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My DS is 26 months old. We tried potty training 6 months ago because we thought he was ready but turns out he wasn't. He would sit and go on his potty but i always had to initiate it. He could stay dry practically all day from me taking him every hour BUT he wasn't into it himself. He couldn't care less if his pants were poopy or wet. So i decided he needed more time. Now i'm wondering if i should try one last time before Kylie is born or if it would be better to wait until a few months after she's here. Reasons to try now- only having one in diapers, i bought some of those cloth training pants online that are size small and they are NOT cheap so if i wait i might have to buy a bigger size which i really don't want to do. Money is really tight right now so it would be great to save.
He will sit and go pee/poop every night before bathtime, but i guess i won't know whether he's really ready unless i try. I'm just not sure i want to.. It would be a lot of effort on my part. But would it be harder to do it later with an infant to care for? Would 5-6 weeks even be enough time to potty train him? I'm kinda running out of time here! Another concern- I've heard some kids will go back to having accidents with the change of a new baby so it could potentially be pointless to do it now.
These are my thoughts.. sorry, i know they're scattered. I'm just not sure what i should do since i only have one child and have no idea what it will be like with two AND this is my first potty training.
So whats your opinion? Is it worth it to give it a shot or should I wait it out?
I'm going to be potty training Alex next week. In my experience if they do go back to having accidents then it doesn't last for very long. 5-6 weeks is more than enough time to potty train. I would rather do it now because it will be easier on me. For me it would be harder to potty train with an infant in the house. You have to put a lot of attention on the child when you are potty training, and with an infant in the house that will be impossible to give it the level of attention it needs.
I agree with Tiffany. I think you should give it another shot! 5-6 weeks is plenty of time. Just stick with it and don't give up! There will be accidents throughout training but it is so worth it to get it done before baby gets here (IMO). I didn't have any issues with accidents when a sibling arrived. So, you your little boy may skip that all together
You could give it another try, but if it's obvious he still isn't ready I would leave it. I have potty trained four kids and none were completely ready at 26 months. My daughter is almost 3 and she is just now potty training successfully, but she still isn't dry at night . All kids are different and it's something you can't really force. Also, I have found the best way is just to use regular underpants right from the beginning. Pull ups are an expensive waste of time imo. Good luck!
I tried to potty train my son a few times, and he just wasn't ready. When he was just over 3, it was like a light bulb turned on in there. He started going with no problems at all, and only had 2-3 accidents after that, and has never wet the bed.
If I were in your situation I would definitely try, but don't get discouraged if it doesn't take yet. I believe every child has his own schedule to do things on, and trying to change that just causes frustration.
The other ladies have given some good advice. Give it a shot, and if, after a week or so, it's obvious it's not clicking, don't push it. Some kids are ready, but my understanding is that lots of boys are not ready until 3 or later. I also agree with going straight to undies, at least during waking hours.
*With my younger DD, I decided not to push it. DD1 was 90% potty trained at 20 months, but it took her another 8 months to get that last 10% (POOP!) At a certain point though, around 2.5, I realized that DD2 had the ability, but she just didn't want to try that first time (I couldn't even get her to sit down on the potty). What I did was strip her naked. The first day, she held it for SEVEN hours. She begged for a diaper, but I didn't give her one and she didn't go. After naptime (with a diaper, which she promptly used) we did naked time again and she stayed dry until bedtime (again, begging for a diaper all day). So that night I ran to the store and bought juice boxes (a huge treat in our house- we are a water/milk type family). The next day, we repeated the naked time, but I let her have as many juice boxes as she wanted. She had four before she started peeing, and I quickly got her to a potty. It was like a lightbulb went off! She stayed dry after that and rarely even asked for help when she needed to go. We are still working on poop, but I'll take it!
Bella wasn't ready until this past May and she is almost three. It took us a good couple of weeks of consertive effort to remind her to go to the potty. I was to the point where I wanted to give up but then that magical lightbulb went off and she got it. We still have 1-2 accidents a week (she is too busy to realize she has to go or starts to pee, stops and promptly runs to the potty) and she refuses to poop on the potty (that's what we are working on now). I'm happy with her progress becuase we basically use pull ups for nap and bed time and that's it.
Moral of the story is, if he is going and not upset about you putting him on the potty, give it a go again. We used a potty chart with stickers for everytime she sat on the potty (regardless if she went or not) and mini m&m's for went she would actually go. Bella loves positive reinforcement so it worked like a charm
Good luck!! Camden will regress once Kylie is here but if you guys have the basics down, you can definitely get him back on track better than waiting until she's here.
Thanks for the advice ladies! I decided to give it a shot so today is day 1 trying. So far he's had an accident but i know its so new to him so i expect it at this point. He seems enthusiastic to go on the potty though. I have stickers for him and have considered m&m's but honestly not sure if i should.. i try not to give him sweets BUT if it helped i might make an exception. Hmm...
Definitely give it another shot. I just potty trained 3 at one time. My twins weren't ready until recently, and my 2 year old was showing signs of being ready. I gave a try and it worked. I didn't have to do anything more than tell them good job when they went(they were happy with just that). I used a sticker chart with my two oldest and they really liked that too.
Bella hardly ever gets sweets so I knew this would be a special treat for her We have that potty watch and it was great! She wouldn't wear it but I carried it around. Then it magically went through the washer and no longer worked We started using a timer on my phone and that worked too.
We have two pairs of those trainers and she likes them!! We also got Carter's trainers online through amazon that were great too! Here is the boy version: http://www.amazon.com/Carters-Boys--...ning+pants+boy I like these because they fit her well and had that extra absorbant too. Plus you get two for the price of one of the blueberry pants. You'll end up needing a few more once he gets the hang of it, FYI
I say try again if you're up for it. If he's not ready, you can always stop. Connor potty trained in May. I didn't think he was ready, but gave it a shot and he did great. So, you never know how it will go until you try it.
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