Thursday, February 07, 2008

When Can Owen Be Potty-Trained?


I hope I can do as good of a job potty training my son as my sister and cousin have done with their kids.

My sister is currently training my niece who is a year and a half. Her boys were all trained when they were 2. Pretty good if you ask me.

My cousin, Jess trained her daughter by the time she was 20 months old. Of course everybody says that boys are harder to train. Her son is 16 months old and he's out of diapers already too. You're probably thinking he was showing signs of readiness. I'm thinking Jess is the one who was ready. She just decided to start working with him and voila!
I'll be amazed if Owen's out of diapers before two. But hey, why not have a goal?

20 comments:

Gina said...

Wow! That's amazing that Kim and Jess were able to potty train the kids that young! Do you know how they did it? Did they let them run around without diapers like I've heard some people do? Did they give rewards for using the potty such as candy or stickers? I'd be interested to know how they did it. The sooner I can get the twins out of diapers the better!

Kara said...

It's so funny that you posted about this, because I was thinking of doing the same thing. Thomas will be 3 next month. He detests sitting on the toilet and makes it as big of a struggle as he possibly can. I just changed his poopy diaper minutes ago and he was gagging like crazy. I just don't know what to do. I want to cry. I need to get rid of the other 3 kids for a day and just work on it I think.

Travis,Stephanie, Olivia & Alex said...

I am trying now with Alex, have to start some where and now is the perfect time since he loves coming in with whom ever is in the bathroom. Part of me is thinking its the parent being trained not the child. I WILL have him potty trained early :) !!!!
thats my goal

Tclaytor said...

I just potty trained my 3 year old and had been working on it since he was 18 months old to no avail until I started giving him a tootsie roll every time he used the potty. After I started doing that it took about a month and he is now wearing underpants during the day (and they had to be Cars underpants to motivate him to want them). We bought Katelyn (my 19 month old) her own potty that sings when you use it. She hasn't used it yet, but I put her in pull ups at home and leave her pants off so she can sit on during the day. She always tells me after she's gone and wants to be changed so I figured even getting her used to the potty is great!

WILD GHESE said...

you've got time. It might be kind of like pregnancy. You dread the day, but you're really tired of (fill in the blank) pregnancy, changing diapers, etc. and you'll just do it. The time will be right. Don't compare yourself to others. Do what's right for you. I'm just learning this concept.
If you've been reading my blog, I have a screamer. So many people have said that you can't spoil your kid for the first 6 months, but John and I don't do screaming. So even at 3 weeks, he is getting some sort of discipline. We don't spank him or anything, but he definitely gets told "no" and put down.

Just a lengthy illustration. :) Keane is taking a nap. What else am I suppose to do? I'm lost without him.

Our Family said...

Potty training at a young age isn't hard its time consuming. I spent everyday all day for about 3 weeks working with Trevor. I put him in underwear and pretty much followed him around the whole day and when he would start to go I would say "pee pee" and put him on the toilet. Several times a day I would set him on the potty (after giving him lots of water) and if he went I would give him 1 m&m for a treat. I didn't give him a choice, he had to sit on it. I tried to make it fun by reading to him and playing with him while he sat on the potty. It took up quite a bit of time, but now my 16 month old is potty trained and I'm saving on diapers! I would also like to add that pull ups are a waist of money and if your child is in day care it will take longer for them to get trained because your babysitter isn't going to want to put the effort into someone else's child.

GIna said...

Jess,
Did you have him sit on the potty for a certain length of time or however long it took until he went?

Alicia said...

I didn't take the time to read everyone's comments so I hope I'm not duplicating their words of wisdom . . .

I TOTALLY agree with trying to potty train before age 2. I wish I would have with Chloe because at 2-ish she started getting rebellious and stubborn ideas about the potty that made the process nightmarish at times.

The ready-ness thing is completely overrated if you ask me. I'm sure it makes the training process easier the longer you wait but it could also make the process much more difficult as your kid will understand and want to control the issue more (my niece is almost 3 and refusing to even sit on the potty). It's work and it's training - something your kiddo has to learn regardless of the ready-ness factor.

Keep us posted on what you do with Owen! Have you heard about infant potty training?

Our Family said...

Hey Gina,
It varied, but usually after giving him enough water to drink he would sit for 5 minutes or so and then "go". Sometimes he would sit for 5 minutes get off the potty and the pee on the floor. As soon as he would do this I would say "no no, pee pee on the potty" and I would immediatly set him back on it. He eventually got it:) I would also like to add that I totally agree with what Allica said about waiting until a child is older to train them. It becomes a battle and an issue of rebellion. To me it's almost like house training a pet. If you wait till your dog is 3 years old to train them not to poop in your house your going to have some problems!

Travis,Stephanie, Olivia & Alex said...

my cousin Leigh did infant potty training with both of her girls from the day they were born. they had their own pottys at one day old !!

Amanda said...

I've got a day care kid almost 2 that says poop and grabs herself but when I set her on the potty nothing?

I remeber with emma. I sat on the tiolet and said listen shhh. For some reason that conected with her. I also experienced potty training at grma and grnpa house. She never had an accident! She was less than 3yr old. She knew that they would be upset. She even held it all night!

It did become a big struggle though. Kids can only control two things. When they eat and when they pee! With some kids its just a battle of wills. I wish I would have stated earlier with andrew.

Andrew sits and pushes it out. Two drips come out and he screams I did it. he really responded to the happy dance we did when he peed the first time. I put him in underware and he pees on the floor 5 min later? He does poop in his diaper and says mom I pooped change my butt. I guess I will have to stop giving him m&M's on a regular basis. Haha.

ya think its time. Hee hee

Karen said...

Hey, better to start early and encourage readiness, right? Kids learn amazingly quickly, and I'm certain toilet training is no different than anything else.

I started by telling Olivia what was going on whenever she was "doing her business." It didn't take long before she started telling me when she had done it. Now she's been letting me know immediately before she goes. Olivia's potty seat has been sitting in our bathroom for a few weeks now, and whenever I go potty, she "goes," too. At first she refused to sit on it with her pants down, but she soon realized that that's how Mommy does it. So she always wants her pants down, too. Now she insists on her own little scrap of toilet paper, with which she wipes her front diaper area. When I flush, she says "bye-bye!" What a copycat. I only hope the interest doesn't wane.

partyofsix said...

wow, that is amazing!

diana said...

I agree, I would love for Lana to be potty-trained between 15 and 18 months. haha we will see how that goes though. I can hope.

Heather said...

Victoria was potty trained before she was 2. It was great! She was simple to potty train too. She got it in a matter of 2 or 3 days. The thing I learned was consistancy.

Logan was a bit different. We started when he was 2. Had no interest in it at all. We tried again when he was 2 1/2 and he showed a bit more interest. I must not have stuck to it like I did with Victoria because it took him about a month to totally "get it"

Amanda said...

The sippy cups got to go with the diapers! Out the door.

Kelly Glupker said...

How come you don't like sippy cups?

Beth said...

good luck, Kelly! (no sarcasm intended!)

Kelly Glupker said...

Oh, I'm not trying any time soon! :)

Amanda said...

Most parents let their kids walk around with a full cup all day. Its really hard to judge how much they are actually drinking a day. It makes it harder to train, b/c rather than peeing a river after lunch time they pee every ten seconds. Kids only need something like 15 ounces a day (I remeber my dr saying this). they can actually hold that and you can go out to the store and back without having an accident. Have you ever taken a drink of water and then felt the feeling you need to pee? I think if I do breakfast, lunch dinner w/o many drinks in between I will have better success. I usually go the same time everyday. My kids do too. But not if they are drinking all day. I think I have gone on enough. :)