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#1 Madnesscraves

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:33 AM

Argh! I hit send before I was ready!

Okay, I think my 1 year old is ready for TT. She has a dry nappy for at least 2 hours and poops are predictable as they often at the same time each day.

What advice do you have to encourage TT?


Edited by Madnesscraves, 10 December 2012 - 08:35 AM.


#2 greatwon2

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:38 AM

You'd be setting yourself up for a lot of work, i have no tips i wouldn't even know where to start at that age ..hopefully someone else will have an idea

#3 Clever Clogs

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:41 AM

We are TT our one year old now.

Heaps of nappy free time.
She wears training pants after her nap for the rest of the day.
Whenever I go to the toilet I sit her on her potty (we call it a toilet). At first always with a nappy on, now we take it off.

Just don't push it, take it really slow and easy!

#4 SeaPrincess

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:53 PM

Get a potty and incorporate it into daily routines (I started with bath time at around 11 months with my first, younger with the next ones).  You'll know when she's made the connection - one of mine started going in the potty every time he was sat on it, then after a month he finally asked for it.  The next one just demanded the potty one day and never wore a nappy again.

#5 mibi

Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

One if the best indicators of TT readiness is telling you when they have done, or about to do a wee or a poo. If bub doesn't have an awareness of that, it will be a long, messy process.
My experience is with DS#1 - I thought well how would he know because the nappies keep them feeling so dry, so I just introduced the idea and it took 9months! for him to be trained - and that was with 2 pooey underpants a day. He was 3.5yrs in the end.

DS#2 was ready around 18 months but I wasn't after the trauma of training DS#1, but when we did he was trained within a month.


DD we have just trained her at 26months. It took 2 days because she was already coming up and holding her nappy and telling me "poo" or "wee".

I would also suggest taking it slow and easy - no pressure.

TBH at 12months if the nappy is dry for 2 hours I would be wondering if bub is adequately hydrated more than that bub is ready for TT.


Edited by mibi, 13 December 2012 - 04:02 PM.


#6 Natttmumm

Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:07 PM

Just make it a casual calm thing and have low expectations. She is only 1

#7 Becstarinator

Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

You could always look up Elimination Communication for some ideas.  I haven't done it but some people swear by it.

I looked after a little girl at at daycare who was full toilet trained by the time she was 18 months old so it is possible.  However, most of the children I looked after toilet trained around the the 2.5 to 3 year mark.

#8 Baggy

Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:18 PM

I wouldn't bother personally.

DD is 20months and she gets me a nappy and says 'wee wee' or 'pooey' when she needs to be changed. She knows when she is about to go too. I still don't think she's ready for toilet training.

I'm going to even attempt it until she is at least 2.5.

If you must TT her already then I agree with this:
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Just make it a casual calm thing and have low expectations. She is only 1


#9 bluedragon

Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:51 PM

Look up elimination communication, I have done this with DS from about 8 weeks but you can start anytime. I am TTing DS properly now, he is 18 months and it has been really easy, we're about 1.5 weeks in with no nappies or training pants just commando and he has a few accidents every now and then but mostly he's fine. He either tells me he needs to go or goes when I take him like before we go out or it's been a while and take him.

I think it has been so stress free because of the EC we have done, he was already able to tell me either before or after he needed to go and was very familiar with the potty and toilet and understood what they were for. We aren't doing night time training but he has already nap trained himself, refuses to wear nappies at nap time and has been dry for a week. Last night his night nappy only had one small wee in it in the morning so I suspect he might night train himself quite quickly.

If you want to start now I say go for it! If she is under 18 months I'd start with some EC, if older just go straight for normal potty training. There is quite a lot of info for free on the web on EC, I found this eBook really good too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zEpAOgYnqM

I used this eBook for the recent potty training we've done, it followed on from the EC really well http://www.jamieglowacki.com/

#10 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:25 PM

I think you're a bit nuts to even consider it (said in the nicest possible way).

My son is 4 months older than yours and there is no way he's anywhere near ready to be TT.  He's a baby.  Actually I've just trained his 2.5yo sister.

To me, TT means kids are able to get to the potty or toilet, pull down their pants, do their business, wipe, pull up pants, etc.

I think you're setting yourself up for a long messy road.  My opinion only though!  All the best if you do it

#11 whale-woman

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

I was reading some studies looking at the history of toilet training and it seems that with the advent of hot water on tap, washing machines and later disposable nappies the effort required to keep a kid in nappies has dropped massively with a corresponding delay in the time that kids are toilet trained. A few generations ago I suspect no one would have batted an eye lid at your plan. Certainly all the evidence I've looked at suggests the earlier you start TT the earlier it's completed. Personally If you're up for it, I'd have no issues giving it a go. I hate nappies and are willing to go through a lot to get rid of them and certainly don't understand the culture of waiting for a kid to say it wants out of nappies/to use the toilet before considering it 'ready' and then expecting it to be sorted in a couple of days. The advice I was given is that a kid who stays dry through their nap is capable of TT. Go slow with it and back off if it's causing issues. My MIL had her sons trained very early using a potty chair as they routinely pooped after meals and just learn to go that way. If your DD has a pooping routine it sounds an easy place to start and if you get her so youre not changing poopy nappies that's awesome.

#12 Tigerdog

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

That's not toilet-training - that's just predicting and catching the mess before it happens.  I'd probably be waiting at least until after the age of 2 before actively doing anything.

#13 SeaPrincess

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:59 PM

QUOTE (~~HappyMummy~~ @ 19/12/2012, 03:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
To me, TT means kids are able to get to the potty or toilet, pull down their pants, do their business, wipe, pull up pants, etc.

I disagree with this, but then it's all about expectations.  To me, TT means reliably able to tell me they need to go - if it was a nappy, I'd still have to strip them down to change, so what difference does that make?  The youngest of my children to achieve this was 20 months.  My #3 is not quite 3.5 and we are completely nappy free.

#14 tilley1019

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:08 PM

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to mention another forum, but are you on babycenter?
On the US version there's a fabulous group called something like Toilet training your baby, and in the sticky they have so many good ideas on how to implement toilet training. My bub is 11 months, and once she's able to walk I think we'll be giving it a go as well.

The girls there are really supportive, there's journals to read about other toilet training experiences, and alot of helpful links. Some of the stuff there is so simple, but really helpful. My sister in law is toilet training her 3 year old and that sounds like alot more work psychologically than the younger babies that feature in the group.
My understanding is that it's easier if the child can walk and say/sign that they need to go to the toilet.

Good luck!

#15 Madnesscraves

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:53 AM

Thanks everyone. So far DD is able to tell me when she's about to do a poo so I can get her to the toilet on time. I figured i'd start with the poos and work my way over to the wees then tackle night time toilet training later.

While I get everyone's opinions of what toilet training is, even if it's just catching the wees and poos in the toilet instead of the nappy using elimination communication, surely, that's just as effective as TT at 2.5? they learn as time goes thats where they do their business.

It hasn't been hard. She doesn't get upset being on the toliet. I take her to it when she wants to poo, and after eating breakfast/lunch/dinner which instead of using 4-5 nappies a day I am down to 2-3 nappies a day. its not much of my time to sit her on the loo for between 5-10 minutes. we just sit there read a book, sing a song, play a game until she goes. If she was really upset, I'd just not bother at all, but she's happy enough to sit there. original.gif

Thanks for the info on the other forum. I'll have a look over there!





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