Any tips on potty training

User - posted on 04/17/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 months old and shows all the signes that he is ready for potty training. But how do I start, I am a first time mom. Please help!

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Jeanette - posted on 04/17/2009

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My son potty trained at 2 years 3 mos. He was potty trained within 3 days for both night and day and is still accident free (he is now 3 yrs 4 mos) I put him in big boy underwear and never put him in diapers again, I think it confuses them. every two hours I took him to the potty and we went from there. He refused the little potty much to my delight, so I got him a lightning McQueen stool and kept it by the big potty. If he goes to daycare make sure they know that you are trying to potty train and go by your schedule you set for him!! Best of luck!!

Kristin - posted on 04/17/2009

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Make it a game and interesting for him. You can put cherrios in the potty chair and tell him to shoot for the hole. On the big potty most kids are very scared of the big potty. My four year was terrified but if you show them that there isn't any harm. like playing in it showing them when you flush that nothing can fit in the hole are always good visuals. Buying that blue stuff to put in your toliet works too because it turns color when you pee. Hee hee. Potty training i've learned is all about patience and repetition. Hope this helps.

Judy - posted on 04/17/2009

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Don't push it. 18 months is a little young for potty training a boy. My son was almost 2 1/2 when he started to show interest in potty training. He goes to a home child care center and when he saw some of the other kids going potty (not having diapers changed), that's when he really started showing interest in it himself. I've read that you can put the potty in front of the TV and let your child sit on it while watching TV.

Jaci - posted on 04/17/2009

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Just try having him sit on the potty with clothes on a few times and then try taking his pants down after he's comfortable with it. My son is 23 months and has used the potty a few times but now he's not interested in it, so I'm not pushing it. My 2nd, another boy, didn't potty train until after he turned 3!! My daughter trained at 2, but we had soooo many problems with her, I wish I had waited. So, just try it a few times and if he resists, let it go for a while.

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