how do you start to potty train?

Kathryn - posted on 09/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I want to strat potty training and don't know where to begin

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Leigh - posted on 09/21/2009

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I started with my daughter at 15 months and she was potty trained by 18 months. I just started by introducing her to the potty seat, after that when she had to go I would take her pull up off and just make her sit on the potty for a few minutes. She liked it, but she also liked her pull ups so one day I just put her in a pair of regular underpants and she peed in them a few times but she didn't like getting wet so she would run to the potty. She pooped in them only once. After she got the hang of going we would give her 1 M&M for pee and 2 for poop. She loved the fact she got a "treat" for going on the potty. It worked really well. Oh we also would make her go sit on the potty just before she got into bed. A lot of the time she would say she didn't have to go, but she would pee as soon as she got on the potty, what has been nice about that is she still does it now at 4 and I very rarely have to change a wet bed in the middle of the night. I hope this helps, feel free to write back if you want to talk more about it.


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Monica - posted on 09/21/2009

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Hi, Kathryn, you first have to see if your little one is ready, how do you know? he ask for go to the bathroom, he or she is interested in seeing you when you go, he or she feel uncomfortable when wet or dirty, he or she want to be a big boy/girl, or he/she begin to dance weird, like showing you they need to go, ok and if you are trying pull ups, also then it will be time to take them off, throw the diapers and pull ups left on the trash, encourage the kid to doing so, putting on real panties, and be with them all the time to see any gesture that shows they need to go, for pee mostly is a dance, for poop they begin to want to hide or stop for a long period of time, so you have to remind them let me know when you need to go, like giving them the control and that's it, is not easy, but you can do it, when the go to the potty and do the deal then you can prize them with their favorite candy or stamp or stickers, usually they'll be ready between 2 and 2 1/2 years old, others begin at 3 some others take longer, but is normal, those ages is normal aproximately till they are 5 years old. good luck, and I hope this helps. Bye.

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Don't ask me, I'm a potty training failure. My son is about to be five and we've just conquered pp in the toilet.

Nikki - posted on 09/21/2009

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my daughter is only 8 1/2 months old. I started last week. I just set her on her potty after she woke up from her naps. The first few times she cried. Now she sits there for a few minutes...so I put her on it after she eats too. She peed in it the first time on saturday. And twice yesterday and today. I'm really excited!! I know it'll take awhile for her to get really good at it, but I think persistence is the best thing. Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 09/21/2009

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my son is only 13 months old and I've started just sitting him on the potty a few times a day. This is just to get him used to it. After a little while I'm going to start sitting him on the potty about every hour. it will take a while because they have to develop the muscles in their bladder to "hold it". I would definitely just start slowly.

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