My daughter is 15 months and ready to potty train any suggestions?

Heather - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hello all. My little girl is 15 months and has started showing signs that she may be ready to begin potty training. She doesn't like to be wet or pooped. She squatted down to pee on my bathroom rub the other day. She has also begun putting her hand down the back of her diaper and pulling out suprises for her Daddy and I. I am a first time Mom and this is quite new to me. I thought we would start this a little later. My issue is will she be able to communicate with me that she needs to go? She has a pretty wide variety of vocabulary but those words haven't quite started yet. Will this all come with time? Sorry for so many questions like I said I am a first time Mom so I just want some advice to make this transition fun and easy for her if possible. Thank you ahead of time for your help.

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Susan - posted on 03/10/2010

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Hi Heather! My son started to point down at his pants whenever he had to go to the bathroom so I took this as a sign that he may be ready to start the potty training process. Usually by the time he indicates to me that he has to go to the bathroom, it is too late! I bought the Baby Bjorn potty seat and we keep it in the bathroom. I put him on it at least 2 times a day, after he wakes up from a nap and before bath or bedtime. He usually urinates and has had a BM twice. I give him something to hold or play with while he's on the seat and I don't force him to stay on if he indicates he wants to get down. I don't expect that he will be potty trained anytime soon but it is a start and a good way of getting him comfortable with the process. Also, I cloth diaper him when I am home and whenever he has a BM, we go to the bathroom together to put the "poopie in the potty!" Good luck!

Wendy - posted on 03/06/2010

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My daughter is 15mts also and she just stated go to the bathroom and making sounds like she is peeing. I put her on the toilet, we have a seat to go on it for her before she gets in the tub I put her on and any she goes to the door. I also have a 4 year old, he was 21/2 before he was trained. I have both the potty book for boys and one for girls you can get them on e-bay or costco. A video comes with it and my kids have alot of fum watching it. My son wasn't very long after he started watching it and he was trained. You can also try wearing pull-ups instead of pampers and you can pull them up and down like underwear. You can also try putting her on the potty every half hour or so this will teach her to feel the urge to potty. Hope something helps. Good Luck.

Aimee - posted on 03/06/2010

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Hya, some children are more ready for potty training ealier than others, i used to work in a nursery so there was a wide range of different aged children who started earlier than others at potty training. so dont be worried she may be early. Try putting a potty down in the room she is playing in and just pants or pull up, she will learn what to do. My son is 16 months on the 26th, he has started to tug at his nappy after he has had a wee in it, but he is not ready for the potty stage yet i think as he gets me a clean nappy to put on him. Also try putting your daughter on the potty for a few minutes every half hour or so and see if there a result, she will realise what to do if she has filled it. Hope that was a bit of help. Aimee x

Jaye - posted on 03/06/2010

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My son is 15 months an has been showing signs for a month or so. I started putting him on every now and then after dinner just to get him used to the idea. Money's short and I dont wanna waste any on Pull Ups so I just started putting him in underwear this week. It may be a little messy but I've heard from a number of people that he should get the idea a lot faster because he REALLY doesnt like the feeling.

Janis - posted on 03/04/2010

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Wow!! 15 months is very early for potty training! Babies dont have control over thier bladders yet. If you are putting them on the potty every 20 minutes, of course they will go in the potty. But they dont really "get it" - for lack of a better word. Most kids dont potty train until 2 or even as much as 4! Boys usually train later than girls.

I was reading about how babies around 15 months are just starting to explore thier body and will start grabbing themselves and putting thier hands down thier diapers.. often spreading it around! That isnt a sign of potty training.

When kids are ready to be trained, they will be trainined very quickly, in a couple days. If it's taking longer, then that means they are not ready yet.

My first was trained during the day at 3 (it only took 3 days until no accidents what so ever), and about a month after that until he was trained at night too. I used pullups at night mostly cause I didnt want to chance nightime accidents. I tried to train him 3 months before his 3rd birthday and he just wasnt ready yet, after 2 weeks he'd still have accidents during the day, so I waited the 3 months and then it was a piece of cake!!

I plan to wait until closer to 3 to train my second son.. as that is the most common time a boy will train.

Darcy - posted on 03/04/2010

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I just started with my LO. I was told that when i go set her on hers just to get her use to it, and yesterday she worked hard to get my attention to go to the bathroom with her and out her on her potty (she had not results) but however this morning I got her up and put her on and she went pee on the potty so I cheered and clapped to let her know that she was a good girl...she then started clapping. I was told to make a big deal out of her going every time she goes

Becky - posted on 03/03/2010

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My son is 15 months, and we've been working on potty training for just about a month now. We've been putting him on the potty as soon as he gets up, once every hour or so, and when he acts like he's going to poop. He now comes to get us so we can take him to the potty when he has to go. He was sick last week, so he had a bit of a set back. He still goes on his potty about half of the time, though. When he was sick, he'd ask to sit on the potty after every diaper change....the only problem was that if he had pooped in his diaper, he wanted to see it in the diaper...and wanted us to hold it the entire time he was sitting on the potty!
Good Luck!

Natalie - posted on 03/03/2010

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My 15 month old daughter has been using the potty for bowel movements and and most of the time when she needs to pee for about 6 weeks. I have her in pull-ups because they are much easier to use when she is on and off the potty constantly. That being said, I am sure that she is doing so well only because she has been watching my 3 year old son use the potty. Incidentally, he did not show interest until 2 1/2. I say just follow your instinct, but don't stress over it. As our pediatrician told us... her interest and success is exceptional, but even if she reverts, she is only reverting to normal :)

Louise - posted on 03/03/2010

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Hi,

From what you are saying your daughter seems to me to be exploring her body. Don't rush into potty training as at this age a baby can not control it's bladder it is just luck. However a baby can control it's bowel so you might have some luck there. The earliest you should be thinking about potty training is about two years old where a child can control both bladder and bowel so potty training will be more successful and rewarding for both of you. I have seen many children come through play group who have been potty trained to early and then reverted back to nappies. Don't rush! But when the time is right buy propper pants so she knows the difference between wet and dry not nappy pants this will help her to be dry quicker but be prepared for accidents. GOOD LUCK!

April - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son is almost 16 months old. He also has been showing signs of needing to be p.t. Most mom's tell me this is too early, but i don't think so. My son will hold his diaper right before he pees or when he pees. He hates having a diaper on and tries to get it off any chance he gets. I bought my son a potty months ago and have been just randomly setting him on it. He's peed in the potty 5 times so far. Recently I bought him some undies. I bought a few pair of training undies that are really thick and the rest are just regular ones. I've started by changing his diaper in the morning and letting him eat breakfast first then i put his undies on him. I've been timing him to see how often he pees ( a lot easier to do when he has undies on btw) I set him on the potty about every 20 minutes. Most of the time I put him on there and he'll pee just a tiny bit and i'll wait a few more minutes to see if he'll go more...then he usually goes in his undies 2 minutes later. ha ha. We're still working on that. I don't think i will use pullups...seems like a waste of money to me. I'll just stick with the washable stuff. My son has realized where his pee comes from (he thinks it's hilarious) Then, after he pees I praise him...a lot...and we dump it in the big toilet and he has learned how to flush it now. Then we wash his hands. He really likes being able to play in the water so it's kinda like a treat after he pees on the potty. He still hasn't pooped on the potty yet though. I bought a really cheap potty at walmart... but it's nice. It has a really soft seat and the seat comes off and can be used on the big toilet too. Rather than buying them seperate. It was only 15 bucks. And, it can be used as a step stool to wash his hands. Being a stay at home mom is a plus for me during the p.t. Makes it a little easier to be consistant.

Rachel - posted on 03/01/2010

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Get her a really cool potty, my daughter has one that starts singing when she goes and just start putting her on it frequently. Even when you are changing her diapers use the words "pee pee" etc so she understands and starts relating the two together. And yes lots of praise. I also got her training panties so she would be able to feel when she wet herself but if your daughter already doesn't like that you probably don't need those right now. Well good luck. hope this helps!

Stacy - posted on 03/01/2010

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try taking her in to her potty first thing in the morning then its usually every 1 to 3 hrs. I just tried to write down times that mine went and figured out how often i needed to make potty trips. you just really have to find a routine that works for you and one that she responds well to. give lots of praise. with my son it took using real underwear instead of pull ups. every little one is different though and my method was just whatever worked lol. once you start to use anything other than diapers dont go back ive heard that it can confuse them if u do. hope this at least helps some and good luck.

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