Now another question: Does potty trained mean poopy trained? Do they go hand in hand? It seems like an akward thing to teach a kid to poo on a seat. Is It?
I'd introduce them to the potty at a young age, talk to them about how they'll use it when they're bigger, let them see you use the potty, etc. But honestly, it differs greatly from child to child. I didn't think my older son would be ready until well after age 3, but then one day it just clicked for him, and within a week he was potty trained, and within 2 weeks even overnight. As long as they're familiar with what they're supposed to do, when they're ready they'll usually just do it. Of course for a few weeks he chose stickers each time he used the potty, but then it just because routine and he's never wet the bed (except once when he was sick). He was 2 years 9 months when he potty trained.
My 2 year old seems very uninterested (he was partially EC'd, but unlearned it when he started walking, and copied his brother who ran away naked after usig the potty and would never sit on it after that), but I'm taking the same approach that when he's ready, he'll just do it.
Now as a nanny, I potty trained girls, and it was closer to 2. But I used the same approach and rewarded with stickers for a few weeks.
With DS, I'm just taking the same approach we used with DD, just waiting until he is ready, better able to talk and communicate more clearly, but more than anything just watching for the signs that he is ready, not that we are ready. If that is tomorrow, great, if it's not for another 2 years, that's no problem either.
I didn't really read anything on potty learning except to pop in here to MDC and read throug the advice on those specific threads. I just followed DD's cues, put the potty chair out and let her get used to the idea. One day out of the blue, she just started doing it, and not from any "training" on our parts. She learned it on her own, on her terms and hasn't looked back since.
I would do the same with your DS, just get the potty chair, get him used to the idea and just see how it goes. When he's ready you'll know.
Um, leave them nekkid a lot. You'll know they're ready because they'll start to pee places on purpose. For example, thinking it is hillarious to run to a particular spot in the yard, off the patio, or whatever. We knew DS was ready because he liked to pee over the side of the canoe. Simple matter of letting him know that he could run around nekkid more, and even wear spidey undies, if he could do that in the toilet when he was inside.
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DS potty trained himself at 29 months. One morning before the tub DD went potty. DS then said he was going to and did That was about it (he had accidents, of course, but he was trained from then). He stopped w/ a night time pull-up just under a year later.
Not really sure what is next, but I have a friend that suggested to have a full day at home, naked and offer plenty of water. Needing to go a lot will help them get used to the feeling of needing to go. I hear it works great
DS2 was about 2.5 when he was completely done with out accidents during the day. I think he may have taken longer but he wanted to do what his older brother was doing.
DS3 is 2yrs 5 months and we are doing potty introduction. He is only peeing 1x a night and sleeps dry during his 2 -3 hr naps. He will also go get his potty and "try" several times during the day. I keep a empty shampoo bottle in the shower and he thinks its fun to pee in it during our shower. He is close!!
The Graco has a soft cushy seat with two handles that can fit on the big potty. Base becomes a step stool. Bowl is really big and easy to lift out and empty. I think I paid $14.99 at Toys-R-Us for it.
We also got this annoying video called "Potty Power"... my son adores it, drives me crazy. He goes around telling people on the street that he has "Potty Power" (and holds up his hand). We have the Bear in the Big Blue House Potty Video which he likes as well.... but the Potty Power video is more potty instructional. Like how they tell them to sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while they wash their hands.
For us, we weren't pushing... he wanted to learn.... and was so happy when he had mastered it. The little guy is still so proud of himself everytime he does a "big one" in the potty (his word for a BM).
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For starters we keep them naked at home and when they start to pee we rush to the potty. 2 things happen with this: 1) they make a connection between peeing and going in the potty and 2) they learn how to stop peeing until we reach a potty. We do that for quite a while before we move to potty learning with clothes and then finally the pooping thing, being receptive to when they want to do things. It's a long process over here but when they are ready to move to the next stage, it happens very quickly.