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Ramya in Lansing, MI
July 16, 2018

My son is 4.5 yrs old and potty trained. Still he is not holding his pee pee and aiming inside the bowl. Pees outside and over the lid and place is a mess. He cleans them anyhow. Any tips to make him clear that please

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I have worked in multiple daycares and have dealt with this plenty of times. I know it sounds dumb, but make some type of target for him to aim at or I know at stores or on amazon they sell potty training targets for potty training boys. Yes, he is already potty trained, but it sounds like he needs some target practice anyhow haha!

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Create a fake bullseye outside in the backyard and allow him to practice his aim out there.

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Try putting Cheerios cereal in the toilet bowl and tell him to aim at the center of them.

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yes i will trained it again

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Joe in Crockett, TX
July 21, 2018

Stay with him - don't leave him, help him aim for the bowl, be encouraging - make it a fun thing to do - children learn by playing-make it playful.

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Brenda in Foley, AL
July 21, 2018

Reward him with some type of reward to hit the pot. I used M&Ms, skittles, or a box of inexpensive little gifts to pick from. Nothing expensive and not money. Hitting the pot is expected when potty training. Don't buy success.

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Stay calm with him, he is a kid. But also have a talk with him. Ask him to try and improve his bathroom habits and maybe put a little sighn on the toilet lid so when he uses the bathroom he gets a reminder.When having a talk with him ask him kindly,stay calm, and ask if he understands. Hope this helps.

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Try the cheerio trick!!

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Help him till he gets it.

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try putting a cheerio in the toilet and telling him to trey to aim.make it a game!

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Marcie in Decatur, TN
July 16, 2018

Make a game of accuracy by making a decorated (could just be with stickers or just let him decorate himself), washable plastic sheet target with large hollow middle and tapeable to toilet bowel. Could use paper toilet seat liners if you want to purchase. Dad or any male could model and offer reward for at first not going outside of bowel and when it happens hitting the hole.

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I have heard putting a Cheerio inside the bowl can be a motivator to aim in the bowl. My son is on the shorter side so standing or sitting on the potty was a struggle for him. We ended up buying him a toy urinal that has a "spinner" in the center. It worked for him and he liked making the spinner, spin. Good luck.

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Emma in Dallas, PA
July 21, 2018

Although I am only a teen caregiver, I have seen different ways parents have gotten their kids to pee in the respected area. One of my favorite ways have to be a store-bought frog urinal. You can stick it to your bathtub or wall. I think this works well because it also includes a spinner at the bottom so if your child pees in the urinal, it spins. I think it helped those children very much.

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Sounds like fun!! Ask an adult male to show him how, it will probably work better than trying to tell him.

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will I would say to tech him how to aim but making sure the lid it always up and trained him at first a couple of days at home and and you just got to ask him every 10 15 minutes if he needs to go even if he gots just a little its ok. he will get the idea when he needs to go he will head tot the bathroom.

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Placing a target or a fun sticker in the toilet bowl helps with aim.

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Sure teach him to pee while sitting down on the seat!!! A lot of Mom's are doing this. Also a 4 year old isn't capable of cleaning up good enough!!!

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Make potty time fun! I use the Pee-Kaboo Reusable Potty Training Sticker. All you do is just slap a blank sticker onto the base of a portable potty, have your toddler pee in the potty, and then let him watch as an image of a train, flower, fire truck, or butterfly appears! After you empty, clean, and dry the potty, the image disappears, ready to be used again and again for up to six weeks.

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User in Holland, MI
July 23, 2018

He's still young and learning on how to properly pee but maybe his father can show him or explain to him how a little more without making a mess!

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Place stickers inside the toilet bowl to help him have something aim at.

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You can buy stickers made for the inside of the toilet bowl that are used solely as "target practice" for little boys.

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Alexis in Galena, OH
Aug. 20, 2018

I have encountered this problem multiple times. A good tip that I learned was putting a cheerio in the toilet bowl before he pees and have him aim at it. This ensures that he doesn't get it all over the seat and makes it a little bit more fun for him so he is willing to put in the effort to avoid pee everywhere. Hope this helps!

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-Consider have him go to potty with his older brother if he has one. - Consider showing him a kid friendly video from Youtube or other site about how boys his age group use the potty the right way without making a mess. - You could supervise him with he goes to pee in the potty and let him sit on the seat and let pee that way. -Consider letting him stand on the kid's stool to help him make it into the potty if he is standing. This depend how tall he is for his age while standing next to the toilet at home.

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One thing that I tried that seemed to help when potty training last year was by putting a few cheerios in the toilet and telling him to try to hit the cheerios and skin them into the water. Made it into a game for him and he caught on quickly.

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I have a friend who makes cleaning the toilet area a money making chore for her little boy. They have an agreed upon amount he gets paid one time a week and anytime she goes in there the rest of the week, if there's pee, he has to come back and clean it-then he gets the $$ at the end of the week.

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Angela in Nashua, NH
Aug. 14, 2018

TO TALK EVERY DAY AND REMENBER HOW TO GOIG TO THE BATROOM

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I have had good success in putting cheerios in the toilet, and have boys "aim" for them. It's fun and it helps them learn to aim better :)

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Sadie in Omaha, NE
Aug. 13, 2018

Go to the store and by a baby bath toy that looks like a ring but big enough so it will not flush down the toilet, and make sure it is something that he would like. And next time he needs to go peep show him the toy put it in the toilet and tell him to aim in the middle of the ring and if he does and great job for the week take him to a store and get him candy or a little toy he would like.

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User in Conway, AR
Aug. 10, 2018

You could put something in the toilet for him to aim at like a decal of a bulls eye or you could put the toilet bowl night lights in that change colors to make it more appealing.

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Use cheerios and teach him to aim at the cheerios!

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there is a child's urinal that you could get and train him on that. or when i helped train my brother we had a stool so he was at a decent height.

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Either put a cheerio in the toilet so he has something to aim for and make it a game or get some of those flushable potty targets. I have an almost 7 year old that is very good at not making a mess (he even uses tp to blot when he is done peeing lol) and a 5 year old who sometimes won't even lift the lid so he makes a mess constantly lol. It depends on the kid what will work. Good luck

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Maybe try having him sit on the toilet instead of standing up to pee. Also maybe try talking with his DR. about it just to be safe and make sure he doesn't have any problems with eyesight or balance.

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User in Salem, NH
July 25, 2018

I would recommend creating a reward system out of using the potty correctly. After talking with your son and discussing the new system and what would earn him a star, have him create the chart with you, so he becomes invested. After using the potty correctly, he can add a sticker or a smiley to the chart. After a certain number of stars, he can receive a more significant reward, such as a special treat or little trinket from a bag. Either way, I would recommend making it more fun and rewarding to use the potty correctly! To help with the aim issue, you can also make that a game. There is plumbing safe potty target where a young boy can aim or try to hit. You can also use something flushable like cheerios. Hope this helps!

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