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June 16th, 2013 09:14 AM #6
I used this book Toilet Training in Less Than A Day -- http://www.amazon.com/Toilet-Trainin...potty+training -- with my youngest, and was skeptical but figured it was worth a try --- and it worked. But he was 3.
When I lived in England, my friends would toilet-train their kids in the summer -- go outside, let the child run around naked, and put a lot of potties all over the garden. That worked too..though I've never seen anyone do that in the US!Pam Satran
June 16th, 2013 11:37 AM #8
I don't think there is one arbitrary age by which all children are ready. My daughter has just turned 3 and is still in nappies. We have been offering the potty for a good 18 months now. She knows what it is and how it works but outright refuses to use it or the toilet. Does being ready include forcing children? If it does, that's totally not for me. IMO there is not much you can do except offer lots of nappy off time, lots of opportunities to use the potty/toilet and encouragement to do so. Beyond that, you just have to wait until they are (truly) ready.Mother to miss Mila Arden. Expecting her brother Cato Bennett in March 2014
June 16th, 2013 12:58 PM #10Senior Member
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We've had 3 very different experiences with PT.
DS1 showed signs of being ready at about 2 years and we went cold turkey with pants. he did really well for three months, no accidents and then suddenly went backwards and started having accidents all the time. We spent most of a year trying to get it sorted. He's almost 7 and still occasionally dribbles on his jammies in the morning before he's fully awake, but rarely wets the bed now.
DS2 has SPD and physical issues, so no point going into his difficult journey.
DD showed signs of being ready when she was 2 so when we had warm weather we let her go naked most of the time and just went cold turkey. She did brilliantly and rarely had accidents. She's never had any problems at night unless she's ill with diarrhea.Mum to Mousie, Foo, Bumptious and Pudding.
June 16th, 2013 02:42 PM #12
@lovewn: Just thought I'd check back in to add that yes, when I first introduced the little potty my son used that until he got bored with it altogether, but by the time he was actually ready, he had seen the older boys in his class at school going to the bathroom and he exclusively wanted to stand and pee in the big one. Although, even with a step stool and the little soft seat cover he wasn't comfortable using the big potty to do #2's for a while still and that was when the little portable one came in handy. And at age 2-3 the poops in pull-ups are basically the same mess as poops in a diaper, so there's no getting around that lol, but it isn't any more work. Good luck to you! I am by no means an expert, but feel free to pm/e-mail me if you have any questions. =]
@milasmama: You're right, all children are different and as far as I know, forcing them never works. If there isn't a reason they need to be potty trained (like a requirement for starting preschool) then there is nothing wrong with letting them take their time in my opinion. I never really worried about a certain age limit, though admittedly it was a little difficult for me to keep hearing about friends who had started their daughters training around 2 while my son was still 3 and hadn't gotten the hang of it yet. But like I said, once he decided he was ready he learned really quickly and I had way fewer "accidents" and problems than my friends who were trying to teach their younger children, so I think starting at an older age worked out for the best, at least for us.Dominic James~ (Felicity : Julia : Rowena : Gabriel : Jude)
June 16th, 2013 02:59 PM #14
With our children it all came on its own. We told them where the potty was, repeated it too them several times a day - Asked them if they needed a wee on the potty. After a while they just went there on their own. We had a few accidents, and we just went "oh well, go sit on the potty next time". So very casual approach worked wonders on our kids - if we tried to rush them they just completely went th eother direction and refused.
So my best advice is - go on you gut instinct on what works with your child. Take it one step at the time and expect that occasionally it will be a matter of one step forward, two steps back (not necessarily though). Have lot sof pants and trousers at the ready!