Potty Training??

Emma - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Hi All,

I have 2 babies, my first 18 months and my second just gone 6 months. I know close :) I have absolutley no idea how to potty train my 18 month daughter? When to start? She is showing no signs of intereast but then she has never seen a potty before! I have bought one but it sits in the coupbord! I don't know how to introduce it to her yet alone get her to know what it's used for... Help?? much appreciated

Emma Campbell

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Staci - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter is 18 mo and we have a potty in both of our bathrooms for her. Right now, she likes to come in when I am using the bathroom and sit fully clothed on her potty. She seems to have fun sitting on it and getting comfortable with it being there. I usually tell her what I am doing...tell her to listen to mommy going peepee. She will repeat peepee and sometimes will help me get the toilet paper off the roll. The only time she sits on it without clothes is before and after her bath. I am just waiting for the mistake pee that happens when she is there naked...and then I am going to lose my mind yelling with excitement to encourage her to do it again. She showed the first signs of readiness just today when I saw her straining and asked her if she was pooping. She walked over and got a diaper when she was finished and brought it to my husband. So she is starting to show awareness of her body. My neice was 2.5 when she started to use the potty. You have to wait till they are ready for it. In the meantime, you can make the potty a part of your bathroom so that she knows it's nothing to be afraid of.

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Look on the internet for some videos - Elmo's potty time, Potty Power, and Once Upon a Potty are great. Watch them with your daughter and talk her through the concepts (pointing at her nappy when its mentioned etc)
You can also buy a book - or even get a doll that comes with its own potty and do the same.
Do this for a few weeks, Bring her into the toilet with you whenever you can and talk through whats going on. Let her learn the vocab (body parts, toilet paper, potty etc) Name things and praise her lots when she points at them. Let her watch the younger baby have its nappy changed and talk through whats going on. Also, (sounds gross, but its really useful) show her the poo in her nappy when you change her and ler her watch you put it in the toilet and flush it away - my 16 month old son was amazed the first time he saw his own poo! They have no idea what has been going on down there all this time!

Basically you need to teach her about the CONCEPT of using the toilet, way before the real training starts. You can teach both kids at the same time, and you can make a big deal of your 18 month old being a "big girl", able to do things that her younger sibling cant.

Finally, get the potty out of the cupboard and play games with it - lots of praise if she goes near it and if she sits on it, even with all her clothes on, act like its the coolest thing she has ever done!
Hopefully you can generate an interest, where there is not much at the moment. Good luck!

Cassie - posted on 01/31/2010

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Reply to Kindell' s post about eczema,

My son had eczema pretty bad on his face and a little on his legs. I got creams from my doctor and found that they didn't work very well. What worked for my son was taking vitamen E capsules and breaking them open and rubing it on the eczema, or the Baby Aveeno lotion that is for eczema. Hope you find something that works!

Megan - posted on 01/30/2010

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I am still working on Potty training my son, but he did not like the little pot. He saw Mom and Daddy going on the big pot, so we bought him a stepstool and a potty seat with Elmo on it. It is going much better now. And the easiest time to get them to "accidently" go for the first time on the pot is first thing in the morning, since they hold it in a lot at night.

Tia - posted on 01/09/2010

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my daughter Madison just turned 19mos old. She loves the Baby Signs Potty training DVD & does the "Signs" from that which makes me believe she is ready to start potty training herself at anytime. I have also noticed that she can hold herself for at least 3-4hours at a time before actually going potty in her diaper which is another sign that she may be ready. I have read the Toilet Training in Less Than a Day book by Nathan H. Azrin & Richard M. Foxx and will incorporate some of that into our daily potty training routine with her as well. I believe keeping the toilet in kitchen is the most convenient for the Mom & child who is being potty trained.

hope that helps,
-Tia :)

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Lindsay - posted on 02/05/2010

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My 20mth old does the same thing with taking his diaper off.. I will hit his diaper where his private parts are and if you ask him if he needs to go pee he will tell you yes, sometimes he will go pee on the potty and other time he won't but he tries! He goes in the bathroom with my husband and our oldest son who is potty trained and I think that helps him understadn that when he needs to go pee that he can go on the potty too! I would get him a potty chair and when your husband goes to the bathroom then take off his diaper and have him just sit on it for a minute or so and see if he will go. If not then it's not a big deal but he will at least get used to sitting on it and if you do it every time your husband goes to the bathroom then sooner or later he's bound to go on the potty! That might help him a little bit.

Shakeema - posted on 02/04/2010

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My son is 19 months,and i have no idea what to do next.He knows when he's wet,and when he has to go. But he pee's in the middle of the floor,and snatches off his diaper when it's wet..I'm trying to get him to go into the bathroom with his dad, i don't know maybe this will work.

Lindsay - posted on 02/03/2010

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My oldest son was almost 3 before he was potty trained. There is no need to rush it. She will let you know when she is ready. And when our oldest was ready we just put him in big boy underwear and we didn't turn back, the only time he wore any kind of diaper/pull-up was to bed. He still wears pull-ups just in case at night and he's 4. 95% of the time he doesn't have any accidents but with my luck the one night that he will have an accident we won't put a pull-up on him! Our 20mth old has peed on the big potty 2/3 times already but we don't push him to do it. If you force her to then she won't want to. Just let her do it in her own time. I have a 20 months old and a 4 months old so I know what its like buying diapers and wipes for 2! It's not cheap! But like I said, if you force her or push her to do it when shes not ready it will just take that much longer to get her to want to do it.

Carmen - posted on 02/03/2010

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i can beat you.....Freddie is 18 months old and Sicelly is 8 months old lol
We have started with Freddie using the potty....we have it out all the time, he is a typical man and likes to read a book while sitting there!!!!! I just keep asking if he needs a wee and if he does just to tell mummy, also if i need to go to the loo i say mummy is going to the potty and 9/10 times he comes with me. We also give him a treat if he sits and does a wee, we have found jelly tots work (thats how he learnt to walk!!) He is doing well but yes we do have little accidents, don't tell them off just say please use the potty.
Hope all goes well with the training.

Bobbie Jo - posted on 02/02/2010

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when they start walking let them follow u to the potty and then they will get the hang of it and want to sit on the potty mine been using the potty sence she was 17 months she is 19 months now she started potty training herself and is doing a great job cause we let her follow us to the potty i give her a treat when she uses her potty that helps them go gl

Kindell - posted on 02/01/2010

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Thank you Cassie! I will totally try that. The creams seemed to work on my sons face but that was about it.

Kindell - posted on 01/29/2010

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My son has eczema in the "potty area" it seems like desitin makes it worse. does anyone else have any eczema problems?

Kindell - posted on 01/29/2010

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I have the same problem only my 18month old is a boy and I DEFINATELY have no idea what I am doing there. I set him on the potty when I was in there too and he WAS terrified!!! (of the little potty) what am i doing wrong? It seems like he is ready because when his daiper is too wet or he's gone #2 he will bring me a diaper but I don't know what good that does when he is terrified of the toilet. Please help!!

Tommyka - posted on 01/10/2010

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my daughter is the same age and today is our 4th day in big girl panties full time! she acknowledges her urges to pee and poo! it started with asking if she had to and it was NO all the time but then she began to actually pee while sitting on the toilet so i went ahead and purchased a pot and it has been nothing but continuous progress since! we are currently trying to master her pulling down her own clothes

Ashley - posted on 01/10/2010

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We just got a potty chair for my 19 month old. Right now it sits in the living room and I'll put him on it maybe a few times a day and we play games and read and sing while he sits....I'm waiting till he accidentally goes so I can make a HUGE deal out of it so he'll have a better understanding of what he is supposed to do. I'm in no means rushing it though! He will bring a diaper and wipes when he needs to be changed....heck, he'll even lay down and *assume position lol. I take him with me to the potty and he just LOVES flushing! My oldest seemed more ready by this age....he was able to say potty and he liked sitting on the big potty more. We have one of the potty seats that can come off the little one and sit on the big one.

Dawn - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son just turned 18 mos old, he is my fourth (my fifth and final is 8 mos!). My older boys were trained by age 2 and we are currently just letting him sit on his potty chair fully clothed and we also will take off his diaper and let him try. He has went a couple of times. My other ones are much older and I have kind of forgotten how I did with them, but I'm going to start putting my little guy in "big boy" underpants so that he will be able to know he is going. Good Luck!

Nicola - posted on 01/09/2010

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HI my daugghter is 18months and she is showing a few signs of potty training and she occasionally sits ont eh potty and wee's in it but she won't poo in it is there nythign i can do to improve that? And another way i seem to be potty training her is sticking knickers on her as she is gonna have her accidents instead or using pull up nappies coz they eact with my daughter's ezcema

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lol i know ALL about having babies so close! My first son is 18 months almost 19 months old and my 2nd son is almost 3 months old!!! my 18 month old watches daddy go potty, also we got him a potty chair and i just put it on the floor and let him play with it to explore it, thats how we introduced him to it, he has a slight interest in wanting to go potty on it, but hasn't, so we just let him explore it. that is what i would suggest, just let her explore it, explain to her what its for, that sorta thing. I hope that helps and good luck!!! :)

Maggie

Angela - posted on 01/08/2010

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i found that the toilet seat that goes over the real one works best for us. y lil one has always watched me. so now when i ask her do u got to go potty? she will run in there and sit on it,but sometimes she doesnt go, i give her a sticker while she is sitting on the potty and i give her toliet paper and she wipes even if she doesnt go.then we wash our hands.

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