Hello. I have a little boy who just turned 15 months yesterday. He has been telling me when he needs his diaper changed for the last week and a half or so. A couple times he's even brought me the wipes and once he told me right before he pooped rather than after. He is pretty advanced in most areas and seems to do things about 2-3 months ahead of the "average" age suggested on the papers given by his doctor. He speaks fairly well for a 15 month old using over 35 words and he attempts to dress/undress himself (although he requires help). I know 15 months is early for potty training, but if he's taking an interest in it I'm just wondering if it would be a good idea to go ahead and introduce the potty chair. I've also heard that boys are harder to potty train than girls. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with potty training a younger toddler. I don't want to push him to do something before he's ready, but I don't want to hold him back if he is ready a bit early either. Advice is appreciated! Thank you.
My 23 month old son has been showing interest for awhile. We aren't pushing either. We do have some potty's in the house and have introduced it. He likes to sit on it sometimes, with and without a diaper. He likes to sit and read books and what not. He's not ready, but showing good signs. I don't think it would hurt to have some in the house, introducing it and having it sit around in the bathroom would be good, it will become familiar. Just my opinion, but no success stories from me yet! Good luck!
Thank you! I like the idea of reading books on the potty. I think I will get him some "potty" books and leave them in the bathroom. Great idea.
I say go for it. The worst that will happen is he'll decide he really isn't quite ready and he'll be in diapers a little longer. As long as you don't shame or punish him (which it doesn't sound like you would) then it shouldn't cause any issues later on if it doesn't work now.
Thank you for your advice. I think that's what I am most worried about-that if I introduce it before he's ready it will cause him some sort of issue later on. I don't mind taking as long as he needs, but if he is showing interest it just seems like it might be a good time to introduce the potty chair. I definitely won't punish him over it. I disagree with that approach even when kids are older when potty training. I babysit for a newly 2 year old who is starting to take an interest as well and her mom has already given me permission to put her on the potty when I change her diaper so I'm thinking maybe I will just work it into our routine. When we change diapers before snack time they can both take a turn on the potty chair. We will make it fun and read books while we sit there. If he doesn't seem interested in the potty then we will just hold off a while longer. Thanks again!
My daughter, who is 18 months recently has been doing the same thing in our home. We bought her a potty chair a few weeks ago, and she loves the thing. She sits on it quite frequently and has actually only "used" it once. Some days she will show more interest in it than others, and on the days she wants nothing to do with it...I don't push her. She's always followed me in the bathroom whenever I've had to go to the bathroom, so I'll put her on her chair whenever I go as well. She's even been waking me up at around 5am every morning because she wants her diaper changed. I can't say I'm thrilled about waking up at 5am most mornings, but I'm looking at this as a blessing in disguise. I say, if they are showing the interest than why not? I will not hurt anything.