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!