Potty training

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Potty training
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Sat, 07-02-2011 - 10:10am
I didn't think I would be talking about this subject until after Selin turned two, but lately I've been wondering if she's ready to start potty training. A few reasons: She has become fascinated with toilets, she runs into the BR with me and watches me pee, and just this week she started saying 'pee pee' and grabbing her diaper.

Should I buy a small toilet that sits on the ground, or can I just get a small seat that goes on our regular toilet (and would be easier to cart around)? We have a very very small BR (and our only BR) so if I can eliminate having to put one more thing in there on the floor, I would prefer to do so.

BTDTs - What are your thoughts? I'm in no rush to potty train Selin but just curious if these are signs she might be ready?

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Sat, 07-02-2011 - 1:08pm
Christine - I'm not a BTDT yet, but here's where we are... I'm interested to hear from other experienced mamas about this, too.

Eliza started to show the same signs about 3 months ago, so we got her a potty chair. We've talked a lot about going potty (but oh man do I hate that word!), she's watched us use the bathroom, etc... and she is interested in the process. So, like you, I don't want to push it, but at the same time I want her to see what happens and learn about it. So far, she's peed in the potty once, though I think it was by accident. She likes to sit on it before bath and say "peeeeeeeeee", and then she asks for a piece of toilet paper and wipes :) She knows when she *is* peeing, and when she *has* pooped, but so far doesn't show any signs in terms of anticipating either one, which I guess is an important step in the potty-training process!?

We're trying not to make a big deal out of it, I figure treating it as a normal process/thing that she's going to do is a good first step. We're not pushing her, but like Selin, she showed interest before we even started thinking about it!

I would say getting the potty chair can't hurt; you can talk to her about it and get her used to the idea that that's where she'll go potty "when she's a big girl" (or whatever you want to say). I totally KWYM about floor space in the bathroom, though. We had to put ours behind the door so now the door won't open all the way - we only have one bathroom and it's super tiny... oh well, I figure it's only for a while (hopefully not for the next 2 years!!!).

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Sat, 07-02-2011 - 2:32pm
We got david a potty seat for on the toilet. He hadms shown some interest but is not totally ready yet.

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Sat, 07-02-2011 - 7:18pm

William is so close to being ready. He will often tell me he has to poop before he goes, but hasn't connected the before pee feeling yet. He tells me he's wet and will grab the front of his diaper. He has been doing this for the last 2 weeks or so. I envision being in full PT swing by the end of summer as there are plenty of days coming where he will be able to run around the yard in a bathing suit/underwear and no diaper. Hopefully he can equate the awful wet/running down his leg feeling with pee and a 'pre-pee' feeling.

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Sun, 07-03-2011 - 2:35am
I second what Ella mentioned - the criteria for being ready: anticipating when pee/poo is coming; the physical ability to control the urge; and the (mental and emotional) readiness and willingness to use the toilet.
It's a good idea to introduce the toilet seat or potty now, if she's interested, but don't push it until she fulfils the above criteria. I've heard the best approach then is to one day just not put them in a nappy and tell them to tell you when they need to go. They will wet themselves at some point and not like it and thus start to learn.
FWIW my own experience so far: we got a trainer seat for Teddy in autumn last year, when he started showing an interest. First he would only pretend-go on it; around his 2nd birthday he started to say he'd need to go for a wee before bathtime (when he was already naked) and indeed do so when we put him on. He never requests the toilet during the day though - and when I ask or offer him, he doesn't want to. Especially with poos - he knows very well when he needs to go and will announce it, but when I ask does he want to do it on the toilet? Teddy says "No, want to do it in my nappy behind the sofa!" (he prefers to hide). At the moment I'm not going to push it as he clearly doesn't want to, and having a new brother is enough of a change to his life as it is. But I know a few of his friends, same age, are toilet trained now (with the method I described) though the majority are not.
Oh and I've heard it also helps to buy some pants (underpants?? What do you Americans call underwear?) and let them choose them and say they get to wear them now that they use the toilet, it's great to motivate them!!

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Sun, 07-03-2011 - 2:55am
Simon has had his own little potty chair for a while. He uses it now and then and is starting to pick up the sign for potty that DH and I have been using when we go. We can see when he is going to poo so we ask him if he needs to go potty and take him when we are home to sit on it. He has gone in it a few times and we reward him when it happens. We are not pushing hard but at the same time attempting to teach him. He liked the little potty seat that sits on top at my mom's. She got him one of those. The nice thing about them is that he can't just stand up and run away like he can on his little potty seat.

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Registered: 12-23-2003
Sun, 07-03-2011 - 4:44am
Good luck! I hope you get some great tips.
I want to hold off as long as possible- ideally 3ish as I have heard it can be done much faster then especially for boys. But we'll see how I feel a year from now :D
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Sun, 07-03-2011 - 8:55pm
LOL.. we call them underwear.

Getting a potty they can use freely is very helpful, if you get the ring for the big seat before they can get on and off it independently you may be looking for trouble. Also when you get the potty, getting books about using the potty are great as well. If they show interest and want to sit on the potty it's great to read to them while they sit there.
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Sun, 07-03-2011 - 8:57pm
Ray was around 3.5 or so when he potty trained, it took a few months but once he got it, he got it. He nighttime trained as well during that time.
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Mon, 07-04-2011 - 12:17am

We just finished potty training recently. I had a fairly positive quick experience with it, so I'm happy with the method we used. There are a lot books/websites out there discussing potty training in one day or three days, and we did our own modified version using the general ideas they reccommend.

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Mon, 07-04-2011 - 8:30am
That is so awesome Grace!!! Wow! I'm really impressed. I think when we do try we will do it the way you did.
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