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My son is 16 months and I'm starting to wonder when to start potty training. Any advice on what kind of potty chair to get and when and where to introduce it would be great! Also, when and how can you start potty training?<br><br>
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At that age, I would check out the EC forum it's under diapering. From what I hear, I would recomend the Baby Bjorn little potty for a boy, it has a nice high guard.<br><br>
Just start putting him on the potty, give him something to do (book, toy, etc) and if he sits, turn on the water or make a psssss sound, to try to get him to go. If you see him trying to poop, put him on the potty.<br><br>
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We're sort of doing a late-start EC/early potty-learning (check out the <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/forumdisplay.php?f=227" target="_blank">EC forum</a>). I read "Diaper Free" (can't remember the author's name, Christine something) and "Diaper Free Before 3" which was written by a pediatrician (some good stuff, some not-so-good stuff). It was helpful to me to read both of these because they gave me some good practical suggestions. DS is 18 months and we started at 17 mos. We've been trying to do things just in the morning, but I'm about to go cold-turkey and put away all of the diapers. When we're at home, we'll just go naked and when we're out we'll use nylon paints over our Gerber training pants.<br><br>
We use the Baby Bjorn Little Potty (bblp) for the living room and when we're out (or I'll hold hiim over a toilet, depending on his mood). In the bathroom we have the Baby Bjorn Big Potty (bbbp) which he can get on/off by his self. Mostly, it's been a lot of peeing on the floor and "practicing" sitting on the potty at regular points in the day. Honestly, I'm of the perspective (at this point in my mothering career <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) that it can't hurt to introduce the potty early so long as you are easy going about it and can accept some pee on the floor! After all, most cultures start MUCH earlier than we do! And at the least they are beginning to learn that sometimes an activity needs to be paused for a potty break which can be a difficult challenge for older toddlers when potty learning.<br><br>
hth! relax and have fun with it, but for sure get him a potty to get acquainted with!
 

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We started DD at around 13 or 14 mos. We just started with poop b/c it was just to gross to have her go in a diaper and she kind of signaled when she had to poop. I never heard of EC at that time we just put her on b/c we hated diapers and especially hated the diaper geni *gag*<br>
She didn't fuss or become angry or anything. So every time she did the little warning signal we just put her on the regular toilet with a smaller seat and flushed it away. Pee took longer but I don;t exactly remember when it was totally reliable. I do know she was reliably in underwear on her 2nd bday.<br><br>
I would highly NOT recommend pull ups...I truly feel they hold a kid back and only were invented to give parents a sense of training b/c they supposedly look like underwear. They are diapers and the kid knows when they are on. We did use them for a bit with DD but I found when she wore them she never said she had to pee and when she had on underwear she would...occasionally a pee accident while she was learing but with the pull ups she just never said anything.<br><br>
My son has been EC'd from birth so he is a different kind of story.
 

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I got Rachel a potty chair oh, around 15 months, I think. I got it on sale, that's the only reason I got it so early.<br><br>
Anyhow, she will sit on it, but at almost 22 months she has only peed in it two or three times. She's just not ready. If she pees on the floor or in the tub, she looks at me like "what is going on?".<br><br>
I"m not worried. When she's ready. she's ready.<br><br>
If I were you, I'd get a potty, if you find one you like, and maybe out him on it before bath or something, so he gets used to it, but I wouldn't push it at all until he's showing signs. He's young yet.<br><br>
As for pull-ups, they may help, they may not. They worked awesome for my nieces, esepcially the oldest one. But they don't work for everyone.<br><br>
I have a girl, so don't know how helpful a potty reccomendation from me would be. I do say get one-my daughter is scared of sitting on the toilet. I have a potty that plays music when you sit down, and different music for peeing or pooping. I don't think that's needed, but it was on sale for under$5.
 

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Oh I'm sorry...we did use pull ups for the night. I just meant I didn't recomend for actual training. As diapers they work fine. When DD woke up dry for several nights we let her be diaper free. (She was closer to 3 and possiblly even a bit past her 3rd bday) she was dry for along time at night and then out of the blue she started wetting again. DH would take her to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I don't believe in night "training" he was bringing her not to teach her but only to keep the bed dry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
At 4 she is dry again all night consistently.<br><br>
My EC'd son wears a regular diaper at night b/c for some reason he pees right through the pull up but it isn't b/c it is full...it's like the pee comes out the top or something b/c his PJs will be wet but not so much the diaper. anyway he wakes if he is the slightest bit wet or has to pee so I actually find that to be a downside b/c someday I would like some sleep. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I know some moms just put the kids on extra padding at night and leave them diaperfree,
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would highly NOT recommend pull ups...I truly feel they hold a kid back and only were invented to give parents a sense of training b/c they supposedly look like underwear. They are diapers and the kid knows when they are on.</div>
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Yeah, that's kind of why we're about to make the jump out of diapers during the day. For ds, it seems to have something to do with knowing that eventually he'll have a diaper on. Otherwise, we can make several catches a day (if we're naked all day). At night, we're still planning on using a diaper. We'll see where that leads us.<br><br>
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