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|Sat, 09-12-2009 - 2:37pm|
My name is Jessica and I am the mom of a wonderful 2 yr 9 mo. old little boy. He is very smart and loves to be independent, but I am having a heck of a time potty training him! He's very stubborn!! I bought him a potty about 6 months ago- one that plays music when it gets peed on, LOL. He had NO interest. I didn't push it and left it in the living room for him to get comfortable with it. He would use it as a stool or a place to stack his things. After a while I could coax him to sit on the potty for a minute or so at a time with his clothes on. We would do this a few times a day to get comfortable. After a while, I would get him to sit without his diaper on for a few minutes by giving him a "potty ticket" (the boy loves tickets! i bought a roll at party city) and reading to him while he sat. We started being more consistent and proactive about a month ago. I would set the timer for 20 min at a time, but it was a huge struggle every time I tried to have him sit. I didn't think I should physically force him to sit there, and also he was getting ready to start preschool so I eased up a little. 3 weeks ago, he started preschool for 3 hours a day 3 days a week. He's in a class with 18 month olds-3 year olds, and I was told that he's one of about 3 who are not trained or almost trained yet. He will be 3 in November, and he is supposed to move to the 3-5 class in January. To do that, he has to be trained. So I decided to step it up. I bought rubber training pants and big boy underwear. I bought one of the little seats that goes on the actual toilet and decided to give that a try. I got him a little treasure chest and told him he would get a treasure when he peed or pooped on the potty. I started emptying poop into the toilet to show him where it should go. At first he really fought me when I put him on the potty, but I started reading to him immediately and he was fine on there. We usually sit for about 5 min at a time. In between he is wearing training pants (the gerber cotton with plastic) and night and nap time he wears pull ups or diaper. He's not fighting me any more, but we still have not had much success. Once last week he made a teeny little dribble and we celebrated with a treasure and calls to grandma and all that good stuff. Then yesterday we had a major victory- when he woke up in the morning he called for me and said "mommy, i pooping!" so I ran in, scooped him up and sat him on the toilet. He pooped! WOohoo! So he got a treasure and an m&m. We made a huge deal about it again. For the rest of the day, every 20 min except for nap time we went to the potty for a few min with no luck. In between, he wet his pants once but yelled "I pooping!" when he did it, so at least he realized he was doing something down there. I am just not sure he gets the feeling and connects that to going to the potty. He's been having maybe 1 accident a day, but saving all the rest for nap and bed time. I don't know what to do. I am happy he is at least sitting on the potty now, but other than the 1 poop yesterday, he doesn't actually GO on the potty! He's bright, but stubborn. He also doesn't get uncomfortable in wet undies or diapers. Any suggestions?? THank you all in advance! Looking forward to getting to know you all!