Potty Training

Amanda - posted on 08/24/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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Simon is almost 20 months, he has been showing some signs of being ready to potty train ie pulling on his diaper when its wet or dirty, wanting to watch us use the potty, and then this morning he said pee and ran towards the bathroom pulling on his clothes. Dad undressed him and put him on the toilet, after all this he didn't go just wanted to sit on the toilet and play with the toilet paper. So my question is this, are any other parents of Jan 09 baby's doing the potty training yet or do you all think that maybe it's to early?

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Heidy - posted on 10/10/2010

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My son is 21 months old and he's completely potty trained.. we potty trained him at 16 months and we haven bought diapers for him since then! Its never too early! It does takes a lot of patience and persistence. So if you got it you can do it! dont wait until they rely on their diaper and dont want the toilet! Good luck!!

Shiloh - posted on 09/24/2010

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im not "potty training" im "potty encouraging" haha. we have gotten him a potty chair and he'll use it, but i dont think he really understands the whole concept of it yet. it sounds like he's pretty much doing it on his own. teach him that its better to say "pee" when he really has to go, i know its hard to tell when hes really serious about it but itll get easier. my babies dad has family whose kids are 3 and 4 and not yet potty trained, little own interested in learning. i think hes gone pretty far for a two year old to know that the word "pee" gets him on the potty.

Ashleigh - posted on 09/23/2010

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Don't be so worried!!! I think it's great that he wanted to sit on the toilet and play with the toilet paper! Think of this as a good step towards the ultimate goal, he could be scared, refusing, peeing everywhere except the toilet or any number of other worse scenarios. My son thinks it's great to sit on the potty and flush it, my four year old has been potty trained for 2 years and still hates to hear it flush! This creates a battle between the two haha! So enjoy this little step towards the ultimate goal and eventually he'll get there.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2010

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hi, Zac is 19mths, his been doing the same as Simon.
But i see it, if Zac likes the toilet its a good thing...
In the last week his been doing wee on the toilet... so just keep asking and taking Simon, cause when he is ready he will go, just keep the toilet a happy area... i hope u get my point
jess xx

Heidy - posted on 09/21/2010

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My son is 20 months old and we got him potty trained at 15 months old! We started as soon as he started walking! :] I personally can give you a BIG piece of advice.. the longer you wait the harder it'll be to potty trained any kid. They'll learn to rely on their diaper and then they wont want to use the potty! Also anothing thing.. ONCE TO DECIDE TO POTTY TRAIN STICK WITH IT AND BE PERSISTENT! Dont be like oh i'm too lazy today wear your diaper.. YOU WILL CONFUSE YOUR KID! So once you start dont stop til you finish potty training him.. my son it took from when he turned 12 months til he was 15 to completely be out of diapers! So it can happen.. trust me! And always try to reward your kid.. not with toys cause they'll expect it all the time! Good luck!

Kelsey - posted on 09/21/2010

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my son is a jan 09 baby and he will pull his diaper completely off when he has to go to the bathroom. unfortunately the toilet scares him so we havent had any luck.

Kirstie Nicole - posted on 09/21/2010

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Today Romann is taking more of an interest in the potty and i havent even got the soft seated one yet. He's now sitting on the potty, with his nappy on and doing his business in the nappy, however when i say take the nappy off he wont let me if he's near the potty, only if the potty is hidden and then he pee's on the floor..... i guess it will just take time, but i sound really sad when im getting all excited about him using the potty with his nappy still on lmao xx

Katrina - posted on 09/20/2010

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My daughter is 20 months old. She ALWAYS wants to sit on the potty. She will run to it and say pee pee or poo poo and then just sit there. I figure its good pratice for when we do potty train her.

Kirstie Nicole - posted on 09/20/2010

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My wee boy who is just gone 20months is still in nappies. However i let him run around naked every day for a period of time and yesterday he started touching himself and wining, i took him to the bathroon and sat him on the potty and he screamed to get off, so i left it and put him in the shower which is where he decided to do his wee wee lol. That to me is a good sign but he wont sit on the potty without screaming or the toilet so i am looking into a potty with a soft seat, as im thinking that it's to hard and sore for him and this is why he wont go. I'm just letting him go at his own pace, i mean he's not even 2 yet and is more likely to use the potty if its in his own time :D xx

Valencia - posted on 09/16/2010

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We have been trying to potty train Alura, and she will sit on the potty and do nothing, then stand up and pee on the floor. She will even tell us "pee pee" and point to her diaper. She's a Jan 09 baby too.

Jessica - posted on 09/14/2010

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I have 3 kids 7 1/2 girl 19 month old boy and a 6 month old girl. My daughter was so indicisive about using a potty in the end i had three of them scattered about the house so she'd be near one when the time came! She still has day time accidents from time to time yet it wasn't till she was 5 she was diagnosed with a bladder weakness which helped explain the accidents. My 19mth Son doesn't speak much yet is showing signs of wanting to go even cheering his dad after he see's him to wee but has no interest himself other than praising everyone afer they go to the toilet. he finds the bathroom a big laugh so we're leaving the serious training till closer to summer time when it's warmer and he's showing more of an interest in his 'business'. It's been encouraging to read other kids his age are getting the idea so well. Patience and praise are key factors lol

Danika - posted on 09/09/2010

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My mum says it's easier to toilet train girls than it is boys (don't know why). My son's 19 months and still seems to be afraid of the potty and is showing absolutely no signs of being ready but my friend's son who only a month older already has underpants except @ nap and bed times. It completely depends on the child but keep going with the encouragement.

Jenny - posted on 09/09/2010

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Yes! I am not really training but offering the pot as an option. Always offer, never force. And my son does the same...sometimes I get something in the camodemes I dont. He absolutely wont do number 2 on the toilet but will do number 1 occassionally. He has the most fun spinning the toilet paper cubby. So continue to offer. Let him watch papa go potty and even try target practice with cherrios (dont let him eat them after :-)). Two years old is when potty training really begins but youve got time. my son was born late-Jan 2009. He understands the purpose of the batheroom. When he does number 2, he runs and hides in the bathroom until he is done.

Zoey - posted on 09/08/2010

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My daughter is already going poopy on the toilet. She tells me when she has to go and runs to the bathroom, also she will sometimes take off her diaper. I've started putting her in underwear instead of diaper or pull-ups because then she really knows when she's wet...she's catching on pretty quick.

JENNA - posted on 09/07/2010

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We are starting a little. Chris also tries to take him diapers off when they are wet or dirty. He has had several successful trips to the bath room. He would have peed a little in the diaper and finished in the potty and he has pooped on the potty, but he doesn't usually tell me when he needs to go yet. I am going to get some cloth training undies and start soon!

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Who would have thought we would get do excited about poop & pee hee hee :) But Julie you are so right and encouragement to build confidence is deffinetly the way to go!

Shameka - posted on 09/06/2010

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My daughter has been showing potty training signs since she was about 15 months old. I have her using a potty seat from time to time. At the moment her daycare emphasizes potty training because it doesn't want to push it on them so we are taking it one day at a time. She does let me know when she is interested by saying potty, pee pee, or I'm finished when she goes in her diaper. I made up a song for potty time that she genuinely loves and she lives for her applause when she actually uses the potty.

Julie - posted on 09/06/2010

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Thanks! Yeah, he doesn't tell me when he has gone pee so I think that's another reason we are kind of waiting. We just kind of talk about going to the bathroom and we're reading books about using the potty. I just don't want to scare him and have him relapse. Ya know? I definitely just want to get him more excited and interested about going potty. The positive reinforcement really helped him grasp the poo poo thing. He knows that it gets mommy all happy and excited when he tells me he has to go to the bathroom. It's so adorable. YES kids are WAY smarter than we give them credit. It is absolutely incredible the potential these little ones can live up to if you just give them the love and the tools. I am almost always amazed every single day!

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Julie, he sounds ready :) but you are right I have seen it among freinds - those who start too early for thier child take forever or they go great then have a serious relaps. Those who follow thier instincts and read thier children take a week or 2 & its done! my little girl also tells me when she is making a wee wee and comes to tell me when she is done poopie :) they are far smarter than we give them credit for at this age :)

Julie - posted on 09/04/2010

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My son has been showing tons of interest. He grabs on his diaper and tells me poo poo. At first he was telling me when he went poo poo, but now he tells me poo poo right before he is going to go. He also tells me when he is all done. We haven't bought a potty yet, but we are going to buy one soon because I want to spark his interest in the potty. I have tried putting him on the big toliet and he just freaks out. So, my boyfriend and I think that the little potty is going to be the best thing for him. I will let you know how it goes once we get the potty, but I definitely don't want to push it!!!

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Just be carefull not to start too early or he may regress. What he is doing now is great and encourage it before you know he will be using the potty and trained follow his signs if you try force it he will stop THEN you will have a huge problem. Go with the flow and praise him for being so clever to build his confidence. Remember its only between 2 & 3yrs they actually start gaining control so anything before is working towards that. My little girl does the same but she is not quite ready for training so I will follow her signals and build her courage so when she is ready all should hopefuly go off well :)

May - posted on 09/03/2010

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I have a 19 month old and she is showing signs of wanting to potty train as well but cant talk very good so dont know if she is able to understand me at all . would love to have suggestions.

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My daughter is saying pee-pee and poopy when she has a dirty diaper and loves reading this book at her little potty (she won't sit on it yet though). If she does sit down, I cheer and clap. She's warming up to it. I think at this point, its introduction, not to push. I think if its fun and we show them the basics, they're going to put it together and start wanting to go further soon enough. :)

Leslie - posted on 09/03/2010

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I have been working on potty training my son for about 2 months now. He will be 20 months on the 14th. He started showing signs about then. If he is that interested in it, then he is ready. I don't think it is too early at all to start at least introducing him to it. My son has been working on it for two months now, and he goes in the potty quite a bit. He even told me that he needed to go number 2 yesterday, and actually did! Some days he doesn't want anything to do with it at all. You just have to be patient and go by what he thinks. If you push him right now, he definitely will rebel.

Sirena - posted on 09/02/2010

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dont worry if he doesnt go right away.. it takes time for them to understand when they want to go.. give them a drink when they sit on the potty.. read a book.. and sometimes you can sprinkle a little bit of water on their front/back to let them feel the water.. you can also turn the water tap on to stimulate them that way.. and as long as he wants to go to the potty youre ahead of the game.. i sometimes bribe mine with a chocolate chip cause I know when she goes by now.. in the mornings she gets her cup of milk sits on the potty and watches spongebob.. then when she goes she gets a chocolate chip and lots of praise.. :)

Amanda - posted on 09/02/2010

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Wow, thanks everyone. I really appreciate all your idea's and suggestions. We are still just kind of going with the flow, but every day he is wanting to go in and sit on his potty so we are on our way!!

Natasha - posted on 09/02/2010

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Hi Amanda,
my son is also almost 20 months and he too tells me when he has or points to his nappy when he has already peed or done his potty..or at the place where he's done it in case he's not in a diaper.these are early signs of toilet training...and if you can get your child to sit on the potty after he points out..it's great....but often kids don't like sitting on the potty...as it puts a stop at their playing or running about. do not force them to do so. take it as it comes....in any case he will not be totally toilet trained till he actually acquires bladder and bowel control, the latter developing at almost 3years. so relax, sit back...encourage what your child is doing..but do not push him too much.

Lisa - posted on 09/01/2010

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My daughter is 19mo and she is almost fully potty trained right now. She took my hand about a month ago and walked me to the bathroom and said potty! Every kid is ready at different times and you don't want to push the issue if they aren't showing that they want to. I think its totally normal for them to sit on the potty and want to play with everything. Its great that he wants to go! I would start training him since he seems interested but let it be his idea. Toddlers only have so much in their world that they have total control over.

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Our DD is potty trained, no accidents for 2 weeks now, It's definitely not too early. That's awesome that he's starting to just do it himself without your coaching him!
Sometimes DD will just sit on the toilet and want to pretend pee and 'wipe' wth tp (more like shove tp in toilet).
You can get a little boy urinal that you attach to the side of the potty to teach him how to go like daddy in public.

Sara - posted on 08/31/2010

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Hi. My son is 19 months old and a few weeks ago, we were at a friend's house who has a potty that sits on the floor. My son said "Mommy, I want pee-pee on potty." I said, "Wow, really? Ok, we can try!" and took down his pants/diaper and sat him on it. A moment later, to my surprise, tinkle tinkle! Then, "all done!" and he got up like he'd done it a million times. We got home and the next day he got out of the bathtub and asked again (after a warm bath, holding it in!?) and once again went on the potty. I continued to diaper him but a few days later, he asked to go poopy on the potty, and after a minute or two, with a book, did that too. I am really taking it easy though, not pushing/rushing. He still goes in his diaper and when he asks he goes in the bathroom (on a little seat on top of our seat.) I figure when he asks/goes more there than in the diaper, then we'll get more involved and buy pull-ups and stuff. Keep me posted on yours too! Good luck.

Vanessa - posted on 08/31/2010

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every chance nathan gets he takes his nappy off, even in bed during the night i wake up most morning and he's either wee'd all over his cot or soiled, i keep being told to try training him but my only issue is he can't tell me when he needs to wee or poo.

Melisa - posted on 08/31/2010

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I was wondering the same thing when my son started telling me he had to pee pee. I was shocked but he goes and sits on the potty and actually goes every time. I definitely don't push it on him since he's only 19 months. He seems to be ready- he can stop the flow and make himself go. I'm just going to let him go at his own pace though- I think thats the best thing for kids- is to not be forced into it.

Colleen - posted on 08/31/2010

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My daughter is 19 months... (Jan. 30) and she has been interested in the potty since she was 17 months... She is now actually using it but still goin in her diaper also. There are times where she just sits on the potty and plays around but when she sees how happy I get when she does go, she gets so excited!!! I think that its awesome your introducing him to the potty and he is taking some interest, cause it will make it easier as he goes!!!

Sally - posted on 08/30/2010

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I am slowly starting to train Leah. She loves following me to the toilet and pulls toillet paper off and wipes her bottom and then puts it in the toilet.i think she's ready

Amber - posted on 08/30/2010

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i'm potty training my daughter at 19 months, i was told when they start showing shows it's a usually good time to start

Crystal - posted on 08/30/2010

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My daughter is doing the same thing as many of the other posts are saying. She tells us when she's gone "pee pee" or "yucky". I have been able to read her cues a few times and she has gone poo in her potty and once on the big potty. I don't push it with her. I just ask, do you want to go poopy on the potty? If she says yes, I take her diaper off and set her on it. If she wants off and nothing has happened, I just let her off and we continue on with our day. I do wonder when we should try to be more consistent though.

Mirela - posted on 08/29/2010

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my son is doing poo to the toilet for almost 1 month sometimes both of them......its lil hard to know when they are wee or poo but every morning when he wokes up i put him to the toilet for 15-20 min when he is done he pull all toilet paper inn the toilet and flush :))) sometimes he do it in bath when we wash him but he know is ''caca''=poo no potty only the toilet...for wee its lil hard he still has his bottle of milk before sleeping so i cant wake him up over nite...I think its just matter of time and how much patience u have

Natasha - posted on 08/29/2010

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well my lil girl is 19 months nearly 20 months n she is showin a few signs but wont go on the toilet at all we hav tried everything she will go on the toilet or potty wiv clothes on but wont go on wivout no clothes but keep pullin down her nappie so i need sum advice too

Fiona - posted on 08/29/2010

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my daughter has started saying pee and pooey's while tugging at her nappy as well as pulling down her pants and taking off the nappy when opening the toliet door. We have bought her a potty and though nothing has happened yet ( she also just sits there and plays with toliet paper ) we are thinking if we continue to praise the effort it will pay off. We are looking at taking a couple of days to seriously toliet train to see if she responds positively?

Melonie - posted on 08/28/2010

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I think every child develops differently and to watch for the signs, which you are doing.
My daugher is doing the same kind of things, and i can't keep a diaper on her. She doesn't verbalize a need to use the potty but will take her diaper and put it in the diaper genie, and will try to even wipe me when I am going pee. She also will flush the toilet behind me... at this point I am waiting for my husband to have a week off so we can tag team potty training. So, listen to your instincts, and when you are ready to begin the process, set aside a weekend or more that you don't need to go anywhere so you can stay on top of the initial training. I looked up online somewhere what all the signs were of readiness, and that has helped me to know and decide when my daughter is ready. Good luck!

Calista - posted on 08/28/2010

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I think its not the age that matters, but the readiness. I'm currently potty training my son who is almost 3, and since my daughter who is 19 months has been watching all summer, she is very interested in the potty. She even asked to sit on it while big brother was on teh big potty pooping the other day. So I took her diaper off and she sat on it. I went to her room to get a clean diaper and when I returned she had peed. She's been tugging at her diaper evertime she dirties it the last week. I'm going to start seriously potty training her. I didn't start my son until he was 2.5, because he wasn't ready. Its been a long battle with him, because he shows some signs of being ready, but really doesn't want to be bothered with it.

Amanda - posted on 08/24/2010

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Thanks so much, thats kind of what I was thinking but nice to know someone else is on the same page.

Angie - posted on 08/24/2010

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I got my daughter a potty seat and shes been using it on and off, Im not pushing it, just trying to make it fun. When ever I go to the restroom I bring her with me and sit her on her potty sometimes she goes and we do the pee pee in the potty dance other times she doesnt go and I tell her good job for trying. Shes still in diapers though, she doesnt know that she has to go yet she just knows when shes gone, I figure once she can tell me she has to go potty training will be a little easier because she already has the ideas in her head about where the pee and poo goo.......Good Luck :)

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