Hints on Potty Training.?

Hope - posted on 12/30/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have a 15.5 months old son and am wondering on hints for easy potty training.

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Stacy - posted on 01/13/2011

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My daughter fully trained in the middle of summer at about 19 months. my ped said when they "hide" to poop, they know they have to go. I let her run around diaperless and kept the potty outside. She peed in it all the time but was fearful of pooping on it for about 2 months. My youngest daughter however is 15 months old and just started "hiding" to poop but she's a very different baby than my first was so I'm not even thinking about trying anytime soon. I think it all depends on their developmental maturity levels. my oldest was book smart at 9 months and my youngest is a busy body. Depends on the kid. My friend trained her son at 4 months but he was cloth diapered and she was consumed by making her baby grow up too fast. Don't rush it. It'll happen. And its true... Kids with nondevelopmental problems will not go to kindergarten in diapers. :). Good luck though!! Oh and if diapers being expensive is stopping you from having another, check out secondhand stores, a few near me buys and sells at cheap prices! My daughter needed a size 4 diaper after a growth spurt 2 weeks I i bought a huge case of 3s and they paid me $10 bucks for my obviously unused diapers and sold them for $5 for brand name naturals!!! I know it sounds cheap to do but these days.... Ya do what ya gotta!!

Natalie - posted on 01/07/2011

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I think he is pretty young to start potty training. At 18 months is when my ped recommends getting a potty and just letting them "play" on it. Put them on it with their clothes on and cheer when they sit on it. Then eventually move to setting them on it without clothes on, like before bath time, and cheer when they sit on it. Even if its just for a few seconds. My oldest, now three and a half, took three times to get him potty trained. The first two times he seemed to stress over it and started waking at night. I stopped both times and gave him a few months before trying again. He was about two and half when he got the pee part down and a couple months away from three before he got to poop part down. Potty training is very stressful for both mom and child. Just be patient and remember that no one has gone to Kindergarten in a diaper. Good luck!

LaCi - posted on 01/07/2011

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I just let mine do what he wants. He's 2.5 now. He started experimenting with the potty when he was about 1.5. But it was short lived, the potty was always around. Then a little before he turned two he started peeing in the potty excusively (except at night). Now he's "experimenting" with pooping in the potty, pretty much the same way he started with peeing. I really think he'll have himself trained before he's 3.

I think just buying the potty and letting them do their own thing is the easiest and best way to go. I don't think it's too soon to do it either.

When he peed in the potty we use to do the potty dance and cheer. Now we've added m&ms to the mix, although apparently thats controversial lol.

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2011

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my best advice - wait till he's ready. have a potty and get a book or two so he knows what it all is and gets used to it. when you do try - if he seems to have a problem with it, stop and wait a few weeks before trying again.

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Unless he is showing interest, I would say that too young - particularly for a boy in disposables. Most boys don't train until 3 or more. I started training my boys at 18 months, but they were both showing interest in the potty. Normally, the earlier you start the longer it takes. They weren't reliable for poops until 2 and pee around 2 1/2. Plus, we use cloth diapers, which tends to make them train a little faster. It's a lot harder for kids in disposables to realize they are wet so I don't think they show interest as soon.

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Halie - posted on 01/10/2011

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I was told by several ppl that you ask if they need to go and if they say yes then you let them sit there while you read a book to them or something to get their mind off of the potty and eventually they will go. And i dont think it is too early. a lot of kids are starting to potty train at about a year old

Erin - posted on 12/31/2010

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My mom said I was almost two when I was potty trained. How ever boys generally take a lot longer to train. My son will be 3 next week and he knows what it's for and is beginning to get the idea of it but he's only gone poop on it once and he's never peed on it. In a couple weeks I'm planning on taking his diaper off all day letting him run around like that and every 10 min put him on the potty. I expect accidents. But remember my son is 3 and I feel like he's ready. So I'm going to really START the process now. In my personal opinion I think your son is still to young so I would just gently introduce the process. Pushing to hard to young will only frustrate you and he'll pick up on that , probably making the process take longer than it would if you just wait until he's ready.

Hope - posted on 12/31/2010

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Thanks Erin, We have a potty and it scares him. I don't want to rush, but then I do. My husband doesn't want to have another child until he is out of diapers cause he doesn't want to spend so much money on other diapers. What is the usual age kids are potty trained. Maybe I have high expectations cause I was a yr old and was useing the potty. Thanks for the help.

Erin - posted on 12/31/2010

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I would get him a potty explain what it's for and see where that goes. Other that that I think he's still to young.

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