Is it too early to start potty training?

Kari - posted on 08/10/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm not sure when I should start trying to potty train my son who is 18 months old. I've tried looking up information, but it's very vague on when to start trying. He seems interested in the bathroom and he understands that Mommy and Daddy go in there to potty and that he goes potty in his diaper. He even tells me when he has teeteed or poopooed in his diaper, but I'm just not sure if I should start trying now or how to go about it. Is anyone else trying or thinking about trying?? Please let me know.

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Ellen - posted on 08/11/2009

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definitely not too early. I started sitting my son on the potty around 11 months and he pees at least once a day and sometimes poops on the potty. My son loves sitting on his potty. I keep lots of his favorite books and maybe a small toy to entertain him while he sits. I would suggest using the baby bjorn potty to start off with. Don't push it start off sitting him down at times when he will naturally have to go- first thing in the morning, before & after meals and nap, bedtime. If he seems receptive to it then keep working on it. If he doesn't want to sit, don't make him do it.

Beverly - posted on 08/10/2009

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I started introducing Alex to the potty about a week before his first birthday. I would let him sit on it and get up when he wanted to. I never tried to push him at all and he is still not potty trained but he likes to run in and sit on his little potty by himself (most of the time fully clothed) and when I ask him if he has to go he races me to the bathroom and sits down. I'm waiting to really start training him fully when he can pull his own pants and pull ups both up and down. You might just introduce him now and see what he thinks. Potty training is very different for every child.

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Niki - posted on 08/14/2009

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One thing you might try as well is the Peter Potty. I have three girls with a boy at the end so I personally am not yet experienced with training a boy, but I have heard many friends with multiple boys say that when they tried training a younger one with the PP, it was much easier than with the older ones. This is because they automatically learn to pee standing up, so there is one less thing to teach them. Not to mention they get to "play with their toy" so to speak...which is my son's favorite part of diapering! If you do try one, I would say to have Daddy take your son in with him so he can show him how big boys go potty. Good Luck!

Tanya - posted on 08/13/2009

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I also found it helpful to have many potty's around. I had one outside, one upstairs and one downstairs... because once they decide to "try", it usually means NOW! lol

I even would take one in the car with me...and it was much easier to pull out the potty than to rush to find a washroom.

Good Luck!

Vonda - posted on 08/11/2009

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My daughter was a little younger than a year and half when i started training her. I started because she was letting me know when she was about to go or if her pamper was dirty. She wasnt wetting her diaper throughout the night... She isnt fully potty trained but she is doing very well and i am saving lots of money on diapers!!!! if your child is interested, explain to him the physics of it all.... i would also recommend going to www.onestepahead.com for tinkle targets and potty watch. hope this helps!!!!

Kari - posted on 08/11/2009

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Thanks! I think I'm going to start trying now by just letting him sit for a while each day around the time he would normally have to go. I hope he takes to it, but if not we'll just wait a little while longer.

Amanda - posted on 08/10/2009

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They say boys take longer to potty train then girls do. My son 18 mnths and is not yet ready for that and my niece who is a month older is now starting to potty train. I guess my advice to u is when he is ready he might show signs of having a dry diaper in the morning when he gets up or try's to take his diaper off!

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