Is introducing to a potty now too soon?

Nicole - posted on 08/29/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son is 20 months old september 12th. He has less then a hundred diapers left and after we finish those diapers off we are buying pull-ups and starting to introduce him to the potty.



Do you think its too soon for him to learn? Because he has the basics down. he just has to learn to be patient on sitting on the potty to wait for something to happen.

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I only advocate switching back when it becomes a battle of control.
No one wins when it gets to that point. And if it becomes a battle of control (child refuses to go on the toilet period, tantrums for more then 15 minutes about being put on it etc and refuses to go when they clearly need to --doing the pee wiggle and says no and then a minute later pees on the floor and looks at you and grins and says I have to go pee every time) then they are not ready.

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Hillary - posted on 09/17/2010

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I started at 20 months as well because he showed control and interest. The process has been really slow, but he was poo poo trained within a week and is just now finishing up potty training (6 months later), meaning he is in full time underwear all of the time. We let him run naked for a few days, having him help clean up the accidents when they happened and he got the idea. Our next step was adding underwear, which he had trouble pulling down fast enough at first, then we put pants on, which presented a new challenge. For our son, we think he had the will, but was just not physically able to do tasks fast enough to keep small accidents from happening as he was trying to get his pants down. We also put him in diapers when in the car or out and about until he got good at home. Just take your time, watch for cues of readiness, and let your son enjoy the process of becoming a big boy with each accomplishment. The process we went through was stress free, relaxed, and our son is still excited about using the potty, especially now that he goes pee pee like Daddy.

Crystal - posted on 09/13/2010

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My son is 19 months and we have started informal potty training bu his choice. I brought out his potty about a month ago, put it in the bathroom and didnt say a word. I figured I'd let him discover it on his own. THAT day he wanted to try it out. I took off his pants and he went in it (ok all over it) and I gave him a m&m.
For the past month I let him go nakey in the morning and night when I can supervise him and he gos potty. Just this past week he has started telling me when he has to go potty. He gets one M&M everytime.
He is learning to hold it until i get his clothes off and has been waking up dry at night.
I dont thin there is a exact age, I think it depends on the child and try not to pressure him. If my son misses I never reprimand him, I just say point blank "pee pee goes in the potty".




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Brooke - posted on 09/12/2010

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My daughter started showing an interest in the potty around 18 months and she was fully potty trained around 20 months. I work at a daycare and I see quite a few families starting to potty train there children at this age. If they show interest in it, go for it! Good luck!!

Darline - posted on 09/12/2010

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Every chils is different. Don't wait to put the potty out to let him get use to it , and don't forget to let him be a huge part in choice of potty and underware. ALL KIDS like to think they are in charge.

Alicia - posted on 09/12/2010

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My son is 20 months old and already potty trained. I introduced a little potty seat to him right after his first birthday... everyone says to wait, but YOU know your child and know when they're ready. It's all about being persistent.

Adele - posted on 09/01/2010

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20months is okay, i've known a few people who started at 16months. if you are ready i say go for it. he may like it or he may not. take 2days out were you can stay in the house and don't have to be running about. keep the potty in the room he's most in. put a towel under it to stop mess. every 20mins pop him on the potty, if he sits there, COOL. if not and he gets up and runs off that's fine. after a short time he will know what the potty is for and will start using it. i have tried this myself with 3kids and it worked each and every time. my lil man is 13months now and i will be potty training him at the start of next year when he is 18months. also if you take him to the toilet with you between now and when you start training he will understand better what to do when needed. i hope this is of some help to you babe, fingers crossed all goes well.
Adele. xx

Oumie - posted on 08/31/2010

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i believe 20 months is old enough to be taught. My son is 6 months old and i am already thinking of tranining him for the potty

September - posted on 08/30/2010

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If your son is showing interest in being potty trained then no I don't think it's too early. If potty training is something that you have to force than yes I think it’s too early. Our son started showing interest at 18 months and even went #2 for the first time at 18 months. However this is not something that we push on him and we let him tell us when he needs to go rather than actually training him at this point. Just last week he went pee for the first time and he continues to go #2 ever so often. I'm in no rush and will continue to follow his lead at this point. Good luck!

Deborah - posted on 08/30/2010

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All you can do is try, we started with my son a little before his second birthday (we waited because he had some delayed speech). It took almost a year before he finally decided he wanted to be potty trained. We did all the videos, books, sticker charts, potty seats, pull-ups, rewards, nothing seemed to work. He understood everything, could explain everything about using the bathroom but wouldn't do it. All of a sudden a couple months ago he decided to satrt doing it, now he is fully potty trained even stays dry almost every night, he will be four in december.

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All you can do is try. If he takes to it, great! If he doesn't leave it be for a month or so and try again.
Some kids train really fast and others it takes longer.
Be consistent and when you switch to underwear remain calm even when you are frustrated by his behaviour when he has accidents.

Good luck!

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