Potty Training? Are your kids accident-free and ready for school?

Jenni - posted on 08/28/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Where are you and your child in the game of potty training?

Kira is 4 now and starts school in a week. Yah! So exciting, first day of school. She's been completely accident free since shortly after her 3rd birthday. She was one of those kids who completely refused to use the potty up until she turned 3 and then over a weekend was pottry trained daytime and nighttime. She's had maybe a handful of accidents since but only shortly after she was trained.

Ben is 3 and he figured out how to use the potty fairly early at 18 months. His potty training has been a LONG journey! Even though he learned how to use the potty earlier than his sister and was more eager than her. We've had many, many, many accidents over the last year. :o

He was out of diapers during the day by 2.5 years old. But still continued to have accidents for the last 6 months. It wasn't until almost 3 years old he learned how to do number 2s. But the last two months he's been accident free. So yah! But he is still not trained over night or for naps. And half the time he holds his poos for this time when he has a diaper on. :(
So we're at a bit of a standstill with O/N training.

Share your potty training journey! and ummm... feel free to give me advice on overnight training... :/

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Rosie - posted on 08/28/2011

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lucas is mostly accident free during the day since he was a little older than 3. he's now 4 and has had a handful of accidents, one happened fairly recently-in walmart, all over the cart and on the floor.
my children all have a condition called diabetes insipidus which their kidneys dont function properly and don't reserve water for them so they pee everything out. in turn they have to drink A LOT of water to make up for that. so it turns into a viscous cycle of urine and drinking. my 6 year old still pees the bed at night ocassionally. he'll go weeks and then have an accident, but it's alot better than before. :) lucas (my 4 year old) still pees the bed everynight. no pullup or diaper on the earth can hold the massive amounts of urine that come out of them-so i go without. i still have to clean their sheets so what's the point of wasting my money on diapers that don't do anything?
so, if there are no sleeping periods, lucas should be fine, lol.

Katherine - posted on 08/28/2011

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My daughter is 29 months old. She is still working on it and will start preschool next year. She is doing pretty well actually, with the occasional accident. Sometimes she still poops her pants.

As far as over night, I had to put pull ups on my older one at that stage or take her half asleep in the middle of the night.
It's hard when they sleep because they don't have that control they do when they're awake, or the sensation.
Make sure she goes before, no drinks and take her before you go to bed. That's all I can really think of to do.

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The girls started potty training at around 18 months. They had 100% success right from the beginning... as long as they were bottomless, but put any types of bottoms on them (diaper, pull up, underwear... didn't matter) and the success rate dropped dramatically. They stayed naked most of the time at home and used pull ups for sleeps and public. They were fully poop trained (except for the occasional illness) by 2, but I diddn't take them out of daytime pull ups til a couple of months before turning 3. They were out of night time pull ups at 4.5, but had wet beds w/ decreasing frequency til 8.5. Daytime accidents pretty much ended by 5, but daytime dampenings also happened til around 8.5....

My now 3.5 year old son potty trained himself while in diapers and was fully day and night trained for a month before he would even start to wear underwear. He's been trained for about 9 months now and has never had a night time accident, maybe one or two daytime ones, and maybe half a dozen daytime 'dampenings.'

After the girls... I EARNED a kid like him. ;)

Kirsty - posted on 09/25/2011

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I introduced my daughter to the potty at 18 months but spent months trying to get anywhere with her. She absolutly refused to have anything to do with the potty, by 2.5 years I tried the toilet with her on the off chance it would work. She's been potty trained ever since, just pooing is still an issue but she asks for a nappy and will occasionally use the toilet to poo. My 16 month old sits on the toilet aswell and is comfortable with it, still with a nappy on though. But my 3 year old being my first baby I didn't know what to do so my 16 month old should be potty trained earlier

Amanda - posted on 09/19/2011

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I introduce the potty to my children at 12 months (its actually one of their b day presents I know mean mom LOL). My children were all potty trained and accident free between 2-and 2 1/2.



So much so on our 12 hour road trip this year, the three year old demanded to pee in the bush with her siblings instead of using the diaper I had put on her just in case.

Joy - posted on 09/13/2011

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My daughter turned 2 last month, but wanted to learn to use the potty around 21 months. I blame it on peer pressure (or lack of it.) We had the potty set up since she was 12 months, but it wasn't until I started hanging around one of my college gal friends who has 2 boys that don't wear diapers that my daughter wanted to go without diapers like they do. My friend's recently started watching my daughter while I go to work and there's a definite increase in the desire to use the potty by herself. By the time she starts preschool next year, she should be just about accident free (I hope.)

Lin - posted on 09/03/2011

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We're still working on Nicky. He knows what to do, he puts poop in the potty and not in his pullup, it is just getting him motivated to stop what he is doing and use the potty for peeing. We're holding off on putting him in preschool this year, as there have been so many changes for him this year to begin with, I don't want to overwhelm the kid. There's always next year.

Sarah - posted on 09/02/2011

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My son potty trained really early, by 2 he was out of diapers during the day. We had some accidents at first but now we are fine. He's about 50% dry for naps but over night he pees in his diapers a lot. Trevor is turning 3 in November. I am assuming eventually he will stop peeing at night, he really hates a wet diaper when he wakes up in the morning he takes it off himself. My happiest news is the first time he pooped in the potty was it- he never did it in a diaper again! I think we've been pretty lucky with him.

Jayce - posted on 08/28/2011

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Potty training is the bane of my existance. He knows what to do but refuses to go on the potty. He starts school next fall, he has a year left to get it.

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I find that when he has no nappy or pull up on he stops mid wee, unless he's being naughty and deliberately weeing on the floor or his toys (I don't tell him off though I remind him he wees on the potty and get him to sit on it). The pull ups are definately slowing his training down.

Jenni - posted on 08/28/2011

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I found the pull ups were a bit of an inhibitor and my son who's ultra sensitive to to certain types of clothing, hated them. He found them uncomfortable.
We started having 'potty days' around 2-2.5 years old. Where i'd let him run around all morning in underwear or bottomless. But only when he wanted to. I'd always ask him if he wanted to wear his underwear or a diaper?

I found using underwear instead of pull ups helped him to learn when he needed to go. He quickly learned to stop himself midstream and run to the bathroom. I think it's just easier for them to catch themselves and to learn how to tell when they need to go. If he got frustrated we'd take a break for awhile until he was ready to try again.

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Ethan decided a month ago he was going to start using the potty, his training is still ongoing from next week he is going into big boy pants and out of pullups because he is fairly good at using the potty when he isn't wearing his pull-ups and I think they are now holding him back.

We introduced the potty when he was about 16 months old, we just left it in the corner of the lounge and when he showed interest in it told him that's a potty Ethan can wee wee or poo poo in there and left it at that,then at just under 21 months he took his nappy off and declared he was going to use the potty - it was THE smallest wee I have ever seen but he did it :-) I was one proud momma!

Jenni - posted on 08/28/2011

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Morgan's next. She's 15 months right now. I don't believe in pressuring kids to potty train. But I like to introduce the concept of the potty around 18 months. So she's only got about 3 months to go. I was scared about this approaching age the first time around. But now potty training doesn't seem so allusive to me. So I'm actually excited with Morgan to teach her a big girl trick. lol

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