thread: Toilet Training

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    Jun 2003

    Toilet Training

    How and when did you start toilet training? What were the signs for you...I know there are textbook signs but I want the btdt mum signs IYKWIM.

    Paris is asking to go to the toilet all the time, and hates pooey nappies. She was telling me "poos" just before she did them, I just don't want to rush her as I know that can cause more mistakes. I have a potty I just haven't introduced it yet and I am not really sure how to go about it.

    Any stories and advice would be greatly appreciated!



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    BLAP Guest

    Hi Cailin. I wish there was a magic wand to help kids toilet train!

    Anyway, our story goes.............

    We tried training Aaron when he was around 2, but he just wasn't interested. They say boys take longer and boy has that proven right. Paige was born when Aaron was 2.5 and I wanted to only have 1 in nappies, but it didn't work out that way. We had accidents and he wouldn't even tell us when he had wet, so I gave up.

    Not long after his birthday (3), we began again and have had no accidents for wees. He was ready himself.

    Poos are another story........ he is only now just going to do poo in the toilet and he will be 4 in November - not from a lack of trying mind you.

    I didn't use a potty, because I wanted him to know that it went straight in the toilet and I didn't really have anywhere for a potty to go - didn't like the idea of him sitting on a potty in the lounge room. But everyone has their own view on things.

    I would just try and sit Paris on the toilet/potty (whichever you decide to use) around the time she does her poos. You never know, you might have success - books work a treat while they are sitting on the "Big" toilet.

    If you want to know anything else, let me know. We just really watched Aaron and didn't push him when he wasn't ready. He was ready at 3 for wees and we haven't had 1 accident!

    Good luck

  3. #3
    Life Member

    May 2003
    Beautiful Adelaide!

    Hi Cailin,

    I was chucking a sicky the other day and watched Dr Phil, and there was a segement on toilet training: here is the detail, copied off his website. Whether it would be effective, I have no idea!

    Potty Train Your Child in One Day

    A doll that wets
    A potty chair
    "Big kid" underwear (instead of diapers) Lots of liquids for your child and the doll to drink

    **Note that the following instructions using liquids also apply to potty training for bowel movements.


    Development: The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests waiting until 2 years of age to potty train.

    Modeling: You can demonstrate or have the doll demonstrate the process of "going potty."

    Motivation: Find out who your child's superhero is. The hero will provide the motivation in this process.


    Your child will learn by teaching the doll how to go potty. Have your child name the doll and give it something to drink. Then walk the doll to the potty chair with your child.

    Pull the doll's "big kid" underwear down and watch the doll go potty together.

    When the doll successfully goes potty, throw a potty party! Make it a big blowout with party hats, horns and celebrate. Give lots of attention to the doll so that your child understands that going potty is a good thing.

    Let your child know that when he/she goes potty, they will have a potty party too. Not only that, your child gets to call their favorite superhero to tell them what they just did!

    At the beginning of the process you placed "big kid" underwear on your child's doll. Now it's time to take away the diapers and put "big kid" underwear on your child.

    Give your child plenty of fluids to drink. The sooner he/she has to go potty, the sooner you can begin potty training.

    Ask your child if he/she needs to go potty. Your child might say no and that's OK. Because you've given your child plenty of fluids, he/she will soon need to go. If your child has an accident in their underwear, don't scold him/her. You want this to be a positive experience.

    Take your child to the potty, pull his/her underwear down, and have your child sit down. Do this nine times. This builds muscle memory and your child will eventually go.

    When your child successfully goes potty, throw him/her a potty party. Most importantly, your child can now call his/her favorite superhero and tell the hero about what they just did! Enlist the help of a friend or relative to play the hero and take the phone call.

    When your child has an accident, simply take him/her to the bathroom nine times in a row as you did before. This will continue to build his/her muscle memory. And don't forget to keep up the positive reinforcement.

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    I saw that episode too Lucy


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    lvv Guest

    Well Taiya has just started toilet training in the last 3 weeks. She sort of wanted to use the big toilet about a month ago and we figured out it was just a novelty. But we bought a potty for her and now she saiys wee wee and start pulling off her pants. She doesnt do it every time but i reckon about 50 -75% of the time she lets us know whcih isnt too bad considering she just turned 18mths.


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    That is fantastic Ivy what an early learner. Kameron wouldn't even know what a poo or wee was yet. Even though when we smell a poo we says "have you done poo"

    He got a potty last xmas and he went a few times in that and he was rewarded for doing so, but when winter hit we didn't enforce it as it was too bloody cold for him to sit there with his nappy off. He also learnt how to get out of the potty.

    Will probably re-introduce it when the weather warms up again.


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    MichelleBrissyMum Guest

    Just had to put in my 2cents worth!! Deanna started asking to go to the toilet about 4 months ago(just to sit there really) so we just took her when she asked but when she went in to hospital for 3 days we got home and she didn't want to go anymore. She has started telling me (after the fact!!) that she has done wees and poos(that's if you haven't smelt it first lol) and she sits on the toilet for a while and she likes the wiping part the best she does it her self. She also watches us going to the toilet when she feels like it. We now have the kiddy print toilet paper a pretty foot stool that we decorated our selves this serves the purpose of getting her up there and gives her something to put her feet on while she is up there, she LOVES pushing the button too!! I don't know if this helps but when summer comes I will be putting her in training pants to make it easier for all of us!! She still doesn't do anything but she likes the idea of being a good girl :wink:
    Good Luck Sweety and Paris be a good girl for Mummy and go to the toilet!!

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    TJKids9901 Guest

    I started potty training my Tyson after he turned 2. He was telling me he was wet and pulling at his nappy so I just bought a potty and sat it in the loungeroom. I wasn't really keen on having him use it in the loungeroom either but he got used to it and learnt to use it because it wasn't a foreign object in the end

    He's been pretty good ever since and the only accidents we have is when he's busy and rushing to get to the toilet on time. When he used to do a wee I would say "Your doing a wee and wee's go in the potty" That seemed to do it for us.

    Jacob has been an absolute dream to train. He's been watching Tyson for a long time and wanted to be just like his big brother. He was interested at around 18 mths and he turned 2 in June and is completely potty trained with both poos and wees

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    Jun 2003

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    Anyone started toilet training yet?

    I am thinking I really need to start soon as she gets really angry when she's done poos and wants her nappy changed right this second or she gets upset!


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    jasil Guest

    Hi Cailin,

    I am planning on starting to TT DD over the warmer months. She is 2.5 and hasn't shown any signs of wanting to really use the potty yet. She does sit on it if I tell her to, but she doesn't show any initiative of her own yet. Hopefully over summer I can put her in little knickers (too cute!) and see how she goes. I am assuming that she is going to feel a lot more uncomfortable in wet knickers that aren't absorbant, than a wet nappy that is.

    Let me know how you go and I will post my progress as (if!) it happens.

    Good Luck with it all.

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    blansk5 Guest


    well my first was trained by 23mths and second was trained by 2nd birthday.......they are both boys...third little man is comign and tellign me now he is doing yuckys before he does them.......i go by their cues but usually try to start them around their 2nd birthday or thereafter if i think they can understand what its all about......come to think of it toilet training was so easy in this household wasnt a dilemna at all....was more funny as they both looked like old men sitting on in hand and sitting for ages!!

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    Jelicle Guest

    Hi all,

    I thought I would jump in on this topic even though DD is only 20 months old. She has had a potty that she 'sits' on before her bath but has only done 1 wee in it. Over the weekend she told her Dad 'wee wee' so he took her nappy off and she did wee's in the toilet. I am going to try training her over this summer as she watches us go to the toilet and tells us that we are doing wees and poos, although I think at the moment it is all just a bit of fun and hit and miss! :wink: