Hi Rachell I've put the potty next to the toilet and have dd go every night before a bath. So far she's done a wee more often then not. I'm just going to introduce it slowly until she gets the idea. Our potty looks like a toilet with a flusher and all lol!!
'experts' tend to deal in theory, not practice and make broad sweeping statements when the truth is that every kid is different.
Also, people with large families would have more of an idea I would think. Just a thought.
Who knew people could get so catty about toilet training.
In MY opinion, they do need to be trained, just the same as using a spoon and fork etc. You show them how to do it and they pick it up when they understand.
Dd1 was just over 2 and trained day and night within a month of each other. She was already in a big bed (at 17 months) so could get out to go to the toilet at night.
Dd2 is 18 months and I will start encouraging her in summer.
We bought my boy a potty when he was about 18 mths and he began to tell us when he'd done a poo/wee.
He used it a few times, then ignored it for weeks.
Last week I had a few days free so we went full-on potty training. Undies all day. Lots of accidents, but then one day he just "got it". He now uses the potty 5-6 times per day, but he sleeps in nappies because he wakes up wet, so I'm definately not pushing that just yet. I ask him every 20 mins or so if he needs to wee, and sometimes he goes, sometimes he doesn't. Other times he'll run up to me saying "mummy, wee!" and he'll hop on the potty and go straight away.
He'll nearly 2 years old ( in 2 weeks time). We successfully went to the shops yesterday and today for about 2 hours in undies, no accidents. It's stressful though!!!! Having to keep an eye on him, watch where the toilets are, and we did 3 toilet trips in 1 hour, just to check if he could go, which he didn't, he held it all the way home.
I'm so glad we started early, but I wouldn't have started until I thought he was "ready" for it. No point pushing them if they're not just interested, especially this early.
*oh - and his favourite part is tipping the wee into the big toilet, flushing, and washing his hands. Then he gets a little chocolate button (choc drop) for being so clever. You should see his face light up, he says "I'm clever mummy!!". So darn cute.
Last edited by sunnyskies; 03-08-2012 at 12:42.
I don't stake too much in the above. It's not a one size fits all thing.Health professionals/paeds reckon they're not usually ready (psychologically) until about 2 1/2... Same with moving from cot to big bed... Too early and they just get out all the time.
My boy started tugging at his nappy at 11 months. By 18 months he was using the toilet. We didn't use potties. Basically, we just allowed him to watch us use the toilet and encouraged him to tell us when he needed to go.
A lot of my peers' children are toileting themselves before they are 2 so my child isn't exceptional by any means.
*Sunnyskies, my boy's favourite is the flushing. He presses the button then does a little dance. Haha.
I left her nappy off for about 20 mins and kept a close eye on her.
In the end she walked to the bathroom and wee'ed on the floor right next to the toilet, she was pretty chuffed about it.
I will buy a toilet seat insert for her and just keep going with it as she seems to be interested enough.
She tells us when she is doing a poo or whilst she is doing one so next time I'll sit her on the toilet for that and hope for the best
Lay is only 1 day younger than Renae so it seems like they are both catching on.
Good job on her going potty
Hello. From memory my DS was about 2.5. I tried earlier and it just didn't happen. For a while there I had him in jocks and he would wee and didn't even know he had done a wee. With that I thought if he doesn't even know he had done a wee I knew he wasn't ready as he didn't recognise the sensation. I gave him a couple of months and then tried. i put him in jocks and I set my microwave to every 15 and I took him. I didn't even bother with the potty in the end and just put him on toilet. He still didn't get it and if I missed that clock he would still wet and I thought it was never going to happen. One day he just put himself on and went for both 1's and 2's. they just do it in there own time. Some early some later. My only advice is don't focus it on it too much. The more I tried the more accidents he had. Good luck.
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