When should I start potty training my 18 month old son?

Lauren - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 months old and I was wondering when a good time to begin potty training is? How should I introduce him to the potty? Are any of you Moms successful potty training this soon with a boy?

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Amanda - posted on 05/19/2010

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I was. Mine is 4 now, but I put him in pull-ups and (this may sound funny) took him to the potty like I would have a new puppy. Every 20 minutes or so we would go sit on his chair and sing songs and chat and when he would relax and go, we would cheer and have a small reward:) It seems tough, but once you start it get's easier and easier. If you don't mind a little laundry, after a few times of him going on his potty and getting rewarded, just put him in undies during the day and let him feel his wet pants and clothes. He'll start recognizing when he has to go and what happens if he doesn't make it to the toilet:)

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I think it really depends on whether or not your son is ready. My oldest (a boy) was waking up dry in the morning and staying dry at nap around 18-20 months so I started potty training and he caught on right away. My middle child (another boy) is now 28 months old and isn't showing any signs of being ready. He never wakes up dry, whenever I put him on the potty he screams and doesn't show any interest. I have tried two different times for a period of several days and it's been very unsuccessful. I have decided I would wait to try again when he starts to show more signs of being ready.

As for introducing him to the potty...I try to make it a fun thing. Give him books to read, toys to play with, etc. Make it fun. For the first couple of times I would reward them for just sitting there by giving him one M&M. Then once he started going in the potty I rewarded him for going with an M&M (or other small candy).

Hope this is helpful. It's well worth it once they get the hang of it. I am anxious for my middle one to be ready so I can get him out of diapers. Good luck!

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Lauren - posted on 05/19/2010

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Thanks ladies! Griffin is very interested in "poop" and we have a new puppy and every time she poops on her puppy pads he comes to get us and says "poo-poo" and we know that she has pooped somewhere, (hopefully on her pad, but sometimes on the floor), so I think I might introduce him to his own potty and see how he reacts! Thanks!

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