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    Default DS won't sit on toilet or potty

    DS is 2.5yrs. We have had attempts at toilet training a couple of times but have quickly realised he wasn't ready. It's been a few months since the last attempt so I thought I'd try again today. He wet himself and I went to put him on the toilet right away but he just will not sit on it. We have a step and toddler seat on the toilet for him and we also have a potty but whenever I try to sit him on them he arches his back and refuses. He won't sit down on his own accord either. How can I get him to sit down on them? He sat down ok a few months ago but now is more interested in running around. Any advice?

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    Neither will mine. I'm waiting till 3 or 3.5 before worrying about it.

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    I think he's telling you in his own quiet way that he is still not ready.
    We had a few stop and start goes with our DS but in the end he just wasn't ready until he was much closer to 3. And then he just "got it" pretty much straight away

    Maybe put it off for a wee bit longer (pun intended ) and see how he goes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziara View Post
    we also have a potty but whenever I try to sit him on them he arches his back and refuses. He won't sit down on his own accord either. How can I get him to sit down on them? ?
    Your son may not be ready as PPs have said but...

    Just a tip re the arching back thing if you do decide to persevere, my boy does that too sometimes, so I hold him with one hand under his shoulder and with the other hand I lift his calf on the opposite side so that his knee bends and that's how I get his bottom on the potty. Sometimes he pees, sometimes he doesn't. I don't do this all the time, just the times when he thinks he doesn't need to pee and I think that maybe he does.

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    DS was exactly the same. I gave up a few times as I thought he just wasn't ready. Then about a month before his 3rd birthday I decided to get serious. I mainly used rewards (smarties, special toys/books that he could only get whilst he was sitting on the potty) and heaps of over the top encouragement ('what a big boy you are sitting on the potty, good boy!') and left the potty near play areas where he could sit on it often during the day. He didn't actually do anything on it for ages (except a few times where we'd catch him and get him sitting there right at the end of a poo). Once he seemed happy enough sitting on the potty regularly throughout the day I basically went cold turkey with the nappies. The first 2 days were hell and I was very close to giving up but started to click late on the 3rd day. Good luck!


 

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