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DS is almost 17 mo and is starting to show signs that he's ready to start toilet "training". DM thinks he should be trained by 2 yrs, but I want to go as low-key as DS needs.<br><br>
The problem?<br>
I haven't the first clue as to where to begin.<br><br>
I've been talking to him about what he has done in his diaper ("you pooped/peed"), but I don't know where to go from there.<br><br>
Can you tell I'm a first-time mama?<br>
Help!!
 

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Introduce him to the potty. My 17 month old is showing some interest as well so I let him sit on it anytime he wants. For as long as he wants. No pressure to make him sit if he doesn't want to or to make him sit longer than he wants. Just follow his lead, but give him the opportunities to do it.<br><br>
This worked with my now 5 year old and it seems to be working on my 17 month old. We did get one poop in the potty and he was quite proud and hasn't had the desire to do it again yet.
 

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Do you use a seat attachment or anything? I keep imagining him falling into the toilet and being permanently traumatized or something.
 

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My 25 month old DS has just recently stopped wearing dipes. It's been a couple of weeks now. He usually 1-2 accidents per day, however he hasn't had any for the past 2.5 days now...<br><br>
He saw a friend wearing "big boys underwear" and going on the potty and then after his nap that day he told me that he had to go potty and I put him on the potty and he pooped. So I decided to jump on it. Here's what we did...<br><br>
I took him with me to Target and let him pick out his own big boy underwear. We talked (still do actually) about trying to keep them clean and dry. We also made a potty chart which he didn't care about at all. We let him run around with only a shirt and socks pretty much constantly for the first 4 days. At naps and bedtime he wears dipes. If we had to go out I would just put him in underwear and take extra clothes. I haven't put a dipe on him at all (except for sleeping) since we started and we haven't used any pull-ups or anything.<br><br>
I have cleaned up my fair share of accidents and washed a lot of clothes but it's still less laundry than cloth dipes and I have to clean messes of all sorts anyways so the clean up isn't really bad. I just resigned myself to the fact that this would be a somewhat messy process and that allowed me not to stress on the more accident prone days. I also keep reminding myself that he's learning a new skill and I need to give him plenty of time to master it.<br><br>
We had a potty ring for the big toilet in the bathroom and we kept a childs potty chair in whatever room we went in. I tried to keep the little potty as close as possible so that he wouldn't have to stop playing to use it...at mealtimes I would literally have the potty chair on the floor right next to his high chair. I noticed that at first he would start to pee while playing or eating or whatever but as soon as a little bit came out he would stop and I could sit him on the potty and he'd finish...so having the potty right there was really really helpful.<br><br>
Also, we have a pez dispenser and when he pees or poos on the potty the little pez monkey gives him a treat...I'm planning to phase this out pretty soon though...or maybe just use it for poops...<br><br>
The gerber cloth training pants work pretty well and I sewed some tiny homemade soakers into the wet zone of the other underwear so that if we're out and he pees it won't drip onto the floor or anything.<br><br>
Good Luck, and mainly remain stress free so your DC won't feel pressure.
 

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Thanks!<br><br>
I kinda like the portable potty idea. After all, out of sight, out of mind.<br><br>
I work 40 hrs/wk, but maybe doing the bottomless thing on the weekends would work...<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:
 

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We have a ring for the toilet. We had a child's potty for the bathroom with my oldest and he never used it. So we got rid of it and just haven't gotten a new one.<br><br>
Weekend diaperless time works here!
 
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