16 month old potty train?

Christina - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )




i know my 16 month old is ready to potty train he shows all the signs but my mom says its to early, but my grandma says to do it, im not sure on what to do


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Sylvia - posted on 10/05/2009




Hello Christina, one thing about being a mother (if you haven't noticed) people are going to tell you what you should and should not do with your own child based on what they feel is best. However, you have to follow your own decisions for your child and trust it. I started potty-training my daughter at 12months and she is 15mo. now and walks to her bathroom when she has to go and when she goes she claps and cheers. The doctor made the comment to me not to potty train to fast, the thing is "what is too fast?" You introduce your child to things that you want him exposed too and see how your child responses. My daughter isn't a pro yet, I take her too the pot each time she goes. She can't go on her own, but she knows the potty is where we go through-out the day and is very exciting! So, I say go for it! Your child will let you know if he is ready or not. Good Luck!

Krystal - posted on 10/04/2009




I think if he's showing signs that he's ready it can't hurt to try. My son has been potty training since he was about that age. Granted, he still isn't perfect at it but he tries and that's all I can ask for. He goes without a diaper when we're home and most of the time he uses his potty. We still have a few accidents but he is getting better. I think not letting him is like holding him back and it may cause problems down the line when everyone else thinks he should be potty training. A few tips I can give you is just to be patient and expect accidents. Also, I have to remind my son to sit on the potty every now and then when he looks like he has to go so just try and pay attention to his individual signals for when he has to go.
Hope this helps....good luck

Christina - posted on 10/04/2009




thank you everyone, for your advice :) it is very helpful, and we are starting with one time a day for a month, and that is before bathtime, in a half month we are going to start after bath time, and then in a month we are going to do right when he wakes up, and i hope it works :)

Julia - posted on 09/24/2009




I would get potty training pants, but they are not completly ready until they "understand" that the sensation that they are feeling is them having to go.

Dossie - posted on 09/24/2009




I had the same problem with our Macie, she started doing well but then decided she didn't want to potty train. We were using pull ups, but those are too much like a diaper, so she woulod just go in them. I took her to Target and let her pick out panties she liked, we went home and put them on and over a 3 day weekend she was trained! She didn't want to got tinkerbell wet or dirty!....then she wouldn't be able fly like the other fairies, Macie told me!!

Brittany - posted on 09/24/2009




my lil girl is also ready she is 16 mon she is not going all the time but once a day just let him do as he wants 2 that is how i am doing it

Jen - posted on 09/24/2009




My daughter has been "potty training" since she was about 15 months. She's 22 months now. It's not something we do everyday considering both my husband and I work and she goes to day care all day. On weekends though we put her in a pull up and take her to the potty about once an hour and she'll sit until she goes. She's still learning to tell us before she goes, but she can tell us right after she's gone. It takes time and consistency. If I could take a week off then she'd be trained, but we're just doing it very casually for now.

Stephanie - posted on 09/24/2009




I think it's fine too. I waited until our son was about 20months because I knew during the school year I wouldn't have as much time to reinforce the potty training since he goes to daycare. Once summer rolled around though we started and it's been great. DEFINITELY saves money once the diapers go.

Lauren - posted on 09/24/2009




You should do it. One day when my daughter was that old she told me she had to go, and has been potty trained ever since.

Katrina - posted on 09/24/2009




my little girl is 15 months and were going to be starting pretty soon she never wants her diaper on and i always trying to go into the bathroom. so it doesn't hurt try, and then if they aren't ready then stop for a while and try again.

Raynae - posted on 09/24/2009




All children advance at their own times, they know when they are ready. If he is showing signs maybe try it out. But i believe whole heartly that you should never rush a child before they are ready.

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009




As long as it something that he seems to want to do...go for it! There plenty of children out there that are trained early and never have problems, however being so young I definitely wouldn't push the issue or get upset/angry if it doesn't work. Personally we let our girls tell us when they were ready (which wasn't until they were almost 3) and have had no problems. Good Luck!

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It wouldn't hurt to try and if it doesn't work then you know to wait a little longer! I feel the same way! My son is 19 months old and he pulls his diaper off! Just remember to make a routine with his drinking. Make sure you cut his drinking off at a certain time at nite so he won't be so wet when he wakes up and about 15 minutes after he drinks something try and take him to the bathroom that way you know his potty schedule!

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