into the cloth,then start your kitchen timer for 30 to 45 minutes,and let him know that when it goes of,he at least has to try to potty.

If he produces,fine,then reset the timer,if he does not have to go the first time,cut the timer for half the time.

use the disposables only for night time until he is dry for about two to three weeks.

Do not worry or stay in the house waiting,just use the cloth and plastic pants and have some extra clothing along.

I hope this helps some,please ask any more questions you may need help with.