when is it a good time to start potting training?

Marcy - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My little boy is almost 16 months old and my husband insists that we sit him on his little potty every time we think he is either going peepee or poo. When I put him on his potty he stands right up or stands up and puts his foot in his potty. Its getting to the point where I think he believes that his potty is more of a toy than anything else. Should I take the potty away for awhile and try in a few months or should Icontinue down this path?

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Carolyn - posted on 03/12/2011

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Start immediately, if he wakes up dry from a nap or even if he is wet sit him & start talking about what goes on when he sits. Tell him this is where we are going to put your pee next time, or poop. The sooner you get him to sit the better results you will see. I have trained my grandson & he is telling me for both at 1yr & 2mo old. He will go often & thats ok, the more he goes the better he will understand. If you catch him pushing go put him on the potty. Even if he is done or stops after you put him. Just keep telling him thats why & where you go to put his poop. Lots of confidence building & encouragement on your part always a plus. Get books from library if you don't want to buy them. Its free & there are many to choose from. I feel you should always start them sitting first. He can stand later after he gets the point of going. He must not be allowed to play in the toilet at any point. If he goes he needs to be encouraged about why he is there & what is expected of him. Frequency is good, but not to just play. If he goes & immediately starts playing I would take him off. Now if he sits and listens to why & really is trying to concentrate thats ok. I would let him flush if he has success, clap & celebrate then wash his hands with lots of bubbles. Never scold or show disappointment. If nothing happens you just simply get him & say maybe next time we'll have something to celebrate. Never degrade or make him think he's done something wrong when he doesn't go. Best of Luck

Carina - posted on 03/07/2011

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I waited 6-8 weeks between each "try" each "try" lasted about 3-4 days until he got it. You don't want it to turn into a toy. Sadly my son was 3.5 before he was potty trained, it was a long road, that may have taken a few years off my life! lol My daughter was almost 3 and took a week to potty train... like heaven compared to him!

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Maya - posted on 09/20/2012

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Keep trying! Sometimes I think it is better to start earlier, you might be surprised at the success! Around 8 or 9 months the little ones can start to sit on a tiny potty and they might surprise you with the ease of learning. You can see our "adventures in potty training' here, http://www.squidoo.com/early-potty-train...

Carleen - posted on 04/12/2011

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my doctor said, and i have read in many places, that 2 and a half is about the time you should start training boys. i have a one year old daughter so havent discussed her yet! lol

Cindy - posted on 10/01/2009

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No, don't give up, my son played with his potty, stood in it, until one day he just went poo poo in it, he is two. You need to show him what the potty is for, I think when I finally did that is when he went in it. We had an accident where he went on the floor, I picked it up, with tissue of course, and placed it in the potty and kindly told him that this is where the poo po has to go and this is where he should poo poo, I'm not kidding you two days after this event, he went in the potty :-) ... Go brave ;-)

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My first boy was trained at 2 1/2 and my second will be 3 in March and isn't trained. He just isn't ready. I think the average for a boy is 2-3 yrs of age. They are later than girls.

Patricia - posted on 09/30/2009

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Every child is different with potty training. Some learn early and some later. My son didn't want to do it at first so I waited a couple of months and tried again until he started going on the potty. He was already 2 when that happened. Just be patient and go at their pace.

Natalie - posted on 09/30/2009

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My son is 19 months old and we're in the same boat. He also would rather play with the potty than sit and do his business on it. Any advise anyone, is it too early?

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