Potty Training!

Sarah - posted on 06/17/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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Hi my son is 20 months about to be 21 months and we bought him a little potty any tips on potty training him?He sits on it for a min or 2 but that is it what should I do?

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Melinda - posted on 06/18/2010

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Keep putting him on there as soon as he wakes up, right after lunch, and just before dinner and bed. my son learned to poop on the potty first and that made it easier for him to go pee. he was potty trained just after he turned 2 last august.

Annabelle - posted on 06/26/2010

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Hi there, i had trouble potty training my son when a friend suggested to try the "3 day potty training " by Lora Jensen. My son got it in two days. If you want go to 3DaypottyTraning.com and get some info., good luck

Jessica - posted on 06/25/2010

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I'm just at the training stage myself and I've been told by a lot of people the way to go is hanging out outside naked.... sounds weird but bring the potty outside and put your child in a t-shirt with nothing on the bottom. My little one HATED the feeling of warm pee running down her leg. She only peed in the grass once and has run to the potty every time since (when we're outside) she has no intrest in taking her diaper off in the house unless Mommy is going pee too.

I haven't tried outside of the house yet but I have been told to put her in panties with a pull up over top so she will still get the sensations of being wet.

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Kell - posted on 06/22/2010

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It's still early days for potty training yet. Most kids get the hang of it around 2 1/2 to 3 years old, and boys tend to be later than girls. Encourage, but don't push as you may put him off the idea if you make a big issue of it.

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Jody - posted on 07/06/2010

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i'm keeping my daughtor 21mos bottomless. belive it or not after 1 week putting her on evry 20 mins. this week she is telling me she has to go pee. just keep up with it, it is hard , just keep going.

Falun Johnson - posted on 07/05/2010

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Try letting him sit on while watching television. It works for my 21mos old. Its a task at first then he'll start getting used to it, but you must be persistent. Good Luck

Natalie - posted on 07/01/2010

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I have 3 kids. my eldest son was trained b4 he was 2, but my almost 4yr old son is still having night time issues with weeing. Otherwise he is completely toilet trained. I have tried almost everything and im at my wits end changing the bed linen almost every morning! i even resorted to alarm to wake me in the nite to get him up and still no help :(

Alejandra - posted on 07/01/2010

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I started to potty train my son (21 months) i sit him on it not consistently but every other day and he does not like it. I was giving up i just had no clue on what to do but i just got ideas from reading the posts so i will now put him on it often. will see how it goes now.

Randa - posted on 07/01/2010

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You will have to start putting your son once everyday at the same time so that he get used to the idea...I did that with my 21 months old daughter (just putting her in the morning everyday) and when she started to pee and poo, we will congratulate her by a Bravo...so now she did it successfully and is telling me when she wants to pee and poo and of course she says Bravo to herself once she did.


by the way, ur son should be dry for some hours during the day as a sign of readiness...and always try with one time daily otherwise he will hate the potty
Good luck

Claudia - posted on 06/30/2010

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I managed to teach my little one to use the potty.Some tips I bought her a book which showed a story of a boy who used the potty.I used her favourite teddy as a dummy and afterwards she wanted to try! Now it's been a week and last night she even slept with her panty on!!

Monique - posted on 06/30/2010

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What I have done for my kids and I'm working on potty training my 4th. Is when were at home I take everything off the bottom half not even big kid under wear. And put the potty chair where ever we are living room if were watching t.v. If I'm making dinner in the dining room, etc. Then just set then on the potty chair and if something happens we clap and dance and get all excited. If nothing happens I tell them good try and still clap. The big thing for my oldest son that sealed the deal was on a camping trip he saw daddy go potty outside and he thought that was the coolest thing ever! But it was a little harder after that to get him not to go outside when he was playing and didn't want to stop to come in and use the potty. Lol. Good luck and don't worry too much. It will happen.

Lisa - posted on 06/29/2010

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my son is about 21 months and he has been grabbing at his diaper every time he goes pee or poop, i want to start potty training i think maybe he might be ready, i just don't want to start too early. what should i do?

Kelly - posted on 06/29/2010

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www.lorajensen.com.
She has a 3 day potty training system that WORKS!! Myself as well as numerous friends have done it and it is awesome! My son is 21 months old and I plan on training him at 22 months, because that is the perfect age to train at according to her program. I trained my daughter with it and she got it in 2 days and we never looked back! It is an exhausting 2-3 days, but then the hard part is over. It walks you through it step by step, which is what I needed as a first time mom and first time potty trainer. So thats my advice and good luck!!

Bethy - posted on 06/28/2010

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Hi Everyone... my daughter just turned 21 month today...whoeaa... anyway... I started her potty training when she turned 19 month... what I did was... First I used to take her to the bathroom with me everytime I go so she can watch and learn what I do; since it seemed she loves to do everything do. Then I started putting her on our toilet every morning when she first wake up... and at night before she goes to bed... once I had her well trained on sitting on the toilet; I completely stopped putting a diaper on her. The first week, she had two accidents (pee only). Then she eventually learned everything... all in all it took me a couple of weeks (phew lucky me!!!)... Although I have heard from a lot of people that, it takes a little longer to train boys than girls....

Sarah - posted on 06/28/2010

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Hey everyone,
Thank u all so much for your help.Chance still isn't going on his potty so we are going to try doing the fruitloops in the potty and see if that works I think daddy might have to show him how to do it the first few times.I hope it works cause I am trying everything else and nothing seems to be working.He will sit on it for a min or 2 but that's it I was hoping we would of had some improvement by now but nothing yet.

Sarah - posted on 06/28/2010

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We are trying to train our youngest now and it is not going that great. My oldest boy was trained at age 2 and we used Cherrios in the potty and taught him to stand from the start. We also used the training underwear by Gerber. My middle child was trained at 16 months and and we used pull-ups and panties. We told her that the princesses didnt want to get wet or dirty and that worked. Now we are using Buzz underwear and having daddy and big brother take him with them to watch and we have a sticker chart that we use. We also have Elmo's potty time DVD and book that we use. Good Luck

Marianne - posted on 06/28/2010

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one thing i am finding helpful with my 21 month old daugher is i have easy to wipe down board books for her to look at when shes going, in Her potty kit along with diapers wipes and cream. I also have a sticker chart for her as a reward when she does go i try to get her to go the same time i do or else ill just sit on the big toliet so she can see how its done at this age they like to mimic mommy and daddy a lot. i also have a few other suggestion i posted below in an earlier post that may be helpful to you hope it helps.

Lyndsay - posted on 06/27/2010

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My son will be 2 in Sept. & a few months ago we bought him a potty chair. Since he could walk he's always followed me into the bathroom & has watched me. He enjoys sitting on his potty & even goes through all the steps (except with his diaper on) Josh is just now starting to say "mommy I go pee" or "mommy I got poopy" but it's always after he has already gone in his diaper. Today he said he had to go poopy but the minute we got into the bathroom he said "mommy I go in diaper no potty" so I think we are getting closer! If I ask him he tells me no & usually starts to fight with me, so I just let him go for now. All in his own time..

Amy - posted on 06/27/2010

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Hi Sarah~ My son is almost 22 months, and we are in the same boat as you are. We'll have to start a routine and hopefully that will work. We've bought a little potty for the floor, and he'll sit on it, but nothing. I believe if we have a routine, then it'll happen. Hope it works for both of us.

Annah - posted on 06/27/2010

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get a stool for him to stand on to use the big toilet and put fruit loops in it and have him shoot down the different colors.. it becomes a game that he wants to play and for pooping have him sit on the potty chair 3 times a day for 10min.. if he poops the first or second time he doesn't have to do it the rest of the day.. thats what I did for my boy and it worked great

Victoria - posted on 06/25/2010

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My Daughter is 21 months and she has been going in the potty consistintly for about 3 months now. Peeping and pooping. I find that you going yourself and letting him see what you are doing while he is sitting on the potty the best. But it would be better if your Hubby/boyfriend(?) does it because of the whole equipment thing.

Kate - posted on 06/25/2010

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hi, we started training our daughter at 20 months and at 1st she would sit on the potty then get up and wee on the floor! but we brought her a little doll that has a potty and sit that next to her everytime she's on the potty and it makes her sit on for longer untill she's done something! Afetr they eventually do something make a big song and dance about it, my Dusty gets some woop woops and a round of applause!

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Congrats to all those trying "early" training! Definitely follow your kids' cues, don't pay attention to people who tell you they're too young. Back in the day diapers were not as effective so most got their kids started at 18 mos, let's all keep that in mind! That being said, some kids are more resistant than others, some have control issues, and some are more body-conscious at an early age. My first was trained before she was 2 (I tried at 18 mos and she was not ready at all), my second didn't want to poop in the potty for nearly 6 MONTHS after she was pee trained...but pooping issues is common, and my mistake was being too hard on her about it. She needed encouragement, not a fight from me. With my now 21-mo son, I plan to ease into things with regular intervals of sitting on the potty to familiarize him, and I'm not going to expect overnight miracles or be too frustrated.

It's helpful if your kid is communicative, too. My friend had to wait till her son was 3 because he wasn't talking with her very much.

Use Pullups if you want to, my friends! Yes, they're glorified diapers but don't drive yourself nuts with accidents when the kid is sleeping or you're out of the house. Some kids will take advantage of the absorbent properties, so if you see them regressing, give them the benefit of the doubt and switch to unders. Eventually, they don't want the discomfort of a pants-load so they'll keep them clean. Then you don't need them anymore. I'm a firm believer in potty bootcamp for a couple days to jumpstart your training, though - naked butt in the house. It's intense and you can do very little else but potty train, but when they pee on their feet, they're bound to make progress.

And never underestimate the power of bribery...or positive reinforcement, however you'd like to phrase it! Stickers, little toys, candy, marshmallows, favorite-TV-character underwear (the promise of Care Bears underwear worked for my reluctant pooper)...use them to your advantage. Reward them for their hard work, there's nothing wrong with that. And it will end - one day they won't ask for the M&M after they fill the pot, I promise. :)

When it seems like you'll never train your kid, remember that age-old saying, "They won't go to college in diapers." Set a date 6 months out and assume your kid's 95% potty-compliant by then.

Sarah - posted on 06/23/2010

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Thanks again everyone for all your tips.We r still trying but not pushing him to do it.Everyone is right pull ups do not work so he only wears those at nap time and bedtime.We got him some big boy underwear and are still trying with him but so far no luck.He doesn't want to stay sitting on the potty so we don't force him and he just goes in his pants my doc said do the bare bottom method and we tried that for a day but he just kept going on the floor so we got the big boy underwear.I hope it gets better soon but I will keep trying cause he goes to it on his own and plays with it (the little potty) Maybe I should put him on the big potty and see what happens.

Melissa - posted on 06/23/2010

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Wow most of the people I've talked to said to potty train a little before 2. So I think its just like everything else with babies. All in their own time. My daughter started taking her own diapers off and trying to climb on the toilet so I took that as a sign to start. We got her some pull-ups which I'm learning are not very effective. They are too much like diapers. However we got her a little training potty which she didn't like by itself but she likes when we put it on the big toilet. She's gone pee 3 times since we started on Saturday (4 days ago) and we have a sticker chart and we let her put her own stickers on. Even though it is tough I think its going well and I feel like we are finally having some success. We are going to get training panties and according to most of my friends they worked ALOT better than pull ups.

Marianne - posted on 06/22/2010

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I have just started potty training my 21 month old daughter we had the potty for two days now and today was our first real sucess she peed on the potty twice today and was dry after naptime some people say im pushing her by starting to train her to early but she seems to be ready or close to it. she tells me when shes gone after she gone but at least shes verbal and shes had a few dry spells here and there and likes the potty.

i know all the xperts say after 2 is the best time. but i dont want to loose the window of oppurntunity as long as she want to use the potty.

i started a potty sticker chart for her from the nickjr. website they have a bunch of free printable ones there. i also have her dump the contents in the adult toliet from the potty bowl and let her flush. we then wave bye bye to the pee or poo poo as it flushes she seems to really enjoy taking an active role in her training even though its only been a couple of days i hope its a good sign that it will be sucessful and she potty trained by her second birthday.

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I would say keep taking him. Even buy him the thick training pants. I have been potty training half way since march but the last few weeks I really buckled down. When I went through 44 pull ups in one week I said forget that and put my daughter in panties. She went all friday saturday and sunday without an accident and even pooped on the potty yesterday and today. But she is doing great!! She will be 21 months next tuesday. SO i hope this helps some.

Melany - posted on 06/21/2010

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MY son is 22 months. I started familiarizing him with the potty by having him come in the bathroom with me. He even started acting like he is wiping himself. He sits on the potty before and after the tub nightly just to associate, it is working well

Vickci - posted on 06/21/2010

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What I did with my son was to take him straight to the potty after his nap. Wake him up about 10 minutes before the time he normally gets up and take him straight to the potty. Show him how to use the potty and get him in the daily routine and before you know it, he will be telling you when he needs to go.
Another suggestion is that we used was to put either Fruit Loops or Cheerios in the toilet to give him a target. It made it fun for him and also helped with his hand-eye coordination. Good Luck!!!

Jennifer - posted on 06/21/2010

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my daughter will also sit on the potty if i give her toys or a book. the one time she did go poo on the potty, i had a bottle of bubbles that i blew for her to get her to sit still. but now she will only tell me after she has gone.. is there anything i can do to get her to realize when she has to go instead of after she has gone, or does this just take time?

Emma - posted on 06/20/2010

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Hiya my daughter is 21 months old i started potty training her in march she will sit on it for ages we give her a book or some toys and she will quite happily stay their until she has done her wee or poo, have a reward sticker sheet too she enjoys the stars being stuck on her chart!

Sarah - posted on 06/20/2010

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Thanks everyone for all of your tips!We are still sitting him on the potty as much as we can but we still haven't had any luck we got a sticker chart and he can have one gummy if he goes but still hasn't yet.I hope he will soon.Pull ups with didn't work cause they are to much like a diaper so we are doing the bare bottom and he has had many accidents.So I will keep trying :) thanks again everyone!

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Put him on it at regular intervals through the day (first thing in the morning, after breakfast, before going outside, before lunch, before nap etc -you get the idea).
If you are comfortable with it, let him see you go potty so he sees what you are doing.

We also went with a sticker reward chart initially for going in the potty, now we are doing it for telling us he needs to go.
We are still working on pooping in the potty, but since he is only 21 months old and is completely trained when it comes to the peeing end of things, we know this is just a matter of comfort and time.
Any suggestions on how to convince him the toilet is better then his underwear would be appreciated!
He does tell us immediately after he has pooped in his underwear and if we suspect he needs to poop he will fight us tooth and nail and cry to the point of throwing up if we try to sit him on the potty and wait him out.
We had some regression when my husband successfully waited him out (took 1.5 hours to get him to go int he potty) and then he refused to go even pee in the potty for 2-3 days following.
We decided we would rather keep him peeing in the potty then reverting back to diapers.

Melissa - posted on 06/19/2010

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Great tips. I have a daughter that I just started trying to train today. Any tips for little girls? I am learning very fast that I have no idea what I'm doing. We got her a little potty but she doesn't really like it yet. She seems to like to sit on the adult toilet better so I'm wondering if the potty was pointless. We got some pull ups but someone told me that they are too much like a diaper and don't help all that much.

Jamie - posted on 06/18/2010

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Load him up with lots of drinks and let him go bare bottomed. Then set a timer for every 30 minutes or so. DS trained at 26 months by doing this. And DD just trained last month at 20 months.

Emily - posted on 06/18/2010

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My son is just over 21 months, and has decided to start training himself, but he often won't tell me if he is playing because he would rather play. So, I just ask him every 1/2 hour or so. Or if ive known he was drinking something i ask him shortly afterward. He always sits on the potty after he has gotten up ( even if he already peed in his diaper). I think as long as you are consistant with asking them it is a lot more successful

Sarah - posted on 06/18/2010

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Melinda,
Thanks for replying that's great that your son potty trained after he turned 2 I hope I have the same luck.I try to put him on first thing in the morning but I don't catch him in time should I wake him up ?

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