Post # 1
I have been potty training my son for the past two months and he has been doing very well with it. However I don’t know how to get him to do number 2 in the potty also.
He is still pretty young and we have tons of time (I started early because I heard it take boys longer). I just basically ask him every hour if he needs to potty, he will say yes and then he sits on it. More often than not, he will pee in the potty (if he hadn’t already peed first) and we do the whole excited pee-pee-in-potty dance. He looks forward to the dance and dumping the pee in the big toilet so he really tries to pee with grunts and everything so I know he understands to do number 1 in the potty. But pooping, I don’t know how to start that part of training.
Do I need to wait until he is a bit older for number two? He just turned 17 months.
Post # 3
We potty trained our daughter at 18 months, so I don’t think it’s too early at all! It sounds like he’s doing really well with peeing on the potty, but hasn’t made the connection to pooping on the potty, yet? Has he ever pooped on the potty, or he just does it inconsistently? When he poops in his diaper, does he show any signs that he’s about to go?
My daughter was also pee-trained before she was poop-trained. I don’t know why, but pooping on the potty seemed really foreign to her, or just harder to understand. One thing that really helped us was to watch her closely for signals that she was about to go. She’d usually kinda squat, or hunch over, and she’d get really still and concentrate really hard. When we saw her start to go, we’d pick her up and rush her to the potty. If she went in her training pants instead of the toilet, we’d dump the poop into the toilet and show her that’s where it goes. If she did go poop in the potty, we made a big celebration out of it (which it sounds like you already do for pee :). Eventually, she did catch on, but poop definitely took longer for us. 🙂 Good luck! It sounds like your son is already doing a great job, and I’m sure he’ll figure it out the rest of the way pretty soon!
Post # 4
wow! so young. my son is 18 months, any suggestions on how to get started? I would love for him to be on his way….also, we live in a big city and are out and about a good part of the day. Do we start by just potty training while we are home and eventually work on using toilets when we are out?
Post # 5
@Sunchick19: We started part-time with Addie, since her daycare didn’t want to start until later. We basically had her running around half-naked or in training pants during the weekend, and she was in disposable diapers during the week. At Christmas, when all of us had a week off together, we made the final push of being in regular underwear full-time. It took like 2-3 days, and now she’s in underwear at daycare, too!
Post # 6
Definitely start at home- my son needs to use the bathroom EVERY SINGLE TIME he wakes from sleeping – so we ALWAYS go to the bathroom in the morning or after a nap. Always works for me. He loves sitting on the potty- didn’t like it at first but now he does it willingly and loves to pee so he can get claps and praises.
Post # 7
@armychica06: I’m impressed my son is 3 and has NO interest in potty training 🙁 I wish he did I have tried a few times already and nope nothing. He is super stubborn and refuses and he is impossible to brib.
Post # 8
@Mrs. Spring: that is awesome!! but what is with the whole half naked thing? My ped was just mentioning to me how it is easier to potty train in the summer than winter and I just didn’t get it….
Post # 9
@Sunchick19: Less layers to take off so the kids can do it themselves. Plus, my son’s teacher mentioned that with boys, the cold air makes them have to go so the accidents are more frequent.
My son is now about fully potty trained (still doing the pull up at night just in case, but he gets up to go potty and goes back to bed) and he’s almsot 3.5; 17 months sounds really young, but props to you! DS had an interest in it early on but it never translated to actually going. He was really concerned about falling in for #2 (he stands up for #1), so what finally got him going was me supporting his back. Sounds like your son is fine with being on the potty, so likely not the issue. It might just be a muscle control thing for now; I know for quite a while, there was no warning when DS had to #2… he just went. Now he has the control to be able to wait till he gets to the potty, but that took close to 4 months of sticking with it.
Post # 10
@Sunchick19: Like @inspiredcreations: said, it’s easier to get them on the potty immediately if there’s less clothing to remove. Also, most toddlers are very visual/experience-based. They need to feel and see accidents in order to process bodily urges/functions. And, well, keeping them half-naked reduces your laundry load during potty training. 😉
Post # 11
We kept my bonus son naked when we were at home. Yes he peed on the floor a couple times, but eventually he recognized the feeling of when he needed to go and would make it to the potty.
As far as poop goes it was a little tougher. He was really afraid to poop on the potty at first. He eventually admitted he thought his stomach was going to fall out. It was quite frustrating because he would ask for diaper to poop and he would cry. He would hold it until his stomach hurt him so badly, that I felt like we were torturing him, but eventually he got over it, but it did take a few more months than pee.
Post # 12
I will state my tip in a minute, but remember that there are studies that say the younger you start, the longer it will take. There are all sorts of readiness factors that have to be in place or it can be a frustrating experience and a waste of time.
Does he have a Bridesmaid or Best Man at any regular time of the day now? Like after a meal? That is a common time because the bowels are active and moving in the right direction. Look for visual clues for a good time to have him sit on the potty.
If he has a Bridesmaid or Best Man in his diaper take him with you, dump it in the potty, then transfer it to the toilet and flush. They have to be old enough to understand that they are not flushing away a part of themselves. This is a common question at the nursing call center where I work. Many kids are pee trained but still holding on to their BM’s.
Post # 13
I don’t know if I can really help on the Bridesmaid or Best Man issue because I started EC when Roo was 5 mos and as soon as he started solids at 6 months and the poop was solid he just figured it out almost immediately. If he has to poop he’ll go when we sit him on the potty.
He’s not trained in that he can tell us when he has to go… but we put him on the potty on a schedule(ish) and he ALWAYS has to poop right after dinner. Actually usuaully during dinner towards the end he’ll start wiggling a lot and making the grunt face so we ask him if he has to poop and take him upstairs to sit on the potty. Sure enough – he’ll fill the bowl.
I do think he poops better when he’s on the seat that sits on the toilet vs the little potty chair. Not sure why.
I’m not a huge fan of treats… but it might be something that helps to at least get him started 🙂 Maybe an M&M or 2 if he goes #2. Or whatever would work as motivation? I know my niece would wait until she had a diaper on for nap or bedtime (She was in undies otherwise) and then she would poop – right when they put her down – and then call out that she needed a diaper change. So she KNEW to hold it and KNEW what to do – but it was a while before she would actually go on the toilet.
We’re still trying to figure out how to get him to tell us when he has to pee/poop. He will tell us AFTER he has gone – which is a step in the right direction.
Funny story this weekend he was playing in the living room while my hubby was watching TV. He was making the grunts noises here and there and Todd kept asking him if he had to poop – to which he adamently shook his head ‘No’ – which is usually the case when we ask him. We’ll like the 5th time my husband asked him he just turned around and started running towards the bathroom. It was so stinking cute!! So there’s 1 win for us. I still think we’re a couple months away from it REALLY clicking – but my fingers are crossed!