What's the average age your boy was potty-trained?

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Erica - posted on 01/07/2009

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Good morning! I have 3 sons. 16, 7 & 5 yrs old. My oldest was easy to potty train, he was trained at 3 yrs old. My 7 yr old was the most difficult, he was trained at 5 yrs old and my 5 yr old was trained at 4. When I say trained, I mean no diapers or pull-ups, strictly underwear. I have heard many times that boys are more difficult than girls, I don't have any girls but I can tell you, my 7 & 5 yr old were pretty stubborn about making the change!! I hope this info helps. Have a great day!

Amanda - posted on 12/30/2011

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Jennifer, there really is no right age. Just keep your eyes open for signs of readiness. I just happened to see one sign from my 18 month old, pretty much by accident, and he was potty trained in less than 2 weeks. I was shocked that he was ready so early, because all my other kids were 2.5 to 3 before they were ready. What happened was I let him have some naked time after a diaper to air his sensitive skin. He was standding there watching Wonder Pets and out of nowhere he turned toward me, looked down at his privates, popped out his hips and peed. On my floor. My first thought was just, oh great another mess to clean. Then it dawned on me that he looked at his privates a few seconds before he peed, so he knew that something was getting ready to happen down there. I got a potty chair the next day. He didnt want to sit much, so I left it in the living room and let him run around naked. Got potty books and videos, the whole nine yards. The potty book helped SO MUCH! He stood in the living room and peed on the Elmo Big Potty Book. So I ran over a nd grabbed him and put him on the potty before he was done but he wouldn't pee anymore. So I picked up the book to go dump the pee and wash the book. But I had another idea pop up, so I had him spread his knees and dumped the pee off the book into the potty while he was sitting on it. I didn't think it clicked, because he didn't finish. But about 20 minutes later he was standing near the tv and dropped his toy, ran over and peed in the potty standing up. We potty danced, rejoiced, showed it to everyone, all that stuff. He still had a few accidents after but he hadd peeing down within a day or two. Pooping took another week or so for him to master the signals and make it all the time. The hardest part was that he didnt have the vocabulary to tell us when he had to go. We finally taught him the sign language for potty. The only big problem we had was getting him to go on the pot if he was wearing underwear, because to him it felt like wearing a diaper. After a few months of being bare butt at the house I finally had a week off work and we conquered underwears. I put them on, but made him stop what he was doing, wash and change into dry clothes. After a few days he finally caught on and decided it was too much of a hassle to stop wash and change, so he started going to the potty and keeping the undies dry. It was so nice to say goodbye to diapers by 19 months! I never suspected it would happen that early, so my best advice is watch for signs!!!

Tonia - posted on 01/07/2009

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My son was finally interested in potty training around his 3rd birthday. We started with the potty b/c he was afraid of the height of the toilet. He quickly mastered peeing and then wanted to only use the toilet. Finally he pooped and stopped having accidents at night. No more pull ups. However now we're at 3&1/2 and he won't consider peeing standing up. He'll insist to sit. I'm assuming when he's ready he'll transition easily. We ask him regularly to stand but so far he hasn't tried.

Jamie - posted on 01/07/2009

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Don't force it on them, they will do it when they are ready. I have a 4 yr old that did potty train till he was 3 and now at 4 he is fully potty trained, even poops in the potty too, no more pull ups for him. The most frustrating part was trying to get him to poop on the potty, now that is something that will also have to come with time, i don't recommend putting a 3 yr old in underwear until they can read their body signals...

Jenna - posted on 01/07/2009

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I have one boy and he was just potty trained a couple of months ago. He was 40 months when it finally clicked and I could declare him potty-trained. However, he still wears diapers most nights although he occasionally keeps them dry. Also, there is sitll on occasional accident in the day, not often.

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Shannintipton - posted on 12/30/2011

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Hi ladies just so you know this thread is over six months old so I am going to lock it. But thank you for your responses and there are plenty more to choose from. :)

Rebekah - posted on 12/30/2011

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My son was potty trained by his two year old birthday... now my daughter... that's another story!

Amanda - posted on 12/30/2011

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Sorry, I didn't realize I was getting so long winded in that last post, lol! I am still just stunned by how easy it was and how easy it would have been to miss that one little sign!!!

Jenny - posted on 01/07/2009

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Just wanted to add that he was dry and night (no nappies) by 2 years 4 months :0)




Jen x

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2009

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My son was potty trained just before age 2. He initiated training himself and was day and night trained in about a week. I used cloth diapers which I think helped. He never liked the little potty chair and used the "big toilet" right away. He was an only child at that point and did go to day care full time.

Amy - posted on 01/07/2009

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All three of my boys were 3.  I had to give my oldest a laxative, because he wouldn't poop in the potty.  He would hold it for days so he wouldn't have to use the potty and hide and poop on my carpet.  I tried every trick in the book.  Nothing worked.  I waited until the laxative worked, and when he had the fear of God in his eyes,  I grabbed him, and put him on the potty until he pooped.  He had no choice.  He poop and never looked back.  My one twin pooped for candy and toys, while the other one also had to have the laxative trick.  He would sneak outside and poop in the grass or driveway anywhere to avoid the toilet. Some kids are so stubborn that nothing seems to work.  I wasn't waiting any longer than the age of three.  They are too big to change poop diapers anymore.  It is just too gross.

Lila - posted on 01/07/2009

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I only have one boy who is 2 yrs, 10 months old, and he is still being potty trained.  We started him on a little potty just before he turned 2, but he soon wanted to use only the big toilet.  He has been doing better about peeing and poo-pooing while sitting down on the toilet, but only when I put him on.  He won't tell me when he needs to go pee, but he has started telling me at night when we're getting ready for bed when he needs to go poo-poo.  I just had my mom buy him some "big boy underwear" for Chrisitmas to start getting him used to that.  So far it hasn't worked.  Now that he has a stomach bug, he is of course digressing again.  It's an annoying roller-coaster ride of hope and then digression.

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2009

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Thank you everyone for your help.... It looks like the average age for boys is around 3. The reason I asked was because I have an "older" lady friend (I am only 24) and she keeps telling me that my son should have been potty trained by the time he was 1..... I thought that sounded WAAAAAY off. I always thought it was around 2.5 yrs but now i know to expect it around 3 years or so. Thank you.

Valerie - posted on 01/07/2009

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My oldest son is now 8. He was fully trained, day and night, when he was 3 yrs. 1 month old. I started when he was about 18 months. He just didn't want to do it. I did learn thru him that you cannot force it. They will do it when they are ready. My daughter who is now 6, was trained fully right at her 2nd birthday. But, it was because she wanted to wear big girl panties. I never pushed her. With the baby, I will just read his cues of when he is ready.

Anne - posted on 01/07/2009

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My little boy trained during the summer months and he was nearly 3. He wouldn't use a potty only the toilet. In saying that it was only day time he trained first. It took about another year for him to be trained day and night. Despite many accidents when he started, once a reward scheme was in place the accidents suddenly stopped.

Erica - posted on 01/07/2009

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I forgot to mention that I never used a little potty chair because I feel it is one more thing you have to try to ween them from. I also didn't want to have to take a little potty chair everywhere with me. I think some children who use a little potty tend to be scared of the big potty which makes it pretty difficult when your out and about with the kids. Start them on a big potty and they don't know any different.

Deanne - posted on 01/07/2009

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My son was fully toilet trained by the time his sister came along (thank god!!). He was 2 years & 9 months. He did start having a few accidents but I think it was to do with getting used to getting half of our attention instead of 100% of it!



We used the Wee Man http://www.weeman.com.au/ which helped a lot seeing he always wanted to wee like daddy!



He is 3 years & about 3 months & now fully toilet trained. We never really used a potty, although I must say he wanted to start going to the big toilet before he could even walk!

Allison - posted on 01/07/2009

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at age 3 he pee pee'd on big potty- little pottys never worked- then he would put a pull up when he had to poop.. LOL that went on for a few months then one day got over the fear.. let him sit and pee on the potty this way he can learn both sitting then throw some cheerios in once he can understand and have him aim to pee standing up- My best advise dont push 0 we never made a big deal ike all other milestones they do when they are ready- Now I have a girl wish me luck!!! Boys are so much easier hope this helps

Donna - posted on 01/07/2009

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My son, who has a twin sister, only recently became potty trained and he is a few months over 4. It took a long time to get him to use the toilet for poos and i found a rewards chart was very helpful in the end.. i also found the website www.pottytraining.com.au extremely helpful

Maryann - posted on 01/06/2009

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My almost 3 year old boy was potty trained at a little past 2 1/2. Now saying that I will say this. I used to teach a daycare class of about 16 kids ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2. It was called the potty training room... kids all train differently and boys are usually later to train than girls. I had boys in my class that didn't train until they were almost 3 1/2. I used the reward system and lots and lots of praise for both he and his older sister (even though she was already potty trained...if he saw her getting praise or a reward for going potty he wanted in on the action).

Denise - posted on 01/06/2009

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My son is 3yrs, 2months and he still isn't potty trained. I'm all out ideas. Any suggestions?

Bec - posted on 01/06/2009

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well i have a 9 yr old, a 2yr old and a 5 mth old - all boys. My 9 yr old was toilet trained when he was about 2 1/2 but he regressed and i tried again just before he was 3. That time successfully and only took 2 wks to master! My 2 1/2 yr old now is showing signs of telling me he has done poo. I bought him a potty and "big boy pants" but he doesnt really want to wear them. He sits on the potty but im not going to push him. my experience with my eldest was they will just know when it is right. I offer but dont push.

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