Is anyone potty training yet?

Megan - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 54 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if anyone else has started potty training there little ones yet and how it was going. I have been considereing to start Landon now and see how it goes. Any ideas or tips?

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Denia - posted on 01/09/2010

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I got out the potty chair for my 16 month old this week. She likes to sit on it and pretend to wipe. It is so sweet. She hasn't used the potty yet and I don't expect her to be trained for a long time. But it is great that she is interested. You should never push them to do it. They will do it when they are ready and if you push them it can take longer. My first daughter was 14 months old when I bought the potty. She peed on it that very week. But of course that is because I knew she needed to go and I sat her on it. I did not push her. She peed on it here and there. When she was closer to two she peed on it more regularly. She was completely potty trained and wearing panties to bed by two years and three months. Good Luck!!

Amber - posted on 12/24/2009

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i started my first at a year old but it didnt stick until 2. my 2nd was almost 3 before it stuck but with this one i am waiting until she seems more interested. i am going to buy a potty and let her get comfortable with it. usually when they start taking off their diaper they are ready. hope that helps a bit.

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Cherene - posted on 01/12/2010

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I started to introduce the potty before Christmas. I just wanted her to start getting use to seing it and knowing that it was an "okay" thing in the bathroom. She doesn't tell me when she needs to go but she goes 9 out of ten times when I put her on it! I don't force the issue... we have had successful pee's and poops!

Candis - posted on 01/12/2010

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I have been trying to potty train my son over these past weeks, but my try is in vain, it's like he cant sit still!! Any ideas

Lucie - posted on 01/12/2010

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My daughter is almost 17 months and from 9 months on I have sat her on her potty whenever I went in there. At 13 months she started telling me she wanted to go potty. She was a very early talker to and the doctor said she is advanced for her age. At 15 months she wanted to go on the big potty she wouldn't go on the little potty anymore so I bought the smaller seat to put on the bigger seat and a stepping stool. She is completely potty trained during the day but not fully at night we are still working on that. Best advice I have is when you give your child something to drink take them to the bathroom. And give them something to drink 4 or 5 times a day and make it very repetative so they get into a routine then they will start to realize what I going on. And make sure you tell them many times what it is they are doing. Going potty
and praise them!! Good luck hope your successful

Gillian - posted on 01/11/2010

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i kept the pot near when i first started to get my son used to it, and if friends children were already potty trained i got kian to go and watch, so he got the jist of it. I also waited till he was aware of weeing and not liking the nappy on when it was wet. the thing i have learnt with my first two is to let them lead you on this one, if you push to early it may take longer to potty train
Hope this helps

Wong - posted on 01/11/2010

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Quoting Yesmine:

my son is 16 mnts and i just sit him on the potty throught the day jus to c if he goes just to get hiim used to the potty and learn wat its for. i usually make him sit for about 10 mins with toys and his cup and maybea snack to keep him occupied and thepotty he has plays music when he goes.. too cute


Hi Yesmine,



My son is 16 months + and he has started to show signs that he's ready to be potty trained. He'll let me know that he needs a diaper change but only AFTER he has wet himself. Is this common?



What is the brand of your music potty?



 

Sara - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting martha:

i was told at day care that my son will be ready to start potty training once he has learned how to use a straw succesfully and can deal jumping with both feet together.



I've never heard of these things being a milestone for starting potty training.  My daughter has been jumping with both feet together for several months now, and until one of her daycare teachers mentioned it was really unusual for a 16 month old to do that, I hadn't given it much thought!

Belinda - posted on 01/09/2010

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Hi , my son came up to me yesterday and said mummy wee wee, so i took him to the toilet and he did nothing,he came out into the living area and did it on the floor,i didn't plan on starting him now,but he seems to know what is supposed to happen so i will continue for a week and see how he goes,if he has no idea,i will wait another month or 2 before i try again.He is my second son and my first was trained at 18/19 months old.

Torey - posted on 01/09/2010

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we bought a little potty for mj and have it in the bathroom. she's shown interest and sits on it sometimes. she has yet to make anything IN the potty but we make a big deal when she sits there for awhile. we're "casually" potty training her. when she does it, she does it. all the moms i know have basically said that kids will do it when they are ready to take that step.

Natasha - posted on 01/07/2010

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when I worked in child care, I found that if the child was interested younger and we started to train them they trained quicker as it is a fun new novelty/ game to them. as they get older it can become harder to train them. I wouldnt expect Landon to be able to be fully trained(awaketime and sleeptime) just yet but a nappy only while sleeping would be achievable if he is ready. Most kids r between 3-4years b4 they can go without a nappy fulltime. It def worth trying him and if it doesnt work(give it atleast 1 week) then try a gain in a mth or so. Good luck :)

Natasha - posted on 01/07/2010

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Ive just started potty training my 17mth old. She has been interested in the toilet and with us going to the toilet 4 a while now. Its summer here in Australia so id thought id give it ago and see how Kate handles it. Its been 6 days so far and she is doing a better job than I thought. At first I used pull ups but she tends to wee in them more so ive stopped that one. I now change her after sleep, put her on the potty and then leave her in knickers until she is going back to bed. Then I put a nappy back on her. At the most so far she is only having 2 accidents a day but im still learning her signs. Kate is usually dry most the day thats y I thought it would be a great time to try. I tried sitting her on the toilet but we dont have the special seat 4 her yet so it hasnt worked but she loves the potty. We have borrowed 1 just too see if she is ready. We think she is so we will go a buy one that has the seat that fits the toilet too. We also use toys and a book to keep her there plus her potty is in the laundry which is where our toilet comes off of so when i got i take her too. Im giving it a bit longer b4 I decide if she is ready or not but I think she is

CANDICE - posted on 01/07/2010

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Bring toys or books or their favorite cup and make it fun to want to go potty

CANDICE - posted on 01/07/2010

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I started sitting my now 17 month old on the potty about a month ago. His great grandmother gave him a potty for his birthday, I thought that he was to young so I waited till he started showing me signs that he was ready. I took it out and let him play with it at first, then I put it in the bathroom so he knows that is where you use the rest room. When he first wakes up i sit him on the potty then through out the day he lets me know. Now he has only pee peed in it so this has been a slow process but we are taking it one day at a time. So hang in there and dont force you child they will let you know when they are ready

Shenae - posted on 01/07/2010

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My daughter's almost 17 months old now.Anytime I go to the bathroom, she wants to come in there with me. The bathroom is her favorite room in the house. I'm considering potty training her at 18 months.

Idania - posted on 01/06/2010

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I am on that considering to start too but i have no idea how to start. Could somebody give us some ideas?

Martha - posted on 01/05/2010

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i was told at day care that my son will be ready to start potty training once he has learned how to use a straw succesfully and can deal jumping with both feet together.

Melissa - posted on 01/05/2010

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Bella isn't potty training yet, however she is very aware when she's wet or poopy, she'll run to have me change her. I'm waiting to potty train until spring so she can run around with out pants on, I've heard this works really well.

Johnny - posted on 01/04/2010

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I've been starting to get Michaela to sit on the potty. I just put a bunch of books beside it and let her sit on it with her diaper off. She hasn't gone in it yet, I'm not sure that she's ready to make the connection that is what it is for. But she likes it. Now she follows me into the bathroom when I go and sits down on it by herself. Although I think right now she figures I just bought her a chair, LOL. I figure that if she sits on it long enough, she might eventually pee. Then I can make a big deal out of congratulating her and perhaps she might make the connection.

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My B/G twins have not shown a single bit of interest yet.
My oldest DD (17 now) was potty trained at 12 months my oldest DS (15 now) not until almost 3 years. We kind of just went with what they wanted to do. They each decided when they were ready.
I think it really depends on the kid. I'm not going to push these babies one bit. I intend to let them be babies as long as they want and just enjoy every single day. 16 months just seems too young to me.

Nazevyanga - posted on 01/03/2010

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I have started...she only pees for now but her Day Care does not do it until she is two...so I will just continue at a very relaxed pace, I have a long way to go, she will probably think it's okay not to at school until they start....she sits very well until she pees...

Michelle - posted on 01/03/2010

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I put Kira on the potty sometimes, but she hasn't gone ONCE yet. I don't think she understands what it's for. Putting the potty in the bathroom and putting her on it at the same time I use it sounds like a good idea, but our bathroom is pretty small and she won't stay on the potty very long when she's in there; she likes to get into everything and it's too much of a distraction. We also can't tell when she's going to go, it just kind of happens and suddenly the room is stinky. She hasn't started pulling off her diaper yet (thank goodness!) so I really don't think she's ready yet.

Rita - posted on 01/02/2010

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My daughter is 16 mos and has used the potty several times, but we still have a long way to go. I always take her to the bathroom when I go and let her sit on her chair, she likes it but I don't think she really understands it. I have heard it is easier to establish a routine at this age rather than wait until they are rebellious. However the big challenge will be the day care, I don't think they will be consistent:(

Anita - posted on 01/02/2010

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Quoting Kiva:

We bought a potty for Christmas, and she wears it as a HAT!! However, she did squat next to it and pee in her diaper one day and giggled.... :)



ha ha reading this just made my day!

Kiva - posted on 01/02/2010

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We bought a potty for Christmas, and she wears it as a HAT!! However, she did squat next to it and pee in her diaper one day and giggled.... :)

Katie - posted on 01/02/2010

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I always told my daughter that I was proud of her and gave her a big hug and made a big deal out of the ordeal when she did her business on the potty! The first time it happened I was SO excited I screamed! I can't wait until the day I don't have to buy diapers anymore, but on the flipside that would mean that my babies have grown up.

Anita - posted on 01/01/2010

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My son was about 15 months when he started telling me when he had done a poo (he is 16 months old now) so I just recently bought a little potty and I always ask him when he needs to do a pee and sometimes he tells me and sometimes he doesn't (& sometimes it ends up on the floor lol) but I always make a big deal about it when he goes and he now claps his hands after he has gone which makes me laugh. I thought that this age was early but I suppose it's never too early to start. Does Landon point to his bum or his 'wee wee' to let you know that he needs to go? Maybe that's when they start potty training? Good luck with everything.

Lynet - posted on 01/01/2010

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I kinda have an unorthodox way of potty training. granted this is my first kid, but ever since he was like 13 mos. old (he's 16 mos atm), anytime he'd show signs of going #2, I would peel off his diaper and let him sit on the big pot and do his business. that way he gets used to the potty before we actually started training. he loves flushing the toilet afterwards. and also, it's a big saver on diapers. and thanks for the advice on letting them sit on the pot while i go...that's great, i will definitely try that!

Freeda - posted on 01/01/2010

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Yes, I started potty training my 16 month old right after Christmas. He seems like a natural. I haven't gotten him to do a #2 yet.

Julie - posted on 01/01/2010

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no i have not yet started potty training yet but my son just started walking so do you think it is to early?

Sally - posted on 01/01/2010

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Hi I was just wondering how its going for anyone/everyone on this. My son is interested in going potty but he is not consistant. I dont push it either. I here boys are harder. My girls started at about 16 months and were done by 2years. It was pretty easy.

Shontel - posted on 01/01/2010

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i started my son at one and that didnt go well. i stressed so much! He was trained by 2 and half, when he was ready. im gonna start my daughter when she turns 18months. good luck, they do what they want. well i know my daughter does.

Lana - posted on 01/01/2010

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my daughter is an Aug 08 baby and we are getting aquainted w/potty. We put her on it before bath time and whenever we know she is going we mention the potty. She will sometimes say "potty" after she has went...but we still go into bathroom and let her sit on the toilet. It's a start!

Sara - posted on 01/01/2010

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I'd read in a few places that most kids aren't physically able to handle their elimintation functions until they are about 18 months old... but I imagine that varies with each child. My girl has been very interested in the big potty for about a month now... so I just picked up a small potty for her, and plan on getting one of the small seats that go on the big one. She's watched other kids on the potty at daycare, so I think she kind of knows what's expected... but I'm going to let her take the lead. When she indicates readiness, then we'll start. I'd LOVE to have her potty-trained by the time our new one arrives in June (she'll be 22 months then), but I know that we'll probably have lots of accidents after that time, and I don't want to get too frustrated if she's not trained.

Katie - posted on 01/01/2010

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By the way, keep the potty out so he or she will see it on a regular basis. We had ours out for a year before our daughter started using it. We were very forturnate that she got the hang of it with only two accidents. There are potty books which helps too.

Katie - posted on 01/01/2010

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If you have am older child who uses the potty it helps gets the little one introduced and sees what it is for. My 3.5 uses the potty and her sister is taking interest. My first daughter started using the potty just before her second birthday. The child will use it when he or she is ready, but I think 18 months is probably too early. Never say never though.

Tamra - posted on 12/31/2009

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We just started potty training this week and it has been hit or miss, but Paige (16 months) is very interested and has gone a couple of times. We are just trying to get her to connect going potty to using the potty chair. Good luck on starting!

Melinda - posted on 12/31/2009

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What great advice! I too am trying my 16mth old to go potty. I take her into the bathroom with me and she is more than happy to sit on her 'Elmo' potty, although she still has her nappy on she is getting used to the idea of it all, and she will then reach for the toilet paper. I'm not pushing her at all as this i think will only make things harder, so when she does go for the 1st time we will praise her, and i'm sure will kick start things into full swing, but for now it's no big drama if she doesn't learn this summer. Here in Australia they say the best time to start training is the first summer they turn 2. But obvioulsy in saying this, each child is different so is only a guide. So for my little girl if she conquers it this summer i will be one happy mum, and if not i'm sure next summer will be the right time.

Janice - posted on 12/31/2009

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My little girl still has presents to get from her uncle and i know one is a winnie the pooh potty, so as soon as i get it, im gonna sit her on it when i have to go, just to see what she does and to get used to it. I hope it all goes good, this is my first baby so, but if she dont like it or gets upset then i will just try again later in a month. I think she might like the potty it has a handle that makes flushing sounds, and also she seems interested in the big potty, so i want to start. Also my sister would put her daughters potty in livingroom and sit her on it, it seemed to work good, also i found that by getting interesting pottys they like it more, thats what my sister did

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Like Angi, I am waiting until summer to start potty training my 16 month old. I am a teacher and will be home all day with him in the summer and there are fewer clothes to deal with when taking him to the potty. I did the same thing with my daughter and that is what worked best for her. I'm hoping I will have the same results with Joshua!

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My daughter is beginning to show signs that she is ready. We live in the midwest so I am going to wait until spring when she isn't wearing three layers of clothing. We were advised that when we know she is pooping to take her into the bathroom, but not put her on the potty yet. This way she gets used to the idea that the bathroom is the only place to go. Several mothers have advised me to be ready 100% from the start and not go back and forth from panties to diapers, even at night time. When your baby is ready have a hefty supply of panties on hand and throw out ALL of the diapers. They say your baby will pick up on your hesitation and won't be as successful. Good luck to you when you decide to start training.

Kathy - posted on 12/31/2009

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Brody got a potty chair for christmas and about 10 minutes later he went poop and potty on it. he has gone quite a bit. he doesn't tell me when he has to go. every couple of hours i just ask him if he wants to go potty. sometimes he stays playing and other times he follows me to the bathroom. we are not pressuring him at all at this point. he loves to say bye to his potty and watch it flush. he does go a couple of times a day for me. if he doesn't come with and just keeps playing then its not a big deal. when i sit him on the potty he is only there for a couple of minutes and i try to have a book handy for him to look at. we praise him for trying and praise him an extra bunch when he goes.

Misty - posted on 12/31/2009

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There's nothing wrong with introducing it early, like you said as long as you don't push it. My daughter showed tons of interest by around 11 months, so I sat her on starting with just before bath, then added before bed, then added early in morning, ect. It didn't fully stick until she was about 27 mos. Different for each kid. My 16 mos old son doesn't show a whole lot of interest, but he tends to hold it a lot throughout the day and VERY often wakes up dry and stays dry for over an hour after naps, so I'm thinking of starting more with him. The key though is TIMING! If you can predict when he'll go, that's when you put him on so he gets used to going in the potty. For many, it's bathtime, after eating/drinking, and immediately after waking up. I know it's hard when you have 2! ;) Hope that helps! good luck...

Sonja - posted on 12/30/2009

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My daughter told us that she wanted to be potty trained and we took advantage of it. She was 15 months at the time (right after Thanksgiving). She was great and it took her about 3 days to really get the hang of it. She did great for a few weeks, however Christmas came and she got too excited and now, she will only go to the bathroom door when she wants to tell us she has to go. I am expecting another one soon, so I was hoping she would be fully trained by then, but I don't think that's going to happen!

Megan - posted on 12/29/2009

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Yes Renee I agree! I dont want to force Landon into it but am going to start getting him used to the idea of it since he has been taking his pants and diapers off of himself. I also dont like the idea of using food as a way to bribe them or a way of praise! Landon likes to eat as it is anyway!! LOL

Angi - posted on 12/29/2009

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I'm waiting for spring or summer to start potty training. Less clothes to contend with.

Renee - posted on 12/29/2009

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I wouldn't say I have "officially" started potty training my 16month old son, but for Christmas Santa got him a potty. He was showing interest in the bathroom for a couple of months whenever my husband or I go in, so I figured we should encourage him to explore the concept. I try and put him on whenever I go into the bathroom and so far he as gone 4 times! I am SHOCKED!! He has the typical toddler attention span so I have an interactive book that he only gets at "potty time". All in all, I think he is on the potty for 3 minutes or so, any longer and I think that at this stage it would be forcing him and I WILL NOT PUSH HIM INTO IT, I think it could easily make him never want to use the potty if I forced it. I have no expectations for him, as he is so young, but I use a huge amount of praise when he goes (which doesn't even seem to excite him) but I will do it anyway. As a parenting decision, I am planning on never using food to encourage or be a reward as I think that it encourages a emotional connection to eating, which then could lead to unhealthy eating later, but just in praising him and kisses and hugs he will get that he has done well. I am interested in seeing if he continues to pick up using his potty or if he gets bored with it. That will have to be determined by him, and encouraged by my consistency.

Megan - posted on 12/28/2009

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Well my three year old just started actually using the potty these past couple of weeks. He has done pretty well with it so far with just a few accidents here and there. I tried potty training him starting at 18mos and he had no interest then around age 2 he started to want to do it then we had some family problems and moved and he stopped again! I'm so glad he is doing it now so well so i figured that while he is doing it i could start Landon as well. Landon is pulling his diaper off by himself so i figured that i would give it a shot to see what happens. He also takes his pants off to get the diaper off so I am having to be more creative when i put him to bed these days! LOL. We have woke up to many messes with him taking the diapers off! NOT FUN!

Tiffany - posted on 12/28/2009

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When I take my daughter's diaper off right before I give her a bath, she wants to sit on the big potty. She started doing this about 2 weeks ago. Well, for christmas one of her godmother's got her a potty chair. I am not pushing it, but when she wants to sit on it I let her. If she happens to go on it, which she hasn't done yet, then I might start training.

Yesmine - posted on 12/28/2009

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my son is 16 mnts and i just sit him on the potty throught the day jus to c if he goes just to get hiim used to the potty and learn wat its for. i usually make him sit for about 10 mins with toys and his cup and maybea snack to keep him occupied and thepotty he has plays music when he goes.. too cute

Neva - posted on 12/28/2009

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I have a two year old daughter that when she turned two during spring break last year, we did the three days of nothing but potty training and she did it by the end of spring break, but quit as soon as she went back to the babysitter. I was going to do the same thing with my little boy this spring break to see what would happen.

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