when do you think you should start potty training?

Amanda - posted on 07/07/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My son is 19mons old. I don't know when is a good time to start trying to potty train him? a lil help please!?

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Alexis - posted on 07/10/2009

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I started introducing it to my daughter when she was around the same age. When I needed to go potty she went with me and took a turn. When her interest got sparked I just kept it going pretty soon she didn't like the way it felt to go in her pull ups anymore. And started going by herself.

Emma - posted on 07/10/2009

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I had the potty out in the playroom since my daughter was 6 months so it was fimiler when the time was right. when she turned two it was summer and i let her run round with no nappy putting her on the potty every half an hour or so. i did a star chart for her too which is now in her memory box. she has graduated to useing the toilet with an insert so she wont fall in after a rarther discusting incadent where her little brother ate her poo.

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I was trying around the age of two for my son but it just didn't start going good until he was over 2 and half years old. I think it is all in the timeing and if he looks ready to start. also you don't want to start to early and you don't want to force him eather because then it will take longer.

Constance - posted on 07/07/2009

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my daugther started bout 23mons and ever sense thn she has been going on her on and im so proud,whn u take him tell him good job and he will kno that hes doing what a big boy suppose to do and it start form ther good luck!!!!!!!!!!

Christine - posted on 07/07/2009

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ALL 3 of my sons where potty trained by 2 yrs day and night just look for the signs introduce your child to the potty show them how to use it and you willl start seeing the signs they are ready.

Rasheena - posted on 07/07/2009

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Every child is different and moves at their own pace. When the time is right you will know your child will do little things that will indicate to you maybe it's time for you to introduce them to the potty.See how well he/she may take to it if they do take to it keep training them if not maybe u should take a little more time before training them but let them get use to seeing the potty being around. My daughter is now 20 months old now and she's been taking of her diaper since she's been about 15 months telling me pee pee and dodo at first I was just like youI didn't know should I start potty training her now or wait but just like i'm telling you my mom told me you will know when it's time by the things they do and say.

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You'd be surprised how early they can get the idea of the potty. My 10 month old pees on the potty - we set him on in when he wakes up from naps, and often he'll crawl over to it when he wants to go. I wouldn't say we're really 'potty training' but I'm glad he's getting the idea of going on the potty instead of the diaper, and that he's becoming aware of when he needs to go. I imagine that getting an early start may mean he's fully potty trained a bit early (though not for a while yet). I've found using cloth diapers/trainers help them to recognize when they're wet.

Marie - posted on 07/07/2009

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Thanks! He's not walking yet - he's a big crawler and is totally saturating his stage 3 dipers overnight - sometimes he doesn't do his morning pee until after I get him out of bed and we do the morning nursing. Funny that I notice stuff like that now. :) Now to figure out how to get daddy involved in the process too. :)

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2009

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Yeah that's a good idea. My son started out getting used to going in the potty before his bath every night. And now, I just put him on the potty at frequently as possible during the day to get him used to it. He's still far from being fully trained, but we're getting somewhere. He's already told me a couple times that he has to go, and waits until I get him on a potty. Definetely make a big deal out of it when they go, too. Clap, give them rewards, or something. Let them know it's a big deal, and let them know how great they are. It's motivation for them.

Marie - posted on 07/07/2009

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My 13 month old did something interesting yesterday that leads me to believe I can start exposing him to the potty.



I had left our diaper changing pad out after unpacking my bag. He grunted and filled his diaper while playing then pointedly pulled down the pad, started pulling the velcro apart and looking at Daddy in just that way that says "change me... see I'm preparing it for you!"



I'm tempted to find a spot for the potty just so he can get used to seeing it.

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2009

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Every child is different. I've read about it, and there's some signs that you can look out for to be able to tell if your child is ready. Like, if they are let you know somehow that they've gone in their diaper and you can tell its uncomfortable. Also, if your child seems to be on a schedule, you can start putting them on the potty when you know they will usually go, like after a meal or something. My son isn't really on a schedule, but he started out by telling me that he went and that he wanted to be changed (obviously he didnt say those exact words, but i could tell!) and now hes gradually telling me before he goes. Some children show no interest in being trained for awhile, so you've just got gradually do it.

Melinda - posted on 07/07/2009

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I have girls but i have always gotten the advice to start them about 3 years. Its a good age where they are talking and can understand you perfectly. The daycare where my girls go they helped potty train my oldest less than a week and she was broke. Just be patient.

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It doesn't hurt to start encouraging him to pee now, especially when he wakes up in the morning or after naps. Don't count on it working over night, but it doesn't hurt to start. If he refuses then he's not ready, but it might peak his interest in it. We did this and it took about 6 months for my oldest to catch on and be able to go totally on her own. HTH

Linda - posted on 07/07/2009

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My son was potty trained for pee by the time he was two and a half. He was very easy in that regard however for the other it took me till he was just over 3. My daughter is 23 months and has been showing interest for a while (taking her diaper off when she goes potty, telling me diaper change and actually going a few times a day on the potty. I dont want to push it because they can regress. Introduce him to potty and take your time. Either way just have patience and you both will know =) Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 07/07/2009

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boys typically dont train till close to 3 although my son was 26 months he trained on his own... i think it's easier to just let them be till they are ready

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