how do you know if they are ready for potty training?

Heather - posted on 08/15/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a 16 month old boy who inherited his dads figure. He is very chunky and has a big bottom lol . He has about outgrown the biggest size of diapers and my solution is potty training. My mother in law thinks he Is way to young to potty train and my husband seems to not have an opinion. When do you know if your child is ready ? He also likes to take his diapers off by himself.

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Jessica - posted on 09/02/2011

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I've read a lot of articles on it as my mom insists that she's ready to be potty trained because 'all her kids were by now'. But anyway from what I've read, not only should they be physically ready they also need to be emotionally ready. My 17 month old has mastered bladder control as she holds in her pee. I'll literally check her diaper, she'll be completely dry and then not even a few minutes later she'll have a full, practically leaking diaper, with every single diaper change. However, she's definitely not emotionally ready yet. I have a feeling she's going to be delayed with her speech so she can't tell me if she needs to use the potty or anything like that, I don't picture her even sitting on a potty as she's a complete nutty and can't sit still for more than five seconds. And she hasn't gotten to a point of taking of her own diaper or clothes, which is another sign that they might be ready. babycenter.com has tons of articles on it, including one about potty training in three days. Didn't read that article but sounds a little ridiculous to me....

Javerri - posted on 08/28/2011

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My son is 16 months as well. He tee tee and poops in the potty. However, he doesn't tell me when he has to go...I know his schedule of when he poops. I also started putting him on the potty every hour (when I can) for 15 min. I didn't buy him a potty so he actually goes on the big potty. We bought him the little seat that goes on top of a regular toilet. He goes a lot though :)

Laura - posted on 08/25/2011

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From what I've heard from other moms (I have a 2.5 yr old and 16 mth old and haven't potty trained either), it is totally possible at 16 mths, (at least day time, I don't think they can go all night) but is a little more like the parent is trained than the child. You can get them to go on the potty, but you have to be diligent about getting them to the potty and doing the wiping, pants up and down, etc cuz they don't have all the physical skills to do that stuff. I read a book called "secrets of the baby whisperer", by Tracey Hogg (think I spelled that right), and in one chapter she talks about PT and she says the ideal is before 18 mths. You may want to check it out. She gives a method and everything. I loved her book. Hope this helps!

Kaitlyn - posted on 08/22/2011

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It's not easy to know when your child is ready for potty training. My DD is the same age and she loves to take her diaper off too. I think it is more because she likes to be naked though, as a lot of toddlers LOVE to be naked. She does grab her diaper if I ask if she went pee pee or poop, so she is somewhat aware of her body and its functions. Taking his diaper off could be a sign of your son being ready to start trying. Also, if he tends to hide when pooping could be another sign. It shows he knows his body is doing something and that he wants privacy to do it. Like a PP said, don't push it though. Buy a little potty for him and introduce it and let him explore it. Then you can place it in the bathroom so he knows that this is where we go potty. If you're okay with it, let him run around diaper free when you are at home and just remember to take him to his potty every so often, maybe every 1/2 hr to 1hr, to sit and try to go potty. He is still young so he may not get the concept just yet and you may have some accidents. Generally, boys take longer to grasp the potty training concept compared to girls. You could also get some story books about using the potty that will help him start understanding what the potty is for. There are a bunch out there. There are some DVD's too, as well as great books for parents on potty training.
I also have a 4 year old son and attempted potty training w/ him around 18 months the first time. He was not ready then. He didn't successfully train until after 2 y/o. Every child is different so don't get discouraged and just keep trying. If he doesn't get it at first, take a break for a while and try again in a couple months. Good Luck!

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I saw my son grunting the other day so I ran him to the toilet to see if he would use the bathroom there but he looked at me like I was crazy. I think it could be that he was scared of the big toilet bowl opening. I am going to get him his own potty and see what happens. My son keep ripping his diaper off and running around the house with it. If you think your child could be ready to start then start. Dont let anyone tell you different. Everyone has an opinion. All you can do is try and if your child is not ready then they are not ready.

Ann - posted on 08/16/2011

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I would try, but I wouldn't put too much pressure on him. I am going to begin with my daughter at 18 months old. Right now, she is totally aware of the fact that she is pooping, she stands in front of the bathroom door and squats... I am hoping that is a sign. I would think that him taking off his diaper is a good sign that he knows he is wet!! Good luck. I hope you have an easy time with training.

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