what is the right age for a boy to start toilet training?

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Christina - posted on 03/15/2010

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id say when ever they show interest in the potty. i've read that boys may not show interest in the potty til they are 3. and that is perfectly normal. you just have to follow his ques. and if you want you can buy the potty and the training pants and just experiment. let him sit on the potty with clothes on. or sit his stuffed animals on the potty. take him into the bathroom with you. anything to try and get him interested if he isnt already. there are books and stuff that might help him get interested. i bought "its potty time" for my son at walmart and we havent really read it yet but he likes to push the button that makes the toilet flushing noise. but trying to get a toddler to potty train when they arent ready is like pulling teeth. my son is almost two and hes been going back and forth he likes the potty but it seems like he uses it more as an excuse to not go to bed. hth

Mandy - posted on 03/15/2010

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My son will be 3 May 8th, and so far it hasn't worked, so for the time being, I have given up, lol. I figure when summer comes, I can train both him, and my almost 2 year old. I think EACH kid is different, so when you think he seems ready, then go for it!

Adriane - posted on 03/15/2010

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My son just turned three (but was a very early preemie) and we are still working on it. At two and a half we bought the potty and just put it in the bathroom. He'd follow daddy when daddy went and after a couple weeks was interested. He does great with peeing..... he doesn't want to use it to poop yet. We're now using a reward system to try to help out with the pooping. He has a chart on the wall in the bathroom. He has picked out two toys/books he wants and we put a picture of them on the chart. He has one for peeing and one for pooping. When he does what he is supposed to, he gets a sticker on that chart. When the chart is filled up, he'll get his toy. Seems to be working so far. Boys are much harder to train, but it'll just click one day. Our daycare is a big help when it comes to this too, he sees the other kids doing it and wants to do it too.

Good luck.

Stacey - posted on 03/15/2010

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when he shows the signs he is ready
you can cause a fear of toiletting if you go about it the wrong way, pressure them into something they arent ready to do.
my son was 2yrs 7months when he finally took interest in it, and he did because he was at daycare 1 day a week and was seeing other children using the toilet
all i had to do was take his pants off for him, and empty the potty, he did everything perfectly on his own.
no pressure, no hassle, easy as

Natalie - posted on 03/14/2010

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Thanks jennifer...My son is not even 2 yet..he's only 23 months...his daycare thinks he's not ready yet either..

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I started training my son when he was 2 1/2. It was very frustrating because he wasn't interested enough. It finally clicked and I got him trained a month before his 3rd birthday. Boys generally take longer than girls. And be prepared, because they are very possessive of their poop. It's something they can control so they will hold it or run and hide and go in their pants.

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