Best way to start potty training?

Karmi - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Just curious, what is the best way to start potty training? My son is 15 months isn't interested yet, but any suggestions on helping him get started or interested?

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Karmi - posted on 06/10/2010

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Thanks for all the advice. I know my son is a little young and isn't interested. I just wanted to learn some ways to help him notice the potty. It is in our bathroom and I tried to get him to sit on it once while I went, he refused. But he does take the potty apart and put it back together. Atleast it is a little progress. But I won't force him because he will only regress. Thanks again!

Crissi Lynn - posted on 06/09/2010

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when my daughter was about 18 months i would take of her didy, keep the bathroom door shut so she couldnt escape lol and she would sit on her little potty and i would sit on the big potty and read her a book...or ten lol long as she sat there. and after awhile she would pee and sometimes stand up during and make a messy but at least she was going and understanding how it feels to go outside of the diaper. after a couple months the time it took her to go dropped significantly. dont get me wrong she still had messies and accidents and wore diapers a lot until she was going about every hour or so-then i would only put pull ups on her at nite time. by two she was totally done :)

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I was told by my pediatrician that they do not have the muscles to control unrine or stool output until they are at least two years old. It is still early. He has plenty of time to learn and get excited about accomplising the feat of becoming potty trained. I wouldn't risk spoiling his will to learn by starting too soon.

Candice - posted on 06/09/2010

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put the potty in your bathroom near the real toilet. when you go, suggest that they go. start letting him sit on it with his clothes on. if he starts showing interest, let him sit on it without clothes. he may actually go (by accident). if he does, huge praise! but don't force him and don't make a big deal out of it. at that stage it's just about avoiding fear of the potty. gradually you can move to potty at certain times (like before baths so you don't get poop in the bath..haha). at around 2 years, (more or less) reasses their readiness. pullling pants down, language, stuff like that, and move to pushing a bit harder (suggesting potty more often, insisting if you can without upsetting them...stuff like that. or wearing underwear so they notice they are wet).
I really think early prep makes it soooo much easier later on. it avoids the fear of suddenly being forced to use that weird potty thing.

Peita - posted on 06/09/2010

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Hi Karmi, I starrted sitting my little girl on a potty while the bath was running when she was just 12 months old! If I ever managed to catch a wee, I showed her and made a big deal out of how 'clever' she was! I never forced the issue, but by about 16 months old, she started telling me if she had gone wee and poo in her nappy as she didn't like the feel of it!! I then started putting her on the potty about every 2hrs and showed her what she had done if she did something in the potty! By 22 months she was completely out of nappies for day and night and rarely had accidents during the day, she is now 4yo and has only wet the bed at night maybe 4 times! Just be consistent and positive about the whole experience and your boy will get the hang of it soon enough! If he get distressed about it all, just stop, give it a couple of months and try again, there is no harm in getting him familiar with the potty or toilet!! All children are different, II am a childcare worker and was the room leader in an 16 months to 2 1/2yo group, and most children were out of nappies by 2yo, they only wore them for sleep! Good luck with it, it can be frustrating if you expect too much, just follow your sons lead and things will work out!

Sherri - posted on 06/09/2010

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Okay I am sorry but he is WAY to young!! He isn't interested because he doesn't even understand yet. They say unless they can wake up from a nap completely dry not to even try. They also need to start being able to tell you right before they go or right after in there diaper. Most children aren't potty trained until they are between 2-3yrs old. However, to start interest sit him on a potty chair for a minute or so here and there to give him an idea of what it is that is all you can really do at this point.

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