my son is just starting to use the potty he's 2 is that to late to start?

Shanice - posted on 03/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




He will use the potty fine when he's over my grandmother's house but when he comes home he doesnt want to use it at all.


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Lisa - posted on 03/05/2009




I have read in books that it is best to start at 3. So 2 yrs is definitely not too late.  Kids don't often have enough bladder control yet by 2.

My two both started at 2yrs to be interested in the potty, so they started potty trianing then. My 2 year doesn't have control enough to be completely without diapers yet, but does go on the potty. My 3 year still isn't completely trained. He knows what do to understands it all, just isn't ready to stop what he's doing to go potty most times.

Brandi - posted on 03/05/2009




thats a great thing!!! my child is didn't really wanna start at 2 even though i had bought her one a while back. kids just go when they're ready to go.

Beth - posted on 03/05/2009




Some people told me that I was waiting too long to train my 3 year old, but when I started a year ago he completely regressed when I went back to work for awhile.  I decided to let him decide when he was ready.  We talked about it and I'd just remind him that soon he'd have to give his pull-ups away and wear only underwear and use the toilet.  One day he just said to me, "okay lets do it mum".  He's been out of pullups and diapers for a little over a month and he only has the odd accident if a poop sneaks up on him.  That's how I did and I waited to really encourage him to decide until he was waking up in the morning with a dry diaper...I'm sure your little guy will come around to using the potty at home.  After all we all learned sometime!  :)

Blaire - posted on 03/05/2009




I have 2 children that are already potty trained and 1 that will soon be (hopefully!!!) I never technically potty trained any of my children. When they were old enough to understand big boy or girl underwear, I would let them go to the store to pick out their new underwear. Whatever character they wanted!!! I then would go home and put it in their drawer. Telling them that they could not wear the new underwear until they didn't wear diappies anymore... They lasted about 2 weeks, and then were ready to wear the underwear. But you have to stick to it, you can't let them wear the underwear over their diapers. Once they want to wear the underwear you have to let them "graduate" by getting rid of the diapers. Giving them to someone that needs them, throwing them out, or handing them down to a younger sibling. Let them make the decision about what they are going to do.  I never forced my children to be potty trained, I was pregnant around the time I needed to start potty training, both times, and everyone told me not to potty train them bc they would just regress after the baby was born. So yes, they were using diapers a little longer than most kids, but each child is different. They were both potty trained before their third birthday. And they never had accidents, and never regressed. Just a little advise about what I did.

Karen - posted on 03/05/2009




hiya i don't think that is late at all my lil one isaac is 3 and it has just come into place with him he would often use the toilet i n nursery, but not at home and he went through a stage of wetting himself and saying ha ha i wet, so i started a chart every time he used the potty/toilet he would get a sticker, but if he had an accident i would say never mind and not create a fuss he wasn't getting the attention,  eventually after 3 weeks of constant washing it fell into place, but every child is different don't rush it will happen soon . good luck hope this helps

Jen - posted on 03/05/2009




I didn't start with my first son until he was 2 1/2. He gave me alot of problems but by the time he was 3 he had it down. My second son was trained by the time he was 2. I think it's different for every kid. But I always made a huge deal when they would go, we would clap and jump up and down and give high fives. I also always did some sort of rewards. I used stickers at first and used treats as well. He may not be ready yet, or he may just be trying to get away with more with you!! Good luck!!

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