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My 4 year old son has tried to use the¬†potty for a while then he stopped. I had the stickers to use as a reward, however that didn’t last long either. What can I do next? Do boys take longer, how long?

Posted anonymously, 18th May 2015

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  • Yes. Boys usually show less interest in potty training and may start the process later than girls. Boys also tend to have more accidents and complete potty training at a later age than girls. Boys and girls who start later, at about three years, often grasp the whole thing more quickly.
    My boy started late too, I remember him still having poo accidents at 4yr and regularly pee accidents in the night till he was 10 ! We never made a lot of fuss about it. The less pressure you put on it, the better it goes.

  • My daughter started toilet training 2 1/2 weeks ago, still having maybe one accident a day though and wearing a nappy overnight. My friends son took four months before he was fully toilet trained.
    I am using stickers and had a special lolly jar that she was allowed to chose one lolly from (chuppa chups, smarties, Jellybeans) good luck :)

  • I guess it all depends on the child but all 3 of my sons were potting trained in the summer months wearing training pants at the age of 2 years they were all easily trained.

  • Depends on the boy, yes boys take longer than girls and some are very stubborn, just keep encouraging him.

  • IDEA:
    Try drawing a face on a ping pong ball and toss it in the loo.. Tell your child if/when he goes to the toilet to aim and shoot the ball ( make it fun ) and when they get it, reward them!….

  • My son is 4 and a half and still isn’t toilet trained, he refuses to go anywhere near the toilet! Boys do take longer so be patient and he will go when he is ready.

  • My son who is now 6 took forever to fully train. It all started at about 3 and a half where he was fully trained to go No 1 in the potty/toilet. But he messed himself for up to 6 months with no 2. He then got the hang of that. But still wet the bed every night after that for about 8 months. I found it easier to leave a nappy on at night till i noticed they were allmost dry at night. We in the end to sat my son on the toilet with his leappad for 10 mins at a time. having the leappad kept him entertained while he was on the toilet.
    In this time his sister who was 1 year younger was fully toilet trained in 1 month. With my son we still have to get him up while sleepy every night to go the toilet so he will not wet his bed. Every kid is different.

  • I can’t tell you I’m sorry. I think it depends on the child and the parent. I started training my 21/2 year old and it went really well for the first few days, but then back tracked. I’ve found that his progress also reflects my commitment ie reminding him to tell me when he needs to go, suggesting we go and taking him without his prompting regularly just in case. When I’m more focused he is too. On the other hand a friend of mine with a son the same age is fully trained day and night and has been for several months. We are both using/used the same method. If what your doing isn’t working, my advise would be to stop, wait a few weeks, then research or choose a method that suits your family best and stick to it to the letter. I’m using the 3 day potty training method which is intense but as long as you follow it works great. Sorry I couldn’t answer your question but have been having the same issues myself and am slightly concerned about him turning 3 and starting kinder next year still not trained.

  • how long for boys to do toilet training please i need to know

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