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I've been noticing more and more signs of readiness. The last week he tells me "poop" right after going, and will tell me "wet!" "Pee" etc when he is wet. Yesterday I asked him in the bathtub if he needed to poop, he said "yeah" but I did nothing and he went in the bath LOL. He has a good vocabulary, and understands directions very well.
The biggest concerns I have is I don't know how still he will be able to stay for very long on the potty. He is extremely active. And I also have my doubts that he would be able to tell he has to go ahead of time. Although today he kept saying "wet" to me and wanting his diaper off. When I checked he wasn't and then he peed a bunch right after? So maybe he is telling me?
I know he HATES to be wet, so I know if he was in underwear he wouldn't like peeing in them at all.
But really, I think it's a huge waste of time to try too early and 18 months is too early the majority of the time in my opinion. I didn't even try until DD was almost 2.5 years old. So, is it too early to bother? Or do you think he sounds like it might be worth a try?
DH seems to think it's worth trying because he has done lots of other stuff on the earlier side, but I don't know. I don't want to make things more confusing, but then ignoring his ques of not wanting to go in his diaper would probably be confusing too wouldn't it LOL
My doctor asked me at DS's 18 month appt if we had started yet, so no I don't think you're crazy.
DS is fansinated with the bathroom right now, so we pop him on the potty every once in a while, usually right after nap time or before bathtime. We're not seriously training, but rather fostering the interest he already has at this point.
Just give it a whirl & see what happens. I wouldn't persist beyond a pack of underwear & a day or two. If its a disaster, pack the undies away & try again in 6-12 months.
Xavier has forced me to put him on the potty several times because he wants to do everything Layla does. He also tells me when he peed by hollering "PENIS!" and that he pooped by saying " I stink (I kink)" or "I poo poo. I kinky!"
I agree with the others. I would consider giving it a shot, but don't stress out about it. He may be ready or he may be almost to the start line!
I am just doing little things for Brynlee to get used to the potty because she is similar to Dominic. When she poops, she tells me..."I pooped" or "poo poo" and she comes and stands in front of me with her butt to me for me to check. A few times, she told me "i poo poo" and then 2 seconds later made her poop face. But telling me beforehand is not consistent. The only time she tells me that she peed is if she peed a lot. Then she tries to take her diaper off. When I go to the bathroom, she comes in too and pulls her pants down (diaper still on) and sits on her potty. Sometimes she tries to take her diaper off and sometimes she doesn't.
Then when she is "done" pretend going to the bathroom, she wants to wash her hands. lol
Sometimes I ask her, do you need to go potty? And when she says yeah or yesh then I take her in there, she pulls her pants down, and sits down. But I am too nervous to take her diaper off, LOL
I'd try. We are started trying with Lilli. However, I don't think she's ready for full on potty training. She did pee and poop in the potty, but we'd always not catch it and she started refusing to go. We let her read books, do a puzzle, read our magazines, play with her belts, etc. She is very active too. Singing also helps.
I have apotty in my living room. Ayla doesn't seem to like it, but Silas will sit on it (and mostly play with his wiener). He has yet to pee on it, but I always have it out as an option. I did it with my oldest as well. She reverted back to not wanting anything to do with it, but fully trained over a weekend at 2.5.
Give it a try. We're going to buy a potty this week and simply put it out for him to use (or not use) at his own pace. He has such a huge interest in everyone's peeing & pooping habits in the bathroom right now that it'd be foolish not to take advantage of his curiosity and desire to mimic. Miles has definite warning signs of needing to go poop so it'd be nice if we could get him to go on the potty. My girls were somewhat early PTers. They were fully trained before the age of 2.