I was wondering if it is possible to start potty training my 16 month old son even though he isn't talking yet

Innocentglitter - posted on 11/21/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is 16 months old and has started taking his diapers off, especially at night. He doesn't play in the mess in his diapers just takes his diaper off and throws them outside his crib and goes back to bed. He will take wet diapers off during the day as well if he doesn't have pants on. My question is rather or not I can start potty training him even though he doesn't talk yet. He does say thank you and dad and his name, but no full sentences

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Talia - posted on 11/30/2012

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Go for it! He's definitely telling you he's ready!!! He may of course change his mind once he realizes no diaper means he's gotta GO to the potty -- but get him started! He'll get there :)

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I am told by my parents that I was fully trained at 12 months, after watching my mother constantly, so I don't see why not. I was not as lucky with my daughter, however. We started trying at 2 and weren't successful until just before 3. Good luck.

Shauna - posted on 11/24/2012

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I would say yes you can. My daughter is almost 23 months and I started potty training her around 16 months or before. She still has accidents every now and then but nothing like she used to. She still wears a diaper at night because she doesn't wake up in the middle of the night, but the first thing she does and wants to do when she gets up is go potty. So I really don't think it would hurt to try it.

Innocentglitter - posted on 11/24/2012

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Thanks for all the positive feed back! I was wanting to get him his own potty, but was worried about the fact that he doesnt talk a whole lot yet. I know he understands me though. I also worry because I'm living with my father in law and he can be a little overbearing when it comes to my choices for my son. He doesn't think my little man is ready but I really think he can do it.

Sophia - posted on 11/23/2012

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try taking him with you to the bathroom .. but you could train all you want .. it happens when he is good and ready

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I agree that if he's not happy/wanting to wear a nappy, you can only try! Keep taking him to the potty at regular intervals and letting him be a 'big boy'. I make a really big fuss about my daughter (I have a 2 and a half year old toilet training) doing a wee in the toilet and she starts clapping saying 'yay wee wee'. Good luck with the toileting because they say boys are harder (I've only got 2 girls) so if he's giving you the green light, then GO! Good luck!

Amy - posted on 11/23/2012

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Absolutely! We started around 17 months with our oldest, and he was completely potty trained before he was 2. At this age, some of it will be about you watching for his cues that he needs to go. I always put boys backwards on the big potty, so they can see what's going on. It also helps if you have two little jars on your counter where he can see them--potty candy and poo poo cookies (think animal crackers or mini oreos). At first give a treat just for trying :)

Rachel - posted on 11/23/2012

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I think we have to be led by our children, and all children are different. He obviously doesn't like nappies, so I think you should start him on potty training. As he is so young, it will be more stressful, but I don't think you have a choice. You will have to offer him the potty a lot, as he probably won't tell you when he needs it. At bed time, give him his milk at least an hour before bed, and put him on the potty before bed. Put a waterproof mat on his bed, and keep spare pj's and bedding by the cot so you can change him quickly if he has an accident, with no fuss.



Best of luck!

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Stacy - posted on 11/22/2012

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I think it would be perfectly fine to start potty training. It might be messy as he may have accidents through out the day but if he's not comfortable in the diaper then just put him in undies!

My friend has a son who she started potty training at 15 months because he didn't like the way it felt and he was fully potty trained at 2 years old.

Maybe keep at potty in the room you mostly play in or bring him to the toilet/potty every hour to get him in the habit. The most important thing is to keep everything positive and not get mad if he has an accident. Keep encouraging and hopefully he'll learn quick! Good luck :)

Leslie - posted on 11/21/2012

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we been since my daughter was 14 months. still not getting anywhere. She does not talk that much and she is now special needs. she is getting help to understand. She is two next week. I'm not worry because we will get there eventually. I'm in no hurry. She likes to sit on the potty and I say good job if she goes.

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