Potty training: when is the right time?

Potty training: when is the right time?

I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that my son is letting me know each time he has dirtied his diaper.  Basically he makes sure to get my attention and then touches his diaper.  And sure enough he’ll have a freshly soiled diaper.  I shared this development with a few fellow mom friends and they seem to think that it means he’s ready to start potty training, and that I should get started right away.  When I heard this my first thought was, but he’s only 16 months old, isn’t that too young?

I’m a first time mom so I’m learning everything as I go, but I never thought I would be thinking about potty training my son at only a year and four months of age.  It just seems so young.  But one thing is quite clear, he knows when he has soiled his diaper and he’s asking me to change him every time.  So I started to wonder, maybe it’s not him that is still too young, but me who is not emotionally prepared for him to conquer another milestone?  This growing up thing is beautiful, but it also tends to produce a tear-jerking reaction that pulls on my heart strings.

Maybe it’s not him that is still too young, but me who is not emotionally prepared for him to conquer another milestone?

So I purchased his potty seat, and I even bought him his first big boy underwear.  I’m not entirely convinced that he’s ready, but I’m willing to try.  And if we give it a shot, and I see that he’s still not quite ready for this life-change, then that’s ok.  We can always put it off and wait for him to mature a little more.  In the meantime I will introduce the idea of using the toilet to him and just see how it goes.  If he does decide to conquer this milestone now then I’ll just have to be ok with it, and really, who doesn’t want to get away from the diaper stage?

Fellow mom’s: what are your thoughts on the potty training subject?  What age were your kids when they stepped away from diapers?  Any tips for successfully tackling the training stage without losing my mind?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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16 thoughts on “Potty training: when is the right time?

  1. My son is 17 months, and I don’t think he’s ready yet either, but I KNOW I’m not. I did buy him (or my mom did) a potty seat but it will stay in a box until he can talk and tell me he needs to potty. I work full time and so this process will take too long if he’s not certainly ready.

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    1. It’s tough accepting they’re growing up, it’s just too fast! We’ve been taking it slow. My son is interested in the idea but we haven’t yet done any peepee in the potty.
      You’ll know when your guy is ready!


  2. Mariya

    Yay little man!! He’s growing up so fast! From what I’ve read and what I hear, that is one of the biggest signs of being ready to potty train. And it looks like he wants to get out of the dirty diaper which should make it a lot easier!

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    1. Yes he absolutely wants out of the dirty diaper. But he has yet to warn before he does something. Here’s hoping I can get him on the potty on time one of these days so he can see. Thanks for commenting!


    1. Thanks for the comment! My son won’t start nursery until January I think so for now he only has me to copy. He’s still showing interest but I think it may be slow going. I don’t want to pressure him either right. We’ll see!

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  3. Aw! What a clever little man you have! But it is such an emotional roller coaster isn’t it?! Every milestone brings pride but sadness that they are growing up. I’m sure you will soon know if he is ready or not. My little boy is 19 months and not really showing any signs yet but my Mum said I was out of nappies day and night before I was 2 which seems crazy! They’re all different! Good luck with it all 🙂


    1. So far it’s going well! Haven’t had any peepee in the potty yet but he’s gone from telling me after he’s done it to telling whilst he’s doing it, so that’s a step in the right direction! Every child is ready at a different time, I’ve always been told boys take longer, that’s partly why I was surprised when my guy started showing signs.
      Thanks for commenting 🙂


  4. min1980

    Wow-it does seem early (my son is 21 months and appears to have no intention of going near a potty or even admitting to having done a poo), but all children are different so maybe he is ready. Best of luck. #fartglitter


  5. Oooh good luck. We’re having a proper go in a few weeks. Not looking forward to it. Not even sure he’s totally ready, just want a break from grandparental pressure. Where’s the manual for these kids?


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  6. I think you’ve got the right idea in that they generally show you when they’re ready. All you can do is try and see how he goes. He’ll let you know if he’s ready to run with it, and if not you’re right not to stress about it. Just come back to it later. My HV assured me that most boys tend to train between 2 1/2 to 3 so you’ve got a great head start 🙂 x

    Thank you for linking up with #FartGlitter

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