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Old 11-26-2010, 07:25 PM   #1
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We've come a long way and yet...

My son started using the potty earlier than his siblings. He was doing well at about 27 months and is now about 32 months. He can stay dry as long as someone remembers to take him to the potty every hour (or so). The problem is he still never tells us that he needs to go or will even admit it if we ask. If we're not on top of it, he still just "leaks". The only time he was able to tell me he needed to go to the potty was when he had a tummy ache and fortunately we made it in the nick of time for that #2! It's been different than with the other kids who didn't get serious about it until around 3 years old. Timmy is all about being "a big boy" and sitting on the big potty. I think he's ready but how can I help him know that it's time to go?

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Re: We've come a long way and yet...

He probably needs to learn what the consequences are, if he doesn't go by himself, i.e. wet clothes, helping to clean up. Right now he just gets taken to the potty, so it's not something he has to take initiative for.
How about letting him have a few accidents so he "gets it"?
Maybe he just associates sitting on the potty with letting go, but doesn't associate the full-bladder feeling with going to the potty. If you let him have some accidents, maybe he'll learn to associate full bladder with the wetness that will result.
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:21 PM   #3
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Thank you! I think you are right, as much as I hate the clean up! He doesn't recognize what the "full bladder" feeling is, just the "whoa, I'm peeing NOW!" feeling! We've kept him in big boy underwear all day the past few days and he stays dry just great. But he still doesn't tell us he needs to go. He's very good at holding it!
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