Tips for potty training

Rachel - posted on 02/15/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi, I have a 30 month old son who was born 34 weeks preemi. I want to start to potty train him but im not sure he is ready yet. He does not talk too much yet, mostly baby talk and points and says two or three words and copy cats certain words.
I want to know what i can do to encourage him to enjoy the potty and how to get this process started. Do you have any wonderful tips that i could try? what worked for you? thanks!

Rachel

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Melissa - posted on 02/23/2011

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Just wondering why you are waiting until your child is so old to start potty training him? The key word of potty training is 'training'. Until you show them that there is another way than going in their diaper, they will be perfectly fine with going in their diaper and show no signs of being ready to change that. Why should they? It is what they have done since they were born. at about 22 months we got a kids potty chair. When we figured out his pattern of when he'd go (after meals, etc) we'd put him on it. He was still wearing diapers at this time, but it was just to get him introduced to the idea that there is a potty. Then about 26 months he started using the potty and wearing underwear. Yes there were a lot of accidents. We hung up a piece of paper on the wall and every time he went in the potty he got to pick out a sticker and put it on the chart. (much better and healthier than rewarding with candy). by 30 months he was basically accident free, and at 33 months he was fully trained at night too.

We pulled out the potty seat at 18 months for my daughter. She is now 20 months and loves to sit on it clothed, will sit on it occasionally with her diaper off, but has yet to do anything in it. Within the next month or two, we will start to watch her patterns more and push for more of a potty training for her. Kids are very easy to potty train. It is usually the parents that do not want to put in the time and effort it takes to successfully train their kids. I once had a child in my daycare that had her 4 year old birthday and was still in diapers. Her mom's excuse was that 'she just wont use the potty'. I wouldnt worry too much about the talking. My son was the same way, I think boys just learn language skills a little later. If you are really concerned, talk to your doctor about that. But it shouldnt have anything to do with him being ready or not for potty training. There are some books/movies about potty training you could get and read/watch with him. Check your library or amazon.com or ebay for something. Good luck, and get started now before your child gets any older. .

Jessica - posted on 02/16/2011

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my kids were 33 weekers and im on my second potty training just started today with my 15 month old ... with my son i bought small suckers and i hung them on the bathroom mirro where my son could see but not reach and told him if he wanted one he had to pee pee in the potty and when he did i would give him one after every time (and brush teeth afterward lol) by the time the suckers were gone he was completely potty trained it only took 2 weeks :) im starting with my daughter today she went once so far so good it has worked for me good luck hope that helps you!!!

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Alda - posted on 02/28/2011

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I have 2.5 year old twins (born at 28 weeks). We're actually doing potty training this week, starting Thursday. The system is called 'Potty training in 3 days', and the woman offers a money back guarantee (she says the ideal time is at about 22 months). So wish us good luck and good luck to you also lol :-)

Melysa - posted on 02/23/2011

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my son is just getting started with training now, he is the youngest of 5 and is showing that he is aware of his bowel movements and is croth grabbing when he is about to do a wee these are two of the big signs he also says poo when he has done one so I can change his nappy! kids let you know when they are ready and some take alot longer to train then others, my 3rd child still has accidents and she is in 1st grade, allow your child to sit on the potty/toilet as ofter as you need to and if posible (where neccesary) take the potty with you when driving so that you still have access when there is no toilet around! there are alot of other good tips at pullups.com.au they promote their product a lot but also give a lot of good info on the topic!

Segale - posted on 02/23/2011

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Be very excited and happyabout the potty. Talk about and let him see that you are excited about it he will get curious and interested.

Bel - posted on 02/23/2011

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get him one of those potty chairs with the cute character backs, sit him down and tell him what its for. if he is physically ready, it will take about a week and he will be off using it on his own. If he is not physically developed enough and the process is taking longer than 2 weeks - STOP - leave it for a couple of months and try again. Kids develope the physical capability of holding their wee etc anywhere between 2 and 4 years old so don't be worried if he doesnt get it first time round. Above all dont worry - he'll do it when he's good and ready.

Kelly - posted on 02/23/2011

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Hi, My son was born at 29weeks. He is now toilet trained for wees (still working on poos) . He would sit on the potty clothed but when he was naked - no go! Daycare suggested that I put him in undies and let him go. We kept the potty close at hand and I put him in undies. He wet himself the first time and did not like it at all!!! Being premmie alot have sensory issues (my son wouldn't walk on grass for ages!) He then realised that if he needed to wee if he did it in the potty he wouldn't get that yucky feeling down his legs. In a couple of days he was only wetting himself if he was really tired or over excited and I forgot to drag him away from playing to go to the toilet. He will wait for a night nappy to do a poo-little bugger, but wears undies all day (including nap time) without an accident. Worked for us. Good luck

Aroha - posted on 02/21/2011

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hi there, tips for potty training...for boys its easier 2 let them spend time outside wit there nappies off, its ok if ur child piss or poo everywhere, jt tell him wat he did and show him where the toilet is... and clean them up at the same time... it may take weeks mayb months bt i found it easy to train them wit out the potty and jt pt them on the toilet... um taking them and making them run 2 the toilet makes it easier for me as that is what they do anyway, it jt makes me understand that helping them learn where the toilet is and they cn do it on there own...cuse thats wat u want, if ur going out 2 a park or sumwhere and theres no loo arund, flopping it out is ok for them cuse they r kids training who cares wat every1 finks as long as u are teaching them, cuse if u dnt teach them they mite fink ''i cn piss and poo my paints'' and then u have 2 start again, going to friends places u will have 2 keep an eye on the unless they tell u they need to go... if ur child is baby talking, ''is the best way to understand ur child needs''.. ''understanding ur child baby talking needs, is the best way 2 learn frm ur child'' bt it does not mean u have to take bak to them in that baby talk, talk to they like ur talking to ur friends and sooner or la8ta they will understand and pick up the word faster and talk normally to u and that is wat u want frm them, its best 2 take ur child to the toilet b4 u lev anyway and mostly after the eating and drinking bt give them time b4 taking them to the toilet, watch ur child moves, talking, face, stands, and walks and u shuld pick up the signs of toilets. do that and when it cums 2 nite for me i pt a nappie on until my child understands the toilet training in the day, and then cum talk 2 me bwt nite potty training :-) hoped that helped u

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Hi Rachel,
Is he showing any signs of being ready? Is he waking up dry? Does he seem to be aware of when he pees? Can you tell when he's about to poop? If so, the easiest, quickest way is the bare buns method. Just leave him bare from shirt to socks, and have the potty chair right in the room with him all the time. Let your son see you and Daddy use the toilet and talk about how everyone uses the toilet for their pee and poop. It should only take a few days of hustling him onto the pot as soon as he starts for him to be trained. Good luck!

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