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Potty-Training Advice

Boys

  1. No potty, go directly to the toilet, teach him to pee standing up and poop right in there. When it gets warmer, get ready to do a lot of laundry. Take a long weekend, and take diapers off. Take him to the toilet every hour, let him pee. Figure out when he wants to go poop (usually its at the same time) and put him on a toilet. Once you take diapers off, don't put them back on. Diapers should only be used for sleeping, and long trips. He can probably already hold it. Our 3.5 yr old goes fine few hours without peeing (if he has not drank few liters of water).
  2. Both of our boys resisted the standing up thing so we just got really fun toilet rings (went shopping together – ending up with Elmo and such) and put them on the toilet directly. It was an easier big boy transition. For standing up few fun things available – you can play cheerios game – see how many he can hit J also in toys r us they sell these tables that change the color of the water in the bowl ones they pee. You can also institute a reward policy – sticker per each successful attempt and such. www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=535819
  3. With our son we skipped the potty and went directly to a stand up position (and he was younger than 18 months at the time so a step stool was involved). He liked pretending to be a "fountain", so that worked for us. This part of it was a breeze. The #2 was far more challenging and took quite a bit longer. By then he became obsessed with the cartoon "Cars" so a Cars-themed potty seat also helped (but make sure to take off the "protector" thingy in front of the seat as it can hurt boys; we had one unfortunate incident with that and subsequently always made sure to take the protector off).
  4. Around 2, my husband showed our son how to pee standing up. It was pretty easy. We used fruit loops for motivation for a little bit. He loved peeing on fruit loops. In the absense of those, I'd draw a picture on a piece of toilet paper and he wanted to pee on that. It seems that peeing ON something really helped the motivation. Sounds kind of gross. Our bowl movement is still on a potty. So much so, that my child will hold it if the potty is not around. It is a good thing that he almost always goes first thing in the morning. But if I were to do it again, we would have skipped the potty and started using the toilet right away. I actually have no idea how to convince him to go on the adult toilet (he'd do it at daycare sometimes but they have tiny child-sized ones).
  5. You can put a sticket inside a toilet bowl and have him play an aim and shoot game. not only it makes it fun which will motivate him but also teaches him how to keep things clean around the toilet.
  6. I bribed our son w cartoons - sit on a potty and for as long as you do you can watch cartoons and then praised him for success. Worked pretty quickly.
  7. Potty training for poop can be really challenging. Some kids are afraid of the toilet, others may have issues 'letting go' and this can take a while to figure out or work through. Have you tried putting your son on a child size potty (assuming so, but thought I'd check) as opposed to an adult one? On thing that might help him sit down is for you to sit by him, on the floor, or a chair and play with him, or give him a few toys, just to get him comfortable with being on the potty and to distract him a little. Hopefully, the poop will follow.
  8. Try allowing him go totally naked for a day. Since he can't do it in the air, he will have to do it in the potty. When that happens, make a big deal out of it with a lot of positive reinforcements (praise, candy etc).
  9. I have used regular toilet for my twin-boys. They showed no interes in "baby stuff", because they have realized that adults are not using baby-potty. I started training them when they turned 3. And for a while, my bathroom turned into a party zone. We read books there, sang songs, I recited stories there. Did pretty much everything there, except eating :). Also, we took turns using bathroom:). I aslo went to Walmart, and bought Spiderman and Batman underwear , and told my boys that super-heros will be very offended if boys pee on them. That was a big motivation for them:)!! Also, boys may not be ready at age 2 1/2.
  10.  I bribed my oldest with new matchbox car every time he went on the potty. I'd stock up with big sets and every time he went, he would pick a new car out of the set. It worked, but 1) we ended up with several hundred little matchbox cars and 2) he was convinced that everytime anyone did their business on the toilet, they got a new car.
  11. Try to put them on the actual toilet with the kiddie seat, he may like it more.
  12. On the advice of my then nanny we started potty training at 5 months for number 2 (was instantaneously successful) By 18 months we were out of diapers completely during the day, and by 2 yrs overnight.  Her point was that infants before 8 months dont have a feeling of contradiction.Also, she said that teaching is much easier then re-teaching, since kids develop a habit, which you have to break.
    Her advice on older kids beginning potty training, is to take off all the diapers and walk behind them with a mop (and yes lots and lots of laundry) They will learn to associate feeling wet with the urge that comes before it. Dont yell, or force them to do it on the potty, just ask them each time where they should have done it. Eventually they learn, your house may stink a bit, but thats all transient.
  13. Doctor's advice was - FIRST to train everything by sitting down on the potty -and #1 and #2!!!! And ONLY when boy will get comfortable with that, show him #1 by standing up!!! Because when you show him how to pee by standing up, it is
    hard to make him sit.
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Girls

  1. Bribed with cartoons - sit on a potty and for as long as you do you can watch cartoons and then praised for success.
  2. Potty training for poop can be really challenging. Some kids are afraid of the toilet, others may have issues 'letting go' and this can take a while to figure out or work through. Have you tried putting your child on a child size potty (assuming so, but thought I'd check) as opposed to an adult one? On thing that might help her sit down is for you to sit by her, on the floor, or a chair and play with her, or give her a few toys, just to get her comfortable with being on the potty and to distract her a little.
  3. All kids are different specially boys and girls potty trainings, so this is not and advise, just sharing my story. 14 years back in Israel. Following our friends' advice, we bought fancy potty with the music as by age 1.5 our daughter loved music and specially dancing… Diaper off, we put her on the potty, and showed her the music button. Haha, big mistake, huge. She stood up and put the thing on her head, to have the music closer to her little ears and started dancing.. Many attempts to explain what is this potty for were unsuccessful. She
    loved the potty though. She often approached it, pushed the button and started dancing around… Would you poop on your ipod? Neither wanted her on her music device. My husband even took away the music button, too late though; it only
    made her upset as she lost her favorite toy. So we sat back and relaxed. While all our friends eagerly trained their kids at age 1.5 or two the latest, they were drawing diagrams for the baby: picture of sun: if the smiling – baby is dry. If the sun is crying, baby got wet in his/her underwear. Peer pressure – never mind. Even out nanny told, that it is getting too late, she had her three
    kids out of pelenki by 8 month! When my daughter was about 2 years and 4 month she developed interest on what am I doing in the bathroom when I GO. Well, excuse me all social workers and
    psychologists on this forum, I often invited her with me when I GO. When she was about 2.5 years, she said: I am big now, no more diapers. We bought little seat for adult bathroom and that was it. No hustle, actually no training, no accidents (sometimes at nights) and no potty to clean.
  4. Try to put them on the actual toilet with the kiddie seat, she may like it more.
  5. On the advice of my then nanny we started potty training at 5 months for number 2 (was instantaneously successful) By 18 months we were out of diapers completely during the day, and by 2 yrs overnight. Her point was that infants before 8 months dont have a feeling of contradiction.Also, she said that teaching is much easier then re-teaching, since kids develop a habit, which you have to break.  Her advice on older kids beginning potty training, is to take off all the diapers and walk behind them with a mop (and yes lots and lots of laundry) They will learn to associate feeling wet with the urge that comes before it. Dont yell, or force them to do it on the potty, just ask them each time where they should have done it. Eventually they learn, your house may stink a bit, but thats all transient.
  6. This was pretty much my experience with my daughter in a nutshell: "banging my head against the wall" :). We started training her when she was about 2 (as I was expecting a baby, and wanted her to be out of diapers by the time he was born), and spent probably over 6 months "training" her tirelessly, with very little results. Then, when she was 2.5, she started nursery school where we sent her in pull-ups and they did not follow through with what we started at home. Regardless of how unsuccessful we were, at least we were constantly on her case, reminding her, etc. etc. And she completely regressed, to the point where I had to put her back in diapers. I felt horrible for my nanny, it was just too much to constantly have to keep changing her clothes, watching for signs, reminding her, while also watching a newborn. So we gave up (which I spent much
    time lamenting, blaming myself for, the works), and started again when she turned 3. I think she was trained within a week or two at that point, so in retrospect I regret wasting months of time and energy and trying to train her before she was ready.

 
 
 
 
Applies to All

  1. I was told that child's diapers have to be completely dry in the morning for several days in a row before you should consider taking off night time diapers.
  2. I think 2.5 is a good time to train to sleep without diapers and would not wait much longer. My daughter has been
    diaper free during the day since she was 1.5. But she got used to peeing in her diaper during the night and did it until she turned Nothing worked until we quit cold turkey and ceremoniously threw away all the diapers and trainers. We borrowed her little brother's waterproof mattress pad and did a lot of laundry for a week. Now I am shopping for theatre tickets I promised to her as a reward for being a big girl
  3. On the advice of my then nanny we started potty training at 5 months for number 2 (was instantaneously successful) By 18 months we were out of diapers completely during the day, and by 2 yrs overnight. Her point was that infants before 8 months dont have a feeling of contradiction.Also, she said that teaching is much easier then re-teaching, since kids develop a habit, which you have to break.
    Her advice on older kids beginning potty training, is to take off all the diapers and walk behind them with a mop (and yes lots and lots of laundry) They will learn to associate feeling wet with the urge that comes before it. Dont yell, or force them to do it on the potty, just ask them each time where they should have done it. Eventually they learn, your house may stink a bit, but thats all transient.
  4. You hold a child on the potty after every meal (when they are most likely to go) and make ah-ah noises. Its time consuming.
  5. From my experience, it is extremely difficult (and maybe even ineffective) to try and potty train to avoid peeing in the diaper at night or during naps. You can certainly help expedite the process by putting your child on the potty right before they go to bed and limiting fluids for a few hours before bedtime. However, from what I've read on the topic and several conversations with our Pedi, this part of potty training is dependent on the physiology of the child's bladder - they have to learn to hold the urine in all nap/all night. Waking them up and putting them on the potty at night will be tiring for u and the child but also will make the child think he has to pee at night, as opposed to wait till the morning. It takes time. My son has been potty trained for over a year and is just now starting to wake up dry from naps and the night. It can also take longer for boys than girls, whose bladders may not develop as quickly.
  6. I heard from some of my friends that their kids became more inclined to use a potty after they saw other kids do it in pre-school.
  7. One of the things which really helped us with potty training is that we took our daughter to the store to pick the underwear she likes. She chose the underwear with her favorite character and was very anxious to wear it. Then we explained that this character does not like to be wet. After the first accident she got very upset, then she was holding to go potty, struggling not to spoil the underwear and not to give in to the new idea of doing it on the toilet. After few days of confusion, toilet won.
  8.  I think adults should once in a while put on a diaper and parade all day long in it especially in the heat of the summer. Feel free to deposit your excrement and test how absorbent it really is against your sweaty skin.
    Secondly, we all try to teach our kids concepts, letters, languages above or ahead of what we've been taught. (how many of us could read at 4?) But yet, we could care less about a child learning and being able to control his or her own body. Pretty soon, our kids will be doing complex algebra while peeing in a diaper.
    Lastly, there is a reason so called child rearing experts recommend late potty training. Just like in a pharmaceutical industry the experts are frequently (no, rather always) are paid by a profitable company in one way or another. It certainly keeps Pampers and others alike in business knowing that most kids are going to use their products long term.
  9. My first kid pooped into the toilet exclusively by 7 month. I don't remember
    when exactly he was fully toilet-trained, but it was very early, the old Russian style - by 18 months for sure, but I think earlier. Then my daughter came along. You can imagine, I did not anticipate having her in diapers for too long, but here she is, almost two and a half and not budging an inch. We have tried lots of things, including strategy of "special" underwear with characters. The first time she got it wet she said "diaper only!!!!" and putting underwear without a diaper on her is pretty much impossible now. We decided to try again in a couple of months. However, on the positive side, I am pretty sure that by the time she goes to college, she will be out of diapers, and so will all the kids of all the people on this list. Of course, by then we'll have lots of other things to worry about, like whether the major they choose is a good investment.
  10. The ‘Once upon a potty’ book (for him/her) has worked great for all our kids. Their DVD is also great.
  11. We started putting my daughter on the potty when she was just over a year. I haven't read any books on the subject and didn't want it to be a whole big process, so we have been very chill about it. Every time after a meal, after a nap, etc. we would put her on the potty to create the association of "doing it there." My daughter is now 18 months, and she asks to go on the potty about half the time. The other times, we just sit her down, and she goes. She still pees in the diaper (especially when she sleeps), but very rarely poops in it.  Again, we are not putting any pressure on her whatsoever, so it's a very slow and gradual process, but we are ok with it. She doesn't seem to be bothered by
    a wet or dirty diaper, so I think that she's not completely ready to give up diapers all together. But she likes sitting on the potty and has no problem doing her business there (whether it's at home or on a portable potty outside of home), so that's good enough for us at this time.
  12. We did the barebottom thing when our son was 18-20 month old. And it worked like a charm, UNTIL we took him out without a diaper (we were very afraid that he'd get confused if we put a diaper on him for outings). He had a small accident in the park ( which was like 3 minute walking distance from our house). Which freaked him out, he demanded to put a diaper on and for another 2-3 months just entirely rejected the idea of potty and underwear (to the point of throwing a potty at my head). Once the traumatic experience was behind we tried that
    again but this time kept the diaper for outings for a few weeks or may be even longer, until he was solid on asking to go outside and it was just fine, he didn't get confused or anything.
  13. We were putting our son on the potty intermittently on and off since he was 9 month old. He would go sometimes other times not.... but he was getting used to the potty. Around 18-20 months we did a 3 day "naked butt" training. Where he roamed the house naked waste down for 3 days straight. By the third day he was consistently going on the potty. The whole week thereafter he went on the potty like clockwork even with pants underwear on.....At which point we decided to venture outside for more than an hour .... and that's where trouble struck. He asked to go too late in the park, and had an accident. Got really really upset ( we didn't scold him or anything, just told him accidents happen). Had another accident later that day also in the park ( we left the house for quite a few hours, and entirely diaperless). When we got home he demanded diapers to be put on him. And got infuriated at even an offer of the potty for the next couple of months ( to the point of throwing a potty at my head)
    Then when we tried again a couple of months later ( closer to his second birthday), he started using it again, this time with no problems at all indoors or out, the accident at the park must have been not as vibrant in his head anymore. So i would say the 3 day bottomless training method totally works, but be VERY careful when you start venturing outside, offer to put on diapers if its a long trip, otherwise you may regress for a while.
    Oh YES and definitely TRY STARTING at the training seat on the toilet and not a potty. We are still potty attached ( at nearly 3). He will pee anywhere standing up, BUT he will only go #2 on his potty, which makes our lives very uncomfortable as you can imagine ( if we are out and about all day and he wants to go potty, we either have to rush home, or he may end up constipated for a day or two).
  14.  My nanny potty trained my son (for number 2) at 5 months of age.  It creates extra work for a parent/caregiver for sure but I am eternally grateful to her for doing/suggesting it. There are numerous benefits.
    1) It took NO time, and full child cooperation since its before the age of negativity/rebellion
    2) I almost never had to scrape poop of his bottom as we started potty training at the same time as solids
    3) He never once had a diaper rash
    3) It taught him good bowel habits which is imperative for developing a healthy GI tract
    4) He didn't have to sweat in the "disposable" diapers over the heat of summer.
    5) It saved a ton of money on diapers
    6) My nanny said that teaching a child smooth muscle control so early will stimulate their overall cognitive development, I am not sure if this is true but my child started talking at 10 months..
    7) the most benefit was to the environment as we saved over 2000 diapers from going into the landfill. As you know human/animal waste is the worst for the landfills as well.
    If this is not enough to convince you to follow the elders wisdom and not to succumb to pressures of diaper industry, I will outline some negatives to early poty training
    1) They don't make underwear this small (so I had my eager nanny take in the "large" size 2T undies) We had to remove the diapers at 1 year, as they are confusing for "number 1" training.
    2) there will be accidents from time to time and you would have to clean up once in a while.
    3) Yes, you have to be dedicated as a parent for a long time: initiating poty after meal/bottle/walks/naps. (but thinking of the benefits it brings, comitment is well worth it.)
    4) You might have to carry a potty with you everywhere you travell (A potty is more anatomically correct than a toilet, anyway) My almost 4 year old is still using the same potty he did at 5 months of age and loves it, though is capable of the toilet, finds it uncomfortable.
    Anyway, bottom line - highly recommend early poty training. Regardless what diaper industry sponsored so-called childhood experts say about this topic. My pediatrician was extatic when she saw my 1.5 year old permanently in his underwear (even overnight)
  15. 2 is a terrible time to start, in my opinion, they are so stubborn:) That's why the earlier you start, the less resistance you encounter and when they become stubborn, they are already trained and don't think it is weird
  16. Suggest putting on  her regular underwear and diapers over them. That way, she’d feel when she’s wet and wakes up because she would be too uncomfortable and the bed sheets would be saved because of a diaper’s protection. As I remember, it took us about a week for her to wake up at night, and then, eventually, to sleep through the night.
  17. So I was successful with my son - who got potty trained by 1 years old (daytime only). The credit actually goes to my nanny mostly - but she did it the Russian way - she put him on the potty after every meal and after every bottle - not for long but just couple of minutes. (I followed the rules on the weekends). I know it seems like the day is ruled by potty training but it does not last that long (the kids usually get it in like 1 or 2 months) and the benefits are really awesome - not one diaper rash, not to mention the cost of diapers. I was the only who said "well maybe he is small, we should wait", but my nanny was very resolute - she basically was like "well we did not have pampers and we survived"...she was ultimately right...he survived, it was not an ordeal for him (might have been a bit for me and the laundry room), and is very proud of himself. When Americans come up to him and say "wow he is not in diapers" - my son goes, "no I am a big boy" and proceeds to pull down his pants to show he has no diaper - YES WE NEED TO WORK ON THAT. And yes he is completely bilingual. Of course we are still struggling with nap time and overnight sleep - he is 2.5, but I think it is because he is in seriously deep sleep. What freaks me out is that he can sleep being absolutely wet - my daughter would wake up and scream "mommy I am wet"-this one - he just doesn't care.
  18. At a risk of starting a debate I will say that I am against starting anything before the child is ready for whatever that is you are trying to teach him. If your son is ready, than do it. If he is not you are going to "train" him right upto the age at which he would have been ready anyway. I tried to put my now 5 year old on the potty starting at 12 months, he couldn't care less about it. We stopped, waited until he was 2,5 tried again, this time it took 3 days and he has never had an accident unless he was sleeping. Same with my daughter, the potty has been there since she was a baby and if I put her on she will go, but she will not ask to go on the potty by herself, she is just not interested. Personally, with 3 kids and busy schedules we just don't have time to live around her toilet training. So, It is your choice, you can do it now and plan your day around it for months to come if you have time to do it or you can wait until he is ready and do it than.
  19. We found that doing the toilet training not on a 'real' toilet created problems later, when our son refused to/was afraid of using the real toilet at daycare/pre-K. Without his own 'potty' there, the toilet training kind of went to sh*t a little bit. I think starting with a 'child seat' on top of a regular toilet is a much better approach, but that's probably more difficult with a younger baby.
  20. In our case acting it out with his favorite plus toy (teddy bear, puppy) on a mini potty worked. it's the same idea - everybody does it, but make sure to praise the puppy for doing such a great job. also, my son disliked the wiping part (i am sorry for the details), there are great kids wet wipes, Kan Doo or something of that sort. when the puppy does it, help the puppy
    wipe his behind and praise him again. the idea is making the process as comfortable as possible. with number 1 we used a doll for our daughter and big doll Spiderman for our son. worked very well. in the middle of a play tell your son - i think the puppy's tummy is hurting, why is that? let your son figure out what it could be and what he could do to help the puppy. hopefully it works for you
  21. During the day, our daughter would conscientiously warn us when she needed #1 and went on her potty. But she would always wait for her naptime or for the night time, during which she had her diapers on, to do #2. And she refused to use the potty for #2. She even protested if we tried to sit her on the potty for #2. There was nothing we could do, until we bought her that Japanese book (translated into Englih) "Everyone poops" and read it to her. She liked the book a lot, discussed it with us, talked about it until the idea "sank in". And then one day she just asked to go on the potty for #2. I think it took us 5-6 months to go from #1 only to #1 and #2.
  22. There is a great book, my daughter was fascinated by it when she was going through potty training. Now my youngest bay, 18 months old, loves this book too. It's not Russian, though. The book is called "Everyone Poops". www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=everyone+poops&x=18&y=19
     
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Potty Training Guide
http://gastrowell.com/pdf/3DayPottyTraining.pdf

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