Am I Potty Training Too Early?

Rachel - posted on 07/10/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




My son is 2 months away from turning 2. Last night I decided to start putting him on his potty every night before he goes to bed and every morning when he wakes up, just to try and get him used to actually using his potty chair. We have had one for a while and he would always sit on it with his clothes and last night was the first time he sat on it naked and to my astonishment he went to the bathroom. I was so impressed and happy that I applauded and did a dance. Today every couple of hours I'd take him to use his potty and he used it almost every time. As I am reading about potty training online its telling me that the kids should be able to pull down and up their own pants and be able to tell you that they need to go. My son isn't much of a talker and can't do his pants alone.. Should i postpone this potty training?


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Catherine - posted on 07/11/2012




I think it is perfect timing. I potty trained my oldest son at the exact same time- 2 months before his second birthday. Within two months he was completely potty trained. He was in daycare and I had lots of help with keeping him on a schedule and learning to take him to the potty 20 minutes after he had eaten or drank something, as well as in the mornings and before bedtime. Even before I started to potty train, he did not tell me he had to potty, he would take his pull-up off, if it was wet or soiled. That's when I knew I had to start potty training J Another thing that might help is to put him on loose fitting pants or shorts or just let him wear the pull up when you are at home. No jumpers, buttons, or zippers... Good luck with the potty training.

Louise - posted on 07/11/2012




Normal age is about 2 years 4 months, but if he is ready to do this then go for it. But, you must teach him to tell you he needs to go or there is really no point. As for pulling pants down, there is no need for that you will be with him to clean him up any way. If you think he is ready then continue but be prepared for a few set backs along the way.

Alisha - posted on 07/10/2012




If he wants to use the potty go for it! I think that the pulling up and down their own pants thing takes time, and you will always be in there to help him so it shouldn't matter.

Dove - posted on 07/10/2012




Sounds like he is doing great. As long as he's cooperative with the process there is no harm in continuing as you are doing. Just keep in mind that if he begins to resist it may be time to back off for a bit.

The 21 month old baby girl that I watch is almost fully potty trained. In fact, the last time I watched her she had even stayed dry all night long! She can take her own pants off (but struggles, so I help a lot), but doesn't stand a chance of putting them back on yet. She knows when she has to go though and will tell you wee wee. If your son is a late talker, but is fully capable of using the potty... there's no reason to hold back based on language skills.

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