potty train baby when

It’s a monster!!!!!!!!

Right now the hot topic in Princess A’s playgroup is potty training. Some moms have already started. While I admit I love the idea of not changing diapers potty training didn’t cross my mind until other moms started talking about it. Princess A started walking only 4 months ago and her eating habits are so messy I am afraid to see what she will be like in the bathroom.

I have always just assumed Princess A needs to be potty trained by the time she enters preschool but who knows? Regardless, I feel like I am unprepared for this task and need advice. When did you start potty training? Any awesome tips or books I should read?

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Shannon Sutherlanbd

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  1. Brianna July 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM #

    I started both of my girls when they were a little over 2. If she is ready before you are though, she will let you know. I heard girls are worse off than boys, but I’m not totally sure on that. It took my girls almost a year to figure out the potty.

    • Shannon July 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM #

      You Guys are making me feel so much better about this. I wonder if the moms are maybe lying about potty training their 16 month olds lol

  2. Jordan July 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM #

    I started feeling pressure from friends and family members to potty train before Rayne was 18 months. She has a potty chair and her own toilet seat to use on the big toilet, and she likes playing “potty time” but never wants to actually use it for it’s intended purpose. After stressing myself out about it I just realized she isn’t ready yet. She doesn’t yet understand the importance of using the toilet and I can’t possibly follow her around asking if she needs to go to the bathroom all day (I tried, she usually lies). So I chilled out on it for now. Her grandma on the other hand insists on forcing it, and I found out when she was staying over night she made her wear big girl panties which she had wet in the middle of the night. Which I don’t think is okay at all. I’ve just come to terms with Rayne not wanting to potty train right out of the gate which is okay because all children are different. I still ask her sometimes if she has to use the toilet but I don’t try to pressure her. I know when she’s ready she’ll let me know. Maybe I’m being to lenient? I’m just going with the flow on this one. If you find out any good tips, let me know!

    • Shannon July 2, 2012 at 7:18 PM #

      Thanks for the tips Jordan. Amelia is 15 months and I think that is way too young. In NYC moms are so competitive and always doing things early. But I am a first time mom so I always question my decisions. I think going with the flow is a good idea!

  3. Vicki July 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM #

    Actually, I used to work at a daycare – we had more boys having difficulties w/the potty training than girls. May have been the specific sets of children I worked with though. I’ve always heard boys are worse. Everyone will tell you different things about that. Irregardless, a few of my “mommy friends” started potty training when their child started being able to tell them when they were peeing or pooping. The age range is pretty big too: I know people who started at 18 months & others who started just before the 3rd birthday. This clearly is more of a comment than advice (sorry!) seeing as my son’s only about to be 11 weeks.

    • Shannon July 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM #

      Your comment actually helps because it shows that people train their kids at all different ages.

  4. Jen July 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM #

    I stressed about this a little bit myself. My daughter is 3 3/4 yo. We started with the potty chair about a year ago. My daughter never liked it and never used. My niece who I babysit was potty trained before I started babysitting (sge was 3yo) My daughter seemed a little interested in using the toliet because my niece was but that didn’t last very long. It was a struggle and I thought OMG she is never going to use the toliet, I’m going to being buying diapers forever! I talked her dr about it when at her appt and she said with her mom experience with 5 kids she realized when your child is ready it will just happen. She said there are so many books and videos and other moms have their advice but it really boils down to is when your child is ready.
    So to help train, I would have her sit on the toliet and see if anything would come out. I wanted to do this a few times a day, but even that was a fight, so it happened whenever she was willing. Sometimes she would want to sit and nothing, but at least she wanted to do it. From Feb – April she would use the potty but very inconsistently. Frustrating! But then May came around and all of sudden she was just going to the potty on her own. With maybe a total of 3 accidents that month. Even at nighttime! I guess she was just ready, because IT JUST HAPPENED.

    So for Shannon and Jordan just do what you feel is right for you and Princess A and Rayne and what they feel comfortable with and when you feel they are ready. Try it a few times if they don’t want to then they aren’t ready. I don’t really listen to others with their advice because most of the times this is advice comes in a arrogant, pushy and superior tone from other moms and I don’t like that. So like Jordan I just go with my own flow and what works for me and my daughter!

    Hope this helps and good luck!

    • Shannon July 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM #

      Thanks Jen!!!! I hate comparing my daughter to my dog but actually it sounds kind of similar. He seemed to young and small when we first got him to house train him and we waited for 2 months. We live in an apartment so he has to say he needs to go then wait for us to get his leash on, wait for the elevator, take the elevator down, and then walk outside. His bladder was just too tiny lol. The reason we started was because he started to get embarrassed when he went in the apartment and it honestly took only a week to house break him. So I think we will listen to you guys and do what we did with Freckles with Amelia lol

  5. Wendy July 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM #

    Honestly she will let you know when she’s ready girls are easier then boys from my experience there more independent

    • Shannon July 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM #

      Good to know. I talked to my doctor today and she said as well that it is better to wait until she says she is ready.

  6. Lisa July 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM #

    Shannon, Princess A will go when she is ready. Alot of these ppl are saying girls are easy and boys are harder to train!!! A whole lot of crap lol. Cody was 2 and a half when he decided to drop his pants in front of people at a family bbq and do a wee and now he’s 4, i had no problem, even at night he demanded not to wear a nappy at night and whanted to wear undies, i was abit worried that he’d wet his bed but he didn’t, he use to get up n use his potty or go one better and get on the toilet. Mind you, I’m a single mum and didn’t have cody’s dad to show him how a man goes to the toilet, cody learnt from my brother (his number one uncle lol) I also have a story book about a teddy who was getting potty trained and it shows kids what the potty is for and how to use it….waste of money cause i never got time to read it to Cody lol. Good luck btw and i think you’ll have no trouble with Princess A at all xxxx

    • Shannon July 2, 2012 at 7:09 PM #

      Thanks Lisa… I probably won’t have time for books as well.

  7. snarkysarcasticbish July 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM #

    A thing to keep in mind, if she is ready, it will go so much easier. Don’t force the issue, it will just drive you insane. Buy pretty panties, not cotton, look for the silky types, trust me, not fun to have those wet panties on. But just wait for her, its all going to happen in good time.

    • Shannon July 2, 2012 at 7:08 PM #

      Thanks everyone. I felt like I should wait till she is ready but when the other moms started talking about it I started wondering if I am doing the right thing.

  8. Jess July 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM #

    Warren just got potty trained about 3 weeks ago, he’ll be 4 in October. He did FANTASTIC. We’ve had minimal accidents and only ONE night time accident. I never expected to have such a small amount of laundry from potty training. But I know why, I waited. I didn’t listen to anyone except Warren. When he finally became excited about wearing underwear and was getting sick of me checking his diaper all the time. That’s when we started. Took less than a week and he’s been doing amazing ever since. My doctor suggested when to potty train but never pushed it. I read books, asked people, in the end I threw everything out the window and just followed Warren’s lead. That’s a huge advantage to being at home with your kids, you can truly wait and not push them into anything until they’re ready.

    • Shannon July 3, 2012 at 10:56 AM #

      I agree with you. Amelia gave up the bottle when she was ready… which was early but that’s what she wanted lol. Who knows about potty training but after see moms I know struggle with their kids at this age with potty training I think waiting until Princess A is ready is best.

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  10. Kimberly July 7, 2012 at 4:28 PM #

    There are a lot of Mom’s who *potty train* by putting their baby on the toilet every 20-30 minutes. If they can’t do it themselves then it is not really being trained, in my opinion. My girls were both 2, and we used the naked method.Pee on their own legs once and never do it again.

    When she is ready, you will know. Don’t give in to all the pressure and hype.

    • Shannon July 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM #

      Thanks Kimberly. It was honestly weird to hear moms talk about potty training. It hadn’t crossed my mind yet because Amelia just learned to walk a couple months ago.

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