Potty Training!!!

Karen - posted on 12/12/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I'm trying to potty train my 22 months old son and not having much luck. Any suggestions???

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Kim - posted on 12/17/2008

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Don't push the child!!! It took my son till he was 3 to be fully potty trained. My husband and I used Smarties(the small candies) he got one piece of candy every time he did use the potty.... he picked up on it quick then!!

Karen - posted on 12/17/2008

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Thank you all for the very helpful advise and suggestions. I've introduced him to the potty and he thinks it's another toy. So, i will put the potty away and look for signs to see when he's ready. if i don't see any signs...i will take the potty out again in a month and see his reaction then take it from there.

Autumn - posted on 12/16/2008

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I think it's too young too. I'd just be worried about trouble later... My advice is don't push him. If he wants to, you'll know... But don't push him, he'll get there when he's ready. I know it's something you want to happen sooner rather than later, but my sister pushed my nephew when he was just over two and now he's over three and anytime someone mentions "the potty" he screams and runs. So decide which you would rather have. Otherwise. Good Luck! Hope when he does it'll work well for you!

Bree - posted on 12/16/2008

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I have a 22 month old girl that I am potty training, but I have a 6 year old boy that was potty trained at 2 years and 2 months. My suggestions are: Let them run around completely naked and then take them to the bathroom every 10 minutes. Be prepared for accidents but this works. Also my kids, all three of them, hated the little kid potties or the seats that go on the big potty. They liked to hold themselves up on the toliet and go. They felt like big kids. Let them pick out their own stool to use to get up on thte potty. and last, bribes. This is what I used for my son and it totally worked. Good Luck!

Samantha - posted on 12/16/2008

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Although my sons still wears diaper he uses the pottu occasionally for #1 and #2. This was all on his request to use the potty. I have a training potty for each bathroom and I ask him if he wants to use it when he looks like he wants to go. Sometimes he does use it other times he says no and goes in his dipe. I don't push the issue. Your son will give you signs when he is ready....just follow his cues.

Wendy - posted on 12/16/2008

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I worked for several years in a 2 year old room at a daycare where we did all the potty training. I also have a 22 month old son. And now I do my own in-home daycare. Even though it's not fun to hear that boys take longer than girls to potty train, for the majority of boys it holds true! I suggest to my parents that they start introducing the potty to their child when they are 18 months. Some children love it, others hate it. My son loved it and I'm in the middle of potty training him now. But I also have a 2 1/2 year old boy in my care who is not ready. The biggest thing is to introduce them to the potty and see their reaction. If they hate it, leave it be for a while and try again in a couple of weeks or a month. Your son will tell you when he is ready by how interested he is in the process. Talk about what you do on the potty. When my son sees other kids on the potty he automatically says, "Mommy (child's name) pee pee?" or "poo poo?" Let your child know what happens on the potty because some think it is just another chair for them to sit on. If your child can see an adult go potty on the toilet and the adult tells them what they are doing, they start to get a better understanding of what happens on there. When your son starts to show interest, take him every hour. I know it seems like a lot but if you can catch them before they go in their diaper they are more likely to go on the potty. If your son however starts to get frustrated with going so often, back off and try every couple of hours. If you have to go to the bathroom, have them sit on the potty as well. This sometimes makes them more comfortable. I also use some form of reward when they go potty and make a HUGE deal that they went and give them lots of praise. My son gets one sticker for every time he pees in the potty and two for when he poops. It may seem messy and like a lot of extra laundry, but also putting them in underwear usually helps. Most children hate the feeling when they are wet or when they have something else in there. But first, make sure your child is ready and comfortable with the potty. If not, try again later because if a child is pressured into potty training and they aren't ready, you will further delay the process. And sometimes it causes major issues with the potty. Lastly, don't be alarmed if your child has a problem pooping on the potty. Some children feel that they are losing a part of themselves and it scares them. Some children poop on the potty first. Every child is different. Even though it's hard, try to have patience and don't show your child you are frustrated. They feel this and relate it to them going potty which puts pressure on them. Hope this helps!

Dede - posted on 12/15/2008

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My pedatrician told me it was too early to try with a boy. Girls can ususally handle it around 2 years but boys take longer, and you'll end up frustrated and the child will be discouraged. But of course there are some kids that are ahead of the curve!

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My son is the same age. Here is all of the advice that I have received from other moms: boys take longer (usually around 3 yrs, but here are ALWAYS exceptions), watch for signs that they are ready (they can pull down their own pants, they tell you when they need a diaper change, etc.), let them run around in panties so that they can feel that they are wet (my friend claims her 23 month old son is now potty trained, we'll see, but even with this you still have to take them to the potty and make sure they go every so often, because they get distracted). My plan is to buy Caleb a potty for his 2nd birthday and spend a little bit of time getting him excited about using it. I think his birthday party will be potty themed. Hope everyone's advice handed down to me helps you out.

Rhiannon - posted on 12/12/2008

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I've heard that that is too early to potty train. I am afraid that if you press the issue it may cause more issues later on in training. Good luck!

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