Potty Training

Alison - posted on 06/15/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi I have a 14 month old DD and id like to start potty training. Any advice to help with the process and make her learn quickly how to use the potty

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Brandi - posted on 06/28/2011

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look for when your child has something they do when they go. If they grab their diaper when wetting or grunt when having a BM take them to the potty and say we are going to go pee pee in the potty set them there ( they may not do anything for several times or several after that) and if they have already gone in the diaper say oh we pooed in the diaper. Then tell them where they do that at. Once they start doing their potty ritual routinely then start setting them on the potty and say can you pee pee for mommy on the potty, or if you want them to try to poo and it's that time, can you poo for mommy let's grunt grrrrrr and when they grunt they also push, once they start they may try to stand up sometimes you have to talk and help them through it. once they go PRAISE!!!! Yay (clap clap) you poo pooed in the potty! Big Girl! mommy is so proud of you! I don't like to reward with candy or anything just lot's of YAYs, My daughter potty trained at 14 months my son is now 14 months and we are starting with him. Once they start showing those signs that they know something is going on take them to the potty. Hope this helps. Happy flushing LOL

Katherine - posted on 06/15/2011

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Reading about “potty training products gone bad” is good for comic relief but after the laughter (and horror) subside, you’re still no closer to having potty training gear that actually works! To help you on that mission, here are seven key potty training products that have worked like a charm for other moms.
1. Potty Training Books

Kid-friendly books about potty training are an excellent way to generate interest and excitement about the toilet, and make it easier to explain the mechanics. Highly popular titles include Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel (with editions for girls and boys), Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi, and The Potty Book (also available for both girls and boys).
2. Potty Training Videos

Like potty-training books, potty training DVDs can also inspire success. Go Potty Go and Elmo’s Potty Time are both recommended by moms, as is the video version of Once Upon a Potty.
3. Baby Bjorn Potty Seat

Of the many potty seats on the market, the Baby Bjorn potty chair gets particularly high praise from Circle of Moms members. Mother-of-two Karen F. shares: “I highly recommend the Baby Bjorn for older/larger toddlers who start potty training….The Baby Bjorn seats were super easy to clean up.” And Suzanne R. shares: “It is comfortable, doesn't tip easily, and is good for both boys and girls.”
4. “Cool” Potty Seats

As moms like Jacki H. advise, consider the fun factor in potty training products: “Try buying him a ‘cool’ kid's potty. I bought my son a frog one. He loved it!” Similarly, in the Potty Training Toddlers Community, Lindsay recommends: “If he has a favorite character from TV (for my son it was Thomas the Train), buy the potty seat with that character. Worked like a charm for me!”
5. Character Underwear

From Dora, Disney princesses and My Little Ponies for girls to Toy Story, Cars and Batman for boys, character-themed "big boy" or "big girl" underwear can be major motivation for potty training. Jessica W. relays: “I took both of my boys shopping and they picked out their own underwear. When they picked them, I explained that they had to keep the characters clean by using the potty now. They were both in underwear 24-7 within 2 weeks!”
6. Fold-up Seats

To assuage children's fears of falling into public toilets (and to avoid lugging around a huge seat every time you run an errand) moms like Veronica M. suggest purchasing a portable fold-up seat: “They make seats (that fold up to fit in a diaper bag) that snap onto the seat to make it a little more comfortable for toddlers.”
7. Mattress Protector

Prepare for the inevitable slip-ups by making the bed up with protective bedding. As Naomi K. suggests: “Invest in a waterproof mattress protector. They are a great invention. Or you can buy a waterproof mat that lies on top of the sheet for your child to sleep on; they are made of cloth so can be washed if your child does have an accident."

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Veronica - posted on 06/30/2011

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I have a 14 month old too, but I may wait a bit now that I read about potty training readiness. I think I may get him some books first and teach him how to pull his pants up and down first. Take a look at this site. It seems helpful and quite practical. I'm not saying not to try, but take your child's abilities (that you may not have thought about) into consideration. I have read on this site that other countries are known for starting potty training very early so much so that parents that adopt are surprised when they realize their little one already knows where to go #1 and 2. Enjoy!

Shannon - posted on 06/24/2011

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My daughter just recently started using her potty at 14 months. We haven't done anything special. We bought the potty when she turned 12 months and have it sitting in the bathroom. She has a Elmo potty DVD that we play on occasion. But I think what helps is that we (mom and dad) announce when we go pee and poop in the "potty". Every time we flush we say yay. Now when we go, we ask her if she also needs to use it. We don't force it. She has even announced to us that she had to poop. I asked her if she needs to use the potty and she ran to her potty and actually went. The using the potty thing just started this week, so it is still a work in progress. I am just happy to know that she has an interest in the potty and she knows what it is used for. I am just debating on buying pullups this soon.

Brandy - posted on 06/23/2011

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My grandmother told me to sit my little girl on the potty when ever I go to the potty and while I fill her bath each night. She loves it and goes poo in it everynight almost. We have been doing this since she was 12 mths

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