Posted 12 July 2004 - 11:16 AM
I bet the people who have been asking "so... is he toilet-trained yet?" are all your parents age! A stranger in the park (she was there with her granddaughter) asked me the same thing of my 15mo. Before you can toilet train them, toddlers need to become aware that they have actually done something, then they need to gain awareness before they do it (often just a few seconds - not enough time to race to the loo) and then (finally) they need to be able to hold on long enough to get to the potty and take their pants off etc. This sort of physiological awareness is rare before 18 months - they simply don't get he cues from their body to tell them that they need to "go".
Generally, it is recommended that you wait until they are over 2 years old. Preferrably, wait until summer so they can run around pants-free and really get an appreciation of whats going on "down there" Since boys are often late at being ready to toilet train, I'm not going to worry about it until the summer when my son turns 3.
1year old is way too early to be toilet training in a proper sense. The people who have their kids toilet "trained" at 6 months have only really got kids who have regular bowel motions, so they are toilet "timed" not trained. It is perfectly possible to place your baby on a potty and, if you do it at the right time (eg after a meal)you are likely to "catch" something. This doesn't mean, though, that your 1year old can go to the toilet himself - which is the entire purpose of toilet training.
Sorry... this has been a bit of a diatribe but I hope that some it it's been useful. There are lots of great guides to toilet training around and most general toddler guides (eg The Mighty Toddler) cover it in reasonable detail to get you started. I think its best to leave it until your toddler is really, really ready - attempting it too early can cause problems.
Nat - proud wife to Dean and Mummy to Oscar (10-01-03)