Potty Training

Stacy - posted on 01/22/2010 ( 53 moms have responded )

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When do you think is a good time to start? I have twin boys and just wondering if anyone else is starting?

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Jackie - posted on 02/13/2010

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my son is fully potty trained and this is how i did it. i had a full week off and dedicated it to potty training. day 1 i took all diapers away, put on "big boy undies" cranked up the heat in the house so he wasnt cold, and was his shadow for the whole day. Everytime he looked like he had to go I put him on and even when he made a mistake ( there was many that day) I put him on the potty. day2-3 i did the samething though I was going crazy because I didnt get much else done around the house, my son however was making less mistakes by day3. Everytime he actually went on potty i would give him a little chocolate chip and we would flush together say byebye to the pee/poopy. I know alittle weird but he thoguht it was really cool. by day 4 i had enough trust him to keep his pants on during the day instead of just his shirts and undies. By the end of the week he was having no mistakes. it has been a month since and i can go anywhere, shopping, fun kid events, visiting people, etc... and he will tell me when he has to go, he'll even wait if we dont have access to a potty ( like if we are in the car). I'm not sure if my methods will work for everyone, especially with twins, but if you are determined it could work! :)

Kim - posted on 02/13/2010

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Potty training can be stressful. I started my daughter way too early and all it did was drag out the process. I find with most of my friends they didn't start having success until about 2 1/2. My daycare has the same philosophy. The way they do it, is take the children to the potty at regular intervals. The kids use training paints so they don't stay dry all the time. Good luck.

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Christy - posted on 06/07/2011

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If your child or children's is a 1 1/2 is a good time to start potty training, by the time they are two yrs old they are out of diaper and in underwear.

Hilda - posted on 03/27/2010

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im not to sure my mom always said just start train'n the child when he or she starts to show signs of needing to potty train such as taking he/she diaper off all the time and facination of the potty....lol

Amy - posted on 03/26/2010

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Any suggestions on how to get them to sit on the potty? My daughter loves playing with the potty chair, she puts her babies in it etc. But when I set her on it she screams terribly, we've never had a bad experience. I've tried reading stories to her, giving her toys, singing and bribbing with candy/stickers. She's only 22 months, but I'm ready for her to be potty trained, lol.

Hiliany - posted on 03/25/2010

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Every kid is different, you got to look for the signs. Are they starting to ask you to change their diaper when they are dirty? Are they showing interest in the potty? They stay dryer longer? Definetly start by reading them books, and playing them potty movies. That way they will start getting familiar with it. Also announce to them when you are going potty, and go with them through every step. Tell them everything you are doing. Also ask dad to help, right now they want to imitate everything you are doing. Then start asking them every half hour if they want to go potty, when they do reward them with a treat, it can be stickers, gummy bears, or whatever they like. Just one at a time! That way they will want to go just to get a treat. Once they start going pipi, then only treat them for pupu. Until they learn they are suppose to go and just stop treating them, and just give them even bigger assignments for them to get treats!

Jessica - posted on 03/24/2010

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I started potty training all of my kids when they turned two years old. My son took longer he is just finally potty trained at 3. My girls were easier then him. Now im potty training my youngest and she will be 2 on may 27th and she is doing good !!!!

Jennifer - posted on 03/24/2010

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We bought our daughter a potty chair about six months ago, when she was 16 months old or so. She started showing interest when we were using the bathroom, so we figured it was time to get her started. She yells potty when she wants to go in there, but hardly ever actually goes. She did for a while, but now that she is almost two, she doesn't really show interest in using it anymore.

Lori - posted on 03/23/2010

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We started with our son at about 18-19 months. He is now almost potty trained completely. He tells us when he needs to poop or pee and rarely has an accident. I think the best time to start potty training is as soon as possible, by getting them used to the potty even if they don't go. We also used the reward system. We bought a bag of chocolate chips and only gave him chocolate chips when he used the potty 4 for peeing and 6 for pooping. He now asks for a chocolate chip as he is pooping and it has become a great motivator for him.

Lenn - posted on 03/23/2010

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well with my daughter I worked with her for about a month but a week before I went into labor with my son was when i started putting her in big girl pantys, Crazy I know! but by the time I had my sone she was trained! grated we had accidents most of the time just when she was playing cause she didn't wanna stop playing. We finally showed her it was ok to stop an potty that it didn't mean play time was over, Now my son will be 2 in may an I'm workin on potty training him he will use the big boy potty but like one of the other moms said when he has his diper on he won't tell me til after he's pottyed! but with his big boy undies on he lets me know Hey I gotta Potty Now!!! LOL

Adantsi - posted on 03/23/2010

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Hi Ladies, thanx for the inputs. This is our story: I started my son (22 months old tomorrow) on this potty issue from 14 months. Up to now he would gladly sit on it for as long as and would even have stand up breaks but not do anything there! He would make signs when he wishes to use it but would sit comfortably and cross his legs like an adult on a sofa. For a week now he would go to the toilet bowl and wee-wee right at the base. I believe we are getting there. I'm not fussy about it and have chosen to go at his pace. Funny too that after doing it anywhere else in the house, he looks for the nearest toilet to flush (wireless flushing we call it). Or rushes to sit on the potty after he is cleaned. Gladly, day times are without diapers!

Kyrsten - posted on 03/10/2010

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A friend told me that most (not all) boys train better a little later, around 3 or so. But the best rule is to start when everyone is ready. The best book I've found is "The No Cry Potty Training Solution". It gives you a readiness test for both you and your little one(s) and ways to prep your kiddo before starting. I waited until my boy was almost 3 and potty training was remarkably easy. It helped that I minimized my stress by reading that book and by remembering that it's a learning process with advances and set backs. Best wishes with your twins!

Takela - posted on 03/10/2010

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i have a 21 month old and i just started..but it depends on the child abd the ready signs so look for the signs and go from there

Ashley - posted on 03/08/2010

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I went bought a froggy potty chair just the other day and Im starting. My son will be 2 May 18th and he loves to flush the toilet for me, goes in everytime I do, gets his own diaper and knows how to wipe himself, let me note i do not let him do that but he likes to pretend, lol!! Im not forcing him but im letting him get comfortable with the potty chair! He likes to sit on it!!

Terri - posted on 03/08/2010

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Hi, My daughter is already toilet trained. She is also 21months. She has her occasional accidents when she doesn't make it in time, but she has been in undies now, for a week.

I skipped the potty, and just let her run around with undies on or naked, being summer, at home. But, I didnt rush her, even though she was showing interest for ages. I started over the christmas holidays, sitting her on the toilet and asking her if she needed to go, all day. Good luck!!! I found it very easy!!! But, all childeren are different.

Marlene - posted on 03/07/2010

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i have a daughter, i was so uncious how and when i should start to put her on potty, but one time i decide that i am going to start now. she was on 14 months when i start put her immediatly on the toilet seat more often evn if she doesnt want and within two weeks she start to hold her bladder and give me sign for that. BUT IT STRESSED IN WINTER

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We've just started trying to get AJ (21 mos) on the potty with little success. I don't think he is ready yet but I am trying to get him familiar with it and making a point to tell him whe he has peed or pooed in his diaper so he starts to put 2 & 2 together.
That being said, when I think he is ready, I will do the same thing I did with my older boy and just go the naked route. We have hardwood floors, mind you. I started working with him around 2 and by 2.5, he was fully potty trained (We did have a problem pregnancy in between & my hubby was not comfortable with my method and did not work with him as I had been doing so it slowed the process down). I let him run around naked, If he would start to go, he stopped himself and ran to the potty. It only worked if he was naked though. I tried pull-ups, underwear and just shorts or pants with nothing underneath and he would not stop himself. He also was not very responsive to an award chart or to stickers, he just did it and I made sure to praise him.

Collette - posted on 03/06/2010

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If you look up Potty Training online, you can find many useful tips on when you know your boys are ready. BabyCenter usually has great tips and you can sign up for weekly emails. You don't want to push training to early, but there is no harm in trying if they appear interested in the potty. They usually say boys train later than girls. Do some research and go with your mommy instinct.

Amanda - posted on 03/06/2010

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i haven't even got a potty yet... my little man will be two in may and he still seems so young... just don't want him to grow up sooo quick :0(

Maria - posted on 03/06/2010

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All 3 of my boys showed interest in potty training at 18 months but the first 2 didn't actually train until right at 3. I didn't push them; I had heard too many bad stories about training too quickly. By 3, it happened very easily and naturally and they never had accidents or bed wetting. This time, I'm waiting until 21/2 to start again.

Heather - posted on 03/05/2010

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Girls are certainly easier than boys. My older boy didn't really get potty trained. We had a pool and he wouldn't pee in it so he got out and peed off the deck. He wouldn't go on a toliet but went outside all the time. Poop we just watched him and recognized when he had to go. If he had an accident we squirted him with the hose to clean him. He knew what he was doing and when he had to go. He got the hose 2 times before he went on the pot and a lady at our church gave him a quarter when he went on the toliet cos it was coming up on winter. After she was down about $3 I told her it was time to stop now he is going. good luck. He was just over 2.

Julie - posted on 03/05/2010

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I have started with my son and he, knock on wood, so far has done very well with it. Of course as of right now, he is just doing it the majority of the time on demand. He is not telling me that he has to go yet. I will put him on the potty and sometimes he will go and sometimes he won't. I usually do it right when he gets up and right before bed time. Then the sitter does a good job of offering it to him throughout the day. He has his good days and bad but if I can get him the majority of the way trained by summer I will be thrilled to death! :)

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We started Savannah about 3 weeks ago. She has multiple what i call "misses" on the #1 but she's been really successful with the #2s. She wears the training underwear and covers throughout the day. Daycare puts her in diapers at nap time and I pick her up at 2:45 so she is usually still wearing a diaper but once we get home we go back to panties until bedtime.

Traci - posted on 03/04/2010

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My son started potty training 2 saturday's ago, all on his own. I got up in the morning and went into use the bathroom and he followed me in like always, and he just started pulling on his pants so i striped him down and sat him on his potty chair (originally bought for my almost 3 year old who could care less) and he's been doing great ever since and he has pooped in the potty 3 times already........It is pretty much up to them when they start potty training. If you take them everytime you go and give them and idea that its fun, they may start sooner. It all depends upon the kiddo.

Brionna - posted on 03/01/2010

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my daughter hates wearing a diaper but loves her potty chair too much to pee or poop in it. she uses it more for storage then anything else and lets her baby dolls sit on it. she has only had it for about a week but so far she has only peed and pooped NEXT to it but NOT on it. i think she will get the hang of it soon. hopefully i won't have to pee on it for her to get the concept. lol.

Kristen - posted on 02/22/2010

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I haven't really pushed the issue at all with my daughter. We bought her a potty for Christmas, and it has been in the bathroom since. She loves sitting on it (with clothes on) all the time. I started sitting her on it (no diaper) for three counts of ten when she was getting ready to go in the bath in the evening, but not all the time, particularly if she was resistant. She is always allowed in the bathroom while I potty so she can see what is supposed to be happening in there. The other night she came in with just a diaper on while I was using the restroom. I had her sit on the potty and I read her a couple of books. When she got up she had gone! I made a big fuss, and the next day when one of her friends (older) was going potty she asked to go too! Didn't do anything, but she asked to sit. I am just going to keep sitting her on it when she wants to and when she starts acting "ready" I will be more consistent. Right now I just want it to be fun for both of us.

Danielle - posted on 02/21/2010

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I also have twins-a girl and a boy. They just turned 3 at the end of November and each potty trained differently and in their own time. We also started last spring but they weren't very consistent. Pretty much would only go outside when they were swimming (we lived in Houston TX so it was pretty warm). We then moved to Wisconsin and again they would only go outside. I had a week of vacation in November and Will decided he was ready. Monday morning he was wearing diapers, by Friday he was wearing underwear and didn't have any accidents the entire week. He has had several accidents since then (mostly at night) but I consider him potty trained. Now, Gwen was a different story. She waited til January, again I had a week off work, when she said no more diapers. She also potty trained in about a week, but we have had multiple accidents until a week ago when she said big girls don't potty their pants and no accidents since then. She does however have to be reminded and asked if she needed to go potty. So, the end result is: each child is different and will decide when they are ready.

Heather - posted on 02/19/2010

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I have started my 20 mo old daughter. and I felt that if i just introduced it she can go from there and see what happens. So I bought her a potty for x mas, and made a big deal out of the potty and it sits on the toilet. And I just started putting her on it while i run her bath at night. Now that is the first thing she grabbs. And now she tells ya when she is done, on the potty. (She doesn't really do any thing most of the time, but she has the idea. There have been a few times she has peed, and she get the great big pee pee dance LOL) She now tells us when she has in her words "tee teed or poo pooed" in her diaper and wants changed. I guess in a few words she loves it so far. I don't push the subject on her either. I want it to be a fun thing for her.
Hope it helps a little
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Kylie-Jane - posted on 02/17/2010

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I have recently started with my little girl. She is pretty good at telling me when she needs to 'poo-poo' but will wait until after the event for wee's. We started by just letting her run around without any pants during the day (it's pretty hot here!) and kept a close eye out for any signs of action. There were a couple of mishaps but I want this experience to be less stressful (for me!) than it was with my first daughter. I'm optimistic that I can be done with the whole thing by the time she is two.

Alanna - posted on 02/17/2010

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i honestly don't know when it's a good time to start but my little guy is about to be 21 months and i have already started to introduce him to the potty. Now every time we are in the bathroom he makes it a point to mention the potty. But i would imagine that i would really depend on the child and when they seem like they are ready.

Laila - posted on 02/17/2010

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Yup started... for #2 -- she will either tell me or if I know she's going I'll rush her to the potty.

Rachel - posted on 02/17/2010

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ive been trying wiv my son 4 bout 5 months and he hasnt gone not once his sat on it once but not 4 long

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2010

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The most important thing in potty training is to let the child set the pace. I bought my son a potty at 12 months and at first he just played with it, he would sit on it when mommy went potty. Then I started trying to get him to sit more by giving him rewards, like M&M's. After a couple of months he started telling me when he had to go, only every once in a while. Now he is 21 months and we have moved up to cloth training pants, they act like underwear so your child knows when he has gone but the are a little absorbant. The biggest thing is let them lead you and try to notice when they are ready for the next stage.

Devon - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter has been in underwear for over a month now. I introduced the potty at around 11 months and she would sit on it before a bath and brush her teeth. She was ready at 20 months and got it right away. My son was 19 months when he was potty trained. he took about a day and a half to get it.

Danielle - posted on 02/17/2010

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my son is 21 months hes been wearing underwear or boxers over his diaper but hes not sure about them without a diaper. im not sure how to go about starting him on the potty my daughter was very easy!! never had an accident through the night or the day.How do i start him sitting, standing??? just not sure what would be best and less messy!!!

Meranda - posted on 02/16/2010

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My daughter has been potty trained over a month now and she is 20 months. You need to be ready to potty train and to show your little one how excited you are and that you are there to motivate even when there are accidents. We set a timer about every hour to remind me to ask her if she needed to go. I allowed her to be in the bathroom when I needed to "potty" and did a potty dance every time I would go or she does. Once she got that part down, we included everyone in the house (even at others homes) with our potty dance outside of the bathroom when she was rewarded. Once she understood what to do, we removed diapers when home and once she was able to stay dry at others' homes we removed the PullUps as I didn't want them to deal with wet carpets until she was able to know to go even when distracted.
It doesn't take long - just consistency on your part and a lot of excitement - don't use the PullUps much or the little one figures out they are "ok" to have accidents when wearing. We now are working on night-time as she is still sleeping in a crib but no water after supper other then a sip with teeth brushing has kept her diapers dry so far! Good Luck!!

Faith - posted on 02/15/2010

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I think it's good to start as soon as they show an interest or when they start waking up in the morning with dry diapers. My first son started showing an interest (by requesting to go potty), when he was only 15-16 months old and we followed his lead, praised every pee and poop that occured...he'd go for weeks consistently and then stop for weeks consistently. It was fun. As soon as he started waking up with a dry diaper, that's when we knew he was physically/developmentally ready to train more assertively and we did. We then created a sticker reward system, which led to training pants, a trip to walmart to pick out the famous underwear of choice, and he was 100% potty-trained by the time he was 2.4years old.(no accidents, sleeping through the night in underwear.. fully trained).
However, my 21 month old now is different. He has only asked to sit on the potty 2 times in 3 months and when he wakes up dry (very inconsistently) the last thing he wants to do is go potty..so I'm waiting till I get some more signals from him. I think the dry diaper in am is a key component to truly start potty training successfully.

Mary - posted on 02/15/2010

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i tried about a month ago with my son he is 19 months old he doesnt tell me when he has to go so when i go i take him but it only worked for a little and of course at least once an hour but he only went like 4 times so we are going to wait for a little bit longer because he doesnt care if he is wet or not.

Derrica - posted on 02/11/2010

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my son has been potty trained for about 3 months now. i started when he starting walking and could go sit on the pot without any help. everytime someone in the house went, they took him too so he could see what was going on. and when i was ready to really start trying i would give him extra milk, juice or water so he would go sooner and would take him every 10 mins for about an hour at a time until he went and when he did we made a huge deal about it then he was excited to go and now goes on his own

Stacy - posted on 02/11/2010

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Thanks everyone! We are only three days into training but we are taking it very slow...no rush:) Good luck to the rest of you

Michelle - posted on 02/07/2010

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We've been working on it for a few months but more by chance than anything. My oldest has special needs and we've been trying to train him. He started insisting that the little one go first so we started putting her on. In the last 2 weeks she's been telling us when she's going and tries to make it to the potty. She's not always successful but we're getting closer. We're hoping her move to underwear will help motivate her brother who could care less.
I don't know if anyone else had the same problem that I had in that my daughter is very tiny. She's mostly into 12 month sizes now and it was very hard to find panties small enough for her. I ended up ordering some online from potty patty. They seem to be pretty good so far. We're hoping to make the complete switch from diapers next week when I'm on vacation.

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We are just thinking of getting started, we have a potty seat that goes on the big toilet. My son will sit on it and play ,we throw foam letters into a basket, but he still hasn't gone in the potty. I think he is confused and thinks the bathtub is for peeing, the other day he pointed to the tub and said "pee". He is now consistently peeing every time he gets into the tub!

Amy - posted on 02/01/2010

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We just started training my daughter about 3 weeks, and she is doing great. We were very surprised in her interest and abilities to train at what I thought was a young age. Our son didnt start potty training until closer to 2 1/2 and wanst fully trained until just before his 3rd birthday. I think every child is different and you will probably know when they are ready. We decided Gabby was ready because she can dress and undress herself, ask to go to the potty and has genuine interest in using it. I started by sitting her on the big potty with a seat which she liked and was able to do but then this week bought a little potty so that she can feel a little more indendent about getting up and down, and she really likes that it is just hers. (Her fav word is Mine LOL) She was a little apprehensive about it at first but has been using it well for 2 days now. We wont know for a few weeks if she is going to really be successful at this age, but it sure is looking like it. Good Luck!!

Tigger - posted on 02/01/2010

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My little guy tells me AFTER he has wet his diaper!! I have a potty chair in the bathroom, and he will come and sit on it when I am going...:) He still has his pants on and such, but it is a first step. I am not worried, they will all master it in their own time.

Melanie - posted on 02/01/2010

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My daughter was born May 12 2008 and her doctor says to wait until she is two years old. He says that they'll let you know when they are ready by showing signs of interest, no wet diapers at night, and so on. Even though she is only 20 months old she has been showing signs of being ready for a couple of months now. I have put her in pull ups and bought a potty chair for her. It's hit and miss. She can go days and do really good and then a few days were she doesn't even want to try. Of course I have heard boys should wait until they are 3 years.

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We are starting with our son who will be 2 in May also, we did cold turkey (underwear only) for about 3 days. He'll sit on the toilet now and has actually used it a couple of times, but isn't seeming to quite get it yet. We've gone back to diapers for a couple of weeks and then we'll try again and see if he's more interested. Both my girls were COMPLETELY trained by this point, but boys are different I've been told. I believe it depends on the kid and each is different. If he's interested, give it a try. When you actually introduce him to sitting on the toilet with no pants on he may let you know he isn't interested.

Crystal - posted on 01/26/2010

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I started putting my daughter on the potty for a couple weeks now. She has only gone a couple times, but doesn't mind sitting on it for awhile. I'm going to try just putting her in big girl undies & taking her to the potty every 20 min. She's really smart. i think she'll pick it up fast as long as I keep it consistant. Tonight we changed her crib to a toddlers bed. She did really good. I'm so proud of her. Good Luck with the potty training ladies.

Tiffany - posted on 01/26/2010

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I have introduced my son to the potty and he will sit on it for a little while. He hasn't used it yet, but he is discovering when he needs to go, he will run for the bathroom door but wet his diaper before he can get to the potty or wait until he is off the potty before he goes. They are still younge and boys may take longer than girls, if they seem interested it is a good time to start.

Sabrina - posted on 01/26/2010

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i stared just putting my son on there because my duaghter is potty trained, so im taking it slower w him then i did w her! but idk we shall see!

Janine - posted on 01/25/2010

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I have twin girls and I started training them at the beginning of January. I haven't been very aggressive because we are going away in February and I am worried that it will just set them back anyway. I started potty traing my other 3 children all around 18 months and they were done by 24 months. That is my plan with the girls too, so i hope it works. Good luck with your boys!

Jessica - posted on 01/24/2010

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Well my son will be two in may and I have been working with him for months but hes almost got it now. Try the Elmos Potty Time Dvd Chris loves it!

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