Potty-training, anyone?

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So my son is 16 months old, and has recently started taking off his diaper when he has to poo... and then going on my floor :S. I have decided that it must be time for him to start using the potty so I got some pull-ups and we have had two successfull poos and and pees over the last two days. So I'm just wondering if anyone else has started this already, and from those that have or those who have older children if there is any advice you could share from your experiance I would love to hear it!

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Jennifer - posted on 11/02/2010

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I have a daughter , now 19 months, but for the past few months and the last month especially we have been using pull ups and a potty seat on the "big girl potty" and she watches her some day big sister who is 3 1/2 do it and it gives her courage to go. And we got the elmo "potty time" dvd and that helps a lot too. But we definately dont push her, we just make it available and ask (a lot) all waking hours. She really enjoys sitting for a minute, reading a story or singing a song, then going thru through the steps as if she went (wiping, flushing, washing her hands) and being rewarded with a high five, a sticker, or if she goes a piece of her new favorite word "nandy" (candy) Some times she says when she needs to go sometimes not. But we are getting her used to it and comfortable with it so when she is ready, its not scary. So far, its working! ( fingers crossed!) BEST OF LUCK HOPE THIS HELPED!

Elisabeth - posted on 11/02/2010

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I taught my daughter the sign for "potty" at 14 months old, and she would occasionally use it to tell me when she needed to go. However, she then had an bowel impactation, and allergic reactions to two different medications. Combine that with I'm pregnant and vomit all the time (the entire pg), and well, potty training has been put on hold.

Jennifer - posted on 11/02/2010

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DD is 18 months, and we are in the thick of it! :) She takes off her diaper, or tells me before she needs to go 'poo poo'. When we are home, I remove her diaper and let her run around nakey-bum with a pair of Babylegs for warmth. She uses the stool to climb on the toilet on her own, wipes herself, gets down and then flushes the toilet on her own.

She refuses to use the Bjorn Little Potty (so did DS, though), but she loves using the toilet. I don't use pull ups, and she is cloth diapered. She doesn't like feeling wet, so she is pretty quick to let me know when she needs to be changed.

I PL'ed my son the same way; nakey bum time, and using the toilet (and not a potty). He never regressed, and we never made a big deal about misses and accidents. Both of my kids get a towel and clean(ed) up their own messes.

Jennifer - posted on 11/01/2010

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I have older children and I have heard there is a "sweet spot" around this age for kids to potty train.

Sounds like you are absolutely doing the right thing. with #3 I am looking for those signs but have seen them yet. I plan to move back to cloth diapers when it is time. I personally don't care for disposables or the pull-up idea (first 2 potty trained before pull-ups existed).

Keep going with it. If a boy don't be surprised if he regresses a bit but he will get back on track soon enough.

Angela - posted on 10/31/2010

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My daughter is almost 19 months! When the inlaws got her a potty for her 1 year potty we always let her play with it and sit on it. Just on friday she finally went to daddy pointed to her diaper and sit on it. She didn't go but she did the same thing after dinner that night and she pottied in her chair for the first time. So i think that if you let them play with it and get acclamated to it i think they well see that its not a bad thing. My daughter also almost always follows me to the bathroom. She sits in her chair and wants tp! lol

Bethany - posted on 10/29/2010

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My daughter is just about 19 mo now and everytime that I go to the bathroom i let her follow me in and she sits on her potty while i sit on mine. She really enjoys it so far, but only with the diaper on. She has actually started demanding that I give her a little bit of toilet paper and wipes. So I know that she's ready for it but it's just a matter of time before I can get her ont the potty with a diaper off.

Samantha - posted on 10/25/2010

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im waiting till 2 to start he was a really late walker so i figured i would let him master that first

Gailan - posted on 10/24/2010

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try 2 put him on the potty every 1 hour & half then subconiously there'll be a link between the potty & pees

Dawn - posted on 09/18/2010

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I just let Isaac go with the flow He knows where the potty is and has went in the potty a few times but I don't push the issue or force him I believe he will let me know when he is ready When he was 3 months old he one day took his pacifier out of his mouth and threw it and has never used it again and now with bottles he only using those 2 - 3 times a day everything else is sippy cups so I know I need to work on that before I attempt potty I am not going to push him he grows up too fast as it is lol Good Luck and Congrats on your success

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I just started& my son is also 16 months old. I would have started earlier because he has been so enthralled with the br& toilet! I am certainly not rushing him, but he digs the whole "activity! !

Ty - posted on 09/09/2010

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Well i put my son on the potty when he was 8 mo but he barely goes now that he goes to the sitter. I guess it s kinda difficult to have someone to keep potty training like you do. He is now 16n1/2 mo and we have to start it over again.

Amber - posted on 09/09/2010

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My son is 16 mo and I just got him a potty chair. I figured, if he's getting the wipes, powder and mat to lay on when he wants me to change him, it's time I got him a potty chair:) So the same day I put it in the bathroom and everytime I'd go in there I'd say "potty". And he starting saying potty, without the t. So he knows and I tell him that's where you go pee pee and poo poo. I don't think I want to try yet until I see him go in there and take his diaper off, but I will encourage him at bath time:)

Lizelle - posted on 09/09/2010

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Firstly congratulations on the successes. All I want to say is good luck. Starting early might be fun, but it takes a lot longer than when you start later. But unfortunately some kids just don't have any stopping to them.

Kathy - posted on 09/08/2010

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My son is going to be 17 months tomorrow. I have been taking him to the potty for the last month or so. I havent been forcing him and have been letting him decide that he is done and ready to get off the potty. I take him to the "big potty" as soon as he starts to grunt, before he gets his bath, and when I bring him upstairs to go to bed. I have never used a potty seat with him. I have a Summer brand Infant 3 Stage Reward Potty Trainer & Step Stool. I took the top piece off and I use that on the "big potty". He doesnt always make it to the potty or even go when he is on it, but we still clap our hands and say "Yay!" just the same. Then we wipe and flush everytime while saying "Bye bye" to the water. I think he really enjoys it and I have been trying very hard to make it relaxing and fun for him with no pressure. I dont know if any of this helps you but since they are about the same age, maybe it will. Good luck! :-D

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I put our potty in the living room. When it was in the bathroom he would kick and scream when I tried to put him on it. Now he happily sits on it, and when he gets anxious or bored I give him toys to play with. Also, I always sit right in front of him so he can see me and we can play patty-cake, sing itsy-bitsy spider, or sign the abc's. A little distraction can work wonders! Hope this helps!

Carina - posted on 09/05/2010

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Hiya, My sons also 16 months, coming on 17 months now! He kept tugging at his nappy and even points at his potty and seems to know when hes going to wee but when i stick him on the potty he just screams so i dont know how to persuade him to? He does seem very interested but scared to try weeing in the potty bless him...

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