Wait. Wait until HE asks to use it. I have 2 girls. My first I took diapers away when she was 3. She used them when we went out. She decided that she would be potty trained when our second child was born (3-4 months later.) That worked fine for her and she easily potty trained. Our second child turned 3 in October and still has no interest in potty training. I took her diapers away for awhile and it did no good. She would tell me she needed to go AFTER she had already gone, all the way. She didn't care that she completely soaked herself several times a day. It's very frustrating. I want her to be potty trained but she has no interest. My sister has a daughter whom she took her diapers away and potty trained at 2. Within months she was completely unpotty trained again. My sister was ready, but she wasn't. So don't push it, don't even mention it. If he asks go for it, if not let it go.
When you say you don't feel ready, what do you mean? Like, you don't know how to train him, or you are sad he's growing up too fast? I think Sarah has good advice. Annalise is showing signs, too. But, she's not even 18 months yet, and I am worried that it's too soon.
Pull-ups are perfect for "testing" that real urge to potty-train! Too many accidents...you can still use diapers :) I just finished training my youngest...and he's four! Took him a little longer, but he's got the hang of it now.
My Dr just told me not to worry about Mo. He shows interest but only on occasion. He said boys typically potty train at 3 or 4. What I am doing with him, and did with Kaia, is just simply asking "Do you want to use the potty?" If he does, great put him on it, and if he doesn't, say ok. When he's ready, he'll start telling you he wants to go. I always give him the option but never force it.
As an expert self-potty trainer at the age of six months, I will say leave him in the bathroom and he'll eventually figure it out. Helpful, huh?-Your long time potty trained brother
Why are you up at 6 anyhow?
Ha. I'm not. I just schedule things to post then.
My advice? Chocolate.
I put potty training off because everyone told me not to train him while I was pregnant because he would revert back after the baby came. Well, after the baby came I was too exhausted to even think about potty training. So, I just kept putting it off. Finally a few weeks ago I put underwear on him and let him pee himself all day. It was a long day full of messes but by lunch the next day he stopped wetting himself. He has had maybe two accidents since then.I think it was easier because he was older so caught on pretty quick. But...the boy won't poop in the potty. He has got the bladder control down flat but won't poop. So he is in pull ups until I can figure it out. (He has had bowel problems since he was one and is on medication so I am wondering if there is a connection).Good luck!
I'm with you. My little girl will turn 2 in a few days and shows some interest, but I don't WANT to do all the rah!rah!rah! you can do it! routine and deal with the accidents. I figure I might just wait until she's begging me to use the potty. :) How's that for motivation?
My only advice is if you start encouraging him and he isn't quite catching on, just back off for a while. That is the point we are at right now. We are slowly working up to using the potty more often. I'm just hoping that once the baby comes he will decide he is a big boy and doesn't need diapers like the baby does and will just decide to do it! Fingers crossed! :)
I potty trained 3 boys and 4 girls. I say WAIT~Boys don't catch on as quick and as jeanette said, they may pee in the potty but poop in their pants every day. Not fun..(been there-done that too)My boys were trained by 3 1/2 yrs-and they didn't have accidents even at night. It's not worth the mess and the stress to push earlier.
i just stumbled ulpon your blog. funny thing is my son started potty training two days ago.i am pretty encouraged by it this go around. i hate, hate, hate potty training. but he was ready- he came to me and asked wear underwear. so, i totally agree that when they are ready- that is the right time to do it.good luck.