I knew the day would come when I’d have to bite the bullet and start potty training my son, now 3 years old. I had told myself several boxes of diapers ago that I’d start when that box of diapers was gone. Then the timing just didn’t seem right (like we had too many places to go that I didn’t feel like dealing with potty training at the same time).
The day finally came. Diapers are gone.
More of a deadline for me than it was for my son, obviously. I guess I was secretly hoping that he’d just train himself before I had to really try. I mean I’ve given him all the clues to be able to figure it out…
I’ve had the potty chair sitting in the bathroom since he was 18 months old.
I’ve let him watch daddy go.
I’ve put up a goal/sticker chart.
I’ve got the glass of m&m’s ready for rewards (of which dad also thinks he gets when he goes “potty”)
I have the plastic pants, which he refuses to wear, and I can’t say I blame him!
But for some reason, he just doesn’t mind diapers. And quite honestly, most the time I think they’re quite convenient. I’d much rather have him just go in his diaper than abandon my shopping cart to run him to the bathroom, or stop along the side of the road (although this should be much easier with a boy than it was with girls!)
So I’ve read, and read, and read… articles, blogposts, etc.
I’ve asked my friends.
And now I’m asking you… any words of advice on potty training boys?
The best advice I’ve received so far is…. send him to daycare. I have to admit, that worked really great with my 2 girls. But they were actually regulars at daycare, not just there for potty training. 🙂
Some other advice I’ve heard:
Have him sit backwards… then he can play with cars or tractors and will sit there longer.
Let him pick out new underwear.
Put cheerios in the toilet for him to hit.
I even have a special toilet seat ordered that has a little seat built into it… that way my elmo seat isn’t sliding all over.
I know, like most things, it’s worth it once you get through it. And patience and persistence are probably the keys.
Any other advice??