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kwitcherkicken99
01-18-2010, 11:04 PM
So tonight, my almost 16 month old (will turn on the 22nd) banged on the door to my parent's bathroom. She wanted in for some reason. I took her in, she walked to the potty, so I took off her diaper and sat her on the pot... a couple of seconds later, she peed. :scratchin

This is the 3rd time she's gone to a bathroom door and insisted on going in. Semi-jokingly I would sit her on the toilet and tell her how much she looked like a big girl and after a couple of minutes, she was ready to get down, never going potty. Tonight was a whole different ballgame and it has truly thrown me!

I'm not pushing her to train at all, I think she's too young, but to her credit, everyone in our house sits on the toilet except her. I just assumed she was curious about the big, cold, white thing, so why not humor her and let her sit there, it can't hurt. :confused3

Are there any of you out there that have experienced such a young one wanting to go sit on the potty?

I don't even know where to go from here! I figure I'll just let her sit on the toilet when she indicates that she wants to. She's been showing a lot of the "I'm ready to potty train" signs - wanting to pull her pants up and down, knowing when she poops, wants to sit on the toilet...

I'm not ready for my baby to toilet train! I've been joking with family that she would probably be trained by 20 months because of the way she's been acting... I had no idea things would appear so quickly!

Any thoughts? :confused3

scottish mum
01-19-2010, 03:43 AM
i would say if you think shes ready to give it a go for a few days. If it doesn't work and shes having lots of accidents I would just stop. It won't do any harm to try as long as no one is getting stressed over it, you don't want to make a big issue of it and just take it at ther pace.

powellrj
01-19-2010, 05:51 AM
When my oldest was that age, it was pretty common to start potty training at around 15 months. While I don't always agree with him there is a Dr that writes a column for our paper who says there is a potty training window that if you potty train them within that window of time, its pretty painless. I think its like 15 months to 24.

Good luck!

Cedarmom
01-19-2010, 06:23 AM
My second son was pooped trained by 18 months. It started with me 'catching' him in the act and getting him to the potty. Mostly he had great 'I'm about to go' signs and I was lazy and didn't want to change his diaper. :lmao:

Anyway, after several weeks of me getting him on the potty he started going in there himself/telling me when he had to go. I'd put him up there. More often than not, he'd poop. Pee training was slower (mostly b/c I didn't even think of it as training at the time). He was obviously going when he pooped, but then I'd stick him up there right before bath as well, and then again in the mornings (my oldest was already going at these times, so we were in there anyway...why not!). At some point it clicked and he would ask to go as well during the day. Anyway, I'd say he was dry 95% of the time by 22 months and went to underwear on his second birthday. He probably could have been in undies earlier but I felt weird putting a 1 yo in undies. ;)

With him training early, we did have a lot more accidents, especially right after swimming. :rotfl: We went to the beach about two weeks after he went to undies full time. After spending several hours in the pool, the kid would pee every 10 minutes for the next two hours and he just couldn't keep up with the sensations (or got sick of going!). We laughed it off as a hazard of having a 24 mo pted. :laughing:

Hannathy
01-19-2010, 08:04 AM
It isn't too early my DD was completely trained night and day by 18 months. Actually earlier but I couldn't believe it so I kept putting pull ups on at night for awhile, gave up at 18 months. My DS by 2.(my fault not earlier, had a family emergency so lots of traveling, long days in hospitals) My nephew was also at 18 months.

She knows what to do and recognizes the urge so why deny her? why would you want to change diapers? Just go with it, the hard part, recognizing the need to go is over, and celebrate.

hmacmahony
01-19-2010, 08:16 AM
My kids were all trained early.
My oldest was completly trained by 18 months, the next two were trained by 22 months (all girls).
Our 4, is a boy, he was trained by around 27 months.
He wears a pullup now when out, purely out of me being lazy. He won't go in it, and I should just ditch it (I did with the girls diaper to underwear immediatly), but honestly hes my 4, I just don't want to deal with an accident when out. But, I should give him credit, he hasn't had an accident. Just me not wanting to totally deal yet.
If she wants to go, let her. You might be amazed at how fast she picks it up.

puffkin
01-19-2010, 08:23 AM
When my oldest was that age, it was pretty common to start potty training at around 15 months. While I don't always agree with him there is a Dr that writes a column for our paper who says there is a potty training window that if you potty train them within that window of time, its pretty painless. I think its like 15 months to 24.

Good luck!

Yes I agree...that Dr (can't remember his name) is pretty spot on. Most kids were trained by age 2 back in the day. I am almost 30 and when I was in daycare you couldn't move out of the "baby" area until you were potty trained. Most kids were out of there by age 2. Nowadays everyone waits too long! My son was the ONLY child in his 2 1/2-3 year old class who was potty trained. There definitely is a small window to train them in relatively painless. I say if she is showing interest, give it a try! Worst case scenario is she isn't ready and then you back off. It won't harm her at all!

crisi
01-19-2010, 09:46 AM
My sister's son did that to her at about that age. Decided he was ready to train and trained himself.

My kids on the other hand, did that at about that age, and were three and a half before we were wearing underwear all the time. TEASE....... Years of teasing me. They were brought into my life to torment me.....

kwitcherkicken99
01-19-2010, 12:42 PM
We'll give it a go and see what happens. I have no idea how to start since she only really babbles and says very few words (she can say some, but only repeating after someone).

Who knows... maybe she'll be 100% trained by our trip! Then I won't have to go back on my "word" - I told DS he could only go to WDW 1 time in diapers...

princessmom29
01-19-2010, 12:57 PM
Yes I agree...that Dr (can't remember his name) is pretty spot on. Most kids were trained by age 2 back in the day. I am almost 30 and when I was in daycare you couldn't move out of the "baby" area until you were potty trained. Most kids were out of there by age 2. Nowadays everyone waits too long! My son was the ONLY child in his 2 1/2-3 year old class who was potty trained. There definitely is a small window to train them in relatively painless. I say if she is showing interest, give it a try! Worst case scenario is she isn't ready and then you back off. It won't harm her at all!

I had to fight tooth and nail with my daycare to get them to even attempt to help me train DD before 2 1/2. They were really not al lthat helpful either. If she didn't ask to go they didn't take her, and they insisted if she had pullups they be ope on the sides like diapers so they could just change her as normal. I wanted to chjnage, but in the very small town where we were at the time there was nowhere else. I just don't get denying a child that is obviously ready. My DD was ready at 20 months, and was going at home consistently, but and they wouldn't even consider it before she turned 2.

bumbershoot
01-19-2010, 02:04 PM
Who knows... maybe she'll be 100% trained by our trip! Then I won't have to go back on my "word" - I told DS he could only go to WDW 1 time in diapers...

Just be aware that it might make bathroom trips much much more urgent. :)


DS didn't learn that young, and honestly I held him back b/c I was too lazy, but once he was done with dipes, he did NOT want to be back in them. Not even the bumkins training pants as a just in case measure. So there were many times that we had to book it to the bathroom, while his "holding" skills caught up with his "I hate diapers" feelings. :)

We actually did help him out at the start...he got rotavirus the second time (once his first year, once his second, joy oh joy!) and it was just too gross to think about the dipes, so we bought a Baby Bjorn Little Potty and let him sit on that instead. He never actually did it while having rota (and thank goodness, because we were NOT thinking that one through!), but aftewards he was intrigued. My friends thought I was nuts; thought I was "training" him to poop while in the living room (b/c that's where the little potty was), but it all worked out.


If you want to read more about early learning (you're not training her, after all), find info on Elimination Communication. :)

palpluto
01-19-2010, 06:39 PM
She is young, but I think it is definately easier in the 18 mos-28 mos age than older when they become more opinionated and have had months of learning to ignore the natural signs ( and poop) during the window of opportunity. I have potty trained 8 kids- 7 very easy at ages 19-27 mos, 1 tough-3+.
My recommendation- if you are going to do it- do it- no back and forth. I used a slightly modified version of "potty training in a day" and except for the 3 yr old it was a done deal in a week or so.
I've had friends say " Billy was 3.5. I waited til he was ready and in 6 weeks he was done. It was that fast cuz he was ready." Fast?:confused3
Potty training never seemed to be such a big issue- and did not take months when I had my first (in college). Most were done when they were 2. With my youngest (in K), it seems like hardly anyone is done at 2 and it is the biggest topic and a really big deal. I think there is a connection there.
Good luck!

kwitcherkicken99
01-19-2010, 09:27 PM
Thanks for all the things to think about everyone!

I sat DD on the potty a few times tonight, but to no avail! She went and hid to poop tonight... she has to know what is going on!

I think I'm going to stick with it and stick hard. Who knows where we'll end up?!?!?

tartemis
01-20-2010, 12:44 PM
Thanks for all the things to think about everyone!

I sat DD on the potty a few times tonight, but to no avail! She went and hid to poop tonight... she has to know what is going on!

I think I'm going to stick with it and stick hard. Who knows where we'll end up?!?!?

Definitely keep pushing it. I made the mistake of NOT pushing it when I was in your situation. DD#1 when she was about 16 months was totally into going potty and would voluntarily go a few times a day on the potty. I, too, thought she was training herself and I didn't want to push it (since that seemed to be the general recommendation). About a month later she wanted nothing to do with it. We finally got her potty trained at 26 months --- but I know that we could have done it back when she initially expressed interest.

Amazingly, in my DD's preschool classroom for 2 1/2 to 3 year olds she is one of only 4 (out of a total of 16) that are potty trained. I do think that people are waiting too long these days to train. As others have mentioned, a generation ago we were all trained before 2.

patchchild
01-20-2010, 02:21 PM
Go for the early potty training!!! DS should have potty trained at 18 months but we were in such a crazy time that we waited until life settled down at 24 months. Lots of naked time, and no stress at accidents. Just visit the potty often, bring a book, and drink a whole lot.

jstouder
01-20-2010, 02:31 PM
I say potty train early. I'm in the midst of potty training my 29 month old. Kicking myself in the butt for not doing it this past fall. It's going to take a lot longer now.

Good luck!!

PrncessA
01-20-2010, 03:16 PM
I am in the middle of trying to potty train my almost 3 year old daughter right now and it is a nightmare! She has absolutly NO ambition to use the potty. We have tried rewards, letting her pick out her own big girl panties and a "potty party" but she will not do it. We have decided to not put pressure on her and she will come around on her own, hopefully.

DS was almost 4 when he was completely potty trained in one day. He was very resistant on the idea and so we stopped pushing him. One morning he woke up and wanted his big boy underware and he was potty trained. No more diapers ever. He has only ever had a handful of accidents (2 while at Disney and not wanting to "miss" anything). I am hoping DD comes to this desicion quickly!

arcticdisneylovers
01-20-2010, 04:06 PM
My DD was around 18 months when she started showing a real interest in the potty. But the interest came and went, we never really pressured her but did encourage and try all the tricks. Books to look at while she used the bathroom, easy pull up pants, training underwear around the house. She was potty trained for #2 by 2.5 but wasn't completely accident free for #1 until her 3rd birthday. I must admit it seemed to take forever because she started so early :goodvibes Some days she'd be accident free, other days she'd have 6 accidents in a row :scared1: Oh well seems a distant memory now:laughing:

MarriedToAPrince
01-20-2010, 05:18 PM
I might sound like the odd man out here, but if she doesn't want to use the potty I wouldn't push her. She might not be ready. My DD was showing signs around 17 months and we tried but she wasn't ready and I wasn't going to push her. We tried again around 22 months and again she wasn't ready. Well a few days ago at 27 months she decided she was ready and wanted to use the potty. Guess what....easy as pie. No pushing needed. She tells me when she has to go and is in panties all day. I don't believe in pushing a child. I think if you wait till they are ready it will be so much easier and quicker. I don't pushing based on an age will work. I know so many parents who pushed at 22 months and did the 3 day potty training thing and their kids regressed and they had to start all over. I say follow her lead, but if she isn't ready don't force her. It will just lead to stress for both of you and make it harder on her.

msmama
01-20-2010, 06:04 PM
I'd say if you do push it, be prepared for her to push back.

Personally, what I did when my DS was that age was, if he asked, I'd put him on (or if he was naked in the morning or before) but I never pressured him. If we pressured him, he'd throw a fit and would refuse to sit on the potty for days.

He's not trained yet (we'll try this summer) but he's not 2 yet either. He goes through periods where he loves the potty and periods where he wants nothing to do with it.

My friend pushed and is still having a heck of a time training her 3 1/2 year old.

You know your child's personality best. Is it time for her to PT or is she just curious?

kwitcherkicken99
01-20-2010, 09:56 PM
You know your child's personality best. Is it time for her to PT or is she just curious?

That's what I'm trying to figure out! She wants to sit on the pot, but she hasn't gone again since the other night. I put her on the toilet after her nap and before her bath - she just sat and sat and sat - didn't fight to get down, didn't fuss, just sat.

I may start with her what we did with DS when he trained... take 2-3 specific times during the day to go (after waking, lunch, dinner, bedtime) and work our way up. We did that with DS and after a couple days he was starting to go on his own and has only ever had 3 accidents.

Worst thing that can happen is that it doesn't happen... I think I'm content in staying consistant.

Cinbride
01-20-2010, 11:39 PM
UGH!! That is what I have to say. My almost 2.5 shows interest, she will sit (when she wants to). She doesn't care about treats, stickers. If I mention putting Mickey on she will sit long enough I put in on and she ends up getting off. I will tell her You need to go sit on the potty and most of the times she says no. (oh the 2s I love them :laughing:) Then the same time she will pull up her potty and sit down beside me in the living room and play?? She knows what she needs to do but is STUBBORN! We let her walk around naked bum and she does have accidents. Or she gets to the point where she is on the floor yelling for a diaper because She HAS to go. I don't want her to hate the potty and completely not want to do it because I am forcing her. I just don't know. We have not gone any further for now because we are going to Disney in a few weeks. There is no sense of really screwing her up. BUT when we come back, we need to come up with a plan. Probably run around naked and if she has accidents oh well? She is also one that will sit in a wet/dirty diaper. :confused3 I just don't get it. She did everything else early but potty she just doesn't like.
:laundy:

princessmom29
01-21-2010, 07:18 AM
I am a firm believer in earlier is better, and going cold turkey. As soon as they can understand what is going on and have the body control to stay dry for a few hours at a time, it is time. Put underwear on them and that is it. I think it is better than the "bare bum" method because the wet cloth agianst their skin is more of an uncomfortable senseation than they would get from wetting the floor.

susykt4
01-21-2010, 07:42 AM
I trained my son at 20 months because I was planning to return to work shortly after his 2nd birthday and wanted him to be trained before starting daycare. I did the naked from the waist down thing with some amusing results. We spent most of the first week outside and would make a big deal when he urinated so he "understood" what he was doing. We then moved inside and while he would stand and use the regular toilet, he much preferred to open the front door, stand in the doorway and pee outside. Yes, it was as gross as you imagine. We threw out the doormat and kept the hose nearby at all times. Then, since he was so little I wanted to make it as easy as possible to go all by himself. He wore elastic waist pants or shorts with no underwear. The no underwear thing didn't seem like a big deal at all until I had to explain to the daycare why my son was commando. And still commando a year later. And another year later. I finally convinced him that kindergartners were required to wear underwear and he has ever since :)

Hannathy
01-21-2010, 08:00 AM
I am a firm believer in earlier is better, and going cold turkey. As soon as they can understand what is going on and have the body control to stay dry for a few hours at a time, it is time. Put underwear on them and that is it. I think it is better than the "bare bum" method because the wet cloth agianst their skin is more of an uncomfortable senseation than they would get from wetting the floor.

Agree and I also explained to them that going to the potty was what was expected out of them it wasn't a choice and it was time to be out of diapers. I really think parents try to give kids too many choices and free will now. Just like not running away from you while out or sitting in a car seat life has things we just have to do and potty training is one of them.

I am also too money conservative to spend money on diapers past 2, I would rather go to Disney!!!!

kwitcherkicken99
01-23-2010, 02:24 PM
Well to update... she did it again! She pounded on our door a little bit ago and I put her on the potty... about 5 minutes later, we hadn't heard a sound... she wanted down, I checked the toilet and she had pooped!

Several times I've been sitting her on the toilet with no luck, but I'm sticking with it! I'd rather haul a few pull ups to WDW than a load of diapers in the fall! And frankly, I know we'll be spending a lot of time in the bathrooms at the parks, but I'd take it any day!

I'm still having trouble believing it's happening already, but hey, what to do?

tr-ray
01-23-2010, 02:47 PM
Very interesting thread, everyone.

PP, my DD is 16 months, and I asked her pediatrician at her 15 mo. appt, and she told me "Not until 2..." which I thought was weird, but I'm very interested in your DD wanting to go...

My DD was looking at the toilet longingly the other day - not sure if she was just curious but I'm afraid of the whole idea!!

kwitcherkicken99
01-23-2010, 03:31 PM
Very interesting thread, everyone.

PP, my DD is 16 months, and I asked her pediatrician at her 15 mo. appt, and she told me "Not until 2..." which I thought was weird, but I'm very interested in your DD wanting to go...

My DD was looking at the toilet longingly the other day - not sure if she was just curious but I'm afraid of the whole idea!!

We have a very small house :crowded: (only about 1100 sq ft), so we keep the doors to all of our rooms closed down the hallway so the kids can run the hall and we know they won't get into places they're not supposed to.

She will watch her big brother go (he's 3) and a few times at bath time, she would go lift the lid - of course we'd tell her no and don't touch. For some reason last week she started banging on the bathroom doors at my parent's house and ours, walking to the toilet and lifting the lid. Humoring her, I'd sit her down. She was so proud to sit up there like a big girl - now she's started to use the toilet.

She has ALWAYS hated diaper changes and I think she's figured out this is a way out of them. She has been using fewer and fewer diapers the past 2 months, not going as often, staying dry during naps, etc.

I'm with you - I thought this was way early! But if she's going there, I need to go along. I figured she would train early (but still not for another 4 months or so!). I'm fully expecting accidents along the way and I'm going to do this gradually. We did a similar method with DS and he was accident free in 2 weeks. I'll ride the wave and see where it takes us!

Hannathy
01-23-2010, 03:40 PM
That's great! my DD trained very early and she was the same way. Once she decided to do it we never went back. I never bought more than 1 pack of pull ups. I quit putting them on her at night when I realized I was on the second week with the same pull up. I used to throw them away after several nights not because they were ever wet but just because if they were underwear I would wash them!!! She never wet the bed ever and she was trained by 18 months.

Give her a big hug and tell her how happy you are and enjoy!

goofy53073
01-23-2010, 04:19 PM
When my oldest was that age, it was pretty common to start potty training at around 15 months. While I don't always agree with him there is a Dr that writes a column for our paper who says there is a potty training window that if you potty train them within that window of time, its pretty painless. I think its like 15 months to 24.

Good luck!

That may be the case for some but both my older kids trained at 27 months and it was so painless I don't even remember it happening :lmao: It was just like one day they were in diapers and the next day they were not.

A good indicator is when a child takes naps and wakes up dry and then sleeps at night and wakes up dry it means their bladder is developed enough to be trained and not have constant accidents.

My third child is 30 months yet and not trained yet. She shows some interest but is not consistent about it at all. Does not bother me at all. Actually since we are driving to Disney (20 Hours) in about a month I am greatful she is still in diapers :lmao: She did show an interest at about 18 months and I thought she might be ready but it was just a passing interest and she truly was not ready.

Tarabra
01-23-2010, 05:22 PM
I am a HUGE advocate of infant pottying. There is NO training involved. You set them on the potty and they go. If they don't, no big deal. No pushing, no rewards, no punishment. Whenever I would take their diapers off to change them, I'd set them on the potty. 9 times out of 10, they'd go. It's a great opportunity to read to them. The word books are great. My kids also liked the leapfrog toys. My daughter was pretty much #2 trained at 13 months and my son at 15 months. Even though they would pee on the potty 4 or 5 times a day, they would still go in their diapers. No big deal. No pressure. My dd was out of diapers at 28 months, and my son 20 months. After we got to a certain point, I just basically did the 3 day potty training, naked from the waist down. They HATE that feeling of the pee running down their leg. It doesn't last long. John Rosemond is the Dr. that I believe people are referencing. He also believes in the naked and $75 method. Run around naked for a weekend, then spend $75 for a carpet cleaning. Lol! I read SOOOOOOOO many forums about parents frustrated w/ kids in their 3's and 4's even who want nothing to do with it. I was from the cloth diaper generation and we were all potty trained by 2. Do a Google search on pottying around the world and you will be surprised how many countries don't even use diapers. Also check out www.diaperfreebaby.org. You can also go to youtube and key in infant pottying. You'll be stunned. Count this as a blessing and she is just doing what everyone else is doing. Going to the potty where she is supposed to go. Congrats. You've save a ton in diapers, wipes, and frustration.

MickeyShow
01-23-2010, 06:53 PM
Our pediatrician started asking if DS had interest in the potty at his 18 month checkup and encouraged us to introduce the concept at that point so I definitely believe it can be done. I know two people who had potty trained 18 month olds. My DS trained at 29 months in a day so I am a big believer in it happening when they are ready, whenever that might be.

disfan07
01-24-2010, 05:35 AM
I was potty trained at about 2 1/2. My mom has told me that she believs that I could have been potty trained before 2 but that i was just too dang stubborn...lol.

She says the only reason I was out o fdiapers at 2 1/2 was because I wanted to go into teh big pool wiht my cousin at my gradnparents country club and they told me I couldnt go in teh big pool until i was in big girl underwear adn the next day I was usingn the toilet adn in underwear. No accidents at all.
teh fact that I went straight from diapers to underwear witout accidetns is what makes my mom think I was ready sooner, I just refused to go.

20 years later adn I'm still as stubborn...lol


Working at a daycare, it amazes me the age span when it comes to potty training.

The majority of the kids at the preschool adn daycare are potty trained between 2 and 3. We've had a few who were trained between 3 adn 4. What gets those kids to finally be potty trained is seeing all of their friends go swimming (they are not allowed in teh kiddie pool unless they are trained), and not having to miss so much play time to be changed. Bathroom trips are much quicker than 3 year old diaper changes.

Tarabra
01-24-2010, 09:05 AM
All I can think of is my nephew asking his mom to put a diaper on him at 4 so he could poop and then hiding behind the couch to go. Yuck! I know what my 2 year old leaves in the potty and I certainly would not want to be cleaning that out of a diaper. The kids pee and poop from day 1 so if she's going into the bathroom then why not. I just call it potty sitting. There is a huge misnomer about starting early and training. I wasn't expecting my kids to be out of diapers completely that early, but if they were going on the potty every time I sat them down on it, then why not. It was much more comfortable for them and they really can do it. Once again...no pressure.

crisi
01-24-2010, 09:38 AM
I'm always remined of my cousin. Her first was a boy and trained well before two. It was so easy. Her second was a girl, and trained even younger. My cousin had it down. She knew how to potty train kids.

Her third was a girl and at four, and was a "diaper artist" (out of the diaper, onto the wall). She did eventually train at four, but not before making her mother pay for every comment she ever made about 'potty training kids is easy if you just.....'

I call it potty training karma.

kwitcherkicken99
01-24-2010, 01:09 PM
I was certain I would be potty cursed with DD as DS was a dream to train. I would say he was 100% trained the week after his 3rd birthday. I never dreamed DD would pick it up so quickly. This is the 2nd day in a row she's been insistant of sitting on the toilet (I think we've had 4 trips with 1 success so far).

We've been singing and playing drop my toy (on the floor) games. I will probably start reading to her in the next day or so. I'm over the moon with her progress and she's actively interested in giving it a go. Only time will tell!

gigi1313
01-24-2010, 01:59 PM
it's funny i should stumble upon this thread as ds3 22mos is suddenly showing major potty training signs... dd1 trained at 22 mos and ds2 trained at 2.5yo but had a hard time staying dry at night... i would be thrilled if ds3's interest is "real"

thanks to all who shared :)

tyzzle
01-24-2010, 03:15 PM
My 28 month old daughter was fully potty trained by 19 mos (overnight, no pullups) She showed interest in the potty at about 13 months. We didn't push her, in fact we were just as surprised as OP. It took many months of naked butts, puddles on the floor, soggy underpants, but to me it was worth it. Some people thought I was nuts to even be trying, but diapers upset her once she discovered she could use the big girl potty.

starsweeper
01-24-2010, 11:48 PM
Wow! I'm impressed! My kids are just now training. DS is 41 months and DD is 38 months. We were snowed in for a 4-day weekend after New Years and I went straight to underwear because pull-ups weren't working. DD was trained the next Monday for preschool, with no accidents since. DS had several accidents but is staying dry most of the day, he just insists on doing #2 in his underwear. Hopefully we can overcome that soon. I'm loving the idea of WDW without diapers in May! :banana:

kwitcherkicken99
01-25-2010, 07:13 AM
Wow! I'm impressed! My kids are just now training. DS is 41 months and DD is 38 months. We were snowed in for a 4-day weekend after New Years and I went straight to underwear because pull-ups weren't working. DD was trained the next Monday for preschool, with no accidents since. DS had several accidents but is staying dry most of the day, he just insists on doing #2 in his underwear. Hopefully we can overcome that soon. I'm loving the idea of WDW without diapers in May! :banana:

DS pulled that one time, and I let him walk around with dirty pants for about 10 minutes. It hasn't happened since.

Hannathy
01-25-2010, 07:48 AM
DS pulled that one time, and I let him walk around with dirty pants for about 10 minutes. It hasn't happened since.

That and making them dump it into the toilet and rinsing the underpants, then getting clean clothes on and washing their hands. Once they see it is work and takes time away from play they quickly change their minds.

princessmom29
01-25-2010, 10:55 AM
DS pulled that one time, and I let him walk around with dirty pants for about 10 minutes. It hasn't happened since.

That and making them dump it into the toilet and rinsing the underpants, then getting clean clothes on and washing their hands. Once they see it is work and takes time away from play they quickly change their minds.

I did basically the same thing. I didn't get mad or upset, but I let her deal with the consequences of something she knew better than to do in the first place.

kwitcherkicken99
01-25-2010, 12:22 PM
I hope DD doesn't go there though!

Ugh! Did I have a fun potty training night last night... I think I spent more time in the bathroom than any other room in my house! :rotfl2: After bath time, DD was tootin' and so DH put her on the toilet. She sat and sat and sat and indicated she wanted down. In the time it took her to walk from the bathroom to DH in the living room (less than 15 feet...) SHE PEED ON THE FLOOR! :scared1:

Oh well! She is at least trying!

vallamen
01-25-2010, 11:43 PM
I am in the middle of trying to potty train my almost 3 year old daughter right now and it is a nightmare! She has absolutly NO ambition to use the potty. We have tried rewards, letting her pick out her own big girl panties and a "potty party" but she will not do it. We have decided to not put pressure on her and she will come around on her own, hopefully.

DS was almost 4 when he was completely potty trained in one day. He was very resistant on the idea and so we stopped pushing him. One morning he woke up and wanted his big boy underware and he was potty trained. No more diapers ever. He has only ever had a handful of accidents (2 while at Disney and not wanting to "miss" anything). I am hoping DD comes to this desicion quickly!

I could have written this post! LOL! This is us to a tee. DS #1 was 3.5 and refused to potty train and then woke up one morning and decided he was done with diapers....that was it. No issues at all since then.

The little guy is just about to turn 3 and I have tried to gently nudge him, but he freaks out. We've tried all the big boy rewards, charts, treats, big boy underwear, etc. He could care less. His almost 5 yo big brother tried to teach him to "aim" (which was quite comical!) and that perked his interest for about 5 minutes. We are not going to push, it just stress out everyone. He does everything on his own schedule. He'll give up the diapers when he is ready. I'm figuring by the beginning of summer we should be diaper free...WOO HOO!!!!!!

My advice is if she is showing interest, go with it. If she seems to start rebeling against then slow down and let her go at her own pace. My experience has been that if they feel pressured, then it takes even longer. Girls are supposedly a little easier though! Good Luck!

kwitcherkicken99
01-26-2010, 08:23 AM
His almost 5 yo big brother tried to teach him to "aim" (which was quite comical!) and that perked his interest for about 5 minutes.

Have you tried putting Cheerios in the pot and telling him to dunk them? DS always asked for 3 Cheerios for "target" practice. One day he called out "Mommy look! Mickey's in the potty!" The three Cheerios came together and formed his own personal hidden Mickey!:rotfl2:

PrncessA
01-26-2010, 08:51 AM
Have you tried putting Cheerios in the pot and telling him to dunk them? DS always asked for 3 Cheerios for "target" practice. One day he called out "Mommy look! Mickey's in the potty!" The three Cheerios came together and formed his own personal hidden Mickey!:rotfl2:

LOL, we tried this with DS and it was huge waste. He thought it was hilarious but refused to pee on them!:rolleyes: He LOVED throwing them in there, it got to be more distracting than anything for him.:laughing:

kwitcherkicken99
01-27-2010, 09:58 PM
Well, she's doing it! She was 2-3 this afternoon and 1 of her successes was of her own doing. I've moved her from a potty seat on the toilet to an actual training potty. Now if I could just keep her sitting...

Jiminy'sGirl
01-28-2010, 11:05 AM
My daughter was 18 months, so a bit older than yours, when she saw her brother's old potty in the garage and asked him what it was. He told her and she told me "poopin in unnerpants is 'custing (disgusting) and I not doin' it anymore!"

She was fully trained two days later. :confused3

I did nothing but put the potty in the bathroom and help her take off her clothes when she had trouble. NO rewards, we neevr really talked about it.... I figured it was a phase and didn't want to push it.

It was the best potty training experience ever!

kwitcherkicken99
02-02-2010, 06:02 PM
Okay well we are not progressing very well. I'm the only one who will take her to the potty! Now she has taken to putting her hand in her diaper when she poops... I'm getting desperate!

Any ideas besides putting her in a onesie?

Hannathy
02-02-2010, 06:30 PM
Okay well we are not progressing very well. I'm the only one who will take her to the potty! Now she has taken to putting her hand in her diaper when she poops... I'm getting desperate!

Any ideas besides putting her in a onesie?

first make anyone who won't take her to the potty be the one who has to clean up after her putting her hand in her diaper!!!

I'm sorry no one is cooperating with you I would be livid. Possibly keep the potty chair wherever you are since no one will help. If you are in the family room that's where it is or in the kitchen if you are there. As long as she has the idea I wouldn't stop yet but it would help if you had help. Why won't they do it? I mean who wants to change diapers any longer than you have to! Plus promise them they can do something with the money you will save.

Lynne G
02-02-2010, 06:55 PM
So tonight, my almost 16 month old (will turn on the 22nd) banged on the door to my parent's bathroom. She wanted in for some reason. I took her in, she walked to the potty, so I took off her diaper and sat her on the pot... a couple of seconds later, she peed. :scratchin

This is the 3rd time she's gone to a bathroom door and insisted on going in. Semi-jokingly I would sit her on the toilet and tell her how much she looked like a big girl and after a couple of minutes, she was ready to get down, never going potty. Tonight was a whole different ballgame and it has truly thrown me!

I'm not pushing her to train at all, I think she's too young, but to her credit, everyone in our house sits on the toilet except her. I just assumed she was curious about the big, cold, white thing, so why not humor her and let her sit there, it can't hurt. :confused3

Are there any of you out there that have experienced such a young one wanting to go sit on the potty?

I don't even know where to go from here! I figure I'll just let her sit on the toilet when she indicates that she wants to. She's been showing a lot of the "I'm ready to potty train" signs - wanting to pull her pants up and down, knowing when she poops, wants to sit on the toilet...

I'm not ready for my baby to toilet train! I've been joking with family that she would probably be trained by 20 months because of the way she's been acting... I had no idea things would appear so quickly!

Any thoughts? :confused3

Well, I have to say, my DD is my 2nd, 4 years younger than DS, but she was trained at 13m old. Try finding tiny panties! It was hard. My daycare had put her in with the 3 year olds because they had potties in their room and not in her toddler room.
I do feel sorry that you are the only one to take her to the potty. But potty training is a team effort. You have to be trained to get her to the potty. I don't think she is too young. Routine is key. Every few hours, put her on the potty. About 20 minutes or so after eating, put her on the potty. No drinks a few hours before bedtime.
The poop in diaper showing is just getting your attention. I wouldn't make a big deal of it. Show her the potty, put the poop you can out of the diaper into the potty then put her on the potty.
If she is a rewards responder, then I'd find some cute stickers or small pieces of candy that she knows she will only get if she goes potty and not in her pants. After a month or so, wean off the rewards, but just then say great job, clap or whatever makes her feel rewarded.
I don't think potty training happens overnight. It generally takes a few months. I do think if the weather is warm, it's a good time to try, as less clothes on mean less to get messed and easier to get off.

Good luck! Diapers are in my distant past, but I have to tell ya, after years of potty searching when my kids were young, I know every potty in every local store and mall!