Potty training

Kelly - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Has anyone began trying to potty train their child yet? Any luck?

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Heather - posted on 01/04/2010

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I won't start my kiddos unti lthey can communicate it to me that they have it or they need to go... just in the last 2 weeks or some my littlest one( born may 2008) she has started telling me bum and pointing to her diaper..which i can usually get her upstairs and set her down and there haven't been any accidents i didn't know we were going to have.. she has been going #2 on the toilet ever since but the #1 is so much harder.. i don't push it until a little after the 2nd birthday.... Most girls are about age 2 when they potty train and boys are about age 3...statistically...each and every child is different..

Erin - posted on 01/04/2010

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Yeah, I don't get that about them being ready to train when they start "waking up dry". Most kids daytime potty train and still wear dipes at night for a while because they can't control as much at night. Right? So why would they not be ready to start training until they are well... night trained? That's where they lost me! :P

Jennifer - posted on 01/04/2010

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yup, at 17 months, i started pointing out to her when she was pooping (when her little eyebrows would go red, i knew)..a few weeks later she started telling me when she would when she was pooping so around 18 months i bought her a potty. she's goes peepee and poop now most of the time in her potty. she'll tell me when she needs to go and start walking towards the bathroom. i doubt she will have a dry diaper overnight anytime soon but we'll get there :)

Tracey - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter has a sister 16 months older then her. she is excited to be wearing nickers but not so thrilled to be sitting on the potty. I told her that if she needs to go to tell me, other wise she has to wear a nappy. i take her out to the garden when she needs to go. This gets her used to knowing when she needs to go and going before an accident. I did this with my older daughter leading up to her second b'day when she turned 2 she was straight on the toilet and was out of nappies day and night in 2 months. with no accidents!!! Try not to stress about it, it will happen.

Erin - posted on 01/03/2010

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I've read that an alternative to training pants or underwear, that permit clothing to be soiled, is to put underwear on them, and then a diaper over it to protect clothes. This way they still feel the discomfort of being wet, but no clothing or furniture has to suffer!



I'm still not sure if we are ready to start. I'm hesitant because I don't want to start too early and turn him off toward the whole idea of using the potty. But he has gone on the potty several times, just because he was running around diaper-free and looked like he needed to go. But that was pure chance/luck. He definitely doesn't wake up dry! Some days, but not all. He does know when he has soiled his diaper, and lets us know, and will often ask for a new diaper ahead of time.

I just don't know if we should try, or wait? Try now and possibly have a long drawn-out training for months... or wait and it will be quick becuase he'll be totally ready? I'm so done with diapers.... but not sure what to do! He's nearly 18mths old. And when I asked him if he wanted his own potty he said yes! But I'm not sure he knew exactly what he was agreeing to ;) I think I'll at least get the potty so he can get used to having it around.... put it in the bathroom next to the toilet and maybe he'll want to sit on it while I'm in there. We'll see!

I have heard that the book "Potty Train in a Day" ( or "in one Day"? something like that!) really works. But, it would still depend on your little one being truly ready. They have to know how to control the muscles that hold it or make them go.

Ugh! Potty training!

Sara - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter will use the potty if I put her there between diaper changes. She wears "big girl panties" if we are going to be home for the day, but we haven't officially started training her. We started my son at 18 months (he's now 4) and it FOREVER! I've been told that girls are a lot easier...

Makayla - posted on 01/03/2010

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We started with our son and he goes pee on the potty and tells us when he has to, but no luck going number two... though now he does tell us when he has already gone! so diaper changes are much easier now! :)

Meisha - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter who is 4 now practically trained herself around age 1. Her cousins were visiting and used the potty so she wanted to go too. She went and continued to go. I put her in diapers for naps and bedtime and she always wet then but she would be dry and use the potty when she was up.

My son is 19 months and has shown very little interest. I have put him on a few times when he was dry at his normal changing times and he has gone a couple of times, but he just doesn't seem interested yet. I figure I'll wait until he shows a little more interest to commit to it full time.

Theresa - posted on 01/03/2010

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I did buy the training pants that let them feel the wet but when she wet two outfits, on the same day I gave up on that maybe I should go back to using them I paid enough for them, she has plenty of clothes so I would just have to deal with changeing her alot. I may try that today after her bath and use the pullups for night time if she goes right before she goes to bed she will wake up dry. I would only use the pull up at night just to keep the bed from getting wet. She sometimes ends up in our bed and I would hate to wake up to a wet bed.

Frances Peaches - posted on 01/03/2010

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My Dylan is 85 weeks and almost fully potty trained. I bought the potty in Sept and left it in the living room and if I noticed him pooping I would sit him on it, but we weren't even close to being diligent with it. 2 days after Christmas we decided it was time. No more diapers, just old fashion rubber pants and he is going in the potty. It takes a lot of commitment from the whole family to do it right in a timely manner. I can't say enough not to use diapers or pull ups. They need to feel the discomfort of being wet and pull ups don't allow that and putting them back in diapers confuses them. My twins that are now ten were trained with the same method and they were completly finished by 17 and 21 months. (Each child is different)

Megan - posted on 01/03/2010

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I just starting introducing the potty to my daughter. I sit her on it in the morning and a few times during the day and right before bath time. I started this on Monday and she has went potty every morning. She only has went 1 time other than in the morning. This week has been easy to work with her because I have been off from work (I'm a teacher) but we'll see how it goes once I go back to work.

Melody - posted on 01/02/2010

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A friend of mine told me that you know when they are ready to be potty trained when they have a dry diaper in the morning when they get up. My son smiles when he is going poop and he woke up dry the other morning, Im going to wait until spring and hope it wont take long to train him.

Theresa - posted on 01/02/2010

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We started potty training our little one when she was almost 18 months old and she has her good days and bad days, she has even had some completely dry days 2 or 3 where she has had no accidents at all but it's been a while since that has happened, she will not get off the potty if she knows that she has to do stinky and will do it on the potty, she has told us every now and then that she has to go, we have her in pull ups now and are saving money with having not having to buy diapers like we used to, our big thing is having things for her to do, we read to her and let her color and draw while on there, I got her a singing potty chair and that seems to help to we can put her in front of the tv and she will sit there for as long as she needs to. I also am potty trying 2 other little one's I do home daycare so it's easier for me since I am home all day with her. It also helps to keep track of how long it's been since the last time and put her on every 30 minutes when I can, and after she drinks she has to go potty. Good luck everyone!

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We haven't tried full-out training yet, but I try to put my son on the potty at least once a day. He's very comfortable with the idea of sitting on the potty, but he rarely goes. He went through a phase when he would say "toilet" before he needed to go, but he wouldn't do his business on the toilet. He'd have a dirty diaper usually within 30 minutes, so he knew what was coming. He's now stopped telling us when he needs to go, but will sometimes tell us when he has a dirty diaper. When he was not even a year old yet, I could tell when he needed to go and managed to get him on the potty in time, but I can't tell anymore until it's too late.

Emily - posted on 01/01/2010

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my son knows when he has to go and sometimes tells me but not in time to go to the potty-we are just introducing-sometimes he sits on his potty before baths and after naps and tries-I am not ready for total training yet-by the summer I will be.

Deidre - posted on 12/25/2009

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A little. I'm having a hard time being able to go 'all out' with the training, staying home consistantly and putting her on the potty constantly. She will go on her potty (she'll go on the big potty too but she's a bit scared with that one as her feet aren't touching anything) most of the time and will say 'pee' and 'poo' correctly. If I ask her if she has to go pee though she'll look down say 'pee' and pee right there in her diaper lol, so I have to say lets go potty to keep her from going before she is actually sitting on the potty.



I'm excited though! I have full confidence that she'll be at least daytime potty trained by 2 years old :)

Amy - posted on 12/24/2009

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i have, i just started potty trainning my daughter 2 days ago the first time i put her on the toilet she went that really suprised me! since then she still going on the potty but she wont poop on the toilet yet.

User - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son will sit on his potty chair ONLY with his diaper and pants on, but will sit on it when he actually has to go. He has started to say "Oh-oh" when he wets his diaper and will hide some of the time when he poops. He has lately become obessed with watching others go potty and will try to wipe you as you are still sitting on the potty.

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