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Anyone have good tips on potty training a 12 month old boy?

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3 years ago
I'd like to start the potty training process with my 12 month old son. I'm looking for good tips and maybe some trial and error from mom's that have been there. Thanks! (I'm a first timer so ANY suggesting would be welcomed!)

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3 years ago
Best advice I can give is DON'T. 12 months is too early, esp. for a boy (there is a big gender difference in potty training; girls usually train quicker and earlier than boys). At this stage, babies simply do not possess the physiological and cognitive development to master this skill.  What you will accomplish is developing an inordinate system of timing and his dependency on you to ensure his pottying success. This will delay true results when he is ready, usually around 2¼ yrs - 2½ or longer. Let him master walking, running, stairs, and stacking blocks first.
3 years ago
i agree with ali214 hes to young :)
3 years ago
Wait a year...or two. You'll just be training yourself to constantly put him on the potty rather than teaching him to initiate it himself. Training this early will prolong the period of accidents. Boys tend to train later than girls anyway. It would be tragic (and frustrating) to have to revert back to diapers because you started too soon. Hang in there- it will happen.
3 years ago
One afterthought to share- real potty training takes the ability to follow a 5-8 step process. (Recognize the "feeling", run to the bathroom, take down your pants, sit and do business, wipe, pull up pants, flush, wash hands.) You're little one should be able to do all of those things on his own before you start training so if he can't dress himself yet, that is a big sign to wait. What you can do now is teach him to dress himself and then follow a few simple instructions in a row without having to be reminded in between. For example, put your toys in the toy box, then put the book on your bed then come give Mommy a hug.
3 years ago
One afterthought to share- real potty training takes the ability to follow a 5-8 step process. (Recognize the "feeling", run to the bathroom, take down your pants, sit and do business, wipe, pull up pants, flush, wash hands.) You're little one should be able to do all of those things on his own before you start training so if he can't dress himself yet, that is a big sign to wait. What you can do now is teach him to dress himself and then follow a few simple instructions in a row without having to be reminded in between. For example, put your toys in the toy box, then put the book on your bed then come give Mommy a hug.
3 years ago
12 months may be a little young but there is no reason why you can't start at 18 months.  You're going to get a lot of advice from magazines, your doctor, etc that says you should wait until 2 1/2 to 3.  In my opinion there is no reason to wait that long.  A vast majority of kid's in the 1950's were potty trained by 2.  I have no idea why we think are kids are less capable then kids back then.  And you don't need to wait for so-called "readiness signs".  Both of my children were potty trained by 2 (a girl and a boy).  I had to help them with pulling their pants up and down but other than that they picked it up quickly.  My daughter trained in a week, my son took a little longer -about a month.P.S. If you're serious about early training I highly recommend the book "Potty Training without Tantrums" by John Rosemond. You can buy it on his site www.rosemond.com   
3 years ago
go ahead and do it.  I started potty training my oldest boy at 15 mo. We stopped wearing dipers since then. He was pottytrained a year before his friends the same adge strated even being introduces (and by that time there's lots of fighting it). I have 12 mo. old boy who is going on a potty  at least onece every day since 9 mo. old. And more times a day on a weekend when I'm not working. It's a lot of work potty training at that age but it's worth it. Good thing is to teach them to sign potty and you will take a guess work out of it. Be consistent,  have something fun to do while on a potty you good to go....
3 years ago
so some tips... First just start putting him on a potty and give him some toy he really likes (for really active kids which don't sit down often) or read books and wait till he goes ( try an hour after he had to drink or right after dinner for "poo-poo") Put on potty training underware and pants to hold the "goodies" in. When you see kid going just pul pants down and sit him on a potty. He'll get the idea and you on a good start.
10 months ago
It can absolutely be done and bravo for trying! The first respinse made me laugh... who is she to tgink your 12 month old hasnt ALREADY mastered walking, running, climbing, and stacking blocks?? lol! mine sure had and im sure she's not the only one. I started potty training my 12 mo old daughter on her birtday and by 13 months she knew exactly what to do and what it was for, and always went everytime I sat her on the potty. Everyone who says its too young are misguided, yes, they may be too young to tell you when they gotta go so of course don't expect a permanent transition until they can talk sufficiently, but it is not too young to begin the process and habit. He's still gonna need diapers (i bought huggies Slip Ups, they are perfect for the transistion stage) for awhile, but when hes old enough to start verbalizing when he needs to go, the switch will be so easy. For example, I had no intentions of starting potty training before 2, I thought I had plenty of time left before considering it. The only reason why I started at 12 mo was because every time I went potty she always followed me and learned from a young age what mommy was doing on the toilet. So she wasn't scared at all when she started sitting on her own mini toilet with mommy everyday. So i tend to think that bringing her in the bathroom with me ever since she could crawl and telling her "mommys going potty/pee pee's" is what really made it a piece of cake when she turned 12 mo. And the best advice... This may sound bad but it's just like training a puppy, every 15-30 min put him on there and eventually he'll get it. Hope this helps :)</p>
10 months ago
It can absolutely be done and bravo for trying! The first respinse made me laugh... who is she to tgink your 12 month old hasnt ALREADY mastered walking, running, climbing, and stacking blocks?? lol! mine sure had and im sure she's not the only one. I started potty training my 12 mo old daughter on her birtday and by 13 months she knew exactly what to do and what it was for, and always went everytime I sat her on the potty. Everyone who says its too young are misguided, yes, they may be too young to tell you when they gotta go so of course don't expect a permanent transition until they can talk sufficiently, but it is not too young to begin the process and habit. He's still gonna need diapers (i bought huggies Slip Ups, they are perfect for the transistion stage) for awhile, but when hes old enough to start verbalizing when he needs to go, the switch will be so easy. For example, I had no intentions of starting potty training before 2, I thought I had plenty of time left before considering it. The only reason why I started at 12 mo was because every time I went potty she always followed me and learned from a young age what mommy was doing on the toilet. So she wasn't scared at all when she started sitting on her own mini toilet with mommy everyday. So i tend to think that bringing her in the bathroom with me ever since she could crawl and telling her "mommys going potty/pee pee's" is what really made it a piece of cake when she turned 12 mo. And the best advice... This may sound bad but it's just like training a puppy, every 15-30 min put him on there and eventually he'll get it. Hope this helps :)</p>

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