My son is 18 months. Could he be ready to potty train or am i to early?

Jessica - posted on 10/10/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 months and can stay dry for several hours and tugs at his diaper constantly, but doesnt really understand using the potty and cant tell me if he has to go. I put him on the potty but he doesnt go and 10 mins off he goes in his undies. what should i do?

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Jessica - posted on 10/29/2012

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My son was 2 when i started potty training him. My friend trained her daughter at 18 months. They say girls pick it up quicker. My daughter is currently 18 months and im introducing it to her but not rushing or pressuring her. She checks if shes gone and she gets a diaper and lays down when she needs to be changed. So wen we go to the restroom she follows us and takes off her diaper and sits down-all on her own. I ask her if she needs to go, and she has 2-3 times gone on her own in the potty. But each child is diffrent. You have to use your judgement on if your child is ready and be supportive at this early age. If your child doesnt pick it up, then its probably too eary but it doesnt hurt to encourage. Children are like sponges, soaking up information.

Leah - posted on 10/28/2012

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I do not think it is ever to young to potty train. It depends on the child. If he acts interested go for it. If not, I would wait until he is. I would start teaching him words like potty when you change his diaper and if he goes with you to the bathroom. He will catch on. My daughter is 14 months and can tell me when she wants to go to bed and will go to her crib. I have already started introducing the potty to her.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/23/2012

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If he's showing signs, interest, etc, then no, it's not too early...my eldest started training about that age.



Don't worry. The only way that you could turn that into a "traumatic" experience is if you are wicked mean, and punish him excessively for not using the potty when you think he should. If you are patient, realize that it's not an instant thing, and takes time...sometimes years to get totally trained...then all will be well.



You know your kid. You know his progress. If he seems ready, then don't push, but encourage!

Amy - posted on 10/10/2012

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If he can't tell you he has to go then he's too young. It's not too young to "introduce" the potty though. Place it in a room that you are in often so he can see it, let him go into the bathroom when you go, start teaching him either the words or teach him to sign pee and poop when he does go potty. My daughter would always hold her nose when we changed her so it was a sign that we just stuck with. We didn't start trying to potty train till my daughter was 2 years 5 months because she had started showing us she was ready, she picked it up immediately. I definitely wouldn't force anything, you want to keep it very positive.

Ella - posted on 10/10/2012

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Stop!!!far to young u could make the potty turn into a bad exsperiance for him,and 2 is a early good time to start practising x

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Holly - posted on 10/23/2012

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ALSO if you want you can sit him on it FIRST thing in the morning, if he is still dry, and let him pee in the toilet, that might help "trigger" the idea of "Ohhhh THIS is the place that it goes"

Holly - posted on 10/23/2012

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my youngest daughter was ready fort he potty when she was 18 months old... but she told me "POO POO!!!!!" so i took her to the potty and she went poo poo! it was the FUNNIEST thing, because i had only sat her on the potty a few times before, just because i was running her bath water, and i usually sat my kids on the toilet when i ran their bath, not REALLY expecting them to go. so during the night she yelled at me POO POO!!!! well she had been having diarrhea at the time so i thought her diaper was dirty and i just couldn't smell it. well, no, she was clean, so i just told her, honey, you don't have poo poo, she started crying and throwing a fit, so i was like ok, you wanna go potty? trying frantically to find out what was her problem, she stopped crying when i said that, and sure enough, she went poo. EVER since that day she was completely dry, NEVER had an accident... My oldest daughter was another story, she was 3 before she was COMPLETELY potty trained.... different kids different ages, i didn't do anything different with either of them....





basically i would introduce them to the "big boy potty" I HATE those potty chairs.... they have cushioned potty seats... i would keep it on his potty, and let him sit there... let him watch you and daddy go potty. but don't PUSH the potty, there is NOTHING wrong with him if he isn't ready...

Barbara - posted on 10/23/2012

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18 months is far too young because there is really no communication with him as of yet. This is only confusing him at 18 months. My son started at 2 years and was ready for the potty and trained within 3 months. I was very proud of him and we played games to get him to communicate and he wanted to be trained because he felt like a big boy.

Jessica - posted on 10/10/2012

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Thank you! I looked it up online and they said he was the perfect age but guess you cant trust everything online! Iv been taking him with me to the bathroom since before he was one but hes never showed interest! I have a 3 month old also so i was hoping i could try but it seems best to wait.

Have a blessed day!

Jessica Daigle

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