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my son is 1year and 2weeks old he shows intrest in the potty he loves opening the lid and flushing the toilt when ever he gets the chance to sink in the bathroom but is he ready to be potty trained?

i know everyone says one is to young to start but he shows intrest in the bathroom the toilet and when he wets he pulls at his diaper and if i ask him if he needs his diaper changed hell tell me yes or no should i wait tell hes 18months or start now??


Asked by fristtimemommy0 at 1:08 PM on Feb. 2, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • He doesn't have to be able to pull his pants down himself to potty train... my daughter trained at 19 months very easily and I had to help her get up and down for the first few months. She also never held it fore up to 2 hours at a time before we started -- we just went straight to underwear and she figured out how to hold her bladder quickly. But 12 months seems a bit young to do anything that hard core. Still, it's not to early to see if he enjoys sitting on the potty. you can get a potty ring to go on the big toilet seat and have him sit there at certain times throughout the day -- never with any stress or obligation. That's what we are doing with our second daughter (we started around 12 or 13 months, too, because she was tugging at her diaper right after she wet or even BEFORE she'd poop) -- she's now 17 months and sits there before and after naps, before bed, first thing in the morning, and about 15 minutes after a meal

    Answer by EmilySusan at 1:30 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • Does he hold his urine for two hours or more? Can he pull down his pants by himself? Does he tell you after he soils himself?

    Those are signs that he is ready to potty train. Using the toilet as a toy is not a sign.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 1:13 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • if he is showing signs there is no harm in sitting him down and seeing if he will go. just make sure you explain to him while he is sitting there what it is for and what he is supposed to do. but don't force him, if he doesn't want to sit there don't make him. offer him some toys or books to play with while he sits. take him to the potty to sit down often and reward and praise him if he goes. good luck.

    Answer by xtwilightx at 1:13 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • I think since he understands the concept of the toilet and sink, you could start introducing the idea of potty training. Dont force him but praise him when he lets you know he needs to go and when he uses the bathroom. Good luck and what a good boy you have to be showing an interest!

    Answer by Aqua_Jen at 1:17 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • Can he use words to express the need to go? (he won't at first, but, the ability helps)
    Can he pull his pants up and down? (Again, he won't at first, but, the ability helps)
    Can he stay dry through naptime/at least two hours?
    Will he sit on the potty, big or little?
    Is he at all scared of it?
    Does he seem even slightly interested in it/intrigued by it?

    If he shows all of these signs, then, chances are he is ready to try. Be consistant and constant. If you can, set aside a week for this specifically. Lose the diapers and got straight to big boy undies. Praise him and expect setbacks. Day will come before night training. Don't give up. It shouldn't take very long at all if he cooperates. Good Luck.

    If he doesn't show all these signs, then, he is not ready and you should give him until he does before you start again.
    Most kids are not ready until at least 2 and a half years old.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 1:24 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • (cont'd) ...Those who say most kids aren't "ready" until 2.5 or that their child wasn't "ready" until age 4 may be right... if they're defining "readiness" by the list of things above... Our daughter who trained at 19 months didn't exhibit almost any of them. There are different schools of thought... I believe that kids can be trained much earlier than they are these days.. Training so late is a recent development... My daughter has been using the potty with ease for a year and suffered not psychological trauma. We just introduced her to a new concept, helped her learn, helped her succeed. Good luck!

    Answer by EmilySusan at 1:34 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • EmilySusan, then YOUR child was ready, But often times parents start training their kids when they are not ready and then get angry and frustraited that their child "refuses" to potty train. If you push to hard before they are ready, then it will fail.
    My suggestion to the OP is to gently try putting the baby on the potty, but if your baby doesn't get it, then back off and wait for a few months and try again.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 1:44 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • Yes, but she was "ready" without showing ANY of the "readiness" signs... we just took away the diapers and knew we weren't going back. The first few days weren't easy, but we made it through and she trained just fine and stayed trained. I'm not saying that a parent of a 12 month old should push potty training... I did say no pressure or stress. After 18 months, though, when kids are usually physically ready, I'd say fair game, as long as it is done with clearly-conveyed expectations, with love and support, gentle nudges and no punishment.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 1:51 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • You have gotten lots of advice here, I just was reading about potty training last night and here are a couple of points. One, the book said that around 18 months is when children start to develop the ability to control their urine so trying to train much before that is only effective in rare cases. Secondly, the book said it is best to wait until about 2- 2 1/2 and at that time you are more likely to be able to train in a couple of weeks if you are consistent, any earlier and training can take months and have set backs and delays which frustrate both mom and child. In the meantime you can encourage your child's interest in the potty, it's workings, etc, and familiarize him with all things potty related so when the time comes it is not new or scary. Good luck!

    Answer by MaryMW at 2:01 PM on Feb. 2, 2010

  • An interesting read on the subject:

    Answer by EmilySusan at 2:09 PM on Feb. 2, 2010