Parenting Questions Answered - Potty Training

I really thought Evan would be fully potty trained by now. My brother, sister, and I were all potty trained early so my mom is always saying that Evan should be. Evan is 2 1/2.



He'll tinkle in the potty all day long(and has been for about a year)...but he refuses to poop! We had a few days where he would poop in the potty and then he stopped. He goes off to hide and if we grab him and stick him on the potty-he stops. He can sit there for an hour and wont go. The second we take him off, he poops in his diaper. We tried EVERYTHING.

YESTERDAY he pooped in the potty!!!! I caught him hiding and sat him on the potty. It might have something to do with the fact that I told him that all of his other friends poop in the potty and he needs to do it too. I HOPE that this continues and we will be completely in diapers soon.

**Updated to add that Evan came to me this morning and told me he needed to poo poo on the potty! Maybe we're on to something!**

So my question is:

How old were your children when they were completely potty trained? How long did it take you to potty train them?


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27 comments:

Oka said...

I'm embarrassed to say, my two oldest boys were almost 4 years old. (It took me a awhile to figure out, it was my working 3rd shift 50+ hours and no daytime babysitter, that gave me no patience to deal with it.)

My daughter had just turned three ( I could of probably done it earlier if I hadn't lacked the confidence after the first two)

My youngest, a boy was potty trained this past Feb. he turns 3 this June. He has a few more accidents (rare at that) then the other kids do, but I chalk that up to a lazy father (when he has the accidents).

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

2 of my 4 kiddos are old enough to have been potty trained. My MIL used to drive me nuts with all the talk of early potty training, but I'm a firm believer in what's good for the goose is not always good for the gander. My 2 oldest are boys. When they showed an interest, we introduced the potty. When the interest wained, we didn't push it. Between 3 and 3 1/2 when they really had a grasp of their own bodies, they were trained in a weekend. No fuss, no frustration (for us or them), no tears. We're planning to do the same for our other 2 kiddos. IMO, children will basically do it on their own when they are ready...you don't see 6 year olds running around in diapers (unless there is a medical condition). Give him time. It will happen. In any case, do what you feel comfortable with rather than what other family members might expect/deem as right :) LOL.

ParaJunkee said...

I just got Anya potty trained about 3 months ago fully. She reversed it up a pit, poop first, but the pp was another story entirely.

She was basically proactively potty trained, as long as we pestered her over and over again "Gotta go potty" we would have no accidents.

We have her in a little day care for 2 days a week for socialization, and I would never even think of sending her in with just underwear.

I think the break through was when we started going to school open houses, one time my husband couldn't go with me, so I went alone and had to bring Anya with me. She loved it and we called it "Big Girl School." From there on she wanted to be a Big Girl and go to Big Girl School. Well there are steps to being a big girl we would tell her and one of those steps is to be potty trained. She was telling us she had to pp within a week. Fully potty trained 3 days after that.

Final step to being a big girl is loose the NooNoo... it's not working as well :(

- Rachel @ Anya's Room

The Hutson Family said...

I just blogged about this very issue on my blogspot:
http://oneboredmommy.blogspot.com/2010/05/potty-training-updateour-1-year-olds.html

I offer some helpful advice...after potty training 3 others, I have some tricks that seem to be working with my last one! :) I hope it helps you too!

One Bored Mommy

Evonne said...

My oldest was about 2 1/2 when she was fully potty trained. When we first switched to underwear, it freaked her out a bit and she would hold it until she burst (literally). She hated being wet so she caught on pretty quick.

My youngest is now 4 1/2. He was potty trained by the time he was 3 1/2. The only troubles we've had with him since then are when his schedule changes - that's when accidents seem to occur, but not a lot. I still wake him before I go to bed to use the bathroom, but we'll work on that as time goes on.

My son was also a hider when he had to poop. We ended using Tootsie Rolls as a reward, which helped greatly.

Krystyn said...

I'd say around 2.5 years. Daycare made us start way too early and it took too dang long. And, the poo was definitely a challenge.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Both of my boys were pretty close to 3 before they were fully potty trained. It seemed like it took FOREVER to get my oldest completely potty trained. I think he peed in his underwear for almost a year before he finally figured it out!

Carly said...

My 1st son was not Trained until 3 we started training him at the age of 2. One thing that he Loved was the Movie Potty Power. This movie made him want to be a Big Kid like the kids in the movie:) Good Luck:)

Amy said...

My daughter was potty trained by 2-1/2 yrs old. One day I just took away the pull ups and diapers in the day! It took about 2 weeks for her to catch on to that feeling and know what she needed to do. I did so much laundry during that first month but almost 1 month to the day we started she was telling me when she had to go! So for us taking the pull up away during the day was the best thing ever! But ever kid is different but that's what worked for us. Hope that helps!

Jenna said...

I would say you're on to something when he's telling you has to go! That's great! When our daughter started doing that (trying to take her diaper off by herself and sit on the potty), that's when we decided to start training. She was potty trained right around 21 months old and it took about 3 weeks to do. I remember the 'poo poo' in the potty being the hardest too...but she quickly learned that it did not feel good to go in her underwear. Like Amy said, we just took her diapers away one day and she quickly caught on. I think every child is different as to when they're ready.

S Club Mama said...

honey, Tristan is 2 1/2 and I haven't even tried with him

Katie said...

We are in the process of potty training now. I never thought I would be so excited about poop or pee! haha!

hotpants™ said...

My son was 3. It took a good six months. I hear boys are harder. I hope my daughter trains overnight. Ha!

alissa4illustration said...

I started with Mica when he was 18 months. He loved the potty. He was fully trained in the day when he was 2. Night trained by 3.

Isaak's a little slower. We started with him at a year. But...we're not very consistent about working with him. He'll be 2 May 19. He goes poop on the potty almost once a day.

Jena said...

I don't have my own kids (yet) but my sister's little girl is just starting the process (she's 20 months). My mom told us (long ago) that my sister and I were trained at 18 months (and it only took a week--I have no idea how she did that), but our youngest sister was almost 3. She just had no interest.

natalee said...

my two oldest were about 3.. i waited because everyone told me boys are slower..my mom was so pissed at me because she thought it was too late...but...they never had accidents and they seemed more ready...now my 3rd is 2 1/2...im gonna start very soon...good luck my friend,,

Cher said...

My son turned 3 in January and knows what the potty is but won't use it. I also have a 23 month old that I need to potty train! All the doctor told me is that they will be potty trained by high school!

Buki Family said...

my son is 27 months now and i was thinking of doing it over memorial day weekend... wish me luck!

Busy Working Mama said...

We just went through a "weekend potty marathon" a few weeks ago. Right before my daughter turned 2.5. We had been trying on/off to get her to use the potty but the #2 was causing us issues - she was afraid to poop in the potty and held it for 4-5 days at a time until I finally would let her crap in her diaper.

I took Friday off of work and put her in panties. I was certain that my neat-freak, anti-dirt daughter would not pee in her panties. By nap time, I think we had been through 3 changes of clothes. I tried to put her in a diaper for nap and all I got was a HUGE tantrum about how she only wanted big girl undies. So I told her she could only have big girl undies if she stopped peeing in them. Since then, I think we've had maybe 2 accidents and she's even pooping on the potty regularly. I lucked out! I still put Lily in a diaper over night despite her telling me "we gotta send ALL these diapers to a baby, mommy!"

Busy Working Mama said...

Sorry one more comments - my child is very competitive so I got her to poop on the pee and potty by telling her "I bet I can pee faster" and she can't resist the challenge. So glad you son is learning so quickly!

KBraden said...

Ok here is my long spill. My 2 boys where fully potty trained by 2. My 2 older girls where more stubborn and where 3. My 2 1/2 yr old was fully potty trained a couple weeks before she turned 2. When I say fully that means no accidents. I am currently working on my 1 yr old. The pooping is the hard part but sounds like you are on to a good start. I rewarded my 2 1/2 yr old for pooping in the potty and that helped. So maybe try rewarding him for pooping in the potty and he might doing it more. :)

Kristen M said...

First - boy - 3 weeks before age 3
Second - boy - 3 months before age 3

I used the methods in the Toilet Training in Less Than a Day book. They both got the hang of it within a couple hours. It took about a week for them to be fully trained (#1 & #2 plus a couple days in a row without accidents). My first wasn't dry at night for a few months after I trained him. My second it only took him a week to be dry at night.

Melanie said...

We didn't start with my oldest until he was 3 1/2, and it took about 2 weeks with accidents here and there. My youngest was ready at 2 and was trained fairly quick, longer than big brother though, but here we are almost a year and a half later, and we have a few weeks with no accidents, and then a week where there are at least once accident a day. With my boys I had a sheet of paper on the wall next to the toilet, and I had little star stickers (like the ones you get in school) and they got to pick a sticker every time they went on the toilet. Night time wetting is a whole different story. My oldest wet at night until he was 6, but he has also had problems with his kidney's. My youngest was dry for the first month, but wets almost every night now.

Dawnette Thomas said...

My children were all potty trained by the time they turned 3; however, I found that when they are ready they train much faster. Waiting is worth it. Have patience if you can.
My pediatrician always said they wouldn't go to kindergarten wearing diapers.

Andrea said...
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Andrea said...

My child was potty trained by two. It happened slowly but it was great to just be able to let go of diapers.

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

(a little late to the Potty - LOL - sorry)

Tommy wasn't fully potty trained until a little after he turned 3. We actually took it very casually with him and let him really lead the way (with gentle encouragement from us) it worked out wonderfully and we have had almost no accidents and only a couple bed wetting incidents since last summer. I am hoping Jack will be potty trained by the end of this summer (he will be 2 1/2 in Sept) he is really starting to show interest, but again I am just going to follow his lead and not push things with him.

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