is it too early to potty train a baby at 18months

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Jodi - posted on 01/04/2012

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Chrystal, I may not be helpful, but my son learned sitting down, and then when I moved in with my current husband, he showed my son how to stand up, LOL (his own dad was never involved at a practical level... but I couldn't exactly show him how to stand up and pee, and I had no clue.....).

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Bonnie - posted on 01/05/2012

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For some it is too soon and for others it is not. It depends on the child. Girls for the most part usually train earlier or so i've heard. My boys were trained at 2 years, 10 months and 3.5 years. We started at around 2.5 years. They just were not ready at all earlier. With our first child we actually had to avoid it for awhile and then try again a few times.

Shannon - posted on 01/05/2012

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No its not, my daughter got her potty chair for her 1st birthday & got started maybe a month later. Put the baby on the potty as soon as they wake up in the morning & through out the day & you will be surprised.

Heather - posted on 01/05/2012

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I have one nephew and I always put cheerios in the toilet and told him to point to them and try to hit them and it worked great.

Tashira - posted on 01/04/2012

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or u could try holding dwn for him i potty trained by cuzin am too i bought a toilet n it came wit a cusion met for boys n girls n when u flip it had cup for the boy so the pee wouldnt come out when he was sitting dwn

Jodi - posted on 01/04/2012

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LOL Teresa, my daughter decided SHE wanted to learn to pee standing up like her brothers. One day I caught her with one foot on her stool, the other foot on the toilet seat, peeing standing up. It was hilarious!!!

Sherri - posted on 01/04/2012

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In my personal opinion and 20+yrs of working with and dealing with toddlers. The majority are definitely too young to fully train at 18mo's but definitely not to young to sit and get used to the potty.

Boys typically should be taught to sit to potty train initially and not till they are older and able to control their stream taught to stand to pee. It will save a heck of a lot of clean ups for the moms that were asking.

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Jodi, I'm glad I'm not the only one that had that issue. My son was fully potty trained by last December, but only started to pee while standing up over the summer cuz his dad and stepbrother showed him. :)

Lise - posted on 01/04/2012

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Sit him backwards on the toilet. He'll have to lean forward a little bit, and his urine will go downwards more.

18 months isn't too early (my dd was potty trained at night and everything before she turned 2), BUT it is developmental and not all kids are ready. Don't hesitate starting, but be aware not to push too much if your lo is struggling.

Karen - posted on 01/04/2012

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Just tell him to keep it in the potty. He can lean forward a bit to put it there or show him how to push in down a bit.

Tashira - posted on 01/04/2012

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or u could try holding dwn for him i potty trained by cuzin am too i bought a toilet n it came wit a cusion met for boys n girls n when u flip it had cup for the boy so the pee wouldnt come out when he was sitting dwn

Chrystal - posted on 01/04/2012

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Maybe it's a silly question but I don't know the answer and my husband just laughed at me which means he don't know either. How do you keep a little boy from peeing into the air? I sat him on the potty for the first time yesterday and it's clear his penis isn't pointing or hanging down so hows that work. Am I supposed to try and teach him to stand up? I've helped to potty train girls but he's the first boy in our family in 28 years so never been through it with a boy. If anyone can they tell me if there is some way I'm supposed to put him on the potty or does it just work out. I want to be prepared if he's going to pee on me or the walls and stop it if I can. thanks

Jodi - posted on 01/03/2012

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Lisa, isn't that a form of Elimination Communication though, as opposed to potty training? For that, you have to start them by the time they are 6 months or you miss the opportunity.

Lisa - posted on 01/03/2012

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Boys are definitly harder! But the more and earlier you put them on the more natural it us for them to sit on the potty.

Lisa - posted on 01/03/2012

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Absolutly not!!! I started mine sitting on the potty when she was able to sit on her own- 6 mos. She was day potty trained by 1 yr and night potty trained by 1 1/2.!

Karen - posted on 01/03/2012

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I started mine at 21 mths. It took 3 wks and she was fully potty trained - nights and everything. I think it depends on the child. As long as you stay consistant I think it should be fine.

Mia - posted on 01/03/2012

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if they're ready & showing signs of readiness, go for it, less nappies to deal with!!

Tashira - posted on 01/03/2012

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oh k thank my daughter tells me when she pees on the floor she comes gets me n i take her evertime wit me to the washroom i just want her to pee on the toilet

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I started potty training twins at 16 months. They weren't fully day trained til about 3 months before their 3rd birthday.

My son started potty training himself at 15 months and wasn't fully trained til about 3 months before his 3rd birthday (same age... the only difference is that it was ALL led by him... and way more successful as far as accidents are concerned).

So, no... it's not too early to start. It MAY be too early to expect any real progress... or not. Depends on the kid.

Denikka - posted on 01/03/2012

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Depends on what you mean by start.
I *started* potty training as soon as my son could walk. And now at 11mo, I'm starting my daughter.
I never pushed, but I did start getting him used to the idea. I started taking him in to the bathroom with me, letting him rip off squares of toilet paper, throw them in and I'd let him flush. At around 18mo I also started changing him exclusively in the bathroom so he got used to that as well.

My son is now 2.5 and we've just started to buckle down on potty training. We're going all naked, all the time :P and we're about a week and a half in. I think we're doing well :) Fewer accidents every day, and he's remembering to let us know when he has to go :)

I think you should take the cues from your child. If they're showing an interest, start showing them. Don't push it, just encourage at this age. They may do REALLY good for a while, then choose to revert back to diapers. I think that's okay. Just follow their lead. :)

Chrystal - posted on 01/03/2012

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I have been wondering the same thing I have an 18 month old and he's become very interested in what's happening in the bathroom and has learned to take his diaper off lol. We got him his own potty this past week and I just haven't set it up yet mostly because I don't really know if he'd be capable of controlling himself yet. I hope a mom that's done it replies to the post it would very helpful to have some tips I'm not real sure how to introduce the idea to him.

Elfrieda - posted on 01/03/2012

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Some babies are ready. I've heard of it, but never seen it in person. I'm thinking of starting now with my son, and he's 24 months.

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