I just had my second baby, my 1st is a 19mnths. Should I start potty training? or should I wait?

User - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




I feel like I should start potty training my oldest, he is a year and a half, but some other moms have told me told wait, and others have said to start. I am a little nervous to try, I have heard it is hard, and one of the hardest things to accomplish.


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LauraBeth - posted on 02/04/2010




My son is 9mo and I am due in Sept ( they will be 18mo apart) We alway said that we would try to start potty training when he started walking, well that happened a couple weeks ago, So needless to say we bought a potty seat and we have had great success!!! he has gone every time we set him on the potty, and we left the potty in the living room and he goes over to it when he wants to go. (we have yet to get a number 2 though) but that all comes in time. he LOVES the praise when he goes on the big boy potty. I still am not pushing him completely because he is only 9 mo, when he dont want to do it we dont push it after he turns a year we are going to be in all out potty training mode though. Best of luck to you because it is a adventure. :0)

Kelly - posted on 02/04/2010




You really don't get to choose when to do it, it is dictated by how ready the child is. If you try to soon, it will just result in a lot of frustration! 19 months is really young, and with a brand new baby, I wouldn't even try any time soon. If you wait a few months, your newest will be into a routine, and you will have a little bit more time to devote to the training. My boys are 26 months apart, and I did train my oldest while on maternity leave with #2, but then #2 wouldn't have anything to do with it until he turned three. My girls started training younger, but it took a lot longer. If you wait until they are really, really ready, it is not as hard as if you try too soon. It is tempting to rush it, because diapers are so expensive, but I would just wait awhile.

Adrienne - posted on 02/04/2010




Congrats! on your new bundle of joy! :) My oldest son is 2 1/2 and for about half a year he would pee on the potty and now he is only pooping on the potty. My youngest one is 1 1/2 years old and is showing interest in potty training. But I'm due to have our 3rd baby in April or maybe in March. I've been told to wait a month or two then start pushing the toilet training. I'm hoping that when I do that both my boys will learn together. Good Luck!

Shell - posted on 02/04/2010




my daughter is 22 months old and is still not potty trained, im finding it quite hard myself as she has no interest at all. I have got the potty out for her to have a little explore and she has sat on it with no nappy on but she holds her wee in until i put the nappy on. nightmare!!! i think she must be ready if she can hold it in as she must know she needs a wee. also she now hides when needs a poo so these are signs that she knows when she needs the toilet. i may think about putting her in proper underwear when in the house and see if that helps. let me know how you get on x

Erika - posted on 02/04/2010




Congratulations on your newest addition to your family! My children are also 19 months apart. My son is now 2 1/2 years old and my daughter is 11 months old. I've been trying to get my son to start potty training since last October. Now I must say that I haven't REALLY tried. I have bought the potty and some underwear. I just don't think my son is quite ready for it. Is your son showing interest in potty training at all? Does he let you know that he needs a diaper change? etc... My only suggestion that I have heard is to put your son in underwear instead of Pull-ups. This way he'll notice if he has an accident. Your son will let you know when he's ready to start.

Hope this helps a bit.

Everything is Possible When you Have Faith!

Sarah - posted on 02/04/2010




First I would take signs from your 19 mos. old. Is he showing interest in training? Most boys are not ready to train until 2 1/2 to 3 yrs old, BUT some do train earlier. If he is showing lots of interest and is dry when he wakes up in the AM he might be ready. At first it will take LOTS of effort and time on your part, so make sure you are ready and able to put forth that. If your second baby has just been born you may want to give yourself a little bit of time to adjust to two kids and the new routine it brings. Also with your 19 mos old, how is he adjusting to the new baby? Sometimes kids will regress when a new addition comes into the family, so make sure he is adjusted well before taking on another new thing for him. Follow your son's signals. If he is resisting A LOT then back off and just encourage, if he takes off with it keep going with it and stay consistant with what you do.

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