How to tell when it's time to try and potty train?

Melissa - posted on 11/06/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 in January and I am pretty sure he is ready to start potty training. I was just wondering if there are any signs that will let me know for sure that he is ready. And what are some good ways to potty train a boy?

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Melissa - posted on 11/14/2008

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I just wanted to let everyone know that my son went pee in the potty tonight!!!!!

Julie - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son turns 3 next month and we started training him about 3 months after turning 2. He wanted to sit on the potty, so we held him there. He peed a little and we decided to get him his own little potty. He came with us to pick it out and he was all excited. We put up a sticker chart in his bathroom and when he would go either #1 or #2, he got a sticker for each. After 10 stickers, he got a prize. Once it was a sticker book, another time it was a fish. He potty trained on #2 right away, so we thought that we were headed for a quick training....nope. About 5 months in, he finally got it completely and at about the same time, he just stopped wetting his pull ups when sleeping. Also, after filling the sticker chart 2x, I switched to a money system. There were 2 cups in the bathroom: my son's and the money cup. Each time he went #1 or #2 in the potty, he got to take a coin and put it in his cup. However, if he went in his pants/diaper/pull up, mama or dada would take a coin out of his cup. At the end of the week (that's how he learned about Sunday!), he could put his "moneys" in his cow piggy bank. Switching it up helped because the stickers became less of a reward after a time. Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 11/09/2008

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Thank you all for posting I intend on trying everyone's ideas!! Thank you!!!

Kelly - posted on 11/08/2008

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Hi, I have a duaghter so I dont know any tricks specifically for boys but I would say that as soon as your son starts taking an interest in anything to do with the toilet or bathroom, and when he can tell you when he either needs to go to the toilet or when he has been, its a good starting point. I found it really useful to make the potty really exciting. Try to get him involved by taking him shopping for his potty and let him choose it-if he see's the potty as a fun place to be then he will want to spend more time there! I also found sticker reward charts extremely useful-my daughter would go to the toilet and immedietly ask for a sticker! My little girl was completely dry day and night at 2 years and 3 months, ive heard that boys are slightly slower to be dry but every child is different so if you think your little one is ready then give it a go.

Good luck :-)

Ashley - posted on 11/07/2008

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The books say that when they are interested in the bathroom, when they can take off their own pants (or diaper) when they have words to tell you what they are doing. For example, my son says poo when he is done pooping - no he is not telling me before, but he knows what's going on.

My son started taking off his pull ups when they are wet or dirty - that was my big give away.

Michelle - posted on 11/07/2008

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I would say if he talks about it, shows ANY kind of interest at all and is aware that his pee pee and poo poo are coming. That is great if he shows and interest at such an early age (boys usually begin and master this much later). My son would not begin to cooperate at all until age 3. He turns 4 in 2 weeks and has only been fully trained a couple months. I talked about it, used the words and asked if he had to go when he was 2. He took right to it when he got his new potty and then he would never try again. I would remind him to try to go and put him in underwear when he was 3 1/2. After a few accidents, he mastered it, just like magic, overnight!! The secret with him was that I had to wait until it was all his idea. If he resisted, I stopped for a while. P.S. I let him stand at the toilet for pee pee. It seemed more natural to start that way. Good luck!

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