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i was wondering if anyone has any advice on how to start potty training my son?

he is 18 months old, has shown interest in the toilet, and will not keep his diaper on.

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Asked by boogermansmom at 10:09 PM on Apr. 25, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • We had a big boy party, with cake, DVD on potty training. I made a little chart we put stickers on every time we tried, which was every 15-20 minutes.

    Answer by txdaniella at 10:12 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • While some people will tell you that he's too young, that you're going to make your life hell if you start now, and that you should use duct tape to keep his diapers on rather than helping the child learn to use the toilet, I will say... it's pretty simple. Try to think about the end goal a little, but also think about the steps it takes to get there. He'll need to be comfortable and happy sitting on the toilet, so having him sit there with a book or something is a good idea. Having him sit for 10-15 minutes waiting for something to randomly come out is not a good idea. He'll need to learn what it feels like when he has to pee and what happens to his body once his bladder gets full... taking off (or in his case, leaving off) the diaper and letting him feel what happens is a good idea. He'll need to learn to connect the toilet to that feeling... so you'll need to move him there and tell him that's where he should go to pee

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:15 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • (cont'd)... If you keep showing him, calmly, and clean up a few messes, and have him sit on the potty at times he's likely to go (like after a meal, after and before sleep), he will most likely start to get it. You can reinforce it with lots of praise and a small reward if you really find it necessary. But I've trained two at that age, and they don't really respond to rewards and bribery like a 2.5 year-old will. But they do aim to please you. Just know that it's a process, and try to put yourself in his shoes. As soon as you can, move away from the diaper, avoid pull-ups, don't be afraid of accidents and try not to get too frustrated, and just be consistent. Good luck!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:19 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

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