Jump to content

TT a 1 year old

  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#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:
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!

2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.