Potty Training Yet?

Melissa - posted on 08/15/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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Has Anyone Started Potty Training Their Child Yet?
I Have Gotten As Far As Putting The Potty In the Bathroom and Setting Her On It When Im Running A Bath For Her.
Would Love Some Advice Or Similar Stories.

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Lu - posted on 08/26/2010

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I put the potty chair in the bathroom so he gets used to it there and he won't think it's a toy when it's time to potty train. With my oldest I tried all the tricks (reading at the potty chair, stickers, candy training pants) but it just got so frustrating that I gave up, and I just waited until she turned three and told her three year-olds just wear diapers to sleep. The day after her birthday we switched to underwear and she was pretty much done. There were just a few accidents the first couple of weeks but it sure saved me a lot of frustration. With my middle one I just waited until she was three. Haven't decided what to do with my little guy yet, but I know he is not ready right now. I'll probably wait until after he turns 2, or maybe even during next summer... I

Saleemah - posted on 08/25/2010

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That is about the farthest I have gotten with potty training my 18 month old. I'll sit her on the potty as I'm running the water for her bath, or sit her in front of the tv while she's watching her beloved Yo Gabba Gabba and have her sit for 10-15 mins but she never does anything. As soon as she gets up from the potty though, she goes. I just bought her some pull-ups and tried explaining to her that these are her "big girl panties". I'm hoping she'll catch on really soon...*crosses fingers*

Dawn - posted on 08/16/2010

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We got a potty a few months ago and have sat on it a few times during the day...nothing has made it close or near close yet!! he does know what it is though because when he pees on the floor and I say "oops, we pee in the potty" he goes right over and sits on it!! I am not going to start pushing the times he sits though because he still can't pull down his training pants and doesn't know when he NEEDS to pee, versus he just peed!!! I think anything you do know to introduce the potty is a great idea, but personally am not going to rush things!!

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Annie - posted on 11/10/2010

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my 20 month old completely trained herself, she would say "pee" I put her on it, and she would go.. She's drifted away from this, and now only does it at her great grandmothers (when her 3 year old cousin is there)
I was curious if anyone else got started around this time too.. I'll have to ask her every 30 min or so if she has to go..

SooNie - posted on 11/07/2010

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Since 12 mo or so, I've randomly placed my son on a toilet (not a potty chair- and now can sit on adult toilets holding himself up on his own), read books or anything to have him stay, but then at 18 mo I put him on routine/scheduled basis (every 2.5-3h). At this point, 20mo, he's on a routine schedule, expects and goes pee/poo 'on demand.' I only put a diaper on him when nap/night. Through this exper, he's become more self-aware of his bodily functions (I initially started him with being naked) and watching himself go. One problem here... he doesn't always consistently tell me when he has to go when off schedule. But we're making great progress that toilet is his friend and knows what to do on there AND significantly less diaper waste.
I can't give you much advice with working FT other than wait later or talk/work with daycare provider how you two can accomplish this significant task together. Good Luck!

Holly - posted on 11/07/2010

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I tried all the tricks with my eldest but had no luck until I decided to wait til he was ready. That wasnt until he was almost three. From the first day he decided to use the big toilet (he wanted to use the potty as a step as it has a lid) we have had a grand total of three accidents through the day and about double that at night. My 20 month old has shown interest in the past but has always lost that interest within a few days. At the moment Im happy to do the same as before and wait until hes ready. As Karen said they will have it mastered before kindergarten!

Felicia - posted on 11/06/2010

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i am trying to toilet train lexi she tells us poo poo or wee wee but when we take her to the potty she doesnt do anything then when i ignore her when she says it she does it in her nappy or pants

Jennifer - posted on 11/05/2010

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My daughter has been using the toilet consistently at daycare and at home. She's quite advanced for her age though, always has been. It's good in a way but bad in a way. Since she is my last I kind of wanted her to slowly grow up, not speed through :( lol

Kwanielle - posted on 11/05/2010

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I introduced the potty to my daughter at 15months just so she would know what it was and start processing the concept. Didn't force the issue at that time. By the time she was 18 months I let her walk around bottomless and sat her potty in whatever room we were in. She had MANY accidents and each time I simply told her "No" that her pee belonged in the potty and not on the floor. She looked back and forth and soon caught on to what I wanted her to do. I also started watching her pattern of when she would go to the bathroom and sit her on her potty at that time. She would go if she had to and I would praise her. I just feel like out kids will do what is expected of them. As parents we are the role models and we guide them in life and it was my expectation for her to use the potty because she showed multiple signs of being ready. Now we are working on getting trained at night :-)

Khadijah - posted on 10/30/2010

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I started potty training once but I don't think my girls are quite ready yet. They have most of the signs of readyness except they don't feel when they have to go potty. Therefore the only time they go potty is when I put them on the pot and sometimes even then they won't go. I plan to leave the potties out so that they can use them if they need to but I think I will give it a little more time before we jump into it 100% again. I'm thinking 2 1/2.

Karen - posted on 10/29/2010

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My boys are now 13 years old - I didn't start training them until they were 3 ... I figured, why rush it? They'll have it mastered before they go to Kindergarten. And they did! We used a book, "Potty Training in Less Than a Day". Its an old book, but I still see it in stores. With my daughter, we do the sitting-on-the-potty-thing, but I have no plans to formally train her until she's closer to 3 years old. Again ... she'll have it mastered before Kindergarten, why fight it?

Linda - posted on 10/29/2010

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I've never used a potty with our 5, to me its just to much transition (diapers to baby potty, baby potty to big potty), havent had any issues yet. We started the potty about 2 months ago, just signing 'potty' and sitting him on it (the sign is simple: the letter t, shaken side to side). He got it pretty fast, tells us and runs to the potty... only to remove the diaper and find out we're 30 seconds to late LOL Monday starts our nakey days. With all my other ones, within 3-4 days of being nakey, lots of water and frequent trips to the potty, they have all trained :-) It'll happen when they are ready ;-)

Alison - posted on 10/28/2010

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get daddy and the boys to sit down to pee that way she might decide to do it that way too, hth

Catherine - posted on 10/26/2010

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My son is in undies during the day. We add a waterproof cover when we are out just ini case we cannot get to the bathroom in time. He wears a diaper at night even though he rarely wets because when he does wet it is a FLOOD!

Lindsey - posted on 10/26/2010

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my 2 older children has just turned 2 when they decided to be big girls however my little one decided at 18 month and hasnt worn a nappy since and we only had one week of hell lol. i think it goes on the child and the time u have to spend with them with my first daughter i worked, with my second i had my first at home in the morning as she wansnt in full time yet with my 3rd she is at home on her own so we had time to sit at the potty and read a book and so on, ur child will tell u when there ready xx

Michelle - posted on 10/25/2010

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we have been letting our daughter run around for like 15 min after we take her dirty diaper off ... she has had quite a few accidents and did not go to the potty ... one day though as soon as I took her diaper off before bed time she ran to the potty we keep in the living room and she dragged it to the middle of the room, sat on it and peed!!! that was last week ... hasn't happened again, but I think it will happen again soon!!!!!! So excited!

Andrea - posted on 10/24/2010

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Amelie has been doing an excellent job so far... It's been 6 days with her wearing only panties and going to the bathroom, not even the potty, when she needs to... She lets me know she needs to go everytime! she didn't like using the potty but we always had a potty for her since she was about 8 months old... We kept it in the bathroom and as she grew and learned to walk she played with it and sat on it for short periods of time, about 30 seconds!!! and then she started taking it with her as a toy, so we used a little toilet seat for her and she loves going right in the toilet! She even hates her diaper and says it hurts when she wears it (at night) If we go out she wears a diaper but she still lets me know she needs to go. Also, we taught her to wipe everytime she goes, so she takes a wipe and does it herself... Of course, mommy makes sure she is clean everytime!

Darci - posted on 10/23/2010

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Yes my son is potty training right now well trying. He actually tells us on his own a lot that he needs to go and has gone pee and poo up to 3 time in one day in the potty. Its great. I will ask him if he want s to go and he says yeah and i put him on the potty and he trys even when he doesnt need to its so cute cuz every time he really trys he grunts and pushes haha and squeezes out some farts or a few drips of pee. Every time he goes potty in the potty he gets an M&M and if he goes pee and poo he gets 2 M&Ms. I put them in a container on a shelf above the toilet labled Jonahs potty treats and when he sees them he knows and it encourages him to want to go.

Brandy - posted on 10/20/2010

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i disagree alexis, my mother had me potty trained before i was 18 months. some children are ready and some arent, they might still have some accidents but thats to be expected. my daughter has been showing clear signs that she is ready. she hides when she has a BM and when shes wet she takes off her pants and diaper grabs her diaper and wipes and tries to changer herself lol and she has been staying dry all night for some time now so im planning on buying a potty this friday along with some panties that ill let her pick out. im going to put the potty out to teach her what it is and how to say potty and then after shes somewhat familiar ill take her diapers away and try the panties i figure if she doesnt like a wet diaper she wont like wet panties and if she starts to pee ill be able to see it and rush her to the potty. this is the plan, how it goes? we'll see.

Alexis - posted on 10/19/2010

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at 18 mo our children do not have control over their bladder muscles so they have no idea how to "make" themselves use the restroom or even "when" they have to go. but introducing the potty and giving "potty attention" and talking about it is the first step. after doing all of this when it is time the transition will be easier and your child will be more comefortable because she will already know what it is.

Melissa - posted on 09/14/2010

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Thanks Everyone!
I Guess Most Of Us Still Havent Gotten Potty Training Out Of The Way Yet.
I Would Really Love To Her From Moms Who Work Full Time and Find It Harder To Potty Train From Lack Of Time, More or Less Long Periods Of Time.

Karen - posted on 08/31/2010

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My son started going on the potty a few months ago. He decided on his own so I just help him along. He can't take his clothes off by himself so he'll come up to pee and tug at his shirt or pants and say peepee. If he is naked he will just run to it himself. He just started pooping on it. That took a little work, he was afraid at first and would not go at all in the potty or toilet. I just ask him throughout the day if he needs to go pee pee. If I can tell he is going to poop, I will bring him otherwise he doesn't always go on his own, he would rather poop on the floor lol. I think whatever you do be gentle about it, remind them to go pee. Keep the potty chair visible, you want it where you spend the majority of the time. We have one in the living room, and one upstairs. That way they can always get to one easily. Naked time helps, if he has clothes on he gets kinda lazy so we are working on that now. Keeping him dressed and letting him ask to take off his clothes, a little more work tho lol. He usually wants his shirt off to pee ?? lol

Kimberly - posted on 08/30/2010

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We got her a potty a month ago and slowly got her used to the idea of sitting on it...some people say that when a child seems interested in when YOU go "potty", then they're probably ready to start training. She started following me into the bathroom when I would go and point to the toilet and ask, "what's dat?", so I would tell her it's where mommy goes potty. Soon after that I started setting her on her own potty when I would go and would say, "time to go potty". Sometimes she would go and sometimes not, but I kept doing that every 30 minutes or so. Now she usually tells me when she has to go, and 90% of the time when she wakes up in the morning, her diaper is dry. But since she's not 100% potty trained, she still sometimes will go and not tell me...she'll wait for me to ask her if she went potty and then she'll look at me with the cutest guilty smile and say, "yeah" :)

I'm not sure if all kids are like this, but my daughter has very clear body language that tells me when she has to go, or in some cases, is currently going to the bathroom. As soon as I see those signs, I ask her if she has to go, and will sit her on her potty asap. That way she will start to learn to identify the signs her body is giving her telling her that it's time to go potty.

Latosha - posted on 08/27/2010

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Tracie, Evelyn has the same potty chair! Haha. Before she went potty in it, she would just play with it -stick her hands in and makes the music go. Now that she realizes the peeing in the potty makes the music play, she has stopped putting her hands in the bowl. The best is that whenever she pees and the music turns on, she starts dancin' on the pot lol.

Tracie - posted on 08/27/2010

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I have a musical potty But I don't think they work that well. All Abigail wanted to do was stick her hands in the potty to get it to play. I thought that was a bad idea. I really don't want her to get the idea that its okay to play in the potty. (Though her potty was empty Big potties are not.) I took the batteries out of the potty until I can get her to go in it then I will put batteries back in it.

Tracie - posted on 08/27/2010

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Abigail started taking her own diapers off after going potty. So, I got the the potty out and I take her to the potty when I go and when it time to change her. I even sit her on it when I am doing laundry and when I am getting her bath ready as well. Now she asks to sit on it and knows how to wipe her front on her own but hasn't figured out how to go potty in the potty. Once she got into the routine of constantly sitting on the potty she continues it. There was one time that she was close to going in the potty but when she felt she had to go she stood up and peed next to the potty on the floor. ha ha ha Just takes some patience.

Latosha - posted on 08/27/2010

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My daughter showed interest in the potty at about 16 months (trying to hand me tp when I was going, trying to flush the toilet, etc).

I bought a potty chair for her but didn't want to push her since she was still so young. She is 18 months now, and goes potty about once a day on the 'big girl chair'.

I usually ask her when she wakes up from nap if she has to go. If she says 'no' -- end of story. She usually runs to the bathroom though and goes. We do a sticker chart that she gets really excited about. She even shows Daddy her sticker chart when he gets home from work.

For now, at 18 months, I don't push. I will ask her periodically throughout the day and she goes if she wants to. We keep it really exciting/game and after 2 months of doing this, I am steadily seeing an increase in the times she uses the potty.

Gwen - posted on 08/27/2010

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Hi, When my little boy comes in the bathroom and sees daddy or mommy on the potty - he tries to take off his pants...so i think that at 18mnths they might be ready

Nicole - posted on 08/26/2010

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My daughter sees my husband and son pee standing up and she now goes to the toilet lifts her shirt and acts like she is peeing. We tried to sit her on the toilet last week and nothing happened. We took her off the toilet and she stood at the toilet, lifted her shirt and she peed on the floor. We are not sure what to do at this point. Of course she is no longer allowed in the bathroom when the boys pee, but she already has it in her head to stand and not sit. Any advise?

Kathleen - posted on 08/25/2010

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I started doing that with my daughter when she was @ 9 months only because she would start going as soon as I started the water and I put her on the potty when I see she has her poop face on. She is now 18 months and she goes poop on the potty almost every time and she loves to wave bye, bye to her poop when we flush. Every child is different so just keep up what you are doing and maybe try putting her on her potty when you are using the restroom, that way she gets a better idea of what is going on. As for my girl she is still not ready to start full potty training, only because she cannot fully communicate that she has to go yet. She pats her diaper and tells me that she has gone pee, and sometimes she will bang on the door to the bathroom as she is going. Just let your daughter show you how fast she wants to go with the potty training and don't force it on her that can make it harder on you and her and make it take even longer.

Nicole - posted on 08/23/2010

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I havent started yet my daughter is 18 mons I dont think she is ready yet or will understand the concept.. evn tho she has 1

Melita - posted on 08/20/2010

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Would love to know if anyone has used the musical potty, I have seen them but not sure if would work or scare my little girl...lol Good luck with potty training everyone :)

Sara - posted on 08/18/2010

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We just got the potty out the other day. He understands the concept of sitting on it for a few minutes, closing the lid and pushing it back into the corner. We do a high five when we're done! I figure it's a little early, but thought I'd get him used to the idea since he's pulling on the front of his diaper when it's wet and pushing the back down when it's poopy. He's starting to get it!

Kristy - posted on 08/18/2010

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we are just now starting...Khloe seemed like she was ready since she pretty much hates even to pee in her diaper at this point!! She went pee on the potty for the 1st time about 2 days ago and acted like she was scared to death!! shes getting better with it though..right now i have an old wooden potty that was passed down but i think i will get one of the new ones that play music and such...maybe that will give her a little more incentive to want to use the potty;)

Katie - posted on 08/18/2010

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I heard once that a big part of potty training is knowing when to "catch" it, i.e. knowing when to plop your child onto the potty at certain times of the day, such as right when he or she wakes up. I haven't started potty training yet; we'll be moving in a few months, and I'd rather start a few months after that.
It's great that you have the little potty in the bathroom, though, so your child knows it's there and that it's for her to sit on. Mothers more experienced than I am will have advice on what the next steps are.
Good luck!

Carly - posted on 08/17/2010

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I'm doing the same thing, putting him on the potty when we are in the bathroom and before his bath (he wants to sit on it when we are on the toilet, so I figured its a good thing). He has been grabbing himself and making faces, but we are always too late, LOL. He did do 1 poopie though! I got him there in time, LOL.
We bought the pull ups but he didn't care about being wet too much, but HATED the "cool effect" ones (they feel cold when wet) he wanted those off right away so when we are ready to go full strength, I think we'll use those to really get him motivated.

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