Hi Asia! Toilet training can be so difficult but rest assured that at age 3, many boys are still not toilet trained! To be really successful, there needs to be two things in place 1. A willing toddler 2. A developmentally ready child. If both of those are not working together, it can be very frustrating. Many people find success with a long weekend of staying home, wearing underwear, setting the 30 minute timer and rewards of some kind. Allowing your son the opportunity to feel wet can help him understand why going in the toilet (or on the rose bushes!) is preferable. Take your time. Don’t beg. He’ll get there. One very specific recommendation is to keep the diapers at night. Think of daytime dryness and nighttime dryness as two very different things. Many many many children can control daytime well before night. Focus on the day only – the night follows naturally sometime later. Taking away nighttime pull ups will just make for a wet bed and a sad child.
Hi Asia, I am the mother of four boys. The youngest is 3.5 and we have JUST started potty training. I know all too well how frustrating it is – but I PROMISE you – when he’s ready it will click! It may be from one minute to the next – from one day to the next – one day it will just all make sense to him and he will pee on the potty. But that being said – I found that nighttime training is a different animal all together. I have one son who was dry at night the day he decided that diapers were yucky… and then I have a 10 year old who still wets the bed a few times a week – and a 5 year old who still isn’t dry at night. I am not telling you this to discourage you – but just to let you know that nighttime driness requires a whole different skillset that the little ones have zero control over – that will totally come with time.
Perhaps take a break from potty training… (I know most of your friends kids are probably trained – that’s how it seems like to me right now) – but you can always revisit it in a few weeks.
One thing I tell myself: “at what age did you potty train?” is not a question on a college application!
Good luck (to both of us!)