Tuesday, May 31, 2011

4+ = WTH?
am a little -no a lot- terrified when i see commercials for diapers for kids 4 and up.
4 and up????
is this for real?

I got this info from familydoctor.org:

When should I start toilet training my child?

Signs that your child is ready include the following:

  • Your child signals that his or her diaper is wet or soiled.
  • Your child seems interested in the potty chair or toilet.
  • Your child says that he or she would like to go to the potty.
  • Your child understands and follows basic instructions.
  • Your child feels uncomfortable if his or her diaper is wet or soiled.
  • Your child stays dry for periods of 2 hours or longer during the day.
  • Your child wakes up from naps with a dry diaper.
  • Your child can pull his or her pants down and then up again.
You may start noticing these signs when your child is 18 to 24 months of age. However, it is not uncommon for a child to still be in diapers at 2 and a half to 3 years of age... read more here.

talk to me, people. what have your experiences been with potty training? boy vs. girl? what age? what were some of the hurdles? how did you make it stick?

( yes, i KNOW i haven't even HAD liam yet but as an insomniac, you'll continue find me thinking WAAAAY ahead. hopefully in THIS case not TOO TOO far ahead. ;-) )


  1. Carter was potty trained (daytime) by 2.5 yrs old. Prob a little earlier. What that means is that he mostly peed on the potty but you can expect weekly accidents. During the night was a different story. Prob 3 yr old. Hard for the little guys to hold it for 10 hours!! I can't hold it for 10 hours! Anyhow, he has some friends that were potty trained at 2 yrs and less that were potty trained over age 4. Really depends on the kid (yes it really does). Boys take longer than girls (so the doc says) but Carter was pretty easy. These types of things should be the LEAST of your concern right now though. You need to be reading up on signs of colic vs. GERD, tummy time and endless reading anout breastfeeding. You could write manual upon manual about breastfeeding (the all time consuming breastfeeding). You life will revolve around breastfeeding. Holy smokes...

  2. It's true that every kid is different. Keep an eye out for the cues. Patience and M&M bribes help ;)

  3. I was potty-trained when I was 2 and a half - my mother and I were flying back from India, and I decided I was so over diapers and insisted on using the toilet. 15 hours later, I was back in the States and officially potty-trained!

    I so see you doing something like that, BTW

  4. heather, i promise, i'm all over the more imminent aspects of having a kid, but the commercial i saw that night spurred this post. kinda like a 1 year, 3 year, 5 year plan? ;-)

    vanessa, ha ha ha, patience. damn i have none. but m&ms i can do. :-D

    hitha, potty trained on a a transcontinental flight, I LOVE IT.