when is the right time to start potty training?

Elizabeth - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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my son is 16 months bout 2 be 17 months is it time to start potty training yet??????

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Kathryn - posted on 01/06/2010

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I bought a seat to go on the big potty for my son at 18 months. I just wanted to get him used to the idea of sitting on the potty. He never went, I just put him on there and encouraged him to pee. Somewhere around 2 he decided he hated sitting on that seat, so we got one of the little potty seats. He would sit on that seat for a couple of weeks without doing anything. All of the sudden one day, he sat down and said "I can't do it." He stood up, turned around, leaned over and peed in the potty! Sometimes it may not happen our way, but it will happen. He is still in the early stages, I don't want to push him too hard because often that only leads to frustration on both sides. He will go potty if I ask him if he wants to, but he is nowhere near ready to tell me when he needs to potty. Also, he is nowhere close to pooping in the potty. He still hides from me, and denies that he did it so I won't change his diaper. He was 2 in July.

Delani - posted on 01/06/2010

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I started asking my children if they wanted to go potty before they were 2 started setting them on potty chair and read a book to them to get them used to it... one day my son was about 2 1/2 and I asked him if he wanted to try and go potty, he turned around and put his hands on his hips and with an exasperated sigh sadi No not Yet!!. LOL... when my kids were ready they were ready... it took less than 1 week with all my children and only had 1 bout tears on the first day about putting underwear on.. but when we explaoned if they went 1 whole week with no accidents they would get to go(just them we have 5 children) with mom and dad and to pick out new package of underwear and then go out to eat that was enough incentive to get them to go. tried to let them pick out before they started and then they got the reward before the accomplishment so there was no urge to get it done... picked out plain white to start with and then when they made it a week they were excided to get to pick out whatever design they wanted... Hope this help... also did the 1 m&m every time they were successful on the potty... my son loved shooting at cheerios in the potty also...

Christy - posted on 01/05/2010

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they're never too young to try to get them acquainted with a potty. if i were you, i would get a potty seat for on the toilet and just try putting him on there sometimes. another way to get him used to it could be getting one of the potty chairs that can convert to potty seat and step stool so that you can take him into the bathroom with you and sit him on his potty while you're on the big toilet. i agree with Shannon that you shouldn't really push him at this age but i definitely don't see any harm in getting him started as long as your expectations aren't too high. good luck!

Shannon - posted on 01/05/2010

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i would say that if your son is showing signs of wanting to potty train go for it, but to me 17 months is a bit early to start really really pushing. I mean you could just introduce him to the potty and you know have him sit on it in a more playful way just to show him what it is but i wouldn't go too gung ho with it. I feel that 2-21/2 is a better time to try really pushing it. I don't know if a 17 month old would really get it, and it may cause a lot of frustration for the both of you...also from my experience if you start too soon it can actually cause alot more problems than it does good

AJ - posted on 01/05/2010

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Have to agree with Charity about the pull ups. We got the good nights for our oldest and she just thought they were diapers,we wasted money on them. A pack of 10 pullups are about the same as a box of diapers ! Its crazy. (we buy diapers at walmart, same exact thing as pampers, only 14$ for a whole box, as opposed to 30$ for a box) Just have extra underwear and extra pants handy :-)

AJ - posted on 01/05/2010

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Is he showing an interest in going potty yet? If so, try it out :-) My 1st one just up and started using the potty on her own (Lucky us! lol) My second however, She would take her diaper off everytime she got wet, she wouldnt use her sister's potty or anything else, so I let her go and pickher own potty and panties and she LOVES it! She got that pink singing princess potty. She just turned 2 in september but has been using the potty for about a month. Just whenever your baby is ready and shows signs of being ready for the potty, go and have him pick his own potty and underwear! Good Luck!! :-)

Charity - posted on 01/05/2010

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when my little girl turned two we just set her down on the toliet and told her she was a big girl and they go to the big girl pottie and she has had a few accidents but no number 2s and she is will be 3 in less than a week and has been smooth sailing. i do not recommend pull ups waist of money and still like a diaper. just my opinion

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The recommended age is 2-3 years. Your child will begin showing signs of being ready, such as noticing and announcing a soiled diaper, and often removing the diaper because it is soiled. Also, boys are often ready later than girls, no idea why. My pediatrician recommended getting my daughter ready for potty training by changing her diaper in the bathroom, so she would make a connection between the bathroom and poop/pee. Some children are ready to be potty trained sooner, and I am sure there are a few things you can do to prepare your child for training, but unless he is really showing an interest in potty training and is somewhat above average in development so is able understand the concept, you may want to wait until the recommended age. Hope this helps a little :)

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