Great sticky! I really need to get Helaina potty trained! She is now 35 lbs. Size 6 diapers are leaking at night on her and I need to change her at in the middle of the night to avoid wet pajamas.
The Huggies Pullup Video (order it free if you haven't already: http://www.pull-ups.com/na/special_offers.aspx ) was actually pretty helpful -- but we disregarded everything about the PullUps. It gave pretty early ages for starting -- from 18 to 24 months. I think if they can communicate the potty need, then you're good to go.
Here's the Huggies' take on signs they are ready:
If your child shows two or more of these signs, it’s a good indication that they’re ready to start potty training.
Your child can stay dry for two hours at a time during the day or is dry after a nap. Your child is uncomfortable with soiled diapers and wants them changed. Your child shows increasing interest in the bathroom. Your child’s b.m.’s are regular and predictable. Your child wants to wear Big Kid® pants. Your child can indicate by words, facial expression or body language that he or she
is about to go.
Your child can follow simple verbal directions.
I don't know if that helps!
For us it works well because we could put them in places where Caleigh is most active. It means we don't have far to go when we stop playing to take a potty break. Caleigh's also pretty intimidated by the big potty. She doesn't like the noise of flushing yet. Plus she's a small fry and climbing up/down would be tough.
It does mean some extra cleaning, though. But not much.
p.s. No worries, Lisa!
Last edited by auret; 02-25-2009 at 12:09 PM.
mom to Caleigh Grace
When we first started, we didn't worry about training pants or underwear, we just used (cloth) diapers or let him run around diaperless all day. We started using underwear when he had a pretty good grip on the idea of using the potty.
The waffle weave underwear don't really hold the pee any better than "regular" underwear, so I wouldn't bother with them. I'm glad we only bought two pair. He loves his Cars underwear and his firetruck underwear. He fits a 2T, which really surprised me since he's such a skinny kid.
Babylegs are great to keep their legs warm in the winter and not have to deal with pants every time you go to the bathroom.
We use a toilet seat that sits on the regular toilet. As for aim with boys, might I suggest being cautious when you kneel in front of them while they're peeing? I barely missed getting a faceful earlier this week when he shifted mid-stream. I make sure it's pointed down when I sit him on the toilet. It's typically not a problem beyond that.
We started potty training when he was aware of the fact that he had just peed and started to want to be changed right away. I had no intention of potty training this early, but when he started showing signs of readiness I figured I'd go along with it. If he ended up not being ready, we'd have gone back to diapers, no big deal.
We don't do rewards other than verbal praise, and even that I try to limit, especially now that he's pretty good about pottying. I tried to make using the toilet a matter-of-fact part of our day, something else that we do along with brushing our teeth and washing our hands and whatnot. No big deal, it's just what we do. I didn't push the issue at first - if he said "done", I took him off, whether he had peed or not, to keep the toilet from becoming a negative experience.
I have specific times that we *always* go potty, and then I check with him at regular intervals during the rest of the day. He will sometimes let me know when he needs to pee, and he will sometimes be so engrossed in his play that he doesn't notice until it's too late, so I check with him to remind him to listen to what his body is telling him. Our "scheduled" potty times are morning, before meals, after drinks, before naps, before going out, and before bedtime.
They're still babies, accidents happen, it's no big deal, and making it a big deal is not likely to be constructive. When accidents happen here, I put him on the toilet, clean up, and remind him to let me know next time.
Keep a few books in the bathroom to read to them. Usually it's just a quick "on, pee, off", but sometimes I know he needs to go but he's taking a while and reading to him keeps him from getting antsy or from saying he's done before he really is.
Cynthia (The Hippie Housewife) & Isaac
Jacob (April 07)
Luke (December 09)
Lily (August 12)
This isn't a tip, but a question for the working BTDTs. How the heck did you manage potty training with your LO in daycare? I just would not wish that upon my dayhome lady. Am I supposed to just potty train her on weekends? That would seem so confusing for Claire! My dayhome lady does potty train her kids if the parents so wish, but Claire's poops are sometimes huge and messy. I can't imagine having to clean that up! Plus, I wouldn't be able to send her with enough dry pants! I'd be doing laundry every day after work! Maybe I should just wait until I'm on mat leave?!?! But, Claire seems ready now. I don't know what to do!!
Lisa, have your babysitter do it with you. You can not only potty train her on the weekends. You need the consistency. I have helped many many many moms potty train their children. She chose to care for children so she probably expects to help out. I would just flat out tell her that you are ready to start potty training Claire and would like her to help you out while she is at her house.
And I'm doing tons of laundry right now, but it is getting better. Just buy lots of underwear! We go through lots of pants, too. So my kid's clothes don't match for a good part of the day, but I don't care! The plus side to it is that I'm catching up on all sorts of laundry -- not just our clothes. So that I don't have to waste a load of laundry with a few pairs of undies and pants, I've been tossing in our bedding or whatever I can find. I'm about to pull down all our curtains to toss in. LOL!
mom to Caleigh Grace
I thought I would add that flushable wipes are awesome!
And here's our latest discovery -- asking if Caleigh has to go potty results in "no, no, no" about 75% or more of the time (yeah, we're still in the no, no, no stage!). Which then leads to much frustration when she pees in her pants 10 minutes later! We switched tactics to just taking breaks from what we're doing to say "let's go sit on the potty". She doesn't fight it at all when we do that. We're less frustrated and we're getting way fewer accidents.
mom to Caleigh Grace
I'm just thinking ahead to when we do start Potty training....
Anyone have a great carpet/furniture cleaner that they love?? Being in a new house, I foresee DH flipping out if we end up w/ puddles on our carpet or couch.....
Just want to be prepared!
I think I'm heading out to the store today to pick up a potty today. There are so many out there!!! AURGH! I don't remember much about potty training Tyler...my parents and my ILs did most of it. I know they had a seat on the big toilet for him, which I'm really not into right now.
I like the idea about the flushable wipes!!! We'll be using the Cheerio method - little boys pee in the potty, trying to aim for the Cheerios. LOL. Totally not into the sticker chart, though I know a lot of people are - I just know I won't be consistent with it, though I think Gray would love it.
My SIL just potty trained my 2.5 year old niece and she had a travel potty, which I thought was uber convenient. I'll have to find out which one they used.
I think we'll choose underwear and such later - I just want to have it around the house for now. I think he's ready - I'm not. LOL