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7 Easy Potty Training Tips and Tricks for Your Child, Infant

Lakshmi Kapoor Verma
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Created by Lakshmi Kapoor Verma
Updated on Oct 14, 2015

7 Easy Potty Training Tips and Tricks for Your Child Infant

Before starting potty training, make sure your child is ready. If you start too soon it can be frustrating for and can make the whole process longer. Infant potty training schedule can be a very difficult chore, but it doesn't need to be an impossible one. All it requires is lots of planning  and an equal amount of patience. 

This blog, written by our proparent Lakshmi Kapoor Verma, tells you ways to potty train, and how to start off on this very crucial developmental journey with your child. In this blog, read about:

1.) What is potty training or method ?

2.) When to potty train ?  

3.) How to Start Potty Training ?

 

What Exactly is Potty Training ?

Potty training basically refer to a stage when the child is able to effectively communicate or is independently able to relieve him/her, depending on their age, of course. 
Though it may sound farfetched for infants who can seldom communicate themselves , leave alone poop and pee, it must not be forgotten that there are plenty of countries in the world where any form of diapers do not exist and study proves that infants there are toilet trained from day one !

I started doing extensive search on this topic after my daughter turned 4 months. This was primarily under the fear that perhaps I am too late, however I learnt quite a few things and tips which I will be sharing below :-

 

Infant Potty Training Tips/Ideas 

1.The age factor – one of the common concerns with parents is when to really start training their children. Before you jump to discovering the right age, there are a few facts that one should look into such as: medical studies prove that a child cannot hold poop until he/she is almost a year old and definitely cannot hold pee until the age of 18 months until 2 years. In fact, a kid only masters bladder control effectively around the age of 3 years.

Having said that they can definitely learn recognizing the signs of a natures’ call and how to communicate the urge to poop and pee and that’s what this training is all about.
Personally my child’s comfort was the most important factor for me.I decided that I will start training my daughter once she can start sitting upright on the potty comfortably and without and physical stress and discomfort. You can similarly choose a milestone for your baby beyond which the training can commence. Do not fall for stories of super babies, who apparently were using the washroom from the day they were born, or even for your mom or mom-in-laws tales of how they never put you in a diaper and managed to potty train you or your husband by 6 months of age.

Remember: understand your infant. If you think, he is not resisting potty training schedule, then only persists. But if you notice any signs of unhappiness, stop and start again after a few months.

2. Potty Traning Method or Order – Funny it may sound but in most cases there is a particular chronological order on which a child can be toilet trained. It is always good to understand this order as it helps parents to prepare themselves for what’s the next step and which milestone have they reached. This order is effective once the infant has a stabilized pattern of day time poop frequency.

The order is something like: Poop communication -Poop holding -> Pee communication (day time) -> Pee holding (day time) -> Pee holding (night time)
But then again, each child is different. And you have to make an effort to understand your baby.

3. How to Start Potty Training
How to get started on the training was another question that bugged me day and night and then I stumbled upon this wonderful article with some basic tips :-

  • Be vigilant and look for cues – behind every toilet trained child, there is a very vigilant parent. Look for big and small cues which indicate that your child is about to relieve him/herself. This can be pressure sounds/flaring of nose/being still etc.
  • Act on the signs – once you have understood the cues, start acting on them. This can be holding your child on a sink/pot or making them sit on the potty seat depending upon your comfort and your child’s age 
  • Associate pooping and peeing with an action or sound. This will help your child recognize what he/she is supposed to do and repeat the action when he/she is about to poop or pee.
  • Know your child’s schedule: for eg: if after waking up, she tends to pee, during potty training, take her to the potty seat once she wakes up from a nap. Or if she pees, every one hour or after a meal…this will give you an idea of the right time to take her to the washroom.
  • Repeat the above steps until you succeed 

4. Encourage: For a slightly older child, if she pees or poops in the potty seat give her lots of adulations and encouraging words such as what a big baby you have become. Positive reinforcement works wonderfully with children.

5.Seek help from family members/househelp: One of the simplest ways to potty train your child is to not put her in the diaper (this can send mixed signals to the child that sometimes I am made to use the potty seat and why sometimes am I allowed to pee in the diaper). Just put the baby in the cotton nappy.

This will have 2 benefits:

  • 1) you will get to know your infant’s pee and poop cycle and you can time yourself accordingly.
  • 2) if the baby pees in the nappy, you can tell her that this is not the best thing to do and show her the mess. 

But for all this you need to have help to clean up the mess, change soiled clothes frequently. Do not wade through this all alone, but seek and ask help to avoid taking out your irritation on the baby.

6. Use Innovation: Sometimes, children are just not willing to sit on the potty seat and keep running away or crying. For this, use innovative strategies to make the child stay put. Tell stories, sing rhymes together, or play something. There are lots of potty-training activity books available online that help the child be engaged while doing the job. They have stickers and puzzles etc and each time the child, pees or poops in the seat, he is awarded with a sticker. Look for these.

7. Stay Calm
Potty training requires a lot of patience and trust me there will be many hit and misses and messy hiccups on the way. Do not under any circumstances scold the baby, ridicule the baby,  in case of an accident. This can scare the child into not telling you if he wants to pee and throw all your efforts out of the gear. A firm no or this is not good, is enough, in case of an accident.

As for me I am still struggling between the first two steps! Let’s see how far I am able to train my mini dragon! All the best!

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| Dec 10, 2018

y son is 2. 4 yr old by the age of 2 he use to tell pee pop both but I don't know what happened but in last 4 month he doesn't tell anything pls suggest something now he is school going boy but doesn't tell anything

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| Dec 08, 2018

thank you so much

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| Aug 10, 2018

in which age kids should clean his private part himself

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| Jun 20, 2018

thank u soo much much mam for ur advice

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| Jun 20, 2018

thank u soo much much mam for ur advice

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| May 21, 2018

Thanks mam... I wl definitely try ur tips..

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| May 21, 2018

let's try.. hope it works soon.. thanku

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| May 21, 2018

let's try.. hope it works soon.. thanku

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| Apr 11, 2018

Thanks mam

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| Feb 18, 2018

Thanks mam

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| Feb 18, 2018

Thanks mam

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| Dec 23, 2017

good suggessions.. thanks

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| Sep 02, 2017

good suggestoion

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| Sep 02, 2017

good suggestoion

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| Sep 02, 2017

good suggestoion

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| Sep 02, 2017

good suggestoion

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| Sep 02, 2017

thanks Dear mam

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| Sep 02, 2017

thanks Dear mam

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| Aug 23, 2017

Thank u.

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| Aug 18, 2017

thank you so much mam

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| Aug 18, 2017

thank you so much mam

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| Aug 18, 2017

thank you so much mam

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| Jul 30, 2017

thank you so much

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| Jul 30, 2017

thank you so much

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| Jul 20, 2017

Thanku so much for the information

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| Jul 16, 2017

thanks

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| Jul 14, 2017

thanks

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| Jul 13, 2017

My son is 2. 9 yrs old and still he does his toilet in diaper. He is not ready to go in toilet. I tried explaining him in many ways but stil he doesn't. Now I am pregnant by 7 months. I am worried for the days after my pregnancy. So I willing that it will better if he learns before that. Any suggestions? Thanx in advance

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| Jul 10, 2017

Really helpful article

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| Jul 10, 2017

Very helpful blog, thank you so much .

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| Jun 13, 2017

Q: hi moms...   my baby is just stepped into 7 months...   starting she used to eat ragi malt with lot of interest  but now she is refusing it to the core...   please give you what all foods I can give her so that she will eat...   she also has cold from 3 days...   full running nose..   please suggest me some home remedy friends

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| Jun 08, 2017

v use full thnku

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| Jun 08, 2017

very helpful thanks for sharing...

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| Jun 07, 2017

hai! My baby is 1yr and 7days she started to get into practice of controlling her pee on her sleep from her 11th month.... after getting from bed I'll get her to restroom only then she 'll pee and holds lots of urine...... is that a good habit for her holding her pee at very early age.... will that brings any problem on latter days? please help me with this.... also advise me if I have to give her a different practice.. Thanks in advance.

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| Jun 07, 2017

its really a helpful information thanks

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| Jun 07, 2017

thank you for information

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| Jun 07, 2017

thanks for your information and all the best

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| Jun 06, 2017

thank you

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| May 11, 2017

ya 2nd step is about ability of child based on age right???

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| Apr 21, 2017

i did not understand the 2nd step. could you please explain out again? Thx a ton!

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| Apr 21, 2017

thanx

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| Apr 21, 2017

Thanks.......

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| Apr 21, 2017

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| Apr 21, 2017

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| Apr 21, 2017

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| Apr 02, 2017

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| Apr 02, 2017

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| Apr 02, 2017

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| Mar 04, 2017

thanks for the tips...

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| Feb 21, 2017

thanks for sharing such am imporatant thing about potty training. i am in need of help for this. it would be a grate help for me. thank you once again.

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| Feb 20, 2017

Thanks for sharing such a useful tips... I ll try to follow these tips with more patience and make sure that my son also feel comfortable during potty training.

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| Feb 19, 2017

good tips... thank u

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| Feb 13, 2017

Thank you. very useful blog.

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| Feb 13, 2017

very useful info... my daughter is 8 months.. will it be ideal to start?most of the time she is on diaper.. she can sit.. a

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| Feb 13, 2017

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| Dec 27, 2016

Very useful blog... well written

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| Nov 11, 2016

My daughter is 2 months old and i use diaper at night so that she could slep without disturbance of her pee, am planning to train her for pee n potty once she crosses her 4 month. Now in day time i use cloth nappie n at night diaper will that make any difference while training her for potty please suggest

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| Nov 09, 2016

I took challenge from first month to train my baby for pee or potty and tried hard to understand her signals. It tool very less effort. Soon after she started sitting independent she was trained to sit over potty box. But due to some work i was in travel and need to be outside most of the time so obviously packed her in diaper all time. Now i am observing she is not giving me any sign that she wants to go for nature's call although she understands as she is 1. 4 months now. One month's disturbance in routine have changed her habit. Trying hard to get her back to routine.

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| Nov 09, 2016

The blog was very useful and will definitely help new moms.

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| Nov 07, 2016

my mom say that if we train r baby on 6 th day of his birth for toilet or potty. he start giving early signs . that he want to do toilet or potty. if we notice it

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| Nov 07, 2016

my baby do potty on her potty pot since she completed her 1. 5 month. her nani give her training since her early age. she do toilet and potty in her pot by holding her legs up or buy sitting on my legs.

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| Oct 29, 2016

I started potty training for my son from 6 months ...I used to make him sit on my legs ..morning when he wakes up he has milk then I make him sit for potty ...initially I had to wait but then it,become a habit... ... now he is 18 months and he can communicate for potty ..but he does sit on my leg and do ..we bought potty chairs but no use ..nyws he is able to communicate ...

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| Oct 04, 2016

My boy don't want to learn. He simply stand and cry loudly till i remove him from their.

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| Sep 20, 2016

thank you.. it helps a lot

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| Aug 31, 2016

hi my daughter is 2. 9 yrs old . she doesn't want to sit for potty. she still does it in her panty and stands untill she done. I feel very bad in front of others. she tells about shushu every time. kindly suggest what to do?

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| Jul 28, 2016

My baby is of 7months old she is affected with cough & cold, any home remedies to apply

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| Jun 29, 2016

My daughter used to sit in potty from her 6th month. But then after sometime she had constipation and it became painful for her. From then onwards she is not sitting in potty. She is scared of it. The moment we make her sit on it she starts screaming. Now we bought toilet seat for her that too is not working. Now she is 1. 5 yr old.

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| Jan 19, 2016

My son Krishant is 7 months old now,my grandmother started his potty training when he was 5 months old. Surprisingly he now love to do potty in toilet and very important thing is that he gives us signs that he want to release potty or want to urinate. One can try,and then it will become habit to your youngone, like when my son awakes from sleep we take him to toilet and he comfortably urinate their.

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| Jan 18, 2016

Hi, my daughter has turned two years n two months. But potty n toilet r just two things she doesn't want to understand. I have tried politely n wid scolding also but in vain. M really very tensed as I he put her in school wherein dey r vey particular about potty training. Pls help don't know what to do

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| Jan 18, 2016

Hi, my daughter has turned two years n two months. But potty n toilet r just two things she doesn't want to understand. I have tried politely n wid scolding also but in vain. M really very tensed as I he put her in school wherein dey r vey particular about potty training. Pls help don't know what to do

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| Jan 11, 2016

Nice article n I started toilet training to my younger son when he was one yr old. Some hits n misses were there but it was nice try. But then going out of town n I hv to put him in diapers then his routine was missed. After it I got many failures but kept on trying . it need a lot of patience. But if we loose hope its not worth taking. now I make him sit on kid potty seat which fits on commode. It works.

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| Dec 11, 2015

Ruchita, suggest your baby finds a comfortable posture before starting. Don't worry about being late since you have plenty of time in your hand. All the Best!

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| Nov 24, 2015

Well, my daughter is 2. 6 years old. She is in a way very sharp kid. She sometimes communicates with me for doing pee and poop. My problem is to deal with my mother in law. Mother in law insists to put on diapers all the time for my daughter. So as you said sometimes my daughter is in diaper and sometimes not. And due to this I really don't know how will I train my child. I normally don't like to put my daughter in diaper during day time. But she naps for about 2 hrs in the afternoon and sleeps with my mother in law, who before sleeping insists my daughter to put on diaper. Now please suggest me some great ideas how to convince my mother in law to discontinue the use of diaper along with not creating mess all-around.

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| Nov 20, 2015

My son is 6 yrs old he cant do potty sitty on the combord. he wants to sit, down and do it. evn ven he goes to school he controls himself and at lastwet his pants

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| Nov 15, 2015

That's a great idea Jaya .. So how old was your son when you introduced the seat to him?

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| Oct 31, 2015

Lakshmi, nicely put up. Vigilant parents is the most impt factor I feel. Many parents talked about kid not sitting on potty seat. I think instead of using a potty seat on the floor, the seat which can fit on the commode might encourage child to sit n poop. That way the child has no option but to sit. I did this with my son when he started sitting comfortably. Now we know his poop time, so easier for both.

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| Oct 29, 2015

Hi Ruchita, that's normal. Even my daughter started sitting on her own by 10th month and she got her first teeth when she completed 13 months and started walking only when she completed 15months. I was also a little bit worried when she was late in all these but then I got to learn from her that each child is an individual and it differs from child to child. We should not fall for what others tell "Oh she is 1 still not a single teeth", "My son started walking at around 9 months", "I heard that girls are faster than boys in achieving these milestones". All these are utter rubbish. So Ruchita give your prince his own time and I am sure he will make you happy soon. All the best....

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| Oct 29, 2015

Hi.. I m new to the site and was just reading this blog on potty training. Now my big headache is that my son, is almost 8 and half months old. He crawls in sleeping pattern and not on knees and hands. And still he is not able to sit on his own. When I make him sit on floor, sofa, bed, he will sit for a unite or so and then will topple. I m really worried, as to when he will sit on his own, leave alone standing and walking. The journey seems to be getting longer. I understand that every child is different.. But is this all normal. I am worried, that since he is not sitting on his own now, how will I potty train him.. Won't that be too late??

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| Oct 26, 2015

All the best Suchi .. Thanx for sharing your experience :)

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| Oct 25, 2015

Superb article My baby is also 2. 2yrs now and I also faced a bit of tough time while potty training him. Since he was 4-5 months old I used to make him do susu and potty as regular intervals but then in between this time we were on vacations for about 2months and during this due to continued use of diapers the habit faded and he didn't say when to poo and did in his nikers. It required me lot of patience and support with him to make him sit and do potty on his own. After effort of a month I succeeded, finally. During morning giving baby hot milk glass with sugar and then making him sitting and doing potty is easier as it regulates bowl movement.

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| Oct 20, 2015

Hi my son 9 months old.. I have started potty training when he started siting on his own(7th month) . He doesn't like to sit.. He like to do by standing... If we do some different attractive sounds nd speaks to him differntly( which he likes) he will sit for sometime nd then stands... Slowly he z getting habituated... If I loose patience.. He will do only by standing

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| Oct 20, 2015

Dear Kinjal and Dr Hrushikesh.. Thank you for giving the blog a read .. First of all pls ensure you don't use diapers to avoid any confusion for your lo.. Also make sure you talk about sitting a lot .. Tell your child how mama and papa sit and repeat patiently .. Stay with your child again and again throughout the process .. Show support , don't stress , Be patient and there shall be success ..

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| Oct 20, 2015

Hii.. nice blog on potty training. ..but as for me after having tried all the methods mentioned still my older son is not accepting the wc... we tried keeping him out of diapers but then he could withhold his potty for the entire day and then had stomach ache... hence we had to give him back the diaper... he is a very understanding boy n not choosy or demanding... but when it comes to potty training he is not budging n wants diapers... innovating the technique further I tried to make him sit on potty n play his favourite cartoon and video sitting in the bathroom with him... he sat/stood on the potty seat for about an hour but did not poop into it... plz tell me what I ve left out

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| Oct 20, 2015

Thanks for the wonderful guidance... My son is of 25 months old the only problem I'm facing is he stand up n does the poop on tht potty... He is not ready to sit n do... If possible plz help me I hv tried many things... Bt dint work

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| Oct 20, 2015

Most welcome Yahvi.. All the best

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| Oct 20, 2015

Your points are quite helpful. Will try to follow the same for my little one... Thanks:)

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| Oct 19, 2015

Thanx for giving it a read Hetal ..

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| Oct 19, 2015

Hi, Lakshmi. nice post

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| Oct 19, 2015

Hi Naina , pooping while standing is a common thing with kids .. They feel comfortable .. I can suggest you strongly follow cues and try to foster the habit of squatting or sitting on potty seat .. Simultaneously try removing diaper and getting rid of the habit

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| Oct 19, 2015

Shradha pls look at your child's comfort first .. Studies suggest that how so ever early you start .. Kids can only be fully trained once they are 2/3 or above .. You still have a long time to go ..

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| Oct 19, 2015

Hi Deepa first of all pls don't worry .. I am a fellow parent like you too and my daughter is driving me mad by not sitting as well .. I tried introducing a new seat which has some funny photos and beads that occupy her and help her sit for a little longer .. You can try the same .. Also I hope you are following the cues keenly and making your child sit accordingly .. All the best !

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| Oct 19, 2015

My son is 2 years and 9 months old,he does potty only if I put a diaper on. he asks for diaper whenever he wants to poo and does standing. I have been trying many things to get the habit off but in vain. will be very helpful if someone can help me with suggestions. Thanks!

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| Oct 19, 2015

Hi , my son is 1 month old . do u think potty training at this stage will work . If no then from which month I should start training him .

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| Oct 18, 2015

Dear Madam, My name is Deepa soni my son who is 2 years 10 months old does his potty standing does not sit at all. If I make him sit he Cry's a lot does not do his potty at all. What to do I am worried as from next year he will go to school. I am worried. Plz reply.

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| Oct 18, 2015

Dear Namrta , every child takes his/her time to develop these habits .. We have 4 kids in the family and all were potty trained at different ages even after using the same technique .. 3 is still a trainable age .. So just keep on trying and be patient .. One small thing .. Don't get or show your irritation at messy incidents .. Kids are very sensitive and it becomes a matter of shame for them which is rather negative

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| Oct 18, 2015

Thanx Subha and Savalgi for giving it a read :)

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| Oct 18, 2015

Hi my daughter is 3 years and 5 months old,she still poop and pee in her pants . She is scared of toilet seat and potty seat which I bought for her. Dr. Says she has some problem he asks for a urine test but that seems impossible Coz its always done when I reach my child The situation is getting worse day by day. I have to prepare my child for school Nothing helps me

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| Oct 17, 2015

Very useful... please suggest sites from where I can buy potty stand... :)

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| Oct 17, 2015

Useful tips...

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| Oct 17, 2015

Hi Jisha , the problem of not sitting on potty seat is something all of us are facing .. Have you tried rewarding your baby every time there has been a successful session ? My formed suggested it worked wonders with her baby

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| Oct 16, 2015

Hi, my daughter is now 1year 2 months. She doesn't like to sit on potty seat. She poop with lot of concentration :p n if distured she'll right there n would do some other tym of the day when no one can interrupt her nature's call bell. Suggestions are welcomed. :)

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| Oct 15, 2015

Than for giving it a read Ruchita

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| Oct 15, 2015

Shruti patience is the key .. Try making her comfortable in potty seat .. Sit beside her , play games .. Just make her feel the process is part of the routine .. All the best !

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| Oct 15, 2015

I totally agree with ur article.... my daughter is going to be 3 in Dec but still many times she does not tell me about poop nd do the mess in her nappy. Giving her own time to do the poop in potty seat... trying to make her learn to tell for potty also as she tells me immediately when she wants to pee.

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| Oct 15, 2015

Hi my daughter is 6 months now n she started sitting wen she was 4. 5 on her own . everyone around wanted me 2 start her potty training but i did once she was 5 month n comfortable wid d posture.... but she hates sitting on potty, i don't scold her or irritate her n make potty training interesting by putting toys and playing rhymes but she doesn't want 2 sit on it huhh

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