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Day #1 of the "Oh Crap" potty training method. What's been your experience using this with boys?

Our son fights us when we ask him to try and use the potty. I don't want it to feel like punishment but he just hates it. We aren't even given the chance to focus on rewards. Any suggestions? 0 potty in the potty today and 4 accidents... hoping tomorrow is a better day.

  • Ellie
    Mar 14

    If he likes watching videos maybe put on a little educational video for him while he sits on the toilet. My son is 2 and basically potty trained. Sometimes I know he has to go and get just doesn’t want to so I offer him an ABC video or a shapes song video and he comes. That way he sits there for a good 3 minutes to get his business done.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Mar 14

    I haven’t read oh crap, so I don’t know it’s method. But I have trained two boys between the ages of 18-20 months. In my experience, it takes a good month or two before they’re consistent. They might have a great day one day (or great week) and then it will switch off again. I honestly wouldn’t expect much results in the first few days. But maybe the author knows something I don’t.

  • Amanda
    Mar 14

    For Oh Crap day 1 one my son had a lot of success but I procrastinated. I didn't start until he was 25mo due to my pregnancy. So day one he had 3 accidents and 4 in potty. Day 2 was 2 accidents all else in potty. Day 3 we went commando in loose pants and the only accident he had was on the way home from the grocery because I couldn't leave the baby in the car to run with him. Each day got better. Then we had a really good week of 0 accidents. When we let up and he had a couple days of one accident but now I know about how long between he can go and he telling us inconsistently. The key for us on the first day is we didn't mention the potty until he started to pee he fought us less that way and caught on quicker with the goal.

  • Lindsay
    Mar 14

    Thanks for the suggestions. Really trying to lay off the pressure. He's just really resisting. While peeing I moved him to his potty and he resisted.

  • Faye
    Mar 15

    We just started this week too... day 1 and 2 were almost torture for me.... he resisted even sitting on the potty no matter how many treats/iPad time I could bribe with. We are on day 4 and I feel like things are finally looking up... he still hasn’t asked to go potty but as I catch him going to hide in the hallway I ask him what he’s doing and he will reply pee pee or poop so then I can rush him to the potty and remind him that we go in the potty. I’m still taking him every 30 mins and we are having some success with that so I think he’s getting it... but as my MIL reminded me this is a process and don’t get too stressed it could be months before he’s consistent with the potty. Good Luck!

  • Lindsay
    Mar 15

    Faye, how do you get him to even try every 30 minutes? Mine just had a meltdown when I asked him to try. I don't know if he's resisting or just needs more learning. I feel so guilty for being firm when I'm not sure why he won't try.

  • JEaton
    Mar 15

    I just started the "oh crap" method this week. Part of that includes you taking the reins and telling him he's going potty, not asking. We're on day 3. Day 1 (naked) we had 2 poop accidents, no pee accidents. Day 2 (naked) we had no pee or poop accidents. And so far today (commando in loose shorts) we've had 1 pee accident that was my fault - we were playing in the yard and I got distracted pulling weeds. This whole process is new for him and you, but don't give up! My son fought me tooth and nail for a week about brushing his teeth for him because he wouldn't do it himself - resulting in screaming, crying, and an absolute meltdown. He has learned I mean business and it's a part of his routine that has to get done. No more struggles.

  • Kelly
    Mar 16

    The key of the “Oh Crap” method is you are never asking.....you are prompting them to go (i.e it’s not an option). I’d also suggest you get a little potty and move it to wherever he is playing, he will learn he doesn’t have to miss more than a few mins of fun each time.....and then as he gets it down you move it father and farther away until it’s back in the bathroom. We had the tiny potty in the living room for the first 2-3 days. By day 4 he’d figured out his potty signals and it was back in the bathroom, although the prompting must continue for a while.

  • Kerry
    Mar 17

    I totally agree with above posters, dont make it a choice. He goes to try no ifs ands or buts. My son who is 13 months came into the bathroom every time i went at 11/12 months he was interested in the potty since then he pees consistently on it but I dont give him a choice i sit him on it and say do a pee pee. Most of the time upon waking he pees and when i go. Im going to start having him on it more frequently. Also alot of the time they dont want to stop playing which in turn makes them not want to try to pee. You can also try a timer to go off every 30/45 mins and thats his signal to go pee.

  • Lindsay
    Monday

    Thanks for the help. He still fights the potty. I have to literally hold him down screaming to get him to try. I know that is not good. I think we could be making progress in other areas. He seems to have consolidated his pee so he's not going all that often. Tough process...