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It is hard when you have people who always think they know what is best. Listen to their advice, and if you want to take it, then take it, but if not, then don't. Let your son help you with baby. Of course make sure that you supervise, and let him know that he can't help with baby when you are not around. Let him snuggle with you as well when you are feeding baby. If you give baby bottles, let him help. Set up time for him at least once a day without baby, maybe while baby takes a nap. tell him that you love him, and make sure to give him lots of hugs and kisses. Praise him for when he does good things, especially with the baby. Tell him that his job is being big brother, and that it is a very important job. Also let him know too, that he can still be your little boy, and always will be.
The thing about the diapers sounds common to me. My daughter who is almost three, was throwing a temper tantrum because I wanted to change her pull-up after she soiled it. she refused, and refused, and refused. Maybe she was upset and didn't want to go in the pull-up, and instead wanted to go in the potty. I don't know. But, perhaps you could use this opportunity also, to explain to your son about potty training. Maybe help him understand where to go potty. I would also ask your children's doctor about any of this. They have good ideas sometimes.
[QUOTE=youngmom_2]I would love to get him potty trained but I feel so much outside pressure that I don't know what to do or how to start. [/QUOTE]

"Experts" recommend putting your child on the toilet at about the time that you notice they go in their diaper. Also, put him on the toilet when he wakes up, before bed, and also at various times throughout the day. Ask him if he needs to use the potty too, although if he doesn't understand this yet, he won't always tell you. Just begin making him aware of what is required for using the toilet. Being a boy, it is going to be difficult for you to teach him to stand upright. But, if he starts out this way, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT! I have heard stupid stuff about a boy that sits down to pee is going to be homosexual. Stupid, stupid! That is one of the dumbest things I have heard of. So don't worry. Eventually, you will probably have to teach him someway, or if you have a male that you are comfortable with him being around, see if they could show him.
Be patient with him, and potty training has many setbacks. My daughter was going to the bathroom consistently, and telling me when she needed to go before she needed to go. Then we moved, and now she is not wanting to tell me, or even go. so...keep a routine going. Keep an open mind about things. You are the mom, and advice is good, but just because you hear it, doesn't mean that you have to take it. It is hard being a young mom, because people automatically assume that you are too naive, young, stupid, to figure anything out. These people also forget what it is like to be a brandnew parent. Good luck to you!

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