when do you start potty training a baby boy?

Becky - posted on 12/28/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




Hi, my son will be 9 months old the end of this week (dec 30). I have heard that it takes boys longer to potty train than girls. My nephew is 2 1/2 and they still haven't started trying. I'd like to start my son when he is about 1 1/2 years old and have him trained before his second birthday. Do you think this could be possible??? I don't want a 3 year old in diapers ha! Especially since when my son is 1 year, my husband and i will prob start trying for baby #2. My son has been pretty early in everything... at 6 months he was crawling, at 8 months, 1 day, he was walking... i think he'd do okay, but i don't know...



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Melissa - posted on 02/01/2011




from my experience with my 3 boys, my first i tried pushing toiletting on him from 18mnths as it was sugested to me and he was fully potty trained till 2.5 yrs and still wore a night nappy at 3. My second i waited till he showed signs of being ready and wanting to go to the toilet, he was just over 2 and was literally trained in 2 weeks and thats including night time trips! My 3rd is only 17months and he is still very much a little baby and definately not showing signs of readiness. Goodluck with whatever path you take, i hope your little oone has an enjoyable time learning to go to the potty :)

Jessie - posted on 01/21/2011




Try before he gets too comfortable ignoring urges because the diaper soaks it up. We started at 21 months with my oldest. He seemed ready before that, but his brother was born when he was 20 months so we waited until after brother was born. My oldest refused to poop in a diaper from about 10 months old. We started the potty chair then for poop and now at 2, he is potty trained. He still wets about half the time at night, but not a large amount of urine. We bought a potty and placed it in an obvious spot, let him decorate it with stickers and make it his own. He got to pick out big boy underwear and we stayed home for a week letting him run around in a t-shirt or a t-shirt in underwear so he would feel the consequences of peeing. He caught on pretty quick and would get himself to the potty. We rewarded with mini-m&ms and stickers. Then we moved on to wearing underwear and learning to pull them down. Now that he has mastered it, we bought a calendar of his choosing, hung it by the toilet and he gets a sticker on the day every time he goes. A week of stickers allows a prize. (Cheap! Raid the Target $1 bins when they are clearanced out). Plus then he can see his progress and is proud of is accomplishment.
Now we are working on nighttime dryness. I sewed him cloth pull-ups so he feels wet immediatley, but his bed doesn't get wet. He shares a room with his 8 month old brother and I try to avoid late night sheet changes as much as possible. Good luck. It can be a tough battle at times, but so worth it to be done with diapers.

Tiffany - posted on 12/28/2010




I think you should try. My son is 15 mths and I bought him a potty chair a few months ago because I noticed that when he got up in the morning his diaper was dry so he was going after he got up. I introduced it to him and he personally isn't ready. He is more interested in taking apart the potty and hiding the pieces on me than going in it, but I try again every few days and see what he thinks. I also try before tub time because he likes to stand up and pee as soon as he gets in the water..boys! got to love them. I just think if they are ready they wil and if they aren't, they won't so give it a try and hopefully he will do great! Good luck..

User - posted on 12/28/2010




Go ahead, do not hesitate, I have a 6 1/2 son, i potty trained him when he was one year and he did perfect and now I have almost a 2 years and 9 month boy as well and still on diapers. I am lazy with my second one really and when days passed you become more lazy. So , take advantage of your enthusiastic and go ahead now , and I am going to do it for my second son as well nowadays.Good Luck for both of us.

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