potty training

Melanie - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering how you other mums knew when the right time was for your toddler to start potty training. my son is 15 mths old and shows no interest

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Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2010

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If you wait until they are ready, you can do it in about a weeks time! 15 months is very early! When he's about 2 put a potty chair in the bathroom and let him sit on it when you sit on yours and he will get the idea. When he wants to be a "big boy", use cheerios in the toilet and tell him to try to hit the targets!!! If you start too early, you spend a lot of time washing out underwear! :-(

Angela - posted on 04/05/2010

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Personally I don't believe a child is potty trained until they know when they want to go, get to the potty by themselves and pull they're own clothing up and down. There isn't really much point starting a child before 18 months as they have just don't have the muscle control needed. 15 months is still very very young, what's the rush? Potty training so young is an awful lot of pressure to put on a child that age. Most children aren't ready to potty train until 2 to 3 years old.



You can start preparing him to make potty training easier. Let him watch you go to the toilet so he knows that everyone does it and that it's normal. I know it sounds silly but let him see his own poo, you'd be amazed how many children have trouble potty training because their parents wrapped their dirty nappys up out of sight so fast that the children had never seen it's contents. Start teaching him the names for his body parts. When you buy pottys for upstairs and downstairs make sure they are the same colour and style. You don't want to be caught short when your child is downstairs with the green potty but wants to use the red one upstairs!



The one thing I would say is make sure you are prepared for potty training. If you don't know what you're doing then neither will your child. Do your research but temper your findings to fit the individual needs of your child.

Caren - posted on 04/05/2010

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just watch for the signs, intruduce the potty and if they are interested they will give it a whirl...don't rush it, my oldest son was trained at 25 months and my daughter at 21 months, both made the decision for themself...it'll happen and make it as fun as possible, cause they get sooo excited when it does. Good luck!

Emma - posted on 04/05/2010

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If I can give you one piece of advice on this it would be to wait until he tells you he wants to go. People will tell you to start when he shows awareness etc but from my experience that is not enough. Some children wont do this until they are 3+ but it doesn't matter, trust me from one who has done this many times if you wait until they ask then it will be a walk in the park. Do it too soon and you risk creating phobias and causing regressions and all sorts. Good tips.... start in the summer when he can run around with no nappy comfortably, get rid of nappies totally just use them at night/nap times, buy a potty training story book and read it lots once he starts to show an interest, buy a nice training seat..let him choose it (I don't like pottys personally but that is up to him, many children are frightened of the big toilets) and let him see what it is for, also let him take a teddy or fave toy and see if that can do a weewee on the toilet/potty...this works wonders then ask him if he can show teddy how to do it. Masses of praise is essential and ignore accidents...which you will have lots of. Good luck but if I were you, I would leave it for quite a while yet. E x

Amy - posted on 04/05/2010

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Learning to use the potty is the EASIEST part of parenting....I get tired of hearing how parents "trained" their child by taking them every hr or sitting there for an hr..who is being trained? certainly not the child.Why should learning when the CHILD has to pee or poop be astruggle..why should you have to clean up a mess he made because he was no where near being ready to use the potty yet YOU were/

Seriously he is 15 months..let him be a baby.When he is ready he will feel it,then tell you then run to the potty then when he goes its a big hurrah!!...

I am mom of 4..my middle ds was 3.5 when he was night and day trained..I never used pull ups,never put underwear on them before they had control. 4 kids in 6.5 yrs the last thing I need to do is clean up pee...relax.wait..I taught mine at 18 months..potty stayed beside the big potty they knew what it was and we left it at that......My middle ds said one day while we were out "Mommy I need to go pee" so I said ok go..He came back out with his diaper in his hand and yelled "I went pee on the potty"..from that day he had no more diapers (I forgot to put one on him at night).

Amanda - posted on 04/05/2010

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I started trying to potty train my son at 2 1/2, but he wasn't ready and did not want to do it. So, I would give him a break and then try again. It took til he was 3 yrs. 9 months old before he was fully potty trained. He was very stubborn and had no interest at all. I had to get strict with him because he was almost 4 and he knew what he was supposed to do. I stopped putting diapers or pull-ups on him and stuck to underwear and in two weeks he was potty trained. I tried the pull ups and they did not work for me. My son knew he could go in them and still be comfortable. After several incidents of wetting or pooping his pants with the underwear on, he stopped doing it and began to use the potty. It's not always easy and is quite messy, but don't push your child to do it unless they are as old as mine was! I feel that some kids never get interested and have to eventually be pushed to do it.

Priscilla - posted on 04/05/2010

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Just because some parents decide to start potty training early does not mean that they have started to soon just like if some parents start later it does not mean that they started to late this forum is about helping not insulting. at Divora

Dvora - posted on 04/05/2010

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I don't know what the rush is with some parents. Potty training should be a fun experience for your toddler being a big girl/boy. My girls are 6 and 3 and both were potty trained fully between the ages of 2 and 2 1/2. Unless my 1 yr old showed interest in the potty because of older siblings I wouldn't dare start that early! My girls were so proud to be doing big girl potty! It was exciting for them and for me too! A one year old is not a big boy/girl yet! Your children are only babies once, why rush big kid stuff on them! Just my opinion! I'd say show your child the potty and what to do and if they want to do it, great, if not his or her time will come! They're still young! My daughters were potty trained before 90% of the kids in their day cares! So most kids are btw 2 and 3 1/2

Kerrie - posted on 04/05/2010

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Hi... I have been lucky enough (or not) to work with the toilet training aged toddlers at the a nursery! Boys do seem to take a lot longer than girls... but in some cases boys are ready very early... contradiction or what but the majority of boys DO take longer. All the toddlers i have worked with each have been ready when THEY are ready; keeping the potty out, say in the bathroom next to the toilet or keeping it in his room... make the potty a familiar sight... encourage him to sit on it when you go to the loo.. they seem to like to copy others whether it be siblings or parents.. when he's confident getting on and off the potty and sitting on it stable then hopefully then connection from brain to bladder will come soon after. I worked with a particular boy that would not.. no way go on the potty so making a game on aiming down the loo is another option!! sounds funny but they need to get over the idea of seeing what comes out of their bits!! lol
Never tell them off for wetting their pants or it could make them hold it and cause tummy upset (i'm not saying that you would... but ten pairs of pants later it's another story!)

Happy toilet training and good luck!!
Kerrie :-)

Priscilla - posted on 04/05/2010

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I started all 3 of my older girls at 10 months by 1 year they were trained just as soon as they started talking to me . I believe however that my new little snuggle bunny will take longer because of all the older children in the home she is extremly spoiled.

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dont stress..it ultimatly depends on the child. My son started when he learned to walk at 10 months and my daughter wouldnt have anything to do with a potty until she was 4.

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