Has anyone started potty training yet?

Cara - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 63 moms have responded )

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My daughter is starting to tell me when she pees and poops in her diaper now, even going to get me a diaper when she's dirty. Do I start potty training soon then, or do I wait a little longer? And how do I even being to start with potty training? Thanks.

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Monica - posted on 03/30/2010

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i start potty training with my son just a few days after his born. Now he is 2 years old and he only poops on the potty. He will tell me when he want to poops. Now, I need to train him use toilet when he want to pees. It's seem a problem to me.... He just don't want to tell or he wanted to play water while inside the bath. Anyone got any idea how to train him on pee pee?

As for those mummies who start potty training, try to fix a time for children to poops, example : every morning when they wake up. Once the timing is in schedule it will be very easy job.

Katie - posted on 03/30/2010

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My daughter turned 2 yesterday (29 march) she has been in knickers for 2 weeks now and doing very well xx

Alison - posted on 03/30/2010

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Yes start her she is ready, when my daughter started telling me she needed to poo or pee I started potty training, it took two weeks and she was in knickers and since then she has not made one accident, intitially she had a few accidents but it just got better and I made sure I said encouraging things when she first started training. Good Luck

Tracy - posted on 03/29/2010

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At least ur girl tries. What mine does is I sit her on her potty and I stay there with her for at least 30 min. and she doesn't do anything, but once I remove her from the potty she pees on the floor. I even turn on the water for that whole time so she can have the desire go pee. Sometimes I just want to give up. I'm not giving up hope.

Anisha - posted on 03/29/2010

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My daughter does the same, we now keep a potty in the bathroom and she sits on it in the morning and before she has a bath, she sometimes sits on it fully dressed, we are trying to get her used to it first and so far so good

Tracy - posted on 03/29/2010

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My daughter just turned 2 yesterday on March 28 and she also tells me when she poops and pees her diaper. She wants to sit on the toilet after she's done doing them. If she doesn't do it on her diaper she doesn't want to do it in the bathroom. It looks like u and I are in the same position.

Haggar Hilda - posted on 03/29/2010

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I think it depends on you and your baby's readiness. My daughter turned 2 today, yay! We started potty training last week and its going really well. My daycare provider is very helpful as she follows my routine I started at home with my daughter when she is in daycare, so she hears the same instructions from me and Miss Alexa hence its consistent. She is fabulous and loving the experience.
I started by talking about "pipi" to my daughter, i will tell her when u feel like pipi, say mummy pipi ok, then I will ask her to reapeat after me and she did for about two days but I was still letting her pipi in her diaper, when I figured she's gotten teh language down, i took off the diaper and put on a very beautiful panty which she liked, it's been going well since!
Good Luck
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Caroline - posted on 03/28/2010

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mine is too and she has already mastered potty training just try her but dont be too pushy she will come alright slowly

Jenifer - posted on 03/28/2010

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my little girl has been potty trained for 4 months now, she started it back when she was a year old and now knows all on her own how to hold it and get to a potty before going. even at night. the only thing i did was help her by comforting her during her accidents and lots of congrats if she was able to make it to the potty. I didn't use pull ups or anything just normal diapers. but that's only because my little one figured out how to take off and put back on them and since diapers are cheaper i just stuck with normal ones. I guess the best advice i can give you is to not get upset if in a 20 min period she wants to use the big potty 4 times. just smile, ask "are you sure you want to go potty?" then walk her to the potty pick her up and put her down and happily stay with her until the end. Never make her think that you are tired of the game and it will help her want to continue learning and doing the potty business right.

Alicia - posted on 03/26/2010

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Oh yes, start now! My daughter is now completely out of diapers, and although we still have accidents occasionally, it is so great for all of us. She feels accomplished, and like a "big girl", and my husband and I would way rather clean a little potty than a poopy bottom, so we're happy too! We began by picking a few times each day that were the same every day, and saying things like, "What do we do when we wake up from our nap? That's right, we go potty!" Then we would go and sit there for a few minutes, and maybe read a board book or something to keep her there long enough to give it a real try. Oh, and we switched to training panties right away (with a cloth diaper at night) so she would know when she was wet. We had to pack extra pants and undies to leave the house but it was no worse than packing a bunch of diapers. Anyhow, that worked for us, so maybe it will work for you too. Good luck!

Angie - posted on 03/25/2010

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im just about to start potty training...a friend of mine has started with her daughter about 2 weeks ago and has made some progress! her trick is to keep her daughter diaper-less/naked. her status is good! im going to try that as well and will keep every posted! there is also a nice site i use for help tips that i got from nickjr www.parentconnect.com they have potty training tips as well!

Wanda - posted on 03/25/2010

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another suggestion is the potty topper on the regular potty.. after we got this w/sesame street on it she ditched her potty in her room for a while.. but now we use the big potty for boo boo after dinner and then pee for day n night in her room. she's kinda night training herself! she'll wake up now.. and we're sure its cs her bladder feels full.. so we say go potty and get back n bed.. she slept n a pull up last nght and was dry this mornin.. pee was in her potty tho! yay.. in the house 2day she'll wear regular panties and i've told her to go pee or else she'll get dirty..

Michelle - posted on 03/24/2010

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Start for sure! when i started my daughter, i went out and bought big girl panties and told her the she would be jut like mommy. She thinks she is so special cause she is a big girl now. We have had our accidents, to be expected. but so far so good. Going out is a little harder so we put on pulll ups. Hope that helps

Rosemary - posted on 03/24/2010

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my daughter willl go on the little miniature potties at school and at church- not potty chairs- but not at our big potty at home. She loves the potty at school and church so this may be a little tricky!

Wanda - posted on 03/23/2010

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start now! lol mine just turned 2 yesterday but shes been goin to the potty consistently over 6mos. . ive done the early but slow training. we moved from GA to TX jan 1st, so now she's not telling me.. but shes still in pullups, i ask her or tell her to go potty and she does no problem! i know she's still adjusting but she's doing good. i have a travel potty top for when we're out and about and she sleeps in a diaper only... i started b4 she was a yr introducing her to the potty but not pushin it..at home i would have her go for #2. at 18mos i stepped it up more. after we settled down here in TX i got back on it so that its not just at home using the potty.. even when we're not home. she's night training herself.. partly because she doesnt want to go to sleep.. but she'll get up and potty b4 she's in a deep sleep.. just waiting for her to tell me during the daytime again. til that time i will kp this routine. after dinner time i put her right on the big potty for #2 everyday. keep a routine!

Katie - posted on 03/23/2010

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We bought my son his own potty at 18 months old and he will sit on it everytime we use the potty but still nothing in the potty. this month his started telling us when he poops or pees most of the time. Still nothing in the potty though, but I'm not going to push him to hard about using it. I think next month I'm going to try putting him on the potty every hour thing and see what happens.

Joanne - posted on 03/22/2010

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Our little guy turned 2 yesterday. We have been reading him potty training books for about a month. He sits on his little potty while mommy does...but today...no luck :)

Jackie - posted on 03/21/2010

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My daughter isn't shy about telling me when she needs a new diaper (In fact, she started yelling "Mama, Butt!!" in the market the other day, it was quite funny) but while she loves to sit on her potty she won't do anything in it. I've seen her cross her legs and hold it in an effort to not do anything. She must have amazing muscle control because I'll leave her on there hoping she'll get tired and just go, bt she never does. I finally give up after a half hour or so and she'll immediately go in the diaper. Hopefully she'll start going in her potty soon. I'd like to not have to buy diapers anymore!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/20/2010

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If they are asking/telling you when they need to go, I would go for it. My daughter just turned 2 yesterday and she is pretty much potty trained - at home anyway. She still wears pull ups for outings, nap, and bedtime, but only panties at home. There are many outings where we get home and her pull ups are dry and she will tell me she needs to go while we are out.
We used the 3 day potty training method book by Lore Jensen... it was fabulous!

Megan - posted on 03/20/2010

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Hi my son Alex is 2 on Thursday and has just started in the last week telling us when he has done poos or wees. So after Thursday and seeing as we will be heading into school holidays we are going to start. My daughter Cathrine was toilet trained fully by 2yrs 2mths

Kathleen - posted on 03/19/2010

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I have introduced the idea with my son, but have not started pushing it. I would say if your daughter is doing that yes start it, she is definitely ready. My mom with me got me out of bed first thing in the morning and put me on the pot, she said with in about 6 months I was coming to her and telling her I needed to go.

I have been told when they don't like the dirty or wet diaper it is a good sign they are ready to be potty trained. Hope this helps a little bit.

Felicity - posted on 03/19/2010

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i would give it a go, if she is aware and willing then it wont hurt. my little girl turned 2 this weeks and has been dry by day for a month and at night for a week.

Christina - posted on 03/16/2010

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i think that you should start to do the potty thing because if she is telling you that she peeed and poop then yes i would start working with her on the potty. There are some cute book s out there that u can read to her, or make her sit on her potty as you go so that she can see what needs to be done.I don't know if that had helped you or not.

Melissa - posted on 03/10/2010

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Girl she has been ready for a while. The thing is to put her in big girl panties as put her on the pot every hr. It helps if your babysiter is willing to help with this. My son Michael is well on his way! Two weeks shy of being 2 and he is a big kid now!

Stef - posted on 03/05/2010

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Still nothing on the potty for our little girl :-( It'll happen soon enough. She sits on it everyday, let's us know when she has to go. I think she needs to do it just once and then she'll make the connection. it is very frustrating that's why I'm not gonna get determined until after her birthay (the 18th) and all that gos along with that. I would just love to be done with diapers by summer!! Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Heather - posted on 02/24/2010

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Hi! My daughter potty trained at 20 months. WOOO-HOOO! lol. She has been using the potty on a regular basis (about 3-5 times a day) since she was 13 months... when I started using cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers for her. She would go when she woke up in the mornings, before bath, before/after nap, and sometimes before bed. I think that's a good place to start.... give her a routine-like thing to use the potty. Once you have success with that, see how she tells you when she has to go. Knowing that you have to go and knowing when you've already went are completely different things! :-) How well does your daughter communicate? My daughter, Chyenne (03/25/08) is a TALKER! Her pediatrician says she speaks better than most 3-4 year olds that she sees. Communication has been very helpful with getting her potty trained. She doesn't even wear diapers to bed anymore! I'd skip the whole pull-ups stage (we did skip it)... because panties or regular underwear (or cloth diapers) helps a child feel when they are wet more verses disposables. :-) Good luck with everything! I'm happy to answer any questions!

Whitney - posted on 02/24/2010

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Dayton only lets me know if he is poo poo, he doesn't tell me if its just pee.I have been trying to start by introducing him to the potty. I sit him on it in the mornings, before his baths, and before bedtime. He has only gone pee pee once so far. Most of the time he just sits there and then plays with the toilet paper. This potty training business is not easy!!!!!!!

Nikki - posted on 02/24/2010

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my daughter just potty trained herself in the past month. She will be 2 in March. I just leave the potty in the family room and she ran around naked alot. She peed on the floor a couple of times but I told her that was bad and she needed to go sit on her potty. Fruit snacks were the treat for a while but now she doesn't even care about those. good luck hope it goes smoothly

LaLasha - posted on 02/23/2010

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I tried a week ago with my 23 month old and she liked it at first but I don't think her bladder is big enough and that is the biggest thing they really need to have dry stretches of at least 2 hours twice a day otherwise it is a waste of time because you child will get frustrated with accidents and always being on the potty.

Sarah - posted on 02/23/2010

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I started potty training before xmas, and it went well, but we live overseas and returned to the uk for the holidays, when all my little girls hard work went to pot with all the visitors and exciting things going on, and when we returned to normal i didn't force the issue as we'd moved to a new house and there was lots going on! Anyway last week she got up one morning and refused to have her nappie on, so i left it off, since then we've had no accidents, she goes and uses her potty then comes to get me to empty it when she's done. I must admit before xmas i was constantly harrassing the poor child asking her if she wanted a wee wee, and i think it was only my nagging that made her realise she wanted to go.

Katrina - posted on 02/23/2010

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Definitely make a start, being able to communicate when she pees and poops is a huge step. Start little and get her use to either the potto or a insert toilet seat. My boy Jack is 23 months and has been sitting on the toilet for about 2 months now and in the last couple of weeks has finally rewarded us with 2 pees and 2 poos, very exciting for him and us....

Agnieszka - posted on 02/22/2010

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My daughter is going to be 2 on March 30th and she has been going on the toilet for over two months now during day time. She still wears diaper at night, but during the day she is uncomfortable with it. I use the insert on the toilet so she thinks she is a big girl and she loves it. At the beginning I cheered her up and told her how great she was and even give her a little treat. Now she doesn't even need a treat, she just loves going on the toilet. Also Walmart has a Gerber's potty training underwear and they are really nice. They are almost $10 for two pairs, but I got them in Target in the states for $7.00 for three pairs. Good luck:)

Mayra - posted on 02/22/2010

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At my daughter's Day Care already started to potty train her. She will turn 2 years on march 21. But I have a problem, which is my lack of time to start her potty train her. I am a full-time student, I work 2 part-time jobs and I don't know how to manage my time to potty train her. I don't even know how to start or when to star? Can you help me? Thank you.

Leslie - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son is the sme way. He will tell me when he goes in his diaper but won't tell me before. He has used the potty a few times but won't do it everyday. The only advice I can give is to go for it. Give it a try and see how it goes. Some will take to it fast and some won't. You can always try the reward route. When they go in the potty give them a treat of some sort. Or you can be silly and make up a potty song and dance to do with them when they are done. Just give it time and if they don't seem ready than hold off. Good luck to all of you with the training.

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I started my son in Jan. He is doing excellent! Every time I take him -45min- he goes. I give him a sticker to put on his chart and he gets 1 mini M&M. If he poops in the potty he gets to pick 1 new Hot Wheels car out of the prize box. When I got the little potty out he knew exactly what it was for. He has a big sister -18m older- who he has watched in the last year learn to use the potty. I think this has helped him in knowing what your suppose to do. I potty him as soon as he gets up in the morning, before we leave the house and before meals, naps and bed. You just have to be consistent with it and remember it is a long process for most.

Jackie - posted on 02/20/2010

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Good point, Janell, about children who may not be able to say they have to potty. My mother in law was all over me when I mentioned us starting potty training because she thinks Erin can't speak well enough, but if she'd stop ragging on me about how to take care of my daughter and actually listen for a change she'd hear the words "potty" and "poopy" clearly enough.

Janell - posted on 02/20/2010

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My daughter Joelle does the same thing. She even puts her sit on the toliet and goes herself. I think that as soon as the child knows that they have went potty, it's time. Some parents even think that just because their child doesn't talk very well that it is not possible to potty train which is not true. It really depends on the child and if they don't want to, don't push to hard because they will rebel. Good Luck.

Sarah - posted on 02/20/2010

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We put our little girl in Pull-ups a while ago, just to get her used to the idea. We introduced a couple of different potties a few weeks ago, just for her to get used to having around. Every time we tried to get her to sit on one, though, she had a terrified fit. One evening, I sat her on her potty in the living room while she watched Dora, and eventually she peed by accident. I made such a huge deal of it, she became hooked to the "YAY NANA" dance, and started trying on purpose. That was 5 days ago, and now she's peeing and pooping more in the potty than in her pull-ups. I think that the reward made the biggest difference!

Jackie - posted on 02/20/2010

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My husband and I are trying to potty train our daughter, but so far, she just sits on the potty and doesn't "do" anything. She likes to sit on it though, which we see as a good sign. She does tell us sometimes that she has to go, but she says she has to potty after she already did. She doesn't *quite* understand that in order to use the potty she has to say "potty" BEFORE using her diaper.

Charline - posted on 02/20/2010

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yes my son is 2 on the 31st of march & he is already using the toilet when he does nt have a nappy on sometmes letting them run round in the nud teaches them 2 go to the toilet i brght a wee sit 4 the toilet & he luvs it can climb on & everythn he luvs feeling like a big boy but its all down to the child really when they r ready they will go with a little incouragement im sure my daughter didnt start using the toilet till after 2. hope that helps

Kellye - posted on 02/19/2010

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Our son is telling us when he goes. I have a huge bag of skittles by his potty and every once in a while he will tell me he wants to potty. On the other side of this coin... he will throw a complete fit if you ask him and he doesn't want to set on the potty. not even for his candy, or when you ask he says "YEAH" and then tries to get his candy. But he does tell me I poop. Won't be long... boys are definately easier than girls though. I have already raised 5 kids the ages 17-23 now. Starting over.

Jadie - posted on 02/19/2010

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My Daughter Does The Same Thing To Us...She Did Both The Same Day We Bought Her The Potty (About 1 Month Ago) And Ever Since Then She Hasn't Done Anything...She Won't Even Sit On The Potty. She Begins To Run Away & Cry As Soon As She Sees It Or Even Thinks We're Goin To Put Her On It...After Reading The Replies Of Others I'm Goin To Try A Couple Of Things...Good Luck To U (And Me Lol)

Jennifer - posted on 02/19/2010

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why not? If she's interested get a small potty - Baby Bjorn makes one... and put her on it when she wakes in the am or from a nap... worked well with my first and doing not poorly with my second

Kara - posted on 02/19/2010

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I had been letting my daughter go when she wanted, but not really feeling ready to put any effort into it myself. Last week I decided to go ahead and let her run around naked to see how she did. Now she is totally potty trained! She has been wearing the thick gerber training panties for days with very few accidents! Don't do it until you are both ready, then prepare for some frustration, but it feels so great when you are done.

Iris - posted on 02/19/2010

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i am having the same problem, my almoust 2 yr old girl is telling me when she has pooped or when she wants a diper change, even picks the dipper herself and all, but when i tried the potty at first she sat on it, i made a big deal of it, made a party, but did not take long for her to get tired of sitting and left, now she hates sitting on it and uses it as a hat...fgunny thing is she sees us using the toilet and likes it when i wash her on the toilet, but doesnt potty!!! i guess its not time.

Anne - posted on 02/18/2010

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My triplets (identical boys and a girl) are now 22 months old. We have had them running around in training pants for a few months and they definitely know when they have made a poo or a wee and will all come running yelling "poo, poo". We've had one or two successes in the toilet or the potty, or the boys run to the flowers to make a wee, but its a LONG process and there actually is very little success in the potty. I'm debating whether to leave it a few months or not as I sort of think if they see it they will eventually click. Just a bit of a clean up job round the clock. Any tips from training the twins?

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Sounds like she is ready to learn what to do.

I am not potty training my son. After potty training twins, I've decided that it isn't worth the hassle at this time. ;) That being said, the first time my son pooped (partially) in the toilet he was 15 months old. He has a cousin who is 11 months older than he is, so he's been involved in the process for quite a while. I am gently encouraging him, but whether he uses his diaper or the potty is still entirely up to him.

Kamara - posted on 02/16/2010

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thanks. i take him with me and based on what he does i think he understands but is doesn't want to. he has started pointing to the bathroom and saying pee pee and when i check his diaper he has poo in it. i just hope that he learns soon as i will be returining to work and not everyone is as patient with your child as you are.

Erin - posted on 02/16/2010

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i started the potty training process when she started taking her diaper off ... when i had to use the bathroom i would bring her in with me and i would use it then set her on it so she would get that the idea that the potty is for peeing and pooping in ... she pees in the potty every time i set her on it but she still wont poop in it ... i dont scold her for not using the potty but i praise her and give her a hug or a kiss when she does use the potty

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