potty training

Emma - posted on 03/30/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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is it possible to potty train a 22 month old child who isn't talkin much, yet?

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Simone - posted on 04/02/2010

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Mine is day training herself because she watches her big sister use the toilet but the number 2's are still a problem. She's also a non-talker. I honestly think, after three daughters, that they pick the time they want to train and all you have to do is facilitate it. I don't see a need to force training until they're at least three years old. Let them choose their own pace :)

Samira - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughter is 23 months old and she has been potty trained for almost a month now. I was in utter disbelief and still am. She pretty much was interested since she was 18 months old. I think that when your child shows their ready that is when you should start. If you push a child on it they probably wont do it, they have to be ready.

Alison - posted on 03/30/2010

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I don't think talking is essential to potty training. The first stages of potty training are helping her practice pulling down her pants and sitting on the potty, reading stories while she sits. And one day she will actually do a pee pee on the potty. Then you will encourage her to sit on the potty regularly until she actually learns to recognize when she's gotta go.



That said, I am not a big fan of rushing potty training. As long as my girls are more or less there by age 3, (excluding night times) I am content.

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Beverlee - posted on 04/14/2010

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It sounds like he's about ready. I would just keep encouraging him and sit him on the potty every 2-3 hrs AND every time he goes in his nappy. Soon he will associate the going w/the potty and you will have overcome a huge hurtle...good luck!

Monique - posted on 04/14/2010

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My son will be 2 soon, he talks a lot and tells me everything BUT when he needs to go. The potty he will sit there fine we sing songs etc...but as soon as he hops off (we can be on there up to 5mins) he then does it on the floor, when he needs to go he looks down at his nappy, he doesn't make a noise or anything, he will tell me after he needs to go potty, is he ready? or how do i get him to do it in the potty?

Adrian - posted on 04/13/2010

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LOL! I love the please potty train my husband!!!!! Thank you for the laugh! I do also understand the agony of getting your significant other the help you out and stand by you in your decisions! Heck! Mine has never even given our 22 month old a bath yet!!!!!!! I have my own potty woes... she was going fine--actually--she was awe inspiring! She started peeing AND pooping in her potty at 14/15 months! I thought I was blessed and almost stopped buying diapers... until I realized that my tiny one didn't fit into any of the underpants, or pull-up's that I could find(too big). After nearly a month of her going on a regular basis she started to freak out. I don't know what happened...oh, yeah, my boyfriend is what happened. I put him in charge of potty duty for two days while I worked one weekend and it was down hill from there. Now at 22 months I am having to start all over and she just doesn't seem to get it. Treats don't work, toy's don't work, and half of the time I can't even get her to sit on the potty for more than a min while I have her diaper off. She will, however sit there while her diaper is on(to read, which is how I got her started), but if you attempt to take it off she freaks and screams and ends up running through the house like a crazed banshee... I too am at a loss....

Jessie - posted on 04/12/2010

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my daughter doesn't talk much. But she can tell me she's gonna poo. I was keeping tell her "tell mum if you wanna poo" everytime when I found out she pooed in diaper. I think that works. Today, we were having a lunch outside, she said to me " Yiyi (her nichname) poopoo" when we were waiting for the order. See, she did.

VIRGINIA DU - posted on 04/11/2010

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My daughter is currently also potty training (23months old) and not very talkative!!! I also need help or advice on how to get her to start talking a bit more! She is just babling some stuff,but I cant understand what she is trying to tell me????

Kaneadsha - posted on 04/11/2010

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I take Ma'Kaylah to the bathroom with me when I go, and I take her approximately an hour after we eat, and before we go to bed, I ask her as well

Kristi - posted on 04/08/2010

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I've been wondering the same thing. I can get my Jimmy to poop on the potty but I usually have to catch him when he's ready to go (blank stare...wondering off to be by himself...standing very still). Otherwise, he can't really tell me he has to go. My oldest son's daycare had him completely trained by 2 1/2. They visited the potty every hour and at least sat on it. Then they gave praises if anything happened...that works really well when there is more than one kid involved though, peer pressure and all.

Beverlee - posted on 04/08/2010

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My daughter came to me to use the potty. She does not talk much either, but she stood outside the bathroom and started yelling (noise) and pointing. I took her in and she went over and started 'smacking' the toilet lid, so I took off her diaper and sat her on it. Next thing I knew-she had pooped in the potty! She was 18 months old. She kept doing the pointing and smacking for about a month, then graduated to patting herself on the bottom. Now she says pee-pee.

Sereena - posted on 04/08/2010

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im going to wait till the summer to potty train my little girl she will be 2 on the 20th of may so i feel by the summer she should be ready to try the potty i just feel summer months easier because then she can run round in knickers and her vest so no worrying about her soiling herself and having never ending washing lol

Amanda - posted on 04/07/2010

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I am also wondering about potty training. The only way I can get my daughter to sit on her potty is to feed her m&m's the whole time...LOL. She's always been interested in it, and even now if you ask her "did you poop?" she will grab the back of her diaper and say it back to you if she did. And if she's just wearing a tshirt and diaper, no pants, she'll take off her diaper herself if it is wet, so I know she knows when she goes now, but how do I get her to tell me BEFORE she goes??

Lindie - posted on 04/07/2010

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My baby girl is almost 23 months and has been potty-trained since 21 months. She doesn't have a large vocabulary but pee-pee and poo-poo sure are in her vocab. She used to make a wee as soon as I put her in the bath while still standing and I would then say the word pee-pee. She soon started to say when she made a wee in her nappy. Soon thereafter she started taking off her nappy by herself. I place a potty in the bathroom and she made a wee in the potty. I then just put a panty on which is easy to pull down. She went by herself doing wee and poo. Even out shopping she will tell me when she needs to go - I then hold her on the big toilet and she does her thing - no pull ups. I believe they will train themselves when they are ready with only a little guidance by us. Also it must be a 100% attempt - no nappies inbetween except for sleeping. We drove 10 hours to Cape Town on the Easter weekend and she went to the toilet with every stop. Had to stop once on the road and used her potty. We arrived in Cape Town and she was still dry. I was very impressed. The thing is that potty training is NOT like learning how to ride a bike - it is the connection between that part of the brain and the bladder. If that is not developed then they are just not ready. Even though she potty-trained at 21 months she only started walking when she was 15 months - same thing you can't push them to do something that their body isn't ready to do yet.

Tracy - posted on 04/06/2010

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@ Kimberly Hunter: I know how frustrating it is when your partner does not assist with things that are related to our kids. Everybody tells you that you need to sit down and communicate with your partner about your needs and wants with regards to raising your kids....this is easier said than done. The only advice i have is that you should perhaps tell him that if he is not prepared to assist then he does not get to have any say with how you raise your kid and that includes discipline. With regards to potty training try ecouraging your little one to just sit on the potty when you go, make it a game so she associates the potty with fun. When you are at home with her take her every 45 to 60 min and you sit on the big toilet and just let her sit on the potty. Try reading a story to her so that she forgets where she is. When she has done something in the potty make a fuss about it, clap your hands and do a happy dance. When she has mastered one or two potty sessions like this start encouraging her to go by herself....within no time you will see that she will take herself to the potty and you will not need the assistance from your hubby.

Amanda - posted on 04/06/2010

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My son Landon is 23 months old today. He still is not talking, but we have slowly started potty training. Right around 15 months he would point down to his diaper when he had to go to the bathroom. Lately he has been hiding behind chairs when he goes to the bathroom and has started screaming whenever I put him on the potty seat. I have backed off of the potty training for now until he starts to show me more signs that he is ready. I do believe that potty training can be done before talking since they are able to communicate in other ways. Just don't rush it and take the cues from your little one.

Kimberly - posted on 04/06/2010

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Help! I know my 23month old daughter is ready showing all the signs, sits on the potty, takes her pants down, tells us. I have 2 problems. 1st when she does go on the potty she cries like crazy, as if she is scared. 2nd problem my husband. He is home with her until 2pm. SO I need to rely on him to do this. But he won't. He thinks she is too young. I have had her walk around without diapers and she will hold it in until she can't and then pee's where she is. Hubby just says " See I told you she wasn't ready." He ignores the signs ( or just is oblivious). She holds herself, cries, dances, says go pee. and if she is in a pull up if she goes she tells us she went and takes the pull up off when she has gone. I have tried rewards, but feel they don't work cause hubby doesn't use them. Any help here would be great! Please some one help me potty train my husband.

Tracy - posted on 04/06/2010

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my 23 month old girl is potty training. we have had her potty in the bathroom next to the big toilet. since she was about 18 months old she would sit on the pottty when we go....and then we tell her to make pee pee. She has just been by my folks for a week and my mom noticed that she does a number 2 between 8 & 9 am and she pees about every hour, so my mom would ask her every so often if she wants to pee pee....eventually she learned that she must hold it in and when she wants to pee pee she comes and pulls you by the finger and tells you pee pee. That has taken all of a week. Now comes sending her to school again and hoping the school carries on with process.

Brandeis - posted on 04/05/2010

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Yes it's possible. One of my twins talks a lot but tells me after he has already gone. The other doesn't talk a lot (really does not have much of a vocabulary) but he will say "boo boo" whenever he has to pee pee. It is taking time and I am hoping maybe a few more months he will get it but at least he is letting me know sometimes.

Jessica - posted on 04/04/2010

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I've tried with our 22 month old for 1 month and decided to give her a break this week. She always tells us once we soils her diaper and has gone on the potty 1 to 3 times per week the first 3 weeks. Last week she didn't go on the potty at all so we told her she has to wear a diaper since she's not going on the potty. As long as you child understand directions such as picking up their toys they can understand enough to introduce potty training. However you have to be very careful not to pressure them too much and get them overly upset.

Jackie - posted on 04/03/2010

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My son is 22 months old and he just dont want to sit on the potty, he will sit for 2 seconds and then it is over. When do you know that their are ready to potty train?

Tammy - posted on 04/02/2010

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My boy is 22 months and was fully potty trained by 19 months. We cloth diapered and just put him on the little potty at 18 months and by 19 months out of cloth and into underpants...no turning back. Sure, we had a few accidents, cleaned them up and encouraged him to tell us when he had to go...but I took him about every 45 min. We peed in all sorts of things, but a little pink cup became his favorite and I just say, lets pee pee in the cup and out it came. By 21 months we transitioned to peeing in the big potty. Now he tells me pee pee - at first not - but I gave him the word while peeing and encouraged him to use it. It is super nice to be out of diapers LOL Good luck.

Crystal - posted on 04/01/2010

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My boy is 23 months, and we're getting ready to start. he'll pull his pants down though not always before he goes. and we can get him to sit on the potty now (before it was a screaming fit if he sat on it.) and I think he knows when he needs to go - he'll do a weird little dance where he crosses his knees and almost crosses his legs. Then he pees. He can't say it, but he does signal. Look for physical signals and just pay attention to what she does before you need to change her.

Can't wait for my boy to be out of diapers; tired of those things, lol!

Emma - posted on 04/01/2010

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thanks, just thought she could tell me, when she needed, if she was talkin

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