Is potty training at 24 months too soon?

Kimberly - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 2 in May, I've considered potty training but he shows No interest. Is it too soon? I'm trying to find anyone who has good tips for training at this age.

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Leila - posted on 12/21/2012

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I introduced the potty to my son at 16 months, I let him sit and I will send him in there with daddy so he can see that hey daddy is doing it, then it must be cool, also so he can learn. We did this maybe once a week or two, we werent really serious because he wasn't ready, but we atleast let him know what it was. I attempted at 20 months but I was due anytime with my daughter and at 23 months we were really tight on money, so I layed my foot down and said I was going to potty train him! Diapers are way too pricey, especially with a picky baby. This is how I did it.

I call it naked potty training, take off the diaper, pants, underwear, whatever all day.
Take him to the potty every 30 minutes and if he pees on the toilet do a potty dance and act super excited (you will be excited they peed on the toilet anyways).
Without the diaper on you can tell when they need to go
By mid day the first day he started to learn to hold in his pee until potty time.
He would hold on to himself and thats when I knew to take him.
Beginning of Day two he would tell me he needed to go by saying nu nu, nu nu! (nunu means go pee in arabic)
Mid day two he started going by himself, then he would take me to see what he did(the pee/poop in the toilet) I am so proud of him :)
4 days later all he needs is a pull up at night, only time he peed on the ground was beginning of day one. You just got to be really motivated to do it and stop delaying it!
Everytime they go pee or sit on the toilet, get excited and let them know you are proud of them and keep on doing it. treats aren't good, because then they will just sit on the toilet to get the treats most of the time.

I know some mothers ( I was one of them) just expect potty training to take forever, but if you are motivated like I was you can do it pretty quick! Babies are smarter than what we give them credit for.

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Leila - posted on 12/30/2012

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Oh it will come good luck! The average age for boys to officially be potty trained is 3/4 years old

Davene - posted on 12/30/2012

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I'm doing it with my son now. I introduced it at 18 months but he wasn't having it. Now he says "boo boo mommy" and we go to the pot. Many times he doesn't do anything right when he gets on there but if I stay patient and keep him entertained for about 10 minutes he will do his business. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen and I wind up having to change pull ups. he is at a point now where he will bring me a clean pull up. Now when he says "boo boo mommy" doesn't necessarily means he has to poop. he hasn't fully distinguished between pooping and peeing. Hopefully, prayerfully, he will be fully there by at least the summer!

Mandy - posted on 06/12/2009

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I believe that most children are ready at 24 months. It all depends on the method you are using for potty training. The trouble with waiting too long is you run into more trouble with the battle of the wills especially when they get closer to the age of 3. At earlier ages, parents will have to be more involved in the training and with the older ages, it is much quicker but you have to wait for their timing which could be aged 3 or even 4. I have trained both a boy and girl. My girl was much quicker and was fully day and night trained by 2-1/2. We do use fruit snacks as a bribe but those don't last forever. You use a bribe to start your child on a potty routine and then you don't have to use bribes anymore. I have found it to be very helpful that your child is able to go with you ask them to go. It is never convenient when they actually have to go which is when we're all in the car ready to go. They must go before we leave the house. We are still working on this with our 5yo. Good luck with whatever you decide.

Vicky - posted on 06/12/2009

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I have read many toddler books on potty training and they all agree that a child doesn't have the bladder control to be potty trained until they're past 2. However, I disagree as my son just turned 18 months and is basically potty trained. It wasn't something I forced on him as I decided that he would show interest when he was ready. But he started taking off his nappies and throwing them in the bin right after he soiled them and also started staying dry for a few hours at a time so I bought a little potty and just left it out for him to use as and when he felt like it. Within a week, he was toddling over to it and using it without even saying anything to me. Of course, he had accidents when he couldn't get to it in time but I'm just proud that he's taken the initiative rather than scold him for when he had accidents. So all that to say is I think it depends on your child and whether or not they show an interest in wanting to use the potty instead of wearing nappies. Keep in mind though that some children as old as 3 are still wearing nappies regularly so there is no 'too soon or too late'. It should be up to the child. Here are some signs to look for: Staying dry for a couple hours at a time, showing interest in the toilet or other family members using it, showing discomfort in wearing nappies or knowing when they've soiled them and wanting to be changed immediately.

Remember, every child is different and often boys take longer to potty train than girls because girls tend to speak earlier and can communicate their needs. But again, your son might be saying simple words already so might be able to tell you or at least show by his body language that he needs to go.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/11/2009

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We started with my son at this age but if he is not showing signs of being ready, not staying dry for a couple hours at a time, wanting to sit on the potty etc. then it is probably to early for him. If now is to early again you can try to wait a couple months and see if he shows more interest. One of the things that worked with my son though was trying to sink the cheerios in the bowl and sticker charts he loved to pick out stickers to put on the chart everytime he went we gave him rewards for a full day without accidents.

Krissy - posted on 06/11/2009

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um I guess it depends on ur lil guy...I tried it with my lil girl at 24 months and it was too soon for her but once I had my newborn when she was almost 27 months I potty trained her within a month and she took to it well.

Kattiie - posted on 06/11/2009

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I agree do a potty dance but you are not to reward with food unless it's healthy. I use stickers

Nicole - posted on 06/11/2009

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its not to soon as long as the child is willing to do it.. dont force it it will make them not want to even more make it FUN!!! i always told my son ur a big boy lets be like daddy!! plus everytime he used the potty there was a reward of big hugs and praise and sometimes a snack

Kattiie - posted on 06/11/2009

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I don't think so. You just have to make sure they are ready, try it for awhile. It take a lot of time persistance and pationce.

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