is potty training so hard??

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Stephanie - posted on 01/23/2010

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I heard horror stories so I expected to be ripping my hair out. I wanted to do it in the summer when my college classes were out & I had more time. I was worried because our son was only about 20 mo but surprisingly it was a breeze. With such little expectations I was pleasantly surprised that our son was trained (at least during the day) in a week. I'm glad I didn't wait until the next summer because we've saved SOOOOO much on diapers.

Sylvia - posted on 01/23/2010

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I didn't find it very hard at all (although, to be fair, my daughter was in daycare at the time, so I had a lot of help ;^).) The key seems to be to wait until they're really ready, because then they "get it" right away and the process is very quick. Of course, you can start potty training with an 18-month-old who has no interest and no clue, and devote an entire year of your life to the project -- I've seen people do this -- but it's a lot less stressful for everybody if you wait until you've got a two-and-a-half-year-old who can communicate clearly, stays dry between diaper changes, and is big enough to climb up on the toilet on her own (with a step-stool and one of those training seats so she doesn't fall in). Either way you end up with a fully toilet-trained three-year-old, so why rush? that's my philosophy, anyway :)

Nichole - posted on 01/23/2010

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I don't have girls but went through training with two boys. The first one was easier than the second, go figure. I had to get the first interested in using the potty and teaching him to stand up to pee was way easier. I used a cheerio and told him to aim for it. He got such a kick out of it that he would run and insist on a cheerio to go potty. Going #2 was harder but he got to the point where he didn't like how it felt in his pull up.



My second son just didn't want anything to do with it until he was about 2 1/2 -3. Once I told him what to do it was easy after that. He did both right away. He also had fewer accidents at night than my first. I just had to not push the timing.



Hoping that the next one will be on dad to teach since I have a good dad around this time.

Christina - posted on 01/23/2010

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so far it has been frustrating. one day they will do nothing but go in the potty except the #2. that one has been hard. but the next wet pull ups all day long. i would say keep it positive it will happen when they are ready. i hear girls are easier than boys. i have a boy so i dont really know. all i know is the other day he went poo poo in the potty all by himself and it was wonderful. i was so proud of him. give rewards! they help. hopefully i have helped a little at least.

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