15 years ago
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18 month old ready to potty train?

My 18 month old son takes his diaper off and walks around without it--of course I have to put it back on because I haven't started potty training him yet. I wonder if he is ready? He also can pull his pants up and down by himself and he knows what and where the potty is. Do you think he is ready? Do you have any advice on HOW do potty train him? I am a stay at home mom...so I will be with him 24/7. HELP
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15 years ago
Anonymous
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What worked for my daughter and my son is The Potty Stool http://www.thepottystool.com I started by just setting it at the toilet. My kids immediately climbed up on this stool and discovered that they could safely and securely use the toilet. This got them very interested in using the toilet and they were potty trained very quickly. Kids like to use what they know mommy and daddy use. And it really is wonderful having your kids independently use the toilet on their own. The handles make all the difference --both felt comfortable and were relaxed enough to have easy bowel movements. I like that I don't have to double the steps of potty training by training them first in a potty and then training them to stop using a potty. And not dumping and cleaning a potty each time is great. The best thing is that kids use it for years. I hope this helps you
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15 years ago
Anonymous
There was an article in the American Medical Digest two months ago about parents potty training their children from the time they were born. It said that all infants made a "sign" as they felt pressure building. Once the parents got to know this "sign" they could take them to the "potty". Many women have said it works and they have "potty trained with few accidents" children as young as ten months old. Whatever that's worth it sounds like he is ready and wants to start. 18 months is not to young to learn, both mine (wife helped) did it! OK wife did it all!!
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15 years ago
happygirl
Readiness varies according to the child, try it and see. Don't punish for mistakes, praise all successes and try to remember to help them to the potty often. best results for BM's are trcking what time of day you child usually goes and putting them on a little more often then. My kids, all three were ready at different times, the oldest was not quite 18 mos. when ready, my youngest was 29. mos or so. Hint if they are ready they will be happy about playing go potty in the potty chair, they get all happy like it's an adventure, especially if they have a BM because they can see a job well done.=)
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15 years ago
Mom of 3
Does he go to someplace private to make a bowel movement and how long does he go between wet diapers. Generally children start to hide when going to the bathroom when they are ready for potty training and can go about 2-3 hours without a wet diaper. Try talking telling him to tell you when he needs to go and then put him on the potty. when he does go let him pull the lever and watch the water swirl as a treat. Make sure to give tons of praise and mabey even a little potty dance and song.
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15 years ago
Yana
18 months is not too early and, if he takes his diaper off anyways, you might as well start. to potty train, just get him on a potty every half an hour or so and praise when he does his thing. my daughter was very quick in learning to poop on a potty but it took a while for her to start peeing (she was in a daycare and, I guess, teachers didn't want to bother taking her to the bathroom too often). :)
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15 years ago
araknid80
Ummm....18 months and you've not even started?!?! Stay at home mom? What kind of mothering do you actually do? My children were potty trained before 12 months...
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15 years ago
melissa s
take him out to buy big boy underwear, and a potty, throw away all diapers in the house, you will have about ten days of a lot of laundry but then it will be done good luck
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15 years ago
accent_01
I would say it's worth a shot. It sounds like he's ready, lucky you. Mine's two and I'm wondering if he'll every be! :) Go for it, anyway. If it doesn't work out you can always quit and try again later. My mom's advice was always just to be patient and get a timer to take them to the bathroom every thirty minutes! Good luck.
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15 years ago
brown_eyez
he may be ready but be careful not to push to hard if hes not....introduce him to the potty let him sit on it a while and tell him he need to use it instead of pamoperds to be a big boy, remember go slow and dont push him
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15 years ago
Heavenly Advocate
It's been my experience that they just aren't ready at 18 months. Sure he's got alot of great things going, but does he know when he's going to go? I bet not. My kids all did the same things and most of them weren't ready before 3 to fully know and understand when they were going to pee. It's jsut fun showing their new skill at undressing and feeling free.
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