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June 16th, 2013 03:12 PM #11Senior Member
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My daughter is just under 1.5, but we have a potty. I haven't started "training", but I am letting her become familiar with it. It is a simple Bjorn potty with nothing toy-like about it's appearance. I think that's important if you are getting started with a younger toddler. I keep one in the bathroom (upstairs) and one in the dining room near our half bath (not enough room in there to hang out!) but my hopes are that she associates potty time with that space. I've let her watch us go & wave good bye when we flush. My reasoning is that I had a little cousin that was terrified by the flush so I wanted her to be used to the sound & find it fun, not horrifying!! I haven't read any parenting books. I just do what feels natural with my daughter & this kind of intro to potty training is what feels right for me. The funny thing is, my in-laws seem to think I should be in full training mode while my mother thinks it's crazy to even show her the potty this early on! Everyone has a different opinion. Just do what feels right for you!
June 16th, 2013 03:27 PM #13Senior Member
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My son is 19 months and started taking his diaper off about a month ago. We use cloth and they snap on- I was surprised that he can get the snaps undone. I just keep trickier clothes on him- overalls or onesies- so that he can't disrobe whenever he gets the urge. If your daughter is wearing paper diapers, try turning them around so that the tapes are in the back. That might help.
I really don't think our son is ready for toilet training, I just think he likes to be naked. I know that many cultures do toilet training this early, so I don't doubt that it COULD be done, I just think it might be easier to wait.
@lovewn- I am also hoping to skip the potty chair phase and go straight to the toilet. Our bathroom is incredibly tiny and I just don't know where I would put a potty chair. I really do not want one in the living room or anything. I hope this is possible!
@pam- A few of my friends have done it that way- they just let the kids go pantsless till they figure it out. They give them lots of salty food and lots of juice so that they get a bunch of practice. I think this is supposed to be the quickest way. Everyone has told us not to buy pull-ups b.c they work just like diapers so the kid doesn't feel wet. When they can actually see themselves going, they apparently get it quicker.
June 16th, 2013 05:02 PM #15Senior Member
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We are facing this with our nearly 2 year old twins and are considering this method. http://www.3daypottytraining.com/
We have heard excellent things, but have no personal experience with it.Mama to twin boys Oliver Graham and Luke Axel
June 16th, 2013 05:28 PM #17
Ok, Only just had chance to reply! I read through all of your replies earlier in the day and I brought up the subject with DH again, and he says that he thinks she is ready but he's unsure about going cold turkey.
After talking with him and reading through your replies, I think we'll put her in pull ups for the time being and let her use the potty if she wants to, and give her the option to get her used to the idea of using it. We might possibly go the full way in the summer (hopefully before the baby comes) as my DH is a teacher so he'll have some time off work along with me so we can spend time at home while we attempt it!
haha, sarahmezz, thanks for correcting me! That's what I get when I start a thread without proof reading when I'm tired! Haha, I corrected it.
PS - thanks to all of the links to books/ebooks, will possibly see what they're both like!
Thanks for all of the replies, they all helped!Lamb: 21/03/11
Sparrow: EDD 03/09/13
June 17th, 2013 09:44 AM #19Senior Member
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I've potty trained 4 and with my 2 daughters it was a pretty quick straight-forward process while my boys took much longer. I do think they need to really feel the wetness and the drama of pee down their legs. When this happens it gets their attention and then with lots of excitement we rush to the potty...even if there is nothing left the toddler is usually excited to sit and try. While all toddlers will have like 20 accidents a day the first day or two into the process, if they are ready they will learn within a few days. If they are not ready, they won't learn and it's okay to go back to diapers for a few months. My one daughter trained before age 2 but she was dry at night at that point. My one son was pretty close to 3 before he trained. The others were some where in between. I never was willing to spend the $ on pull ups. I think my toddler is wanting to train now but we are vacationing extensively over the next month so I'm holding off till I can devote time to it.Mom of Paul, Clare, Mark, Katharine, James, and expecting Andrew Lawrence