how do you know if your 17 month old son is ready to be potty trained?

Xicara - posted on 09/27/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




my son is 17 months takes off his diaper and stays dry all night long... is he ready and how do i do it


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~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/28/2011




My son was also dry through the night at that age. I think he actually started to be dry around 13 months. You know they are ready when they can hold it for a long time, pull off the diaper, if they pee down there leg they may get many ways to tell. 17 months is really young to start successfully potty training, but i agree with Jenni, introducing it won't hurt. Just don't push the issue, and have it around. I also agree with the underwear idea. I also did not introduce it until about 2. Boys are typically more difficult to potty train.

Jenni - posted on 09/28/2011




Consider yourself lucky! lol My son is 3 years old and still doesn't stay dry all night long!

It's not a bad time to introduce him to the potty. I taught my son how to use the potty at around 18 months. He figured it out almost right away. BUT... he wasn't daytrained until 2.5 years. I was just very non-chalant about it and no pressure. Just to teach him how it was used. I'd make the suggestion to use it before baths or in the morning.

But it wasn't until 2 years old that I introduced underwear which seemed to help teach him *how to tell* when he needed to go (after many weeks-months of accidents). But we'd take breaks whenever he was feeling frustrated or becoming negative about it.

So yes, not a bad time to buy a potty if you don't have one already and slowly introducing it to him. It still might take him awhile to understand the concept of the potty and exhibit enough bladder control to use it.

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