So, i have a one year old, and soon i will have a newborn (end of July) how soon can you start potty training, and how do you do it =)

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Guggie - posted on 06/17/2009

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Hi Kristin, I have been potty training my daughter since week three. We only do this part time, due to me having so much on my plate such as school and an online business.



But wonder of wonders, after just winging it and doing it whenever she signed, she is now getting very regular and preferring the potty. She will hold her pees and poops when in a diaper and look pleadingly at me when she needs to go.



So I say, you can start whenever you want, just remember to stay positive and consistent.

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Nicole - posted on 06/17/2009

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The experts say to not try potty training until after they are two. They say it could traumatize them, plus you shouldn't do it while they are adjusting to having a new born in the family. Like with other mile stones you should tackle them one at a time...that includes switching to a big kids bed or tot bed, getting rid of pacifiers, changing nap habits, anything that could be hard for a little one to adjust to.

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2009

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not at 1... u have too much change going on and your child will let you know when she/he is ready to potty.. at this age you woulnd't be training your child you'd be training yourself to pick up on the signs

Traci - posted on 06/17/2009

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My son was 15 months when my daughter was born and he started potty training about 19 months and he was completely potty trained a month after he turned 2. So i think as long as you are willing to be patient and watch him and learn the signs of when he has to potty then it will go alot smoother... also if he doesnt seem interested then try something that gets him excited about it... With my son it was star stickers...and a poster on the bathroom wall... it had several different areas to put stickers when he went potty. one for going potty in the potty.... one for wiping... one for washing hands... one for telling an adult that he had to go potty... on for not pottying in bed and so on... i even added two... one for not pottying in bed at nap time so that one was for all night and one was for napping... and then one for pooping in the potty... and he made sure he did each one that he had to do every time...

Erica - posted on 06/17/2009

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about three years old is right. I tried to potty train my son when he was 2 and I had also just had a newborn baby. It was not a good time to start. I did continue to try for about a year. He is now 3 years and 4 months and he is now finally potty trained!! yay!! As far as how...there are so many different methods and honestly it just depends on the child and what best suits him/her. there is a fruit loop method that people use with little boys where you throw a couple of fruit loops in the toilet and tell the little boy to aim for the center of the fruit loop with his pee. lol. When I tried that with my son, he just wanted to eat the fruit loops. lol. What actually worked for my son was putting him in big boy undies. He was semi potty trained so I put him in some underwear and he loved them so much that he just kept going pee in the potty. it'll take time, but be patient and you will get there :) good luck

Kristin - posted on 06/17/2009

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Thanks everyone, i really appreciate everyone's input. My baby will be 14 1/2 months when our son is born and i think that i will at least see if she's interested in it, and continue to try!! You all have been a great help, thanks!

Ashley - posted on 06/17/2009

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I was in the same situation and I started potty training my son at 15 months after everything was on a schedule. if you are determind enough to get your kids potty train it can be done

Shelley - posted on 06/17/2009

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Congrats on the up coming bundle of joy. I have 4 children and the youngest is 1 yrs old, and the second youngest is 2. Now she willnot have a bar of the potty or the toilet seat, she hides them from me. And i guess that is because she is not ready, however with my eldest two they were toilet trained between 18 months and 24months. But i guess my daughter has refused to use the potty as she was only 1 yrs old when my last son was born last year, and to this day she is constantly copying everything her brother does because i spose she has felt vunerable since her baby brother came home. I plan to push them both next summer and i hope it works, as i think it is too young for them to start when they are 1 this is where they start to learn the meaning of toilet and other words before they actually sit on one they are still only babies. But everyone has different point of views and it all comes down to when your child is ready or not.

Belinda - posted on 06/17/2009

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My daughter is 10 months old and we've just started using a potty with her. I have no idea when she wees so I don't worry about that but I know when she's about to poo so I just whip off her pants and sit her on the potty and give her a toy or something to hold until she goes. My thought is that I didn't ever want to make using the potty or toilet a big thing or something weird so if it is part of their everyday routine early on I'm hoping it will stop it from becoming a fight to get them to sit on it. She doesn't know any different at this age. My mum sat me and my two sisters on the potty after every sleep - maybe 4 times a day - from 6 months of age and we were all trained night and day by the age of two. We apparently never had any tantrums over using it because it was always part of our routine...... I'm not sure if all babies are like that, and I only have one so far but that's what I'm gonna try

Renee - posted on 06/16/2009

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I started potty training both my boy's right at age 2 and I don't know if I just got lucky or what because it was so easy, it took about two weeks and never had a diaper again, not even at night. I really used cherios and put them in the toliet and made it game to see if he could "make it in the circle". They both had a few accidents but other than that it was easy for me. But for my youngest he would not poop in the potty he would ask me to go by diapers so he could poop, but eventually he did it...Goodluck

Ashley - posted on 06/16/2009

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Honestly you need to wait till your son shows signs that he is ready. If you push him into it, it will become more stressful for both of you. I bought a potty for my son showed him what it was and explained it to him, but I did not force him to go on it in anyway. He eventually would run over to it to go. It will take a while and heads up it takes longer for them to train for going poop. My son was ready at two and half. Also, when you notice he is ready but still going in his diaper, my doctor told me to switch him to underwear. He will have accidents but eventually he will get it. They also have periods where they regress in their training but it is normal and they will get back on track. Good luck.

Christin - posted on 06/16/2009

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you can read into this link but i do not totally agree with it, but i used their method partly when my daughter hit 15 months and it helped a lot
www.diaperfreebaby.org

Adrienne - posted on 06/16/2009

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We started trying when my son was close to 18 months old. He had the dry diaper for 2 hours, letting me know he has to pee. But he is going to be 2 on the 26th and he hasn't gone on the potty because he would tell me after he did it. But I will be pushing it again after his bday. Both my sons are 1 year apart to the day, same birthday. So I'm hoping 1 year old will learn faster because of his brother! Veronica is right put them on the potty every hour for 5 min max. My bro-in-law did it every half hour but with both kids I don't have the time every half hour. Good Luck!

Adrienne - posted on 06/16/2009

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We started trying when my son was close to 18 months old. He had the dry diaper for 2 hours, letting me know he has to pee. But he is going to be 2 on the 26th and he hasn't gone on the potty because he would tell me after he did it. But I will be pushing it again after his bday. Both my sons are 1 year apart to the day, same birthday. So I'm hoping 1 year old will learn faster because of his brother! Veronica is right put them on the potty every hour for 5 min max. My bro-in-law did it every half hour but with both kids I don't have the time every half hour. Good Luck!

Karla - posted on 06/16/2009

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omg! i wish that i wouldve started potty training my daughter earlier. i saw a repot on the news that some mommies r potty training thier babies at 6months. thats because they are on a schedule to poop and pee. i didnt want to push my daughter but i regret it now. she is 3yrs old and doesnt want to go in the potty. if i could do it all over again i would have done it when she was on a schedule. so if you can time your baby do it now

Veronica - posted on 06/16/2009

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Just put him on the toilet for no more than five min. max - every hour or so. Or, get him on the toilet immed. in the morning, and again at night before bed. This will help him to become night trained - which is the majority of hte battle with toilet training. But dont make it a big deal if he/she doesnt get it right away - it takes time, and he is most likely to regress when the new baby comes (mine did) Just keep consistent, and reward him (clap, stickers) when he at least sits on the toilet, and reward him more when he actually goes potty on the toilet. Encouragment and consistancy is the best policy. They say the bladder isnt developed enough before age of 2 - i beg to differ - but every child is different. Good luck and congratulations on the upcoming new bundle of joy!

Carly - posted on 06/16/2009

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I wouldn't push it yet. Bringing home a new baby with throw everything upsidedown for your son. I hate to be the bringer of bad news but they will likely train together between 3 and 4. If you are really lucky it will be earlier

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