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#1 of 4 Old 02-23-2013, 11:44 AM - Thread Starter
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...he'll still only go in the newborn "in-arms" position.  We've tried for a good 9 months occasionally to get him to sit on his little baby bjorn potty and/or the toilet insert, as well as showing him that he can just pee standing up.  He gladly pees/poops every time we take him to potty, but he just doesn't like to sit down for some reason.  (Even riding on a little baby bike--he just wants to stand up instead of sitting on it... and never wanted to crawl, just wanted to start walking around when he was less than 6 months old (of course he COULDN'T walk back then--just got pissed off that he couldn't).)smile.gif 


Do you think we're just not trying often enough to break the in-arms habit, or does someone have any great ideas for showing how much fun sitting on a potty/toilet could be?


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My kids really liked the Once Upon a Potty video. It's a bunch of kids singing about going on a potty with video clips of them happily singing on the potty. Sounds silly, but it's a pretty catchy tune and kids seem to love it! Maybe just putting it on in the background? Or maybe try to get one of those little urinals that attach to the side of the potty so he can try standing and going himself. It hangs lower than the toilet, so he may be more inclined to try that? My son really loved the in arms position forever too. I know how they can get pretty heavy in that position at that age and older!

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Does he see other kids sitting on the potty/toilet? My DD has always wanted to do what we grownups do but for a loooong while diapering her was a nightmare. Then she saw her older cousin lay down calmly to get diapered and presto! I didn't have to chase her naked bum anymore. As an aside, we started part time EC around 11 months so there were lots of diapers for us.
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Do you have a potty cozy? It would help it feel more comfortable. I have a DIY potty cozy (from an old t-shirt) up on my blog if you want to go over there and do a quick search for it. Additionally I have a few posts in my 30 Days of Elimination Communication series that address refusal to sit. They are pretty thorough. I think that some boys like to stand and pee…or like to be held! My son wanted in-arms pottying in public til about 24 months…not easy on the back. We finally have him sitting on public toilets…not easy. But at home it did take some occasional gentle discipline, a few periods of toys (but I recommend against depending upon toys…it's potty time, not play time, right?). Hope some of these resources will help you. :)

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