Potty Training a Stubborn Boy
Around two, Graydon started showing signs of being ready to start the Potty Training process. The only problem was, he was excellent at saying “I don’t want to” and he was terrified of the potty. About a month and half after he turned two, I decided he was done with diapers. I took his diaper off and he peed on the floor. The look on his face was pure shock! The next time, he peed a couple drops before realizing he needed to get to the toilet. Two days of being naked or in undies, and he was completely day time potty trained. In the past ten months he has had about ten accidents total, with eight of them being in that first month. We don’t use pull-ups either (I didn’t want to confuse him – I am sure that they work for some kids, but I wanted to go all or nothing). He tells us when he needs to stop if we are out and after a couple months he was pretty good at holding it. Now I rarely have to make extra stops to the bathroom for him!
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After almost a year of potty time with a toddler (boy) here are my tips:
1.) To start we made the potty the most fun place to be. He got to read all the books, play with bath toys and get a sticker! This really helped ease his fear of the potty.
2.) Teach him to push down when he pees. (a good friend shared this tip with me) Even if you have a guard, those things get disgusting and aren’t always available!
3.) Get a good potty. I’ve tried FOUR potties and the only one that I like is this one from PUJ. It doesn’t stain, no places for pee to sit, it’s soft and it’s the only one that doesn’t leak. Even though we teach him to push down, he doesn’t always make it straight down into the toilet.
4.) Soon as he is ready to know the difference between going poop and pee – teach him to pee standing up. This is so much easier, and ensures he won’t be touching anything in public restrooms!
5.) Cute undies are always helpful. We love these from Zoochini!
6.) Make sure they are ready when you start!
7.) Avoid using pull-ups and anything that can confuse them during the day. (night time is a different story) Graydon wasn’t night-time potty trained until 2 year and 9 months.
8.) Stock up on books. I spent too much time in the bathroom for the first month of potty training. Luckily after that they are pretty independent! A subscription from BOOKROO is the perfect way to get new books for potty training. You can get $10 off with code ASHPEAV – that makes your first box 7.99 for 2-3 books!!
9.) Toddlers go potty a lot, which means they wash their hands a lot. Get a good hand soap that is gentle and safe. We love California Baby!
10.) Once potty trained you can start working on independence. Oh Happy Play shared some great tips on this guest post here.