my son is 1yr 7mths is it too soon to introduce him to the potty?

Sharon - posted on 05/15/2010 ( 46 moms have responded )

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im not sure if its too soon or if ive left it too late to introduce my son to the potty, he's 1yr 7mths.

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Valeri - posted on 05/21/2010

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I've been reading 'Potty Training Boys the Easy Way: Helping Your Son Learn Quickly--Even If He's a Late Starter'. It had very high ratings. It says you can start getting them introduced to the potty starting at 12 months but, not to train a BOY until somewhere between 2 - 2 1/2. They say they are not phyisically or mentally ready until then - girls are earlier. One of the reasons is boys do not communicate as early as girls. It also says if you wait too long boys lose interest so try not to wait until they are closer to 3. I bought a potty when my son was 16 months just so he could get use to the idea of it. He wanted nothing to do with it until now, at 19 months. He "goes potty" when Mommy does - then we flush and wash our hands. I'm hoping by the time he reaches 2 he will be ready. His speach isn't very good so, we'll have to see.

Elaine - posted on 05/16/2010

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It's def not too late! My first 3 kids were fully trained just before their 2nd birthdays. I just got the potty out at around 18 months, didn't force them to sit on it but kept reminding them that's it's for wee wees and poo poos and got them used to it being part of the room. It was ages before they would actually sit on it. I have an 18 month old now and we're at exactly that stage, potty is there but she won't sit on it!! Another couple of months will make a huge difference. Hopefully!

Randi - posted on 05/15/2010

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they say babies show signs of being ready, trying to pull their diaper down or squating to poo that short of thing, when they start doing that its time to give it a try. ive lived in england for the last four years and they say to not even try till they are 2 years. i think thats crazy. I started my son at about 15 months and would use it about 50% of the time, which was 50% of poos i didnt have to whipe off him and it was great. he liked the praize. however we moved when he was 18 months and after that he was not intorested, i dont know why but he would run from the potty so we threw it away and now we are going to get another oe diffrent color and start again and see how it goes.
give it a try with your little one, he may us it or not. but i wouldnt freak out if he doesnt use it yet or if it takes several days for him to even figure out what it is. give lots of praise when he does use it and dont be upset when he misses or has acsidents as that could give him potty issues. good luck. but most little ones dont like having icky stuff on them so once they get the idea they like it.

Stephanie - posted on 05/15/2010

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I agree.. just look for signs to see if he's ready. My son is almost 19 months and he pee-peed in the potty for the first time about a week ago.. he doesn't mind sitting on the potty at all, but he sure won't let you know if he's wet or dirty. The only way I can tell is when he squats down in the corner..lol

Kellie - posted on 05/15/2010

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My son will be 19 months this month and he used the potty for the first time the other night, however he has no interest in doing it again. he cried even when i mention the word... everyone is telling me not to even try until he is 2... i think the more that i work with him the easier he will be to potty. He will tell me after he pee or poos and when he needs a diaper, so they will tell you when he is ready... I would try to introduce him and if hes not showing interest then wait a week or so and try again... i hope this helps

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Krystal - posted on 06/20/2010

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My short answer, yes. Wait another year. Diapering is time consuming and costs a lot but boys typically aren't ready until they are around 3.

Lorena - posted on 05/30/2010

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The average age when children at their own pace potty train is between 27 and 36 months. Don't worry, at 19 months they often don't even have control of the muscles to be able to hold it until they get to a potty, or to recognize that they have to go before hand. Relax. Oh and boys usually potty train later than girls.

Alexis - posted on 05/27/2010

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I understand that it is different with boys and girls, but I began introducing my daughter to the potty around 12 months. There was no pressure to use it, but she was watching me and so I began explaining to her what was happening. I would regularly mention it and didn't really try too hard. Eventually she started to sit on the potty fully clothed and I would sit on the floor with her and read a book, sing songs, etc to keep her interest. We are not 100% by any means, but she is 19 months now and asks to go potty, sometimes a little too late, but that's ok! I am pleased with the progress with little effort. I do notice that I have to make the effort to be ready exactly when she is; if I hesitate all is lost. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that it is never too early and it is all about your expectations in the long run.

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I can't really say yes or no as our daughter was obsessed with the potty as soon as she figured out she could put things in it. She is now potty trained during the day and she woke for the first time this morning to go potty

Kayla - posted on 05/26/2010

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I think it depends on the signs. I havent started potty training my son yet, hes 19 months but he has been squatting to go poos for ages and today he showed a big milestone that he was ready, he said bum bum about 30 seconds before he squatted to do poos.

Edith - posted on 05/26/2010

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I planed to start my son June 5th why the fifth because he was born Oct. 5th and I think anytime from 1yr 1/2 and older is perfect to start training :)

Sharon - posted on 05/26/2010

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thank you everyone for the great advice and info...im going to continue to encourage him by showing him what to do fingers crossed he will want to go on it when he is ready x

Tania - posted on 05/25/2010

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heya, my wee man is almost 19months & he will happily use the potty to go wees, we jsut have it in the lounge & give him bare bum time & will ask if he needs to go wees & he'll go & sit on it. I think hes self taught him self as he has a 3 yr old brother & would watch him use the potty :) & he offen watches me on the toilet, I also found that he had started to pull @ his nappy when he wanted it off, or he will sit on the potty with his nappy on and say weee all done now ( in the nappy of course) get up look real proud & walk off.. i find tht LOTS & LOTS of praise helps.. & mr 3yrs is toilet trained for days but still wears a nappy to bed @ night time & does wake in next morning sometimes with a dry nappy & he gets to pick a reward, of going to see his aunty or going out for mountiain bike rides with daddy or going to see the mini trains for a ride or going to his wee friends place :)

Amanda - posted on 05/25/2010

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no its not too late...infact it might still be too early. I just read an article in parents magazine that said especially for boys it might take until they are 3 before they are totally potty trained, so introduce it, but try not to stress out...he will let you know when he is ready! You can always read him books and watch videos about the potty and let him see you using it if you feel comfortable so that he is not afraid of it. Good luck!!

Dawn - posted on 05/25/2010

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We have a potty which our son plays with. He has no interest in using it yet and at 18m I'm not worried. If you try to start them to early you can scare them and that will cause problems with toilet training anyway. Once he is able to communicate to us that he has had a wee or needs a wee, then we'll start to introduce what the potty is really for.

Casey - posted on 05/25/2010

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its not too soon..my daughter who is 19 months old now.started using the potty at 15 months..she peed in it and i had no problems with making her go on it..i let her sit on it like once a day..but since im back in college and these classes are kicking my butt..its kind of hard to get her back into the once a day routine..she goes on it on the weekends hopefully by her 2nd birthday she is fully potty trained..

Hannah - posted on 05/25/2010

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My daughter is 19mts. and she pee'd in the potty for the first time 2 weeks ago. She hasn't done it again. What I do is pick up the bath mats and close the door, and I sit on the potty (on the lid) while she sits on her potty, and we sing, and I let the water trickle inthe background. She gets up and walks around and a few times she looks down b/c it's running down her legs. LOL! but it's easy cleanup. Anyway we moved and that threw her off, and just this morning she wanted to go sit on her potty, but she tells me potty when it's too late... LOL, people say all kinds of things when to do this and that, but you will know best. your child will let you know. Don't get frustrated. PLUS they say boys usually train later than girls. They say they need the cognitive skills, and to be able to pull down their own pants, I don't know about the pant thing, but you know it's all hearsay I suppose! best of luck!

Samantha - posted on 05/25/2010

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It is not to soon. Some babies learn quicker then other so it all depends on your baby. My daughter is the same age and she is very smart. We are trying to potty train her now. I didn't get potty trained until I was 3 but I was a slow learner compared to my daughter. It all depends on whether he is at a point where he can either tell you or show you that he needs a diaper change. If he can do that then he is aware of when he has to go to the bathroom. My daughter hates being wet so she always tugs at her diaper when she has to go. She is afraid to sit on the potty but she will do it if I do it first (she wants to be just like mommy.) As long as your son is walking and talking or signaling to you what he wants he should be close to a point where you will be able to potty train him. As long as he is potty trained before kindergarten then it is not to late (though boys seem to be harder to potty train and even after being potty train accidents may happen.) Good luck.

Mary - posted on 05/24/2010

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I don't think so. My daughter is 19 months old as well, and she undresses herself and tells me that she has to go potty, granted she has usually gone already, but its a start in the right direction. I think the kids know better then us when they are ready. I say if he shows interest go for it. Oh and just a little advice, you may want to use some cheerios...:-) my son use to try to sink them lol he would sit backwards on the potty and try to pee on the cheerios and laugh when he would hit one and move it. Made him want to try again and again. I had him potty trained within 2 weeks! It was so very easy

Emily - posted on 05/24/2010

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I have my daughter's potty in the bathroom and she will sit on it from time to time. I am not pushing it yet, but I want her to be comfortable with it. She has come close to actually USING it a few times, but either stands up or runs into her bedroom and pees on the floor. Haha! You have to roll with the punches some times! Best of luck! I don't think it is ever too early to introduce it to children. :)

Sasha - posted on 05/24/2010

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Well, its a little late I think, but nothing you can do but start training asap, will be harder though, they dont like to sit on the potty at this age. I ve started putting my daughter on the potty from 7 months. She is asking to put her on the potty now, when she needs to go (she is 19 months now), and I am not putting a nappy on her during the day any more. When you start training your little one, make sure the potty is comfortable, also the entertainment your son prefers would help - for ex. favorite tv show. Good luck!

Debs - posted on 05/23/2010

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my little boy comes the bathroom when i go or his dad or anyone in the family lol but seriously he has a potty but doesnt use it at the mo we talk about it and he points to it im not going to rush i was a nursery nurse for over 10yrs and saw too many children rushed and stressed into it the will tell uwhen they are ready im going to try in the summer when the weather is nice xx

Yashica - posted on 05/23/2010

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i don't know but my 19 month old will be introduce when he is 22 months i think he will know what your talking about i hope good luck

Jen - posted on 05/23/2010

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Wow my 19 month old son has shown no interest in the potty and doesn't care if his diaper is full. His communication is pretty limited also, so I haven't even THOUGHT about bringing out the potty. If your son is showing signs of interest, go for it and good luck to you!

Ressie - posted on 05/22/2010

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Absolutely not! My son is 19 mths and he did his first #2 in the potty yesterday! I was such a proud mommy cause then he jumped up and starting singing "i did it, i did it" from Dora! I introduced the potty around 17mths but only at bathtime, i just let him sit on it just to get use to it while i talked to him and played with flash cards. That may be the only way you can get him to stay on it at first, but then he got use to it and now runs to it every now and then to sit so imagine how happy i was at bath time yesterday when i was about to put him in the tub and pooped. Go for it hun!

Tia - posted on 05/22/2010

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My son is the youngest of four children, and the only girl. I trained the others, and I told Daddy that he had to train our son. It is his turn. Well, his mother said that she didn't train her children until they were 2 years old. I told him that if he was willing to spend the money on the diapers, then he could wait until our son is 2. But I know that I can't even think on how to train a boy. I am leaving it up to him.

Kerryn - posted on 05/22/2010

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I used to put my little boy on the potty when he was about 9 months old for poos because he would always do it at the same time every day. This worked well for about 2-3 months but sadly we had some guests staying at the house who made a big fuss over him when he sat on the potty (thinking how exciting it was). I stopped them at taking photos!!!!!! My instincts told me that this would be a problem for future efforts to potty train - and I was right! He never did it again from that day on. Now he is 19 months and is starting to recognise when he is doing a poo so I tried getting the same potty out again. He screams and runs away. So we will buy him a new one - perhaps one that looks like a toilet and has exciting things on it so that he thinks he is there to play.

Missy - posted on 05/22/2010

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Enrique will be 19mo tomorrow. We started the potty training about a month ago. He is able to identify when he has just gone, and lets us know to change him right away. We have gotten the pull ups and the potty chair and he goes into the bathroom to sit on it after the fact. Just working on getting him to do it before. He has had 2 successful pees in the potty. He was the 1 to show the interest to us, so we figured we would go with it.

Krystal - posted on 05/22/2010

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I don't think so. My son is also 19 months old. I've gotten him an Elmo goes to the Potty book but that's it. The worse thing you can do is introduce the child to the potty before they are ready. You should wait at least until they can pull down and pull up their pants themselves.

My son has squatted to poo since he was able to walk.

I have a potty seat and a stool for him when it is time to start potty training.

Amber - posted on 05/21/2010

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Introducing is fine, it allows them time to really get use to the potty because many kids are scared at first. That said you should never force him to potty. Average for boys is actually 3-5 years old to be potty trained, they just take patience. The best thing is to look for signs that they are ready including staying dry for 2 hrs and the ability to tell you he has to potty (words or signs) and you reward but not presure. It just stresses you and him both out if you do it on your time and terms instead of when he is actually ready.

Katie - posted on 05/21/2010

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my son is also 1 yr and 7 months i am trying to potty train him but it dont seem to be working how does ur son react ??

Samantha - posted on 05/20/2010

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my daughter is 17months and I'm trying to teach her. She trys to go when i'm in there. she like's wearing pantys. If your son is showings signs then no it's not. In 2 months of kinda potty training we've had 3 times where she's gone. so depends on the kid

Elizabeth - posted on 05/20/2010

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My youngest will be 19 months at the end of this month and he started using the potty everyday (at least once or twice a day) about a week and a half ago. I figured it was time bc he doesn't like to keep a dirty diaper on (like as soon as he goes he rips it off) and he always wants to know what's going on in the bathroom. He's a lot different than my 3 1/2 yr old son though. My 3 1/2 yr old still has accidents and doesn't like to put the effort in unless I remind him. I think if he's showing interest, def try it, but don't push it. Hope that helps!

Nic - posted on 05/20/2010

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My daughter had tummy troubles so to keep her regular I put her on the pottie starting at 7 months, after every meal (four times day) and read her stories for up to 15 mins. At that age she was happy to sit there (she loves books) and couldn't physically stand up from the pottie. Food stimulates the bowel so its often a good time to sit them on the pottie after eating. At 19 months old, the pottie is now part of her daily routine - she usually sits on it three times a day, right after eating, and she'll happily play with her toys while sitting there. It was time consuming in the beginning, but its fantastic now - she hardly ever poops in her nappy/diaper.

Kirsty - posted on 05/20/2010

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I think its the perfect time to start!! Even if he doesnt show any intresst it doesnt hurt to get familiar with toilet time :)

Megan - posted on 05/19/2010

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not to early if he's showing signs. I introduced my son just for fun at 16 months and the third day he saw my husband peeing and he handed my husband the potty seat so just to amuse our son he put him on the potty and he peed! The next day he peed and pooped on the potty. he was going on it every day at least once he'd do something on it, he did that for about 3 weeks and now is less interested it in. However he still says "potty" and "poopoo" when he needs to go just not soon enough LOL oh well all in good time

Allie - posted on 05/19/2010

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Most children arent emotionally ready to be potty trained at this age. Boys especially. I would make sure to always have one around, just so he can explore it. Make sure to have some potty books to read to him. There are certain signs pointing to when children are ready. My daughter loves playing with her potty,but is at least 6 months away from being physically (able to control the muscles) and emotionally (being patient and understanding of it) ready to be trained.

Kisha - posted on 05/19/2010

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No, it's not to soon. I introduced my son at 16 months, and he is catching on really well!

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My son was potty trained when he wa 15 months old. My daughter is almost 19 months and is using the potty intermittently, it's a work in progress with her.

Tiffany - posted on 05/19/2010

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No, its not too soon. My son sat on the potty for the first time at 17 months old so I bought him his own potty. Even if your child isnt ready to be potty trained, it would never hurt him.

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I bought a potty for my sons 1st birthday, he is 19 months now, and he has been using it since then. I haven't had to change a poopy diaper for months, he'll tell me if he has to poop, but I can't get him to pee on the potty...I make sure I sit him on the potty soon after he wakes up in the morning and after naps, and whenever he's had a lot to drink. Every child is different.

Roper - posted on 05/16/2010

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My son and my nephew are both 19 months old and they are both about 80% potty trained. My son has been doing it since he was one year old. Personally i reward him with being able to flush the potty after every "peepee" or "poopoo" He enjoys it although some days he's stubborn. The only problem i have is at daycare he doesnt want to go on the potty.

Sharon - posted on 05/16/2010

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thanks all 3 of you youve been very helpful,...My son pulls his nappy off and squats to poo, hes been doing it for a few weeks, so i got him a potty last week just so he can play with it sit on it just get use to it really at first, i have put him on it with his nappy off but not had any luck at the moment...it would be nice to get him using it. but i guess when hes ready he will let me know.

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