potty training

Amanda - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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16 month old daughter will soon be ready to potty train and i have no clue where to start when the time comes. id like advice from moms who did certain things that worked for them and not just things that they heard through the grapevine please?

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Kylie - posted on 07/15/2009

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Hi Amanda, I have a 15mth old boy & I have also worked with many children for over 10yrs now. I agree with Arwen Robertson, your 16mth old daughter is at a great age to start her, just gradually so she doesn't get scared though. My son had been showing interest since before he was 14months old. He had been taking his nappies off quite regularly & would also look down & grab his "you know what" at times so it seemed he was realising the sensation of going. My hubby and I always talk to our son about what we are doing so he learns to talk and copy us. He knows exactly what the toilet is. We decided to try him on the big toilet as we had already introduced him to the potty which he dislikes. One time he took his nappy off I asked him "Do you want to go to toilet" and he happily ran down the hallway to it. He has been doing pees and a poo daily on the big toilet for over a week now and is also wearing undies or trainer pants during the day. I have also noticed in the last few days that his day time sleep nappy is dry still so that's also a great time to put your daughter on the potty knowing hopefully she would go soon after. If your ready to take up the challenge and she is happy to start go for it. We weren't going to start our son till after winter at 18-20mths of age but he has decided he is ready now at 15months old. Good Luck. Kylie

Jamie - posted on 07/15/2009

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I have 2 daughters, 10 & 2. My 10 yr old was potty trained @ 21 months, and my 2 yr old was potty trained @ 19 mo. It all depends on the child. With my 2 yr old I started taking her to her potty everytime I went into the bathroom. I guess I started doing that around 16 to 17 months old. For the first month I just kept it fun and then she got so used to doing it, it was just habit. Good luck!!!

Samantha - posted on 07/15/2009

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well that is young but if you think that she may be ready i would start by going to the library and get potty training books and video's. That is what i am doing with my 2 1/2 year old.

Desirae - posted on 07/15/2009

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I went to this website called 3daypottytraining.com.. I actually purchased the training manual I guess you could call it for like 20 bucks but what it said to do was you need 3 straight days that you can commit every second to your child. You throw away all diapers tells you to even have them do it. Use underwear and be with them to put them on the potty everysign that they have to go.. Or when they start to go.. It is frustrating but it worked.. Is was worth the money for me there is more info on it and you can get online support if you purchase. It also says 22 months is around the age to potty train but every child is different... My son although still had accidents here and there was potty trained very quickly once I started this program. He will be 3 in october and has been trained since jan..

Nicole - posted on 07/15/2009

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I know it sounds awful but I read in a magazine to have them watch you. Which makes since they mimic adults. My boys didn't show interest until a lot later than 16 months.

Arwen - posted on 07/15/2009

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As an experienced daycare teacher, I can say I think 16 months is the perfect time to start. I started with my daughter at 16 months, and at 18 months now, she pretty much does all of her pooping in the potty.
I started sitting her on it when she started acting like she was fixing to poop. I'd place the potty in the living room, have it ready, and then I'd quickly get her on it. Within 15 minutes or so(watching Sesame Street DVD's), she'd have done her business. When she sees the potty now, she makes a grunting sound like she does when she poops, so she knows what it's for.
It's harder for me to catch pee, but she often pees in there when I put her on it. When she starts waking up dry, I'm going to begin taking her every two hours or so for a few minutes each time to see if I can get her used to peeing in there. If yours wakes up dry, bring her to the potty real quick. If she pees in there, tell her what she's doing and give praises.
A lot of people will tell you that 16 months is much too young, but pretty much every child I know that had parents working with them at this age was potty trained before or at the latest a month after they turned 2. You're doing great!

Jackie - posted on 07/15/2009

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First and foremost make sure she is ready. My daughter showed interest in the potty around 18 months but had no idea when she was actually peeing until we potty trained at 2.5 yrs. then I would skip the pull ups and go to the underwear with extra padding/absorption.

Melissa - posted on 07/15/2009

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My son turned 3 in may and he will go on the potty sometimes but its usually his diaper.I tried the underwear thing i told him "if you have to go potty tell mommy and i will put you on the pottyand he will say ok"but then he will pee in his underwear and say mom i peed in my underwear.He just has no interest in it at all.Any ideas would be appreciated ty

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my son was almost 3 when he was fully potty trained. he knew how to use it for about a year, he just "didnt want to" and never went. pullups did not work for me either because they are like a diaper. so i had him in the house in his underwear and when he peed, he felt uncomfortable and i told him to use the potty chair when he had to go and after 2 weeks, he was potty trained because he didnt like to pee on himself!

Amy - posted on 07/15/2009

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my 3 year old daughter has done very well for nearly a year with treats as rewards for going on the potty - though she only gets them for going poop on it. more recently, we went shopping and I told her that she could pick out her own big girl underwear, but in order for her to wear it, she had to tell me when she has to go potty. I also tell her that when she wears it, if she has any accidents that she's going to have a diaper (pull up) for the rest of the day, which is the last thing she wants to do.

It's been very helpful to let her 'help' me do her laundry and put the underwear away, as well as when we go potty and she does things herself (this is the child who tries to wear all my clothes).

Holly - posted on 07/15/2009

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First, make sure she is ready. My daughter is 2 1/2 and when she turned 2 I tried to get her to go on the potty and she just wasn't interested. Now she is. They have to want to go to the potty. Second, I wouldn't waste your money on pull-ups because they feel like diapers to the little ones. I tried them and my daughter would go potty in them like they were diapers. I put her in big girl underwear and as soon as she felt the pee go down her leg, she hated it. I have literally potty trained my daughter in 4 days with underwear. I made a sticker chart and as soon as she pottys, which is on her little potty in the living room, she wipes, dumps it in the big potty, gets a sticker and a small piece of candy. Now she is so excited when she pees that she wants the sticker and could care less about the candy. Hope that helps. It really did for me. Just go straight to underwear!

Felicia Neikolle - posted on 07/15/2009

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I took mine to the potty with me every time I went and sat them there too. Even though they may not have gone, we "flushed" together and clapped and then got a treat. This way they see what to do and know that it's a good thing. If they have an accident it was always, "Uh-oh ... member where the potty is? Gotta tell mommy if you can't make it." The rewarding for even sitting made it so very easy with my daughter ... especially since at first she wasn't fond of pooping in the potty ... she hates having the water splash her (hard to get her to go in public sometimes b/c of the auto-flush feature on some of the toilets ... we're FINALLY getting a grip on that and she's 7). Hope this helps!!

Stephanie - posted on 07/15/2009

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We started by having our son run around the house without a diaper at all and put his potty in the place where he was most (our living room). Then when he got the hang of going we put him in pullups at first, but he thought those we ok to pee in since they are VERY similar to diapers. This made us go straight to underwear. He was a lot less prone to go in those.

Michelle - posted on 07/15/2009

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16 months isn't soon ready to potty train... she needs to actually be able to show signs and tell u she has to potty

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