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Oct 23, 2008


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I don't think we're ready yet but I'm coming back to these posts when we are. My son turns two the week of Xmas but hasn't shown any interest in potty training. I think I'll wait to try it until he's out of school next summer.


I introduced the potty when DS was 18 mos. From the beginning he was awesome about sitting on the potty and using it, but only when I told him to. Then he would go in his pants like 20 mins later. I tried all kinds of charts and rewards and even let him run around naked after hearing of one training method. He peed on the floor and started playing in it. I totally gave up after he turned 3 (and got all kinds of grief from everyone!). Then one day like magic he told me that he needed to go potty, at about 3 1/2. And that was it. Two yrs of total frustration and it was done in one day. I've already decided I am not going to be so eager to start with my next kids. It will happen when they are ready. Also, I found pull ups to be a big waste of time and money but I'm sure others will disagree.


My oldest started showing interest at 15 months also. Things were going well until one day when she went potty a few times in a row and was rewarded with an M&M each time. About half an hour later she got diarrhea and freaked out. It was over a year before I was able to try again.

I knew she could do it, but she just didn't want to. She's an incredibly stubborn child, and everyone kept telling me to wait until she was ready (except for my mother who called each and every day from 15 months to 3 years to see if she'd been "potty trained yet.") Finally I just gave up out of frustration. As 3 approached I started to get more anxious, but she kept refusing to go or even get on the potty. One day, her friend was over for a playdate. Her friend had been potty trained for over a year already. Well, Maddie went with her to the bathroom once and watched while she used the bathroom herself. The next day Maddie decided she was ready and by 3 days later wasn't having any accidents during the day or night. It was a matter of when she was ready, and the peer pressure finally got to her.

My youngest, on the other hand, was a different story. Don't hate me for this, but... I got extremely lucky and my oldest potty trained my youngest for me. I hadn't even planned on starting to work with her (especially after the struggle with Maddie) but one day I heard Maddie yell out, "Mommy, Josie used the potty!" I ran in the bathroom to find that Maddie had taken off Josie's diaper and helped her sit on the potty. After that, Josie barely had any accidents either. Yes, I know how extremely lucky I am, but I also feel as if I had enough trouble with my oldest to deserve it with my youngest.

*And just a warning to other potty training parents, beware those automatic flushing toilets in public restrooms. They can create some serious issues if they flush while your child is still on it: Issues that require you to dash home each time your child needs to go because she is too scared to use a public restroom.

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