What age should you start potty training your child? My son is 2 1/2 years old.

Jeanetta - posted on 02/19/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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If we ask him to go to the potty he will go. But he will not let us know he has to us the potty. We still have him in diapers.

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Jennifer - posted on 02/19/2009

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My son potty-trained at 2. We bought a few pairs of cloth trainers, Kushies and Gerber. We had him going to the potty in one weekend. Wasn't perfect because it does take some longer than others. He does still wear a pull-up at night, but it is usually dry in the morning.



He can't really tell if he is wet if he has that great diaper on pulling the wet away.

Cyane - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi Jeanetta,



 



   My duaghter i started having an interest in the potty at 1 1/2, however, by age 2 she reversed and wanted nothing to do with it. So we just put it aside and said we'd wait till she looked ready again. 2 1/2 is a good age to start. My sugestion would be to do what we did. Take him out of diapers, and put him in training underpants(real underware but thiker incase of accidents) See how he like the feeling of pee running down his leg. You also have to watch his fluid intake, dont let him walk around all day with a sippy cup. Only give him a drink when he asks and it must stay in the kitchen, easier said than done. Then make sure you stop drink 2 hrs before bedtime, and every half hour or so ask him if he needs to go, or just put him on the pot. Eventually it will sink in. Remeber to praise him positivly when he does it, make a big deal about it. When he doesn't just be normal and say "It's ok but remember we pee pee in the potty." Dont yell or get angry cause it will only set him back.



 



Hope it helps if you have more questions I will try to help you out!

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Jaimie - posted on 02/20/2009

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It is time to try when your child is ready. I have 2 kids 1 daughter 1 son. On my daughters 2nd birthday my mom bought her some Teletubby panties (she loved the Teletubbies) Jordan was so happy, then my mom said "oh, i'm sorry you can't wear these, you wear diapers" Jordan said, "I don't want diapers any more, I want Teletubby panties" My mom said back "well I guess if you promise not to pee or poop in them you can have them" Jordan promised...she has NEVER had an accident not even through the night. My son..................that was a production, I tried at 2 he wasn't ready, same thing at 2 1/2, again at 3, revisit at 3 1/2..............then he was almost 4 when he finally potty trained, I told him that he would not be allowed play dated or pre-school until he went on the toilet. he did it. I felt like a big bully but let's face it, it was really gross by the time he was 3! Moral of the story, there is no magic time or date, they make their own schedule. Good Luck!

Lorren - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi Jeanetta.  I have two kids and they were both a little different with potty training, but I think if he already has gone than hes ready.  Try to put him on the potty when you are home with him every hour so he has no accidents.  You can also try underwear.  He will have accidents but he'll get the idea quicker that he shouldnt go in his pants.  Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 02/19/2009

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They say not to start until after two, but the child always knows when it's time. All you have to to is push them in the right direction

Cyane - posted on 02/19/2009

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YOur welcome I wish you the best of luck. By the way after she went to panties she refused for us to put a pull up on her at all. She stays dry over night as long as we make her go potty before she falls asleep. Also we put a towel on her bed in case of accidents.

Jeanetta - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi Cyane, Thanks for the advice. You pointed out several things we are doing wrong. We let my son drink as much as he wants to all day and until bed time. His diaper is really full by morning. But I wasn't serious about potty training at that time. Now, I think he is ready. He can go for several hours without wetting his diaper. We praise him alot when he is successful on the potty. I think we will take him out of diapers this weekend and start with the training pants and start limited the liquid in take. Again, thanks for the advice!!

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