Is it okay to potty train in rooms other then the bathroom?

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Sharon - posted on 12/22/2009

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LOL@ the association thing - they associate a toilet with a potty.



They aren't dogs who scent the area then use it over and over. They go where the toilet is once they're toilet trained - that the other phrase for potty training you know.

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You will be most successful if you potty train in the room that your child feels most comfortable and secure in. Going on the 'big potty' is a big step and they need all the assurance they can get. Trust me, your child will not go to college pooping in his bedroom because that's where you potty trained him. Never heard of such a thing. LOL. . . Only other thing to keep in mind is that it should be conveniently located or there will be lots of accidents. Good luck!!

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I think that it is perfectly okay to put a potty in other rooms beside the bathroom. We started out with the potty in the corner of the living room with a towel under the potty. It seemed like my son would see the potty and was like oh yeah I have to go. After he was able to go to the potty without me telling him that he needed to sit down we moved the potty into the hall (so that he got used to having to go further before he had to use the potty) and then we moved him to the toilet. I feel that in potty training you have to do what works for you. This worked well for us becuase as I was potty training my oldest my youngest was a new born. I wasnt always able to get up and get him on the potty and for my youngest everything has to be on his terms. having the potty in the living room allowed him to go when he wanted to.

Michelle - posted on 12/22/2009

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I thought that I would only potty train in the bathroom, I did that with my daughter but with my son it did not work. I had the potty in the living room for 4 days till be got the idea then I moved it to the bathroom. I also had the potty in my daughters room at night when I was night training her so she would be able to make it in time, plus she was scared of the dark.

Amanda - posted on 12/22/2009

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It's definetly posible to teach a child to use the potty in another room other than the bathroom but you run the risk of when u finally do want them to use the bathroom they may regress and start having more accidents. In the long run it's probably easiest to start them on the toilet in the bathroom. :)

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Amanda - posted on 12/22/2009

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and Sharon not all children do understand that toilets and pottys are meant for the same thing,for a lot of children they don't understand generalisation and for these children it is recomended you don't use a potty because you will have to teach them the same thing all over again once you start using a toilet, for some children it is a case of once they learn one potty that is the only one they will use, especially since they come in so many different designs.

Amanda - posted on 12/22/2009

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Jessica if ur daughter is more interested in playing around it might be that she isn't ready to use the toilet, how old is she? Society makes it seem like children should be toilet trained at 2 now, and if the child is ready great but if not it really doesn't matter, I think as long as they are trained by the time they start school that is all that matters, I had been trying to toilet train my son since he was 2 but he was never interested, I struggled trying to find the best approach for a long time, finally I decided to give it a rest and stop pushing it on him, he would sit on the toilet daily but if he didn't want to he was never forced, he has just turned 4 one day 2 weeks ago he did a wee, the next day he remained completly dry and did all his wee's on the toilet and since then he has been completly toilet trained, he even poo's and take himself to the toilet (he doesn't like anyone being in there with him) the less u stress and hover the better your daughter is likely to do wherever you decide to put her potty!

Jamie - posted on 12/22/2009

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I leave my daughter's training potty in the living room. Just for the fact we have one bathroom and it is upstairs. I don't like her running up on her own and she usually doesn't tell me she has to go, she just goes to the potty all by herself. She does the same when we are upstairs, she runs to the big potty. I see no problem with it until your child expresses the need to go.

Gwen - posted on 12/22/2009

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I do! Sometimes we keep the potty chair in the living room, my bedroom..wherever we are.

Jessica - posted on 12/22/2009

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My daughter seems to distracted in the bathroom. She's flushing toliet, after the toilet paper, and up & down. So I think I'll try another room for a couple of days and if it doesn't make a difference I'll put her in the bathroom again. Thanks for the tips everyone!!

Shannon - posted on 12/22/2009

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I did this with my oldest son (8 years ago!!). The reason, was because we lived in a very large, 100 year old 2 story home - and the ONLY bathroom was a tiny one upstairs at the far end of the hall. There is NO way he would have been able to make it up those stairs at 2 years old when he has to potty NOW. So, we put the potty chair in the downstairs area - and as soon as he went we took it upstairs and dumped it in the potty. He never had any confusion on the matter - was potty trained before 3 years old.

Our next 2 kids we didn't do this because we lived in a one story house with 2 bathrooms :)

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I say use the bathroom, then they develope the right association, that being said, my bathroom is close to where we tend to spend most of our time....

Jodi - posted on 12/22/2009

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I see your point Kristina, but in a house with 6 people....... try telling a toddler they have to wait for potty when someone else is using the bathroom, LOL. It is possible to teach them perfectly well with a potty not in the bathroom. With my youngest I had no real choice. With my oldest, it really was his preference initially, and then we graduated to the bathroom....

Kristina - posted on 12/22/2009

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I'd have to disagree with Jodi. I will not be placing my son's potty anywhere else but the bathroom. Part of potty training is teaching children where to go..And I don't want him to get mixed messages of "I go potty here...but mommy uses a different room". I'm going to make the transition using words like "big boy potty' and telling him that he can be a big boy by using the bathroom that mommy uses. I think that that will instill pride in him.

But everyone potty trains differently, and that's just my opinion.

Jodi - posted on 12/22/2009

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In my opinion, absolutely yes. Both of my children had a potty in the family room (it is a room with a tiled floor, but far enough from the kitchen for me to be comfortable with it). I did this, because it meant that the potty was "in their face" (so to speak), and it was a room where they felt less isolated, and extremely comfortable.



You just need to make sure you keep the area clean and hygienic.....it really will only be temporary.

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