When to start?

Crystal - posted on 09/17/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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When should I start trying to potty train my son?



He is 16 months old. He tells us whenever he needs his diaper changed. If he wets his diaper and can get to it, he'll take it off and bring it to me! (That wasn't great when the UPS guy was here! lol) He stays dry several times a week for 2-3 hours at a time and sometimes I'll go in to change him before I go to bed and he'll still be dry. It'll be 4 hours sometimes (longest was 6 hours) and of course when I get him up in the morning everything is just soaked.



He sometimes tells us when he's about to go too. He'll say "pee" or "uh oh" and then tug on his pants. We've actually started to change him and did it too early! He follows us to the bathroom and says "oooo" and he seems interested in it.



Is around 18 months too soon to start? Family and doctor tell me that he's showing all the signs, hubby wants to start at 18 months. I work from home as a freelance writer so if I needed to take a day off just to work with him I could with no problem.



Just wanted some suggestions from other moms! He's our first and we just aren't sure what to do.

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Talena - posted on 09/18/2009

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I watched a news program on potty training early. I really wished we would have done it with my kids but I worked all day. From the way your situation sounds I would go for it if he goes for it. Just remeber once you start, if you go off the program so will he.

Crystal - posted on 09/18/2009

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Thanks a lot. :) I hope my little boy will be like your son and in pants at 22 months! I'm tired of diapers.



I'll give him lots of praise. I guess praise and patience is key. Thanks again!

Elisha - posted on 09/18/2009

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We're in the middle of potty training right now, too. Good times. Of course I started off by putting Reagan in pullups, and when she was younger, I'd have her sit on the potty when she first woke up for a while, and then it went to sitting her on it after she'd already wet her pullup. Now, when we're home, I put her in underwear (or pee-no-wear, as she calls it) with no pants so she can pull them down herself, and she's really good about sitting on her potty when she has to go, sometimes without even telling me until she's gone already. We've even gone to walmart a few times with her in her "pee-no-wear" and a dress, and she's used the big girl potty and kept her pants dry. Everybody's told me that as long as I make it easier on her, she'll figure it out almost on her own, and so far, she has.

Alison - posted on 09/18/2009

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hi there im an older mum ive 4 kids , yeah you could try starting him now when my youngest 2 were little i started them at 18 months . my son was wearing pants by the time he was 22 months , but my younger 2 were different they wasnt ready till they were nearly 2 yrs old , my youngest is 2 and started asking to use the potty 3 wks ago but she was interested going on the potty and toilet quite a few months ago but would only sit on it and then one day said she wanted a poo and went and now she quite good using the potty , if he want sit on the potty dont force it let him do it in his own time just keep the potty where he can see it and keep encouraging him , he do it in his own time and give plenty of praise if he does go in the potty . praise is the key eliment

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