Joanne - posted on 11/20/2009
I've taken care of babies for the last 23 years. Are they showing any signs that they are ready for training? Are they often dry when you go to change them? are they comfortable in their poop, or do they asked to be changed. Do they hide to go poop,
Anyhow, the training can last 2 weeks if they are ready or months if they are not, are you ready to have them pee on the floor, couch ar anywhere they sit. It can be a messy time and a very fustrating time for you. Make sure you are not the one that is trained, that it be the children. They will let you know when time is right, it's not abnormal to have 3 yr old boys that are not trained by this age. BE PATIENT it will come.
Charlene - posted on 11/19/2009
hi im a mother of 6 and 33 my baby is15months and we have started potty training,
all my children where around the same age or even younger
i let them run around nude down there,in our own house of course,and they pee on them selves they dont like the feeling on wetness, then when you know they are gonna pee or poo which is of course when their little woody gets alittle harder then usaual they are gonna go pi pee.or they start squating and going quite they need to
u put them on the potty and when they do go give them so much Praise and clap and be so happy for them. I dont beleive in treats i beleive in Praise...
if you treat them they exspect this all through there lives...once they relise u are happy they are so happy. and they are all so happy to be out of a nappy....free and lovely.....then start using little jockeys which are so cute..just around your home nappy when you are outand about still offer the potty or take a litle toddlers toilet seat in the car..
hope it helps...
Angela - posted on 11/19/2009
Advice given to me by our community nurse is not to start them too young. It is alot of effort and they end up taking two steps forward then one step back. We were advised not to start really potty training until about 2 1/2 to three years. My oldest has just turned two. She watches me when I go, she quite often requests to sit on the potty or toilet on her own. If I ask her she says yes or no. I haven't really put any pressure on her yet. We are just coming into summer here, so once the weather warms up I will really start potty training in earnest. Then it won't take so long for the carpet to dry! And all the extra washing I will have from accidents will be easier to keep up with! Most of my friends who have older kids have said that it all just "clicks" into place one day.
Stephanie - posted on 11/19/2009
My twins are almost 5 and I remember being really anxious for them to potty train - the cost alone was enough. I tried when they were about 18 months old, but it just turned into a lot of work for me - which I didn't need. Then I listened to some good advice from my sister who said "they'll potty train when they're ready". I stopped trying and about six months later it just happened. One day they were wearing diapers and the next day they weren't. When it's really their time, I think they'll just do it.
Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2009
Hi i am a mom of 3 children my last one is a boy 3 yrs now.. I didn't work really hard at it. i just took him to the bathroom everytime we went and once in the morning and once before his nap and again before he went to bed.. before i new it he was trained..it also helped that he started going to day care twice a week.. and they wound take him alot there too.+ he would see the other kids do it too.. i think that's what got hime going.. I never introduce the pottie to any of my kids until they were around 2 and a half to 3yrs.
I didn't see the point..
Liz - posted on 11/18/2009
Kids are smart and remember what you tell them and show them.Our daughter would fight us and we went cold turkey(this will probably not work for everyone!).We did this when it was time to give up her bottle as well.When we would go out I would pack an extra pair of her pants and underwear in case she did have an accident,but within a few weeks she was doing everything by herself.When you're out just make sure you're asking them if they have to use the bathroom(sometimes they won't realize till it's too late!)Good Luck! :)
Lexann - posted on 11/18/2009
At 17 months, I think you are being a little over eager. Most children, especially boys, don't potty train that young. It will take you a lot longer at that age too. It usually just ends up in frustration. Unless they are really interested, I would wait until they are at least 2 or even 2 1/2, and start showing interest in the potty. Like all children, they will learn when they are ready, and when they are, it will be much easier on you. I believe in bribery when they are first learning. Stickers, m&m's, hot wheels, whatever you want to do. Once they get it, you can phase the "rewards" out. Stickers worked with my first. He had just turned 3, and was potty trained in a month. He never used the baby potty, he just used the "booster" on the adult toilet. It made things much easier and cleaner for me. My second is 2 and is already interested in the potty, but he is not consistant. He goes one day, and not the next. I don't push. M&Ms seem to work for him. And he likes the baby potty; he won't sit on the adult potty for anything! So, I'm having to use different tactics with him. Children are all different! Good luck!
I agree with rebecca-do not try to rush the potty training! you will just set your self up for a lot of frustration. patience is key! I have a 23 month old and when she was about 18 months i thought she may be interested in using the potty b/c she would say mommy potty all the time so i said lets give it a shot. i tried and i failed. it was more of a fight than anything. now being 23 months she tells me when she has poopy or pee in her diaper and i will put her on the potty to get her used to it, but i have yet to see her actually go in the potty. it is hard esp if your a working mother it def is something you have to keep up on. eventually i think they reach an age where they understand it more and that is when they decide to go on their own!
Mona - posted on 11/18/2009
i do really feel 4 u . my Mom passed on the 31st May 2004 at the age of 78+it was on my Daughters birthday(her age being 24, my mom use to call us @ 5.00am on our birthdays so that morning when she never got her call b4 she went 2 work she knew and was prepared that she will never get another phone call 4rm my mom on her birthday. i do think what was of help there was that my mom always spoke about the 31st of May eg. like my daughter's birthday,engagement,wedding everything she has planned 4 that day. you must visit the site "griefshare.org + you will find something there 2 share with him.
trust this will be of help.
Rebecca - posted on 11/18/2009
Every child is different but I think 17 months might be a little to early to potty train unless they seem interested in it. Most children aren't toilet trained until they are 3. If you start now it may take you 6 months or more to have them toilet trained, where as if you leave it until they are say 2 and half it will probably only take 1 month. With my 3 kids i found it best if you just put undies on them. it is messy but they seem to get the message alot quicker than if you put them in pullups. Also my little girl, who i have just toilet trained didn't like the potty, she went straight to the toilet, which was alot easier. Good luck, its not an easy job, but try to be patient with them.
Hope - posted on 11/17/2009
We didn't chase him out of the bathroom when he'd follow us all in. So he saw what we were doing. He was not quite over a year when he started telling us he had to gopotty. But that got interupted when he saw the tub. He's a water baby so he went from needing to potty to wanting a bath and then pooped in the bathtub while bathing.
Not a good combination.
However he knew what the potty was for for a while before he /decided/ to try for himself. He now pees and gets up set when I put pull ups on him. However he's only had two successful poops. Both times were bribed. He got trucks for his poops. Heh.
Claire - posted on 11/17/2009
hi there i have 2 kids. my first child was really easy to train to go on the potty we had it in the living room all the time and one in the bathroom to let them know if they need to go there is always something there for them so the feel better that they wont have an accident, u could always try singing songs while putting Ur twins on the potty try putting them on at the same time even if they don't need at least they will no what its for and they are doing it together to make them feel at ease, lots of prace and kiss is also good while they are trying so they know that they are doing a good thing, maybe also let them have a drink while there on the potty to maybe make them go faster, just be patient cause all kids are different,my first child was in pants at 2 and my second child is 2 and a half and she is still in nappies
Rie - posted on 11/17/2009
My oldest daughter started when she was 16month old. Took her to the toilet everytime when I went and showed her I pee. She was amazed by that!! Then I asked her if she wanted to just sit on toilet. If she said Yes, she sat there and I read a book for her. Then I just took a dipaer off and changed to a normal underwear so it would go faster. She pee and I took her to the bathroom and taught her that it is here she wants to pee because the toilet wants it!
I almost had like a underwear decoration in my bathroom everyday! I also took away all the carpet during a training.
Samantha - posted on 11/17/2009
well i ave 1 little boy, nd e has been potty trained r lmost ayear now sinc he was 3 late i no but totally worth waiting as i didt need to trai him at all, and really why put somuch pressure on them and yourself, we wouldnt be abl to poo on demand so why force such tiny bladders to pee every 40 seconds.
Crystal - posted on 11/17/2009
Start by getting them used to sitting on the potty every morning when they wake up and every evening before they go to bed. After awhile put them on the potty more often, before nap, 1/2 hours after fluids etc..........But be aware that ALL kids are different and most boys learn later as aroun 3-4 years of age.
Angel - posted on 11/17/2009
It depends on how aggressive you would like to be. With my son I started taking him to the bathroom when I went... also immediately when he woke up and about 10 minuets after finishing a sippy cup. At 20 months is when I really started potty training. I got an egg timer and set it for one hour intervals. (This took a lot of work) I was given the advice to let him play with water and it would make him pee. So I put a towel under his potty chair. Put a bucket in front of it, filled with warm water and placed 3-4 toys in the bucket. Things I knew would not float. When he reached his fingers into the warm water to get the toys out of the bottom of the bucket he would usually pee fairly quickly. If he didn't I would set the timer for 15 minuets and take him again. I let JC play until he wanted to get up and then let him, weather he had gone or not. If he did not go I didn't really say anything except "good job buddy, we'll try again in a little bit." But if he did go I clapped, sang, did the potty dance, gave him a sticker (they ended up all over my house).
It was a long process and it was a mess but it eventually worked. he is 23 months and i'd say 85 % potty trained.
Crank up the heat and let them run around in only underwear (pull ups were not worth it and only used at night and on outings)
Be prepared to do extra laundry and be patient.
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