potty training! Is he ready??

Sara - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My almost 17 month old son is curious what mummy & daddy & grandparents are doing when we are in the bathroom. We let him come in the bathroom when using the toilet so that he knows what the toilet is for. When will he be ready to potty train, as anyone any ideas, please? Also seen as this is my first child how do I go about doing this?

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Yone - posted on 07/02/2009

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Same here my baby boy is giving all the ques pulling on nappy, saying poef when he poohs, and trying to pull down his pants but im a working mom and my youngest is 3months old i simply dont have the time to commit to potty training at the moment anny suggestions on what i should doe ladies????

Kathryn - posted on 06/28/2009

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I'm wondering exactly the same thing myself. The whole process is daunting and my mum-in-law is putting the pressure on for me to get him trained.

Stephanie - posted on 06/26/2009

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im in the same situation im not sure what to do with ellie she is 17 months this months. im not sure what to do.

Janine - posted on 06/25/2009

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We got a potty about 3 weeks ago and put it in our bathroom. We put her on there 3 times a day sceduled, when she wakes up, after nap and before bed. If she goes we celebrate and if not we tell her that is ok and we put her diaper on. If I ask her durring the day if she wants to go on the potty she runs to the bathroom and trys to pull her pants off because she is so excited about using the potty. She has sucessfully peed twice now. We are not pushing her until she shows more interest and understanding of what is going on, but so far so good.

Sandra - posted on 06/24/2009

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I'm a huge advocate of waiting until they are 10000% ready.





Both of my boys trained in a weekend, shortly before they turned 3. Children learn things incredibly fast - it's not just knowing how to do it, it's being physically able to do it. We waited too, because I simply cannot wrap my head around spending weeks or months teaching a toddler to do something they really can learn in a day. If they're physically and mentally ready, there is no "training".

We also use a potty with steps that goes over the big potty. No "transitioning" to a new place after they get used to one. I also don't have to clean out a bucket of poo or pee (ick).





I read once, "Start teaching a child the potty in June and they'll be done by December, or start teaching in December and have them done by December". That makes sense to me. My boys were in a diaper on a Friday, picked out Superman undies on Saturday, and were completely 100% done by Sunday. All because they were absolutely ready.





JMO.

Sara - posted on 06/15/2009

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Thanks for all your comments. I did buy my son a potty today and has done his business in it twice but we have also had 3 accidents on the floor, but never mind as we have laminate flooring. He kind of knows what the potty is for & I am not pushing him into it but when we are at home and I can leave him without a nappy & try him on potty then thats what I will do & eventually he will know to sit on it himself, instead of putting it on his head. He does know now when he is wet or dirty & does try to get his nappy off this is why I think he is ready to get use to a potty. When I have chance I will get him some pants to wear so then he will know it is even more uncomfortable when he wee's. I think this is the next way to go

Carrie - posted on 06/15/2009

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My son will sit on the potty, but he will not go. My husband wants to keep it in the bathroom only, but I think I am going to bring it out into the living room area so that he can get more use to it. I know he doesn't like his diaper soiled because as soon as it is; he will start trying to pull it off. I am not pushin him, but I am happy that he is at least starting to get use to it. I know it will come in time. Then when it is time to teach him to stand up to go pee; I am going to put Fruit Loops in the potty to give him something to aim at.

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I know this might be terribly eco-unfriendly and backward, but it worked with my first child - don't push it until 2 years old. My baby boy loves his 'It's Potty Time!" book, has sat down on the potty with me when I'm on the toilet, LOVES passing Mummy the wipee paper, but I'm not pushing it.

With my first child I fretted, tried to start her at 18 months, then every couple of months after that... but she turned 2 and like magic she just started using the toilet. So this time I've introduced the idea, but when he's ready he'll do it himself.

Don't worry too much until baby is over 2!

Nikki - posted on 06/14/2009

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First I have to say that this whole circle of mom thing is awesome!! I have been wondering about how early I should start potty training. I have a 17 month old daughter who is also very curious. I have begun taking her into the bathroom with me for about a month now and I bought a training potty. I thought I was crazy that I was introducing this thing so early but I figured that it couldnt be to early. Thankyou for making me feel not so crazy!

Sara - posted on 06/12/2009

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yes elizabeth that sounds like a good idea to sit her on it with her pants up for if she does wee then she may understand that her pants should not be up as she will feel uncomfortable with wet pants. Thats my view anyway but I'm really not certain how babies feel about having wet pants

Elizabeth - posted on 06/11/2009

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well, we introduced the potty last night. she was very excited & interested in it. loves opening & closing it. but when i took down her pants & sat her down she cried. this seemed a bit odd to me because she loves sitting in her little chairs. maybe it was the pants down prob? what do you guys think about sitting her on it with pants up just to get her used to it? counterproductive?

Leslie - posted on 06/10/2009

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My little girl will use the potty, we started out putting her on ever 30 minutes till we figured out her frequency. Now it is about ever 45 mins to an hour. I would say I am the one being potty trained. If I catch her in time she will go on the potty but otherwise she does not care. She can hold urine so I have started, it can't hurt right. When I ask her to try to pee she will try. Some times she has to go and some times she doesn't depending on her fluid intake. I do not have high hopes though.

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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HA- mine too! Ben-Jan 29th 08- Wants to sit on his sisters potty! She is two and hopeless! She is seriously like the smartest kid ever!(she can read!) But she refuses to use the potty at home! I'm just now learning that has something to do with her claustrophobia issues, But Ben will sit on her potty and he will take his pants down too! I keep teasing he will potty train before her! For starters, first you need a potty, I put it in the bathroom, but I am learning now that a common family area works best to start(who knew). And then you just sit them on it, whenever, as often as you want, or when they drag you to it a hundred times a day when they get interested. I've found rewards work great too(i'm a briber) stickers in a potty book, or lollipops, or something of his favorite. Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/10/2009

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yeah, i'm right here with you. my mom said it was about this time i potty trained myself, (seriously- she put me on it once, & i took over from there. we should all be so lucky!) so i took her suggestion & bought one today. the plan is to put it in the bathroom & set her on it with her pants down on some type of regular basis. i'm thinking the first couple days I will do it pretty often, and see where it goes from there. looking forward to hearing what other people say, and will keep you informed of our progress. I have heard boys take longer though...

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