How to potty train one year old boy?

Lakeya - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I had brought him a potty since his first birthday and now he's 17 months and still don't know how to use the potty and i want to know what to do?

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Jenell - posted on 03/29/2010

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Lakeya not sure how verbal your son is at that age because some are more verbal than others and some tend to understand a little more than others at that age. My son is going on 22mos and he decided on his own he wanted to use the potty. I am going to be real honest with you, it may sound crazy but since dad isnt around 24/7 my son goes to the restroom with me almost everytime when we are home, and I explain to him exactly what mommy is doing. About a month ago, he began to just point at the toilet so I sat him on it, and my baby boy started to pee. I was so excited because I asked did he have to go, and he said yes. He's not fully potty trained because he doesnt understand his urges, but what I have started to do is at night and every morning I put him on the toilet and he goes. He thinks it's the coolest thing ever. I high five him and put on his diaper. So try doing that if you havent, oh one quick note, at night when he goes I am also running his bath water so that also makes him go too. Watch your son when you take his diaper off, if he starts to look down like he is about to use the restroom when you take the diaper off, put him right on the toilet. I had to do that with my son a couple of times. Hope any ideas help, good luck!

Rachel - posted on 03/28/2010

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I started to train my son when he was about 2 and a half, and it took him a good year.. Boys btend to be slower than girls on the training part.. I sugest no nappy for day time just jocks as this shows them the wetness.. Pull ups are a waste of money.. Be ware of finding puddles of pee in odd spots including over the doors.. But they just learning.. oh and my son never used a potty.. Big toilet with the steps... Put a ping pong ball in the toilet and get him to aim:)

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Rebecca - posted on 06/11/2013

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My son is 14 months, and ever since he could follow me in a walker he has come to the bathroom with me. Once he could crawl and get through the door he would pull himself up and watch me wipe (creepy yes) I would try to push him away but it was not like I could take him out of the bathroom when I was in there. Well at 12 months he said to me diaper and would pull it off once he peed. Now he tells me before he has to go "pee pee pee" and I take him in take the diaper off and he goes. He thinks it is a game and he claps when he is finished. He has figured out he has the urge and lets me know. I keep a diaper on him because he hasn't figured out how to say poop. But he does grunt and I try to set him on the pot so he will understand I do that there to. It is not impossible to train them young, my ped. said once he understands what his body is telling him he will do it and I am finding that he is, which is funny because his 3 y/o cousin has yet to figure out the urge.

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when hes oldd enuf to stand at toilet put a ping pong ball in the toilet get him to aim for it, it wont flush coz it floats , i bet even dads have a turn lol

Rhonda - posted on 04/04/2010

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My pediiatricain advised me when my son was 18 months that girls train around 2 and boys 2 1/2. My 1st was 20 months and my second was 2 1/2. It all depends on the muscle development in that part of the body.

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You just keep it around and show him what to do and let him develop at his own pace. 17 months is YOUNG (though not always impossible) for potty training and if you push him it could very well backfire and take a lot longer.

Susan - posted on 04/02/2010

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He may just not be ready yet!! 17 months, especially for a boy is a little young. My son was 2 1/2 when he really was ready. He also knew he had me wrapped around his finger. I had to send him to "Potty Training Boot Camp" (a weekend with his favorite aunt and cousins). With all the praise they gave him, it was just what he needed. Even though I used the same technique and praise system, for some reason he would do it for them but not for me! He has never had an accident to this day! Find someone that your youngster feels comfortable with and wants to be good for. This may be the catalyst he needs! Good luck.

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not really sure why you're potty training so young, its recommended to start at 2-2 1/2yrs because they don't understand before then but if you must then sit him on the potty around the time he normally goes and keep him there til he goes (sit him in front of the TV if need be) and when he goes in the potty give him lots of praise and if need be a healthy treat as a reward. keep doing this and eventually he'll figure it out when he's old enough to actually understand

Sharon - posted on 04/01/2010

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dont lose heart hun, i'm still trying to toilet train my 3 yr old boy!! My girls were out of nappies day and night by 2 yrs old, but boys are slower generally. I'm sure your little man will get there in the end!! I've just started using a reward chart, a red star for using the toilet once and a gold star for using it all day ( and a gold star = a treat). He likes the idea of a treat and is an incentive

Lisa - posted on 03/31/2010

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Since I am a single mama, I take my 14 month old son into the bathroom with me when I go to the bathroom. He knows what I am doing. When I get up off the toilet, he puts the seat down and flushes it. He gets so mad if I try to do it myself.

Also, what I have noticed lately because I would accidently step in it (EWW lol) He would poop in the shower, so before I get in the shower with him, I sit him on the toilet and I grunt. Then he grunts and goes to the bathroom.

Since this is in his normal routine, I am sure it will be easier than not. Hopefully I didn't jinx myself lol But be consistant and have patience!

Jenell - posted on 03/30/2010

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I heard the same thing about the cheerios, to turn into some sort of game for them.

Nickell - posted on 03/29/2010

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a friend of mines told me to put cheerios in the potty nd tell him to aim for them. its fun and it'll help with the potty training.

Rebecca - posted on 03/29/2010

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you just got to continue to work with him on it..

i started to potty train my little girl at one and she's 2 years and 3 months and she still isnt completely potty trained.

just keep putting him on it and say lets go pee pee. praise him when he goes and give him a treat. if he doesnt go or uses his diaper or messes on the floor dont punish him just tell him its ok and say we can try again next time.

he might no be ready for it......they say 2 is a good age to start but some kids are a little later then that.

dont loose hope, he will get it.

you can use a potty or the toilet. i got a potty in my childs bedroom on top of her using the toilet. she will use both - sometimes its a preferance. also he could feel embarrased with you standing there so you might try to turn your back or walk around the corner.

Meghan - posted on 03/28/2010

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I am going to start my son next month at 18 months and see how he does. I have heard not to use a potty aswell, just use the toliet, otherwise it's like training them twice. I don't expect this to just happen right away, like Rachel said boys tend to be harder and 17/18 months is still really young! Good luck though and I will be checking to see if there are some good tips!

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