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Advice - 16 Month Old Potty Training?

post #1 of 13
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My 16 month old dd is totally giving me the signs that she would like the potty train, but how the heck do you potty train someone who you can't communicate with? Both of my older children were 2 1/2 when they were potty trained and I was able to explain what we were doing.

Anyone have any advice on how to potty train someone this young?

Thanks!

BTW - I feel like she is ready to potty train because she brings me a diaper and wipes as soon as she poops, and then she lays down on the floor in front of me waiting for me to change her (without a fuss). Also, when either my dh or I go to the bathroom she follows us into the restroom and tugs on her clothing trying to pull them down like us. Finally, I put her on the potty thinking it would be cute to see what she does, and then she didn't want to get down! She just kept tearing small pieces of toilet paper off and stuffing it between her legs - over & over, again & again.
post #2 of 13
This is all totally my personal opinion! I think this is normal for this age, my two younger ones have done it. Jenna does it now, she can't stand to be in a wet or soiled diaper. I wouldn't try to really potty train, I have the little potty set up next to the real one that my baby likes to sit on like her big brother and sister, sometimes she even pees in it. It's just preparation for the real thing. Make it for fun, give her a sticker or something if she goes, but don't try to push or train b/c the worst thing would be to train too early and have a regression at 2 or 3. Girls normally train sooner, but I would wait until she can say the words to let you know or teach her signs.
post #3 of 13
My ds was pottied trained at 2 but he would have done it earlier had I encouraged him more. We always left the little potty out b4 he was fully trained and he would pee in it at least once or more a day. I know the communication part can be tough but I wouldn't want to miss the opportunity since it may not come back for awhile. If you don't show interest she may loose hers. Good Luck!
post #4 of 13
Wow lucky you guys!!

I sure wasn't that lucky.
post #5 of 13
If she's showing that many signs, I'd say give it a shot! Don't have too high of expectations, but what do you have to lose? My oldest was potty trained at 18 months, because she showed the same signs. My younger DD is 15 months and already says "potty" when she goes, and is starting to follow us to the bathroom. I can't wait to start her training... no more diapers!!!

Amy
post #6 of 13
I was told by not only a family friend (from Russia) but also my daughters own pediatrician (English) that Americans potty train their babies very later than Europeans. Now this is what I was told and take it for what it is worth!

The girl from Russia had her daughter potty trained by 16 months and son by 9 months! She said it IS a lot of work! You must place them on their potty at least every hour. If they don't "go" or complain take them right off but put them back in say a half hour instead of an hour. This I am sure takes a lot of dedication and I myself is going to start (today actually) with my now 16 month old! I'll have to give you an update.

Remember to always praise and maybe even treat your little one if they do "go"!!

Good luck!
post #7 of 13
of course its up to you in the end. also every childs personality is different so that also contributes.

but here is what happend to me when my oldest ds was about 20 months old he showed the signs of wanting to use the potty and he was dry thru the night wich I think is crucial in pt training it shows bladder control. well we started well after a couple months it went down hill in a hurry he then back slid and was not finally potty trained until he was 4. I learned the hard way. with my next son I let him decide if and when he wanted to use the potty but a little over 3 he wanted to use the potty and pooped and pead in there and never had an accident since he is now 5. I'm taking the no pressure approach with dd who will be 3 at the end of the month the potty is out if she wants to use it and I ask her every now and again if she wants to sit on it if she does great if she doesn't thats ok too.

good luck potty training can be difficult but it also can be easy just depends on those little minds.
post #8 of 13

I cant believe that anyone potty trained a 9 month old baby. Think about that. Im not trying to be mean, but it sounds very silly. Was this baby even walking yet. Or saying 1 word. or even crawling. Heck.

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Kelly K View Post

I was told by not only a family friend (from Russia) but also my daughters own pediatrician (English) that Americans potty train their babies very later than Europeans. Now this is what I was told and take it for what it is worth!

The girl from Russia had her daughter potty trained by 16 months and son by 9 months! She said it IS a lot of work! You must place them on their potty at least every hour. If they don't "go" or complain take them right off but put them back in say a half hour instead of an hour. This I am sure takes a lot of dedication and I myself is going to start (today actually) with my now 16 month old! I'll have to give you an update.

Remember to always praise and maybe even treat your little one if they do "go"!!

Good luck!

Holding your child over a toilet all day is not considered potty training them. I could hold my 3 month over a loo all day too – but that won’t make him potty trained either.

Frankly if a child is ready and shows the signs of wanting to do so – I get the gradual ease into the issue. However I have seen many different posts regarding this similar issue – and I understand with all the other mommies that say – when your child is ready, that is the time to do so. Forcing the issue is not going to make it easier.

 

The only people that wear the “badges of honour” of I potty trained my child before they were one are the mothers who feel that the fact that her child walked at 7 months showed the world that she was a wonderful mother. Just because Sue down the road only potty trained her son at 2 because that’s when he was ready does not mean he won’t get into grad school and will spend the rest of his life living under the freeway , and it does not mean he had an awful mother either. It just meant that his mom was more in tuned to what HE needed and  not what SHE wanted. I really hate this part of motherhood, where some mothers feel the need to be “superior” than other mothers just because their child had NATURALLY developed in a certain area faster than another’s.

 

I get what the poster is saying – personally I would just ease into it and make it more of something fun, so that her little one would enjoy doing it. If they showed that they are willing to do so, it’s worth a shot if you are not going to make a big deal of it.  

post #10 of 13

I was wondering the same thing about my 19 month old DD.  She grabs her diaper when it's wet or there's a different present in it.  She says poop and peepee when she wants her diaper changed.  I thought that maybe she was ready, so I sat her on the little potty.  But, she just started goofing around and then stood up right away.  My son potty trained at 2 1/2 when he was ready.  Do girls seem to want to train earlier than boys?  I'm not in a rush, I'm just curious.

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