When to switch to toddler bed and potty train.

Brittany - posted on 03/09/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a 17 month old son and he still sleeps in a crib and I was wondering when to make the switch to a toddler bed. Also I was wondering when would be the best time to start potty training him or should I wait until he is like 2 or 2 1/2?

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Jessie - posted on 04/10/2011

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As soon as my daughter could walk we started to introduce her to the potty. She is 17 months and almost potty trained-we just need to get her used to wearing underwear. It is called "training" for a reason. I believe the best way to get a child to use the toilet is to get them familiar with it as early as possible.

We put our daughter into a toddler bed when she started getting close to climbing out of the crib.
I do not think it is an age thing, it is a readiness thing.

Megan - posted on 03/17/2011

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For potty training -do that when you feel he is ready. Most toddlers are ready when they are 20 months old. Be sure to potty train him BEFORE he is 2 1/2. Once they are that old they become quite set in their ways and you may have a more difficult time of it. I potty trained my first son when he was 29 months old and used the 3 day potty training method -it was wonderful. My little one is now 16 months old and I'll be taking a week off of work in July, so I may just try to potty train him while we are home during that wee. He will be 20 months old. I figure if it doesn't wrok then, I'll just have to try again later.

As far as a toddler bed, I am going to be waiting for as long as I can to change him to a toddler bed -he gets into everything and likes to climb. One day I left the room for not very long and came back in to discover he had emptied the 2 bottom drawers in his dresser and stuffed them with blankets and toys -it was really funny, but not something I want to have happen nightly!

Cindy - posted on 03/13/2011

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my son is 17 month and I switched him into a toddler bed a week ago, he's doing very well. so I'd say go for it if you feel comfortable and you have the patience for it ;)

Ali - posted on 03/11/2011

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I was told to switch to a toddler bed when they seem ready. We're thinking it's time for ours to switch and he's 17 months old. With potty training, I was told it's nothing to even think about until at least 3.

Brittany - posted on 03/09/2011

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Thank you ladies we just turned his crib into a day/toddler bed and he seems to like it but he hasn't really laid on it cuz he isnt tired yet but I have a good feeling that it will all work out. On the whole potty training situation I dont think I will start until after he turns 2 or if I do start before 2 then I will wait until after our 2 week vacation so he is not so stressed.

Sharon - posted on 03/09/2011

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Our little man has just made the transition to a 'big boy bed' and he's doing really well so far. We made sure we got a low bed, the top of the mattress is only 20cm above the floor, plus the rail on the side.
toilet training, I'm not sure. I was going to wait until he was showing us that he was realising when he ws doing something. He will now tell us 1-2 times a day when he's done a wee (by pointing at his nappy), and if he does one in the bath he gets this really shocked looked on his face and looks down as if to say, what's that?
I'm due with baby #2 in 6wks though so I'm not going to try anything until after everyone has settled into a routine with the new bubs.

Stephanie - posted on 03/09/2011

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can you little boy walk and is he steady on his feet. can he climb up on to toddler bed if yes then he should be fine. and potty training depends on your son does he hate being in wet nappys and can he go 2 to 3 hours without weeing. can he pull his pants up and down? hope ive helped a bit

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