POTTY TRAINING?????

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Venise - posted on 05/03/2009

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for those that says it's too young, on the potty box, it says 12 month. My son has his potty and he really enjoy playing with it. everytime we go to the bathroom he sits on it and flush it. he even hapend to pee in it once while we were getting ready for his bath. He was playing on it and there it happend. For now it's really a game for him, just another toy.

Kym - posted on 04/30/2009

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Hi, i dnt think its to early for potty training... ive bought my son a potty and he sits on it with his nappy on and off but hasnt learnt to pee in it or anything.. just be pacient and dnt get stressed out. he will pee in it wen hes ready, good luck

Susan - posted on 04/30/2009

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Hiya,i started potty training my daughter when she was about 9mths old as she hated dirty nappies from birth and she was trained by 1yr.My son who is 14 mths has recently become uncomfortable with the feeling of doing a pooh so i have a potty on the floor that he can visit when ever he wants.I started sitting him on there with his clothes on then down to his nappy he now sit's on there without a nappy on and is quite happy to do so for a little while.I am also potty training my 20mth old nephew and he was a bit weary at first but he will sit on the potty also without a nappy.You can only try but i think it's good to get them used to a potty whilest their young as i have worked in nursery's and the younger the better.xx

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We've had a little potty in our bathroom since my daughter was 12 months old. She hasn't used it, but we just have it in there for her to get used to and sometimes she sits on it when I go in to use the "big potty" as I call it. I think all children are different and that some children can be trained at a young age. My daughter has been telling us when she has soiled her diaper since she was 12 months old and has even brought us a diaper or laid on the floor waiting for us to change her. These are signs of early readiness to potty train. My daughter doesn't like the feeling of having a dirty diaper and I expect that she will be trained by the time she is 18 months old (just like I was). Do what you think is best for you and your child and don't worry about people telling you that it's too early.

Jen - posted on 04/22/2009

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Our little guy has been peeing on the potty since 3 days old. I'm not going to hijack this conversation by going into EC and how we loved it and it was widly successful for us; I just encourage everyone who's interested in early toileting it's certainly possible and there is absolutely nothing abusive about the practice. I've covered a couple lenses on Squidoo about our story- http://www.squidoo.com/babiesonpotties Toileting should be child lead at this point but there's absolutely nothing wrong with introducing your child to the potty as the mom's who responded to this post are doing. It boils down to mama energy-it takes effort and you just have to decide how much to you're willing to expend. I say it's totally worth it for so many reasons but we all are different and should be respectful of others' choices. Best wishes!

Chantae - posted on 04/20/2009

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I have just started training my 14 month old daughter and it's going well. She like sitting on the potty and she has gone potty in it a few times. I read some of the other posts and the long weekend thing is what I have heard works if y0ou stick to it. I have my daughter sit on the potty and then I give her a hand held game to keep her sitting down instead of using force to kep her there and then I turn on the water in the sink. About 30 seconds after i turn on the water she goes pee. If I can get her to understand that going pee in the potty is a good thing and make a big happy deal about it when she does then the water will no longer be necessary. GOOD LUCK!!!

Aparna - posted on 04/19/2009

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Hi Anita, I'm aparna from India, and I have a daughter she's 13 months old. I started potty training for her when she turned one. I make her sit on her potty as soon as she wakes up, and put on cotton panties, as it's pretty humid now in summer.



As she's cannot tell me when her potty time is I make her sit on her potty once in every 2 - 2 1/2 hours. She takes a nap in the afternoon, so we put on her diapers during her nap and night.



I hope this helps you......

Lisa - posted on 04/10/2009

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My son is also 13 months old and has an almost 3 year old sister that has been potty trained his entire life, so he sees her go every day, but I haven't tried to potty train him yet, he doesn't talk so well, and I think he would get just as frustrated as me with the issue. He always pees right after he gets into the bathtub, so for the last 3 months, I would let him stand in the bathtub with water for a few seconds, then I would put him on the toliet and he would pee, but really that is the only time he is ever on it, unless he wants to sit on it after his sister.



If this is your first child, I would start off slow, introduce him to the potty (if you're going to use a little one, which did not work for my daughter), just putting it in the bathroom for a while, let him look it over and get used to it, let him sit on it with clothes on. Then when you and him are really ready, sit him on it for a few minutes ever 20 minutes, and be obnoxiously encouraging when he goes and in the beginning, be happy just for him trying. I don't know what I'm going to do with my boy, some people say start him off standing up and shooting for fruit loop or cheerios. Good luck and let me know how it goes....but regardless if you don't see anything improving within a few weeks, he's not ready, and wait a little while.

Lauren - posted on 04/07/2009

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I tried to PT my daughter around 18 months because she was allergic to every disposable nappy we tried, some worse than others. It didn't work, she just wasn't ready. At 2 she pretty much trained herself. My brother on the otherhand was completely done at 13 months it just depends on the child but you certainly can't force it before they are ready.

Kathleen - posted on 04/06/2009

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i work in a nursery and we help potty train nearly all the children and we dont start until their 2

Elin - posted on 04/06/2009

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Good Morning,

I am new, so I won't presume to comment too much, but, it seems to me that the main thing is that the child has an interest in the bathroom function first. Does s/he follow you into the toilet? Does s/he look into the potty and try to flush? It seems to me that you'd have much more success potty training under those circumstances (even if you child does not have the language for the function(s) yet than if you are trying to potty train when there is a lack of interest.

However, I have never potty trained a child before; I am just starting to talk about it with my son.

Hannah - posted on 04/05/2009

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Anita, I feel I should appologize for saying to-early potty training is a cause of child abuse. I was not meaning to accuse you at all. Years ago as a pre-teen I helped a mother with children and witnessed her violently spanking (hitting) her 1 year old every time he pooped in his pants. At the time, I didn't quite put two and two together and realize it was a more serious problem and not in the least bit "potty training". He had bruises on his little bottom from not using the toilet. It was awful. So, basically, I'm a little overanxious about that stuff:-) I no longer know where that mother is. So, I appologize for sounding accusative. It sounds like there have been good results here among early potty training mommies that have lovingly worked with their babies. Best of luck to you!



Regarding early Chinese potty-training (just for kicks):

Chinese babies are traditionally potty trained early because they don't wear diapers. Their mothers simply direct their stream of urine or poop away from the body. Since they have a more hands-on parenting technique these babies remain dry and learn at an earlier age since they aren't used to being wet! Their onesies have little holes right in the crotch for this purpose - lol. Yes, even in modern China this is still the case. A friend of mine witnessed a mommy direct her infants pee onto a nearby chair in McDonalds just a few weeks ago in China. So, if you're in China, watch where you sit!

Nuria - posted on 03/30/2009

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My son is just starting to use the toilet in the mornings.It is working great, and some times during the day. Still in process

In the moment he wakes up go with him to the toilet, (no more than 5 minutes), same 15 minutes drinking something and 30 minutes after eat (or already when you see him usually does it)

You have to do something funny with him (mine loves books)
When he does it make a big party.
If he ever get afraid or does not want it, stop for a few days.

You have to be patient!

Look in the Tracy Hoog last book.

Beth - posted on 03/26/2009

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wow u sure got bashed a couple times! I have a friend who trains the kids at a year old and she has always accomplished the task....i think she just takes them every half an hour for a long weekend and then if they go just get super excited! I think if i started with my son he would understand he knows what peeuu means so if you talk alot over and over or teach them the bathroom sign (make a fist put your thumb between your pointer and middle finger) i think after a couple times they would get it!! hell in china (i have heard) they do it at like 6 months (i could be wrong sorry if i am spreading rumors) ha ha so good luck just don't get mad or make them sit if they are freaking out....u don't want to scare them, but u can also let them watch to get the idea!! good luck!!

Barbara - posted on 03/26/2009

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I think if you do early potty training it has to be child guided.  Our son has been doing all his #2's in the potty since he was 8 months.  Our rule is if he doesn't want to sit on the potty he doesn't have to.  We try to keep the diapering in the bathroom, and we ask him if he wants to sit on the potty while we are in there.  Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't.  (Sometimes we say the word potty and he whizzes on the carpet!)  We try not to make it a right or wrong thing.  He uses the potty for himself, not for us.  I think that is key.

Kate - posted on 03/25/2009

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I don't do potty training, am lucky I have a friend who is like a sister to me, she takes my kids for a week and when they come home the job is done.
But she does have rules about when she will do it.
They have to able to pull their own pants down and get on the toilet.
They have to be able to tell you if they want to go (language) and they have to know if they have just been (recognise that they are wet).

My oldest had issues with her bladder and recurrent infections and so wasn't properly toilet trained until she was 4 and a half,
My next one has been in and out of hospital most of her life and at three years old is developmentally about two so her toilet training experience will be happening this easter.
My son (13 months), thinks its funny to wee when his nappy is off, so he might be easier to train, provided I can get him to think its funny into the toilet!!!!!!
Take it easy and in the words of Ruth "Don't wish for you little boy to grow up to fast he's still only a baby. Have fun don't stress."

Casurina - posted on 03/25/2009

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I tried to potty train my 13 month old son. Unfortunately, I failed to do so as he doesnt understand yet. He started to get cranky when he sat there for 2 min. My mom used to potty train us when we were as young as 6 months old! Amazing. I just can't train my son not until he understands and is able to talk, maybe another 6 - 8 months time.  

Ruth - posted on 03/24/2009

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If he is only just over one I wouldn't look into it for at least another 6-8mths.My little boy is only 13mths.....i'm not going to look at training him for quite a while yet.  It can scare them if you try to train them too early. When he is about 18mths old get a new potty for him to just play with (practise sitting on with his nappy on) let him make friends with it, ask him if he wants to try sitting on it without his nappy.



 I did for my 3 girls from 18mths old, my youngest daughter is 2 1/2 she wears knickers during the day and only has a pull-up nappy on at night so she can do hop on the toilet if she needs to. She has been toilet trained since about 22/23mths old.



Don't wish for you little boy to grow up to fast he's still only a baby. Have fun don't stress.

Hannah - posted on 03/24/2009

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That's super early. Early potty-training is actually one of the leading causes of child-abuse simply because they aren't physically capable at that young age. I'm certainly not saying you're abusive - just quoting the research! Maybe just recognizing when he's pooing in his pants and taking him to the potty would be a start. I cloth diaper and so talk to my daughter about the poo in her pants, let her flush it down the toilet and wave "bye-bye" but that's about as far as it goes at this point. As for me, I'm waiting for another year! It looks like you have another young man - what age did he potty train? Or is he the one you're speaking about?

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