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Thread: So I caved...
June 17th, 2013 07:05 PM #16
We were VERY lucky with our little guy at 17 months he pointed to the toilet and said "Pee?" we put him on and he peed!!! We made a HUGE celebration! So he was very excited to do it again... he continued to wear diapers for a few weeks( then we just did underwear) but would pee on the toilet 2-3 times a day for the first few weeks... We had a bit more trouble with the #2's... we had to bribe him with mini chocolate chips in order for him to stay on the toilet long enough to finish! By 20 months he was accident free and in underwear during the day!!! ( this was all during summertime and when we could we left him pantsless and taught him to 'water the grass" outside as we knew when we ren't at home that if he said he had to pee we had about 2 minutes before it was too late! LOL) Now he will just be running around the house and exclaim " OH... I have to pee... he will run to the bathroom, lift the seat, pee wash his hands and continue with his day!! I love it!!!
He is 2.5 now and just getting good with the nightime training... he is a SUPER deep sleeper and we dont give him liquid past 6:30 but sometimes he still has accidents so we use pull-ups at night! But I know once he is a bit bigger his bladder will be too and Im sure he will be fine!
I agree that every kids if different as to WHEN they are ready to potty train but i also believe that the parent has to be ready to put in the effort and be ok with accidents and cleaning and stress!!! Potty training is HARD WORK... for the 3 months that he was really training I washed countless pants, carseat covers, my carpet etc. It's annoying... and frantically running to find a bathroom in a mall/store can be stressful!! But i am SOOOOO glad we potty trained early! Now my son can go to preschool in september! Some of my friends kids can't go even though they are 6-12 months older than him becasue they are not potty trained! I know so many parents who really are just LAZY.. their kids has 1 or 2 accidents the first day so they say "oh... he wasn't ready" when really the parent is just lazy!!!!!!!!!!!! I know a kids who was 4 and still not potty trained ( no there is nothing wrong with him) but the mom simply said... it is easier to change his diaper than to constantly clean up messes!!!! CRAZY!
Good luck and just keep at it! Offer books to sit with on the toilet, a treat after a celebration etc.! No one... not even kids want to pee/poo in their own pants but parents need to teach them what and how to use the toilet!boys names drive me crazy!
June 19th, 2013 02:37 PM #18Senior Member
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- Jan 2011
@backtomyroots- see, that is exactly why I am waiting to start potty training. When I talk w. friends who trained their kids younger, like starting at a year and a half or earlier, they tell me that potty training is lots of hard work, it takes months and that there are so many accidents to clean up, etc. When I talk to friends who waited till their kids were older, like three or even four, they tell me that potty training is easy and took just a couple of days. I prefer easy- and I freely admit that I am lazy when it comes to cleaning up pee and poop.
Of course, if you want your kid to go to preschool, then training earlier is absolutely the way to go. We are not planning on that so it's not important to us to do it earlier.
June 19th, 2013 02:52 PM #20Senior Member
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- Nov 2009
I have potty trained 8 children ( so far )... Here is how I do it I never start until almost three or after three, and until they show true signs of being ready. Telling me they need to go, asking for diaper changes...so forth. I totally let them have the lead on this. I never use pull ups. We go straight to underwater ( I usually take them and buy them their choice with characters on it). I put them straight on the big potty ( we have a little insert that goes on it). Every child is different, some may be ready much earlier... I have just never thought of it as a big deal. Usually with my way of doing it, we are done with the training in a week or less.~ "How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers."~ Mother Teresa
June 19th, 2013 03:04 PM #22Senior Member
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- Apr 2011
- St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
We started early (by North American standards) because she was keen and we had a German Au Pair for whom it was totally unheard of for a child older than one year old to be in nappies. She was put on a potty from about 14 mos and used it consistently but this was really us giving her a chance, responding to her natural schedule and being consistent. She still wore diapers sometimes, but only wet a couple a day. At 19 months, both DH and I had to travel extensively for work and then we moved across the country (driving) and were on the road for over two weeks, so the previous pattern took a back seat. We did one of those potty training weekends when she was about 20 months and she responded very well but had a physical problem stopping the urine and getting to the potty fast enough. We backed off but kept consistently putting her on. At 22 months the physical milestone was reached and she trained her self cold turkey in one day. She occasionally dribbles if she is distracted and doesn't get to the toilet quick enough but it was relatively painless because we did it incrementally and early and had someone at home with her during the day.