How to potty train a 1yr old child?

Hearty Cindy - posted on 08/30/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my son is still not potty trained. He does not say anything when he about to pee. he just laugh or smile after because he's caught in the act. I'e tried bringing him to the comfort room when i can sense that he's about to go but he still havent manage on his own... i've bought a potty but of no use... please give me tips..

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Marilyn - posted on 09/02/2009

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Well I have a 1yr old daughter and every morning when she wakes up I put her on the pot. I ask her "do u have to pee-pee?" Just the other day she said "no" then she stood up and put her wipe in the pot. Now she is getting the hang of it. I also demonstrate 4 her when I use the bathroom 2.

Vicki - posted on 09/03/2009

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Quoting Kristin:

Children don't start potty training until about 9months to a year after they start walking. It takes that long for them to strengthen their pelvic-floor muscles by walking and being active. they can't control their muscles until then....



That's an interesting theory, and it sure SOUNDS like it could be true.



My son has gone eight or nine hours through the night without wetting himself since he was about three months old. Hm. One might think that would take some sort of muscle control. Now at eight months old, he can hold it until he gets to the potty. That's bladder control. Hold and release. He's not walking. He's not even crawling.



 



It's understandable that everyone believes a child is "not ready" until a certain age, because of this reason or that. It's what you've always known. Just like people always knew the earth was flat.

Kristin - posted on 09/03/2009

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Children don't start potty training until about 9months to a year after they start walking. It takes that long for them to strengthen their pelvic-floor muscles by walking and being active. they can't control their muscles until then. Wait a few more months and start when you notice him going off by himself and being quiet while doing his "business". This is the perfect time to start because you know he's ready. Don't let him wander around with a drink all the time. Give him milk or juice with meals and water only in between. Take him to the potty within 15 minutes of each meal. Tell him good job every time he sits on the potty patiently and tries. If he does go in the toilet give him a special treat that he can only get if he uses the potty. My son got sugarless jelly-beans each time he went and he loved it. Good Luck.

Vicki - posted on 08/31/2009

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Look up "Elimination Communication" and "Diaper Free Baby."

One year old is NOT too young to be potty trained. They DO have real bladder control, albeit pretty small bladders, so don't expect him to be able to hold it as long as an adult.



First begin with timing. After waking, after meals, before leaving home and on returning home. You can do part-time training or full-time training. You can do just at home, or while out as well. When he uses the potty, talk to him about what he is doing. Use a signal or a sign for "potty." Some say a "pss pss" noise like water works. Don't become disappointed in him or yourself for misses. You will pick up on his cues in time.



A theory of mine is that diapers that wick away moisture will keep a child from being potty trained. If he can pee and not feel it, then why fix what ain't broke? Use cloth diapers. He will FEEL he is wet and will dislike it, and as such he will prefer to use the potty.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 08/31/2009

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That is not an age appropriate expectation. The normal age for a boy to potty train is 33 months...so almost 3 years old. By having expectations that your child can't meet you are hurting his self esteem and showing him that he can't please you.

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Manda - posted on 09/02/2009

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YOU will know when he is ready to be potty trained, at 1 there is no point pushing the issue, my son is 15months old and potty training isnt even on the cards

Liza - posted on 09/01/2009

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I wish you good luck in trying to train a one year old because that is a little hard to do. I just finish traing my three year old and i had a hard time doing it. I think the right age to potty train a baby is about two to three years of age but you should talk to his doctor about this. Good luck

Vicki - posted on 09/01/2009

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Hmm, a friend of mine had her son on the potty before he was two.

How is it that the child wouldn't be ready? I'm a little confused. If EC works for a one year old, how is that not being potty trained?

Chelseaszidik - posted on 09/01/2009

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No a child who is just 2 is usually not ready to potty train. This child obviously is not ready to potty train from what the mother has said. I am a preschool teacher in a daycare that also serves toddlers. The youngest child we have has potty train in my 5 years working there is a 25 month old. Having age appropriate expectations is key when working with young children if we want to raise self assured children with a positive self image. Even if we don't have a "negative" reaction to a child having an accident at one year of age by not saying "oh no" or something similar we are conveying that it was a mistake from our body language. There is virtually no way to mop up pee and poop while truly conveying that it is fine and we are indifferent.

Vicki - posted on 09/01/2009

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Why not?

By the way the child in question here is actually one year and ten months old. Practically two. Is that more of an appropriate age?

Chelseaszidik - posted on 09/01/2009

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Vicki there is a HUGE difference between elimination communication and potty training. You may be able to make a sign that your child uses so that you can whisk them off to the potty maybe in time but to expect them to go to the bathroom on their own which is what potty training is not an age appropriate expectation for a one year old.

Charmaine - posted on 08/31/2009

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my 2 year old son is the same i got him a stall for the toilet and he is startin to tell me when he wants to go but he wont use a potty only a toilet

Anna - posted on 08/31/2009

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I agree with Hunter. This is way to early to potty train. My advice to you and anyone else is give you child time to understand what potty even means. At one they dont have real badder and anal controll. After two if your child shows signs of wanting to use the big bathroom, then I would try, only then. You could cause him or her to regress if you push this on them. Be patient!!

Michelle - posted on 08/30/2009

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when he gets up first thing the morning take him to the bathroom,after he eats go to the bathroom after 15 twenty mins. you have to be on it, get training pants not pull ups still reminders of diapers that is the worst thing they ever made it prolongs everything, our parents didn't use pull ups for us, just some company trying to make more money

Allison - posted on 08/30/2009

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Mosy boys arent ptooy trained completly until 3yrs old My aughter was 19 months when she told me & everyone thought that was young it takes 6 to 9 months before they totally learn it the best advise i can give u is dont rush he will know hes ready also try parents.com for some tips they have a lot of great ones pampers & huggies websites both have a checklist for cues of readiness and u can get a free pull up on the pampers one sticker charts work great too hope this helps

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Is your child only 1? if so, do not even try! One is not the appropiate age to begin potty training. Most infants that are one can't even walk yet. Talk to your pediatrician, they will give you the same advice.

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