HOW DO ii POTTY TRAIN
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Megan - posted on 01/30/2010
We just started with the potty training as well. My first time around too, so I'm not an expert! We have spent the last two weeks just getting used to sitting on the potty. I started by sitting her on her own little potty everytime I had to go. She was afraid at first, but by day 2 or 3 she was fine. Then after about a week of that, we started sitting her on the big potty with one of those snap-on seats. We do this several times a day - and while she's on there we sing songs (ABCs, itsy-bitsy spider, etc.) and read books. She hasn't actually gone to the bathroom on the potty yet, but she isn't afraid and will sit there for a few minutes, so that's the first step! Because she's not really talking yet, we have taught her the sign for bathroom. She signs potty, but so far only when she needs her diaper changed. Atleast she understands that she went potty! I still put her on the potty everytime she signs it though because one of these days she is going to sign it before she goes and we'll be ready :) I also just started taking her to the potty right after she wakes from her nap because I've heard this is a popular time for them to go. Still waiting for it all to fall into place, but it just takes time... and patience on our part! Sorry for the long post, but hope it's helpful. Good luck!!!
Mandie - posted on 02/04/2010
My oldest is a girl and is now four. Around 18 months old we started putting her on the potty for #2 (she grunted really loudly, so we could easily tell when she was going cto go). Just before her second birthday she started taking her diapers off ( a sign that they are ready is that they dislike being wet or dirty). We then put underwear on her and would watch her, when it would start coming down her leg we would quicckly set her on the potty....after three -four times she started getting the hint that when wet stuff was coming down her leg she needed to get to the potty. A couple more times she started associating the bladder full feeling to right before the pee came out and she became potty trained ..when we were at our house. She had to wear pull-ups till 2 1/2 because she couldn't or wouldn't hold it...when we were out and about.
My second child is a boy who is now 3 1/2. He wasn't potty trained until almost 3. He just simply didn't care if he was wet or dirty. I hear boys train later than girls, and with mine that's the way it was. We tried all the same tricks with my son that we had done with my daughter and nothing worked. He simply didn't have the same reasoning as she did or he didn't care......we will never know. My son became potty trained (please keep in mind that we lived in the country without any close neighbors) because his dad took him outside and showed him how to pee on a tree...lol...Now if you live in the city this obviously won't work. The point is to make it a game, one of my friends put cheerios in the potty and told her son to make them float .....whatever you try, remember two important things....
#1 wait til your child lets you know he/she is ready (pampers.com has a good article on how to tell)
#2 lots of praise and rewards....doesn't have to be big presents...a simple sticker chart will do.....and never discipline them or yell at them when they have an accident.....just lots of happiness and praise when they go in the potty or try to make it there....
Annette - posted on 02/04/2010
My 15 month old lil girl isnt ready yet. I'm still waiting for her to master "mama" and "dada" when she wants something. I take her with me to the bathroom but she is only interested in the bathtub! lol she is curious but wants to be held. so she's not interested in the potty yet. She does make funny faces when she goes in her diaper still. lol she will let me know when she's ready. With my son it took a long while, but he's now 12 and an expert at hogging the bathroom! lol
Hayley - posted on 02/04/2010
meaow! getting a little catty lol we are all going to differ with what we think,each to your own. good luck to the ones who have starting potty training now, im not yet my little one doesnt understand and wud probably put potty on head! she will let me know im sure my son did!
Danielle - posted on 02/04/2010
My 1st child was 18 months and took 1 week, she never had an accident after the 1st week. My 2nd child was 15 months and it took about 4 weeks. My 3rd child is 14 months old and is starting to use the potty about 4 times a day. We do not push it. We did not push it with any of our children. I started to potty train when the showed intrest in sitting on the potty. We had a small potty in the bathroom, just sitting there form about a year on. I disagree with the people that say wait. I think it is up to the child and the parent and how much time the parent wants to put in. It's hard work at first.
Nermeen - posted on 02/03/2010
My eldest son wasn't ready to use the potty regularly till he was three. Don't force it. forcing them to sit or go will only delay the training further. I had a potty when he turned 18 months and he used to sit and watch barney on it, but that was it until he was ready.
LeighAnn - posted on 02/03/2010
I haven't forced the issue,my 2 yr old isn't potty trained yet but she comes into the bathroom with me and she understands what mommy does.She even says bye bye to it when we flush,but I watch her and she isn't ready as of yet,so I'll wait,she will let me know when.I also heard that the longer you wait,actually the easier it is.
Nicole - posted on 02/03/2010
I have to agree with Tamara, children are not physically ready to potty train this early. Continue to let them watch you go to the bathroom or be in there with older brothers and sisters, but you need to watch for physical signs (like staying dry overnight some nights). They just don't have the body control to make this leap yet. This really can't be pushed--kids figure out pretty quickly that things like the bathroom and eating are the only things they have complete control over and you have very little control over--if you try to start before they are willing and able it will turn into a battle of wills that you can't win.
Julie - posted on 02/03/2010
My Mum keeps telling me my brothers and I were on the potty as soon as we could sit up by ourselves. After several discussions and debates I've come to the conclusion that it is possible to toilet train by 18 months difference between now and back then (20 years ago) is disposable nappies, this makes it so much more convenient for us Mothers to just wait until they're of an age of understanding. I've just toilet trained my 35 month old son (i started back in Dec last year) it took about a month which was exactly what I was hoping for (a week would have been better but hey at least he's toilet trained now). I'm happy to wait until my girl is 2 I'll start a little earlier with her as I've also been hearing that girls are easier than boys. All I want to happen at the moment is for my little one to walk, 15 months and still on her tippy toes. Think she'll be a ballerina before she can walk.
Candice - posted on 02/03/2010
i just started as well my daughter is 15 months old. i bought a cute dora potty because she loves dora lol and she isnt scared what i do is sit n the bit toilet and sit her down on hers and i run the water and we sit there and sing and talk until she pees... shes doing great!!
Sheri - posted on 02/02/2010
i suggest going to Ikea, where they have little plastic molded potties, and buying half a dozen of them. put them in every room of the house, put one in the car, if you can cram one under the stroller, take it to the park. have potties everywhere, that way, in an emergency, you are being consistent. it made it easier for us, because we weren't always running for the bathroom and it wasn't a high stress kind of thing. we always tried before we left the house, and remember to ask a lot! there will always be accidents - but we have been potty trained for a year and a half, and it's been over a year accident free! (my daughter is 3 and a half). i know it's better with girls than boys, but make it as easy as you can and don't stress out about it. also, if you have a mini potty for dolls, that was helpful - at one point, i was on the toilet, my daughter was on her potty, and we had 2 dollies was on their potties.
Hayley - posted on 02/02/2010
wow i can stop panicing, thank god im not the only one my son started potty training at 2yrs old i feel this is the right time as he was dry through the nite too and it took us just a few months to crack it so im waiting till then to train jaimee louise cos she will let me know when she is ready think im going to crack the walking and talking first as potty training is the last thing on my mind why is it we are wanting are babies to grow up too quickly the saying"running before you can walk" springs to mind! but saying that all babies are different ,but like weaning time your baby let you know when they wanted less milk and more food. and you cracked that and you can crack this if its now or at 2 yrs old i wouldnt rush thing cos you dont want to scare and upset your little one xx
Tamara - posted on 02/01/2010
YOU DONT!!!!!!! your baby isnt PHYSICALLY able to be potty train untill 2 on average. it is enough just to let them see it, and accept it as normal. but if you try to force it before physical development is there, it can just cause problems in the long run! i have a 14 month and a 25 month old and the elder is just potty training now. she will show you when youre ready. there are lots of lists available with the signs to watch for that indicate readiness. dont let anybody pressure you into rushing this!
Stefanie - posted on 02/01/2010
we haven't even started to potty train yet. Figured it's too early on her part because she's not showing any interest in the bathroom. The only time she loves going to the bathroom is brushing her teeth. That's it. We'll buy her a potty when she's closer to 18 months (which I know is only 4 months away) and start showing her how to use it.
Katie - posted on 01/30/2010
Im not going to even attempt to potty train Rio yet! Hes only 14months...his older brother is 2 and im trying to potty train him and so far its been a pain! but we'll get there and hopefull Rio will look up to kai and it should be easier by the time Rio is ready!!!Ive tried everything with kai and hes just too stubborn lol x
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