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My DD potty trained before she was 2 years old. What may I expect with a boy?

When do I start? I'm not holding anyone to this, but about what age? generally? or developmentally what should be going on?

I think maybe staying dry at night may be harder, but how much longer do boys wet the bed once they are trained during the day? We use cloth diapers. DS is 14 mos old.
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Mine boys were both trained within a few months of turning 2. My oldest was out of diapers at night the next month. With my youngest, he's still wearing diapers at night a year later, but he only wets once or twice a week.

I would approach potty training your boy just as you did your girl.
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Micah was ready less than a month after he turned two. I had been allowing him naked time an hour or so per day, and if I noticed him starting to urinate, I would move him to the potty. One day, the entire morning had passed with him going to the potty on his own while naked, so we "started". Within a week, he was waking dry in the mornings and I eliminated all diapers.

All children are different, and it can't really be categorized. Some children are ready as early as 18 months or before. Others not until 4 or later. Boys can be early or late or in the middle, as can girls. I think that 2 is kind of an average. I also think that it can be easier if you start before the "strong willed" stage that can occur some time during the 2's and 3's. No matter what, if your child isn't ready, you can't force them. I would allow periodic naked/diaper-free time, and let his body lead. When he is ready, he is ready.

Developmentally? I would say SOME form of communication would be needed, whether verbal or signed, the child would need to signal that he/she needs to potty, which would go hand in hand with recognizing the need to go.

I used CDs as well, which I think helps with recognizing the need to go. Night training, like day training, is going to vary from child to child. Some can day train early, but their bladders physically cannot be held through the night until they are much older. Others can.

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DS is 25 months and has just started to express interest in sitting on the potty naked. We've had it around for the last three months or so and he wouldnt even look at it so I am happy about that! Sometimes he will like to sit on the toilet too. He hasn't peed on either yet, but I am just following his lead on this. I'm pretty laid back about it though.

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I care for three 24 month old boys.

1) parents started ECing at 6 months and he is fully habit trained and is starting to initiate.

2) in diapers when I started caring for him at 21 months. Now, at 25 months, he is habit trained whenever I am watching him but still uses a diaper when I'm not. He will go on the potty when parents take him but they aren't doing it consistently yet. He is, however, initiating fairly regularly, both with parents and with me.

3) still in diapers, just turning 24 months this month. Youngest, emotionally, of the three, and I take him to the potty regularly. At first, he didn't want to sit. Now he happily sits but has only peed twice in the past few months. However, I usually watch him without the other boys, so I don't remember to take him as often. I'm going to start increasing it this week.

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