How do i know when he is ready to use the potty?

Ashley - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a little boy that will be 2 in sept. How do I know when he is ready to use the potty? He will get me a diaper and tell me it need to be changed but want use the potty. What do i do?

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As Christine said, there are many signs. Also would be an interest in going to the bathroom with you. Toddlers are, as we all know, very curious. :) Generally boys respond better going to the bathroom with a male figure, but it can be done with moms, too.
with my son, I put his potty next to the toilet and when I went, I always asked him if he wanted to go, too. He came in with me, and I'd sit down and he soon began mimicking my actions. I'd go about every 30 minutes until once, he accidentally used his potty.
One of the biggest things to remember is they'll go when they're ready, and you have to go at their speed, not yours. And sometimes kids revert. My 3 year old daughter recently reverted back to using the bathroom in her pants after many months of only having occasional accidents. Just go slow, be understanding. And reward good behaviour, whether with a special snack, a hug and kiss, a story, or a tea party or.. whatever your child likes! Let them know you're proud and with them; this makes them more likely to keep trying until they get it right!

Tricia - posted on 08/27/2009

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My daughter keeps taking off her diaper so I think she is ready too. She told me yesterday right after she went #2 so I know I have to start

Christine - posted on 08/26/2009

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Hi Ashley, I have been told that there are a few signs to look out for. 1) when they tell you 2) if they consciously go to a corner or crouch when they are about do something. given the signs to look out for, I have also heard that you should start potty training the summer closest to their 2nd birthday. Start by replacing their nappy with underpants so they feel what it's like to be wet during the day and go from there.

Saying that, I haven't started potty training my son yet but he's at the stage where he will tell me what he's done after he's done it or tell me that he's wet. I am just waiting for the weather to get a little warmer and then I'll start replacing his nappy with underpants during the day. Also let him follow you or your partner to the bathroom so he can see what you do!

My early childhood nurse says that the signs are important because if you start too early, things can regress. I hope that helps - let me know how you go!

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