i know there is a PT board here on pg.org but it's soooo dead, so I thought i would ask the ladies here.
How old were your kids when you started potty training? and how did you do it?
I think Eli is ready as he is always fascinated with me going potty. he WILL NOT keep his diaper on. he takes his pants off to get his diaper off and nap time and at night.
We went and picked out some big boy underwear (spiderman and Cars lol), and he picked out a potty seat. OK, so i have what i need....i just don't have the know how. do i take him to sit on it every 15 minutes? i just don't know the first thing to potty training!
Underwear photoshoot LOL
ETA: he LOVES his crocs and wheres them ALL.THE.TIME. lol he wore them to bed last night. lol
I have no advice either. Brooks has days where she tells us and goes on the potty all day and then has several days where she won't have anything to do with the potty. UGH!! But I did want to say that Brooks loves her crocs too! She always wants to wear them and they just dont look good with dresses! LOL
Haha Shelly!! Crocs and dresses are FINE!!
I LOVE those pics LIz...gosh he's so cute. I have that exact froggy chair for my two. Mine is 2 1/2 and still has yet to pee in the chair. He will only sit on it for like 30 secs and only because his younger sister sits on it first. I would say if you think he's ready though he might very well be. I'd give it a go. Put the undies on him and then take him like every 15 minutes like you said, or so and see how it goes. GL!! And TFS those adorable pics.
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he is too cute!!
the first thing you need is a potty success. and the easiest way to do that is to have him sit while you're running his bath water. the running water definitely helps with an urge to go. and if you don't have success the first time you try that, keep trying with each bath. once he realizes how to do it, then you can try putting him on the potty every hour or so. (every 15 minutes is overkill).
boys and girls potty train at different ages, and Eli is on the younger end for boys. but it's not too early to start. just know that the whole process tends to take months. (Natalie's been day trained for MONTHS but we're probably another year from her being dry at night, when I look at her siblings and what they did. so frustrating!). anyhow, Andrew was day trained at 27 months.
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My main piece of advice is now that you've started, don't stop. From my experience in daycares and as a nanny, consistency will save your patience. lol. There will be lots of accidents (i.e. you may want to move the potty off the carpet hehe) but keep at it. Anytime I've seen parents go back and forth between training or not it's taken almost a year to train. Whereas parents I've seen go full force can be finished in months (for boys)...sometimes weeks for girls but boys tend to take longer for some reason. What I've done is even when he's not done anything praise him a little and say "good try" (not showing that you may be losing your patience with continuous trips to the potty and not getting anywhere) and then when he finally does do even the smallest amount make a big hoopla about it. They soon make the connection.
Also, I don't know how others feel about these but I don't think those pull ups that go cool when pee starts hitting them are worth a darn. lol. The little boy I nannied still peed in those like diapers and couldn't have cared less that they were cold (if they even were). I would go underwear as much as possible and then maybe pullups when you have to go out?? I would always call them nightime undies though and made the children realize they are still to try going potty but are there just in case.
Well there's my novel. lol
Way to go Eli for wearing big boy underwear!!
I have absolutely no experience in this...however I do know what worked for my BFF...
Her son was potty trained at 2yrs...mainly because she was tired of changing diapers and washing them and she felt he could do it if she persisted There was a reward system...if he pp'd on the potty he got 1 M&M if he poo'd on the potty he got 2 M&Ms. If he went potty in his big boy pants it was his responsibility to take them off and put them in the dirty clothes...wipe him self with a baby wipe and put on clean clothes. (mommy did help with the wiping to make sure he wasn't dirty) This kept him from peeing in his pants. It seems harsh but he learned quickly. She never put the "diaper type" training pants on him. It was only big boy undies for day and cloth training pants for night. It's so funny though...I've taken him to the potty before when out to lunch with them and he stands up at the potty and when done takes a piece of TP and "wipes" himself. the little guy hates to be messy.
HTH even though it wasn't my personal experience.
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Thanks everyone for the wonderful advice! Of course we are out of town right now, so we aren't training this weekend. Next week I will be full force. It should have been last week as I didn't have the little boy I babysit. Oh well.
I bought carpet pet cleaner LOL and we bought a carpet shampooer with our tax refund, so i'll have an easier time cleaning up accidents. 95% of our house is carpet! UGH! i hate carpet!
I will update next weekend on how it is going. I do know that when he had his underwear on and he had an accident, he would say "uhoh" and waddle to me. but not to his potty. We haven't had a success on the potty yet. I think he needs that so that i can through him a potty party LOL
and i did buy M&Ms to give him when he does have a success....we shall see!!! thanks again, ladies.