Any ideas on Potty training?

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Any ideas on how to get my 18 month old too let us know when he needs a poop or wee wee? Thanks everyone :)

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Alycia - posted on 06/18/2011

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My son is 17 months old and he will pee on the potty but, he does not tell me, I just take him every 2 hours an he will usually go, I bought him a musical potty so when he does go it plays music and he gets so excited.

Lisa - posted on 06/26/2011

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we started off as soon as he started to pump!! we were saying poo and making a joke of it! then he clicked on and started saying it too, so i started saying poo every time i changed his nappy and showing him that something was in his nappy!! sounds a bit gross but there we go!!! so now we say pumpy bum! and he is still saying poo when he has had one so still after the event but its a start! good luck

Lisa - posted on 06/25/2011

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i just kept saying poo.. everytime my son had one. He now tells me. Unfortunately, its normally after the event im still working on the before. he sits on the potty and is used to it but hasnt quite worked out what its for yet!!! They all do it at different stages! Good luckxxx

Mary Nduta - posted on 06/24/2011

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Am lucky i have Abi 3 n a half who when using her potty encourages her sis 1 n a half to do the same. But its still a task to know when so I keep telling her to use the potty n give her things to distract her that she may pooh or pee in the potty. Persistence is the key.

Katie - posted on 06/23/2011

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I started potty training my 17 month old about a month ago. Ive always heard that when u start potty training you put them on the potty every hour to hour and a half. I also use a reward system. We have skittles in the bathroom and those are his reward just strictly for going potty. He came and got me this evening and dragged me into the potty and wanted to go but we missed it and he already went. He does go in and put the potty on the seat but i think thats cuz he wants a skittle. I also put him on the potty first thing in the morning and he goes number 1 & 2. I hope some of this helps. I'm having some of the same issues especially since im in college.

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Amber - posted on 07/03/2011

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I'm having a hard time with the same thing he will pee in the potty and tells me after he poops but will NOT poop in the potty my doctor said to take my time he may not be completely ready yet.

Dale - posted on 06/30/2011

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There are many typical signs, pulling on their diaper, going off by themselves, staying close to you or vice versa. At 18 months, although it is an ideal age to potty train (I started my now 5 year old daughter on the potty at 18 months) every child is different. Don't feel that you need to have them potty trained so early because of other parents. My son who is now 17 months may wait a little longer as his maturity level doesn't seem to be what my daughter's was. Best case, bring the potty into a common area while introducing it and leave him diaperless but with pants on as they will not like the feeling of their pants being wet or with poop in them, if he has an accident you bring him to the potty. (A lot similar to training a puppy but it does work) Starting at 18 months I wouldn't expect them to tell you every time, and often times they may not have signs just accidents. It is recommended to potty train when you will be home for 3 days, that way they develop the concept of the potty and will maintain a routine. First thing in the morning, 20 minutes after they eat or drink, every 2 hours otherwise, and of course before bed. They have small blatters and it doesn't take a lot to have to "go" so remember to keep reminding him as at such a young age it isn't difficult to get side tracked and forget all about the potty. Good luck, and be patient!

Jennifer - posted on 06/28/2011

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For the boy who will be 4 and is still having issues with potty training, look up encopresis on wikipedia, and see if it matches what you are going through with your boy. I had a nightmare time with training my four year old, offered rewards, a puppy, candy, trips to his favorite restaurant, computer time, nothing worked. We even reosrted to punishment, that didn't work either. I was feeling like a horrible failure and so was he. Then I read a comment on a blog I frequent, and they mentioned encopresis, and it was exactly what we were going through, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. I talked to his doctor at his next asthma followup, and he looked into it, and prescribed treatment, and now my four year old is completely potty trained, including wearing underwear to bed. I have actually heard him come out of his room in the middle of the night to go potty.

So yeah, if your little one is approaching four, look up encopresis, they won't diagnose it until they are four, and it is more prevalent in boys. Treatment is easy and cheap (well if there aren't underlying psychological issues that need to be addressed, fortunately for us it was only physical issues).

Rebekah - posted on 06/22/2011

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I am starting my daughter tomorrow. So I have no advice. However, everyone has been very helpful, I have learned a lot. I hope that your kiddo starts going potty for you. Good luck:)

K. - posted on 06/20/2011

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Kudos to you guys for even attempting to potty train boys that young! I helped potty train my nephews and it seemed that they were much more difficult than my daughters ever were. And they were around 2 and a half when we started. I do agree with Annie though, they all seemed to like the little toilet insert thingys as opposed to the actual potty chairs. They loved flushing. Good luck, but it sounds like he's doing great already for only being 18 months!

Erin - posted on 06/20/2011

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My son has a toilet seat that goes on top of the toilet. I also give him his bath toys to play with to distract him. He poops 95% of the time but we are struggling with pee. He has been doing it since birth so it is just a natural thing. I know my son knows when he has to go and he tells me about pooping but I think he just gets busy and doesn't want to stop to pee. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 06/19/2011

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There is no way to figure that out. My son is going to be 4 next month. Potty training is the bane of our existence but it is something that you can't force. If it isn't working then you just have to wait. He will do it when he is ready and if he isn't ready there is nothing you can do about it... just ride it out. Sometimes we stop asking so much and putting so much emphasis on it to see if he just doesn't like the pressure. Still trying to figure it out though. I hate potty training.

Annie - posted on 06/18/2011

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My little guy has been peeing and pooping in the potty every day since 11 months. He still has accidents but we are ok with that since 90% of the time he goes in the potty. I potty trained my daughter at 11 months also. They both seemed interested. I also feel if you start earlier they are not scared of the potty. We bought both one of those seats that goes over the top of the toilet because my kids never seemed interested in the little separate pottys that no one else goes in. It's been super fun...potty time is story time and song time.

Ti'Anna - posted on 06/17/2011

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Your welcome Joanne! Well my son tells me when he poops but not when he has to go just when he's already gone so I'm taking it as a sign that hopefully soon he will actually go #2 in the potty! lol. They never said potty training was easy but they never really said it was this hard either. lol. Good Luck with potty training your little one!

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Thanks Ti'Anna, that does help, just wish I could get Brenton too tell me when he needs to go Pee or poop, I try telling him when I change his diaper to let me know and that he is a good boy and if it's a pee or poop but as yet he still doesn't let me know, good luck with the pooping part haha I am sure he will be telling you soon though bless him :)

Ti'Anna - posted on 06/16/2011

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I wish I could help you. I'm still trying to get my 2 year old to go on the potty. Even if he does go pee on the big potty he still won't go poop. I'll put a diaper on him after he has gone pee in the potty and 5 minutes later I'm changing it because he soiled it. I read to him when he's on it and tell him that he needs to go pee pee in the potty like a big boy and it sometimes takes only 5-10 minutes other times it takes longer than 10 minutes but I ask him if he is done and he'll either tell me, "no" or "all done". I found buying the potty training chair that plays music when they go and that as a bonus has the seat come off and it latches onto the seat of the "adult" toilet. My son loved hearing the tune (different one every time plays 5 different ones if I remember correctly) when he went pee pee in the potty. Hope this helps! Like I said I'm still having a bit of trouble myself.

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