Potties?

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Potties?

Anyone wading into the world of potty training (or learning, or whatever you prefer to call it).

We are dipping our toe in......have the little potty out in our downstairs bathroom and he is using it morning and night at naked time. (just pee). I'd love it if he could potty train this summer, I think that once we are home a little more (i.e no running around with preschool) I may take a couple of days, stay home, leave him naked and just let him go for it. Being diaper free again sounds wonderful Smile

If you have PT'd other kids, what approach worked for you and are you planning to repeat it? The above is what we did with my son, and it was a breeze. He was 29 months. My DD was 22 months and just declared her self ready for underwear, and she was right. I think that Jake is going to be a lot more like my son, he is just no where near as verbal as my daughter was at this age so I don't know that the communication skills are there for it at this point.

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We have two potties- until now they have been located in bathrooms. But I just decided this weekend it might make more sense to put one where she has her diaper/clothes changes- so she can take advantage of already being naked- and to put the other in the bathroom where she bathes, for the same reason. So far she's been willing to sit on it naked for about 10 seconds and then wants off, and has come no where near actually peeing.

She is VERY communicative about having poop in her pants. She tells me right away like 90% of the time. But it's always AFTER, not before.

At this point, I think I might head your (Melissa) advice from way before, and not really worry about any real training/learning until the fall. That gives us time to get through the new baby arriving (so having both in diapers, instead of a newborn and a potty-trainer), traveling back and forth to the States and living in different places, etc. When we get back to Laos in August, Beni will be 28 mos old, hopefully adjusted to having a sibling (who will be 2+ mos by then), and we'll be back home and staying put for at least 4 mos. Of course, if she shows more interest any time before then, I'll follow her lead, but I won't do any formal training until then.

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We've had the potty seat out for about a month now. Fiona loves to sit on it. She only goes now and then. But she's very eager to be like her big sister. I would love to get her trained this summer, or sooner too.

We took the cold turkey route with Violet and it worked great. Though she was just past 2.5 years old by then. I tried sooner and it was a disaster. I think we missed her first window of opportunity at that age right around 2.

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"JorgieGirl" wrote:

We've had the potty seat out for about a month now. Fiona loves to sit on it. She only goes now and then. But she's very eager to be like her big sister. I would love to get her trained this summer, or sooner too.

We took the cold turkey route with Violet and it worked great. Though she was just past 2.5 years old by then. I tried sooner and it was a disaster. I think we missed her first window of opportunity at that age right around 2.

Such a great motivator for some kids, hey? One of my nephews PTed completely on his own right around 2, because he saw his big brother and just said, that's it, no more diapers. Of course, he ran around yelling, "Poopy pants! Poopy pants!" for like a year after that every time he was scared he wasn't going to make it- but what can you do? Smile

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Topher loves peeing in his potty. We're not ready to give up diapers yet, I'm hoping this summer. He does hold his pee and then floods his diaper all at once, and he usually tells us when he needs to be changed, but I don't think we're quite ready to be without diapers yet.

DS1 potty trained very easily and was completely out of diapers at 25 months. We let him run around naked and we had a potty out for his easy access. I'm hoping Topher will be as easy as he was.

"Potter75" wrote:

If you have PT'd other kids, what approach worked for you and are you planning to repeat it? The above is what we did with my son, and it was a breeze. He was 29 months. My DD was 22 months and just declared her self ready for underwear, and she was right. I think that Jake is going to be a lot more like my son, he is just no where near as verbal as my daughter was at this age so I don't know that the communication skills are there for it at this point.

My DS1 was completely nonverbal until he was 3. I had people (including his pediatrician) telling me I wouldn't be able to potty train him until he could talk. DH and I found that verbal communication was completely unnecessary. DS1 had ways of communicating, it just wasn't verbal. We taught him the sign for "potty" (the letter "T", then shake your wrist back and forth) and he was able to tell us if he needed to go. He was potty trained for more than a year before he was able to verbally tell us when he needed to go to the potty. Don't let the lack of verbal communication hold him back if he's otherwise ready.

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She's seems to be aware of the potty right now. I'm not going to jump on it just yet. In fact I'm not a fan of potty training forever so my plan is the same with her as the other two which is to wait until about 2 1/2 and go for it - going from diapers to undies in a couple days. Worked great before and hope it works again! I'm aiming for fall when the kids go back to school unless she insists on it sooner...

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Eve keeps asking to go to the potty, and she sits on it for a while but has yet to do anything in it. She's very good about telling us when she needs a diaper change--especially poopy diapers. Well, actually she's more physical about the poopy diapers, in that she tends to strip off all her bottoms (diaper included) and gets another diaper.

The boys both trained primarily at the daycare, where they would line up everybody and let them get on the potty about every two hours. They were both completely trained by the time they turned 3. Eve seems so eager, I have been thinking about trying that with her on the weekends, but it's so hectic around here that I keep losing track of the time. Just this weekend we got a toilet seat that has a potty seat built in, and we're going to install it in our half-bath (it's not just for her; our almost 4 year old would probably also appreciate not having to hold on when he's going). On one hand, I'm not in a rush, but on the other hand, I wouldn't mind catching that 2-year window people talk about.

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Ha ha! Right after I wrote that ^^^^ the daycare informed me that she went in the potty yesterday! So we're officially going into full-training now.

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I will be starting with K soon. I went ahead and bought undies to be ready!

We have had the potty out for DD Keegans whole life. He loves to sit on it, never any action but that is ok.(neither of my girls had ever peed on the potty before we started training) I trained both girls 20-23mos age. We did the whole today is the day, take a few days and just do it. It has worked both times. I hope that it will be the same with Keegan! Keegan is not a big talker but is able to comunicate what he wants/needs pretty well & understands what we tell him. So I am not too worried about talking getting in the way.

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Aaron has been going on his potty since he was about 15 months old? It started when he would piddle on the floor before/after his bath and he'd look down at his boy parts before anything came out so he knew where the feeling was and what he was about to do. So I introduced the potty to him and he sits down, does his business (and watches it come out) and then applauds himself everytime, it's really funny Smile He goes several times a day but he's still no where near ready, waking up after naps with a full diaper and not always going on the potty. It's summer here and I should buy him some undies and just have a few days and see how he goes.

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She is interested .. but I haven't put any effort into it yet. I usually start trying right after the 2 yr b-day. The others were pee trained pretty fast after turning 2. I usually wait bcause I am big and pregnant and not wanting to potty train with a newborn.. but Lainey may be different since I don't have that excuse! ; )
Lainey will put her hand down her pants and grab the front of her diaper and say "uh-oh! pee-pee!" and sometimes will take off running to the toilet yelling: "bafroom!" But usually it's after the pee comes. But atleast she is aware!

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We really haven't yet. But for the first time ever - yesterday Mason went to go sit in his recliner and instead of sitting stood back up with a weird look on his face and said, "Poop!". He even let me change him without a fuss. I took that as a good sign.

I didn't use any real "approach" with my other two and my DSS#2. My DD kinda did it on her own at 2 1/2. My DS#1 was more like 3.25 when he finally decided to and my DSS#2 was like 3.5. I didn't push it because I didn't want to get into a power struggle witha child who just wasn't ready yet.

Good luck to all of us though! I hope those of you who have early potty - goers have a really easy time of it (that way the rest of us will be encouraged!!!)

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What kind of actual potty chair do you all use? I'm assuming you use something besides just the toilet? Is it fancy? Does it sing? (You have seen those ones right?) Look like an arm chair? Just a plastic bowl type thing? Just wondering...

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Mara, we have one that sings and then one that looks like a frog and really isn't anything special.

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We have a potty that neither of the other 2 used. We did better just going straight to the big toilet with a seat insert. It has some animals on it - cheapest one we could find honestly! I do not recommend the fold up ones - my kids thought they were pinchy and preferred the cushioned style.

To me it seems it would be a pain to get them using the little chairs then have to retrain on the toilet. And what do you do away from home (bring it I suppose?)

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"julieanddanny" wrote:

We have a potty that neither of the other 2 used. We did better just going straight to the big toilet with a seat insert. It has some animals on it - cheapest one we could find honestly! I do not recommend the fold up ones - my kids thought they were pinchy and preferred the cushioned style.

To me it seems it would be a pain to get them using the little chairs then have to retrain on the toilet. And what do you do away from home (bring it I suppose?)

Yeah, I don't know. I do know that Beni is willing to sit on her potty for a few seconds right now, but she'll scream if you try to put her on the real toilet (even though she sees it being used several times a day). Obviously, this is definitely one reason I'm not pushing anything AT ALL right now.

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We use a potty insert on one of our toilets and have a special seat that is also a potty seat installed on our other toilet that she uses. Click here to see what our special seat looks like. The potty insert fits her bum better, but she's OK with the special seat too.

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"julieanddanny" wrote:

To me it seems it would be a pain to get them using the little chairs then have to retrain on the toilet. And what do you do away from home (bring it I suppose?)

Ours use the little chairs at first, solely because they can and do do it themselves. Like I said, its just at naked time at this point. Once they express an interest in actually wearing underwear, they go straight to the real potty. By that point that they are out in public in underwear, they are used to the big potty at home, so they use public restrooms when out just like at home. We did actually keep a potty in the back of our car for a short time ~ it came in handy a few times when on a long drive or stuck in traffic. Since we have a yukon XL we could just pull over and they could use it in privacy in the back, we dump it out, and go on our way. It was a life saver in a few incidences and my kids have never had an accident. I'm a big believer in once they go to underwear to not confuse things by putting on a diaper for outings or whatnot, so this allowed us to get around confusing them in that way. I don't really see it as being any more confusing to training on a seat insert and then being out in public with no seat insert. I'm not willing to carry around a travel seat insert for public toilets, it just skeeves me.