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This is what we're doing. If Simon -- who is 14 months old -- is running around the house naked, I put out a "potty" (really just a plastic container) and say "If you have to pee, can you please go in the potty?" I might also sing "pee pee in the potty!" Really this is mostly just for fun. I don't expect him to get it yet, but if he does that would be great. If he is starting to pee, I tell him that he's peeing and run with the potty to try to catch some of the pee in it. I do this in a playful, kind of excited way. I've we catch some pee, I'll say "you peed in the potty!" or something similar. If we miss entirely, I just say "we need to clean up your pee! Let's find a towel. Scrub scub." Sometimes I add "maybe next time you can pee pee in the potty." This is all really upbeat. I'm not upset or disappointed about cleaning up his pee. That's what I expect to do when he runs around naked. He has peed on the toilet (our toilet) before so maybe I'll put his potty beside the toilet. It would be used as a climbing device though -- as is everything else these days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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All I know is that I've read several places that kids have to be ready to potty train in three ways: cognitively (understanding it), physically (able to hold it until they get to the pot), and emotionally (being able to let go of their pee and poop). If they don't have all three, we are wasting out time. Check out the potty training section of Becoming the Parent you want to be. Great book.
 

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Dal, I think it's GREAT way to intro the potty! We did something similar, although maybe didn't do it as much as it sounds like you are and DD was potty trained of her own volition at 21 months. I am not a believer in the "later is better" mentality. It may be better for some children, but I do think that many toddlers are ready long before the books say they are. Go for it!!!! I think our little ones often surprise us with what they can do if given a little gentle guidance and encouragement. I think many children have a window well before 24 months and if you miss it and let them get into that negative stage toddlers are famous for, well, then you are just out of luck. DD trained right before she decided that everything had to be her way or the highway. Amen for that because trying to potty train her now (at 25 mos) would be a total disaster considering that every other word out of her mouth is an emphatic NO!!<br><br>
If you find you are not getting support from family/friends, check out the Elimination Communication subforum here, under Diapering, I think. Those mamas are very inspiring and helpful.<br><br>
Don't let accidents get you down. They are all part of the learning process. Keep it positive, just as you are doing. It may take you longer at this age (months maybe) but I think if you keep at it you are practically guaranteed a potty trained 2 year old, at the latest.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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That's pretty much the same thing we did with my ds at first, just to get him familiar with the potty and what it was for, etc. He did great and it was amazing how quickly he caught on, but in the beginning the kid was peeing everywhere...all over everything! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> It was fine, we didn't expect him to not do it, and we were very positive about it as well.<br>
I don't think there is anything wrong with it at all-I don't think it's a waste of time at all. I think it is a great way to introduce it to your ds. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> That way when he is ready to pt, he'll have a "head start." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think that sounds great...and you have inspired me to go get a potty for my 18 month old....just so that she can hang out and check it out YK? See if she wants to begin using it!
 

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Yeah I think it's great, as long as there is zero pressure, and it sounds like there is not in your situation.<br><br>
My daughter has been asking to "peepee" on the toilet. I put her up there this morning but she seemed scared of the big hole. I'm going to get a little seat tomorrow to put over the toilet for her. I have no idea if she'll pt anytime soon (kinda hope she doesn't - I have a great diaper stash!) but figure it can't hurt to encourage her interest.
 

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I think it is a good idea too.<br>
We bought a potty over a month ago for my DS who is 16 mths old. For about 2mths he has been able to stop his pee. Long story short, he was peeing on me when i changed his diaper. He would look at me, get a concentrated look and stare at me and then pee and laugh!!!! I didnt scold him - i dont want him to think that peeing is bad, jus tthat there are appropriate places for it- but i would say don't pee on mommy- you need to go pee in your potty and he would stop! I would take him into the bathroom but he would stop before we got there.<br><br>
After bath time the other day he ran away naked and peed in the living room floor. Heis very fascinated by doing it! :LOL He then proceeded to smear it with his hand before i could get there with a towel and then i ran him into the bathroom to sit on the potty. His potty seems uncomfortable to me. The splash guard seems to come up toohigh and it isnt removable. So maybe we need a new one and it will help.<br><br>
He is very predictable with poos- very obvious signs usually- so i want to try to get him to poop in the potty but i am afraid i will scare him and he will start holding it. I used to babysit for a little girl that held it so bad she started throwing up!!! Talk about ANAL!!! wow, she really was!<br><br>
any other ideas?<br><br>
I agree about starting earlier- i think doing something for 2-3 yrs and then changing it makes it harder to change. make sense?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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This is similar to what was recommended to me with my older child and what worked for lots of my friends. Basically, block out a few days when you can mostly stay around home, let your child run around naked with a potty nearby (great to do this in the warm weather months!), and encourage your child to use the potty. My son didn't get this right away. After 2 days of peeing all over the house, we called a halt to things, but he figured it out on his own a month later (at 28 months). I agree with many of the PPs that many people seem to wait too long. I was told by someone who has lots of experience in the area that it is best to start at the first signs of readiness, and that by waiting for all signs of readiness to be there you may miss your best window of opportunity. Good luck!
 

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<a href="http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/113/1/180" target="_blank">http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...full/113/1/180</a><br><br>
Some information about potty training, what is needed from the children, etc. I have also potty trained over 50 children in my classroom over the years!<br><br>
Good luck!!!! My son is also 14 months and I haven't even thought about it yet. My dd potty trained herself at age 27 months...I am hoping for the same from my ds!
 

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Sounds good to me! This is sort of what we have done. I've had the little potty out since C was maybe 12 months old, its hard to remember. He's always been very aware of his bodily functions and at 14 months was sometimes requesting to poop on the potty. Before we would take a shower he usually was diaperless and would either pee on the floor, onto his removed diaper or on his potty. Then a few weeks ago we were on vacation and he was keeping his diapers dry and peeing on the potty almost exclusively. As soon as we got home I got out the underwear and we have been in themall day for three days in a row now with no looking back and minimal accidents. He loves it and totally gets it! He's 22 months. My first son learned similarly at 25 months.
 

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I do not want to hijack this thread, but can anyone recommend a specific brand or model potty for a boy? My DS is almost two and I think we should at least get one in the house!!
 
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