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Potty Training and Preschool--BOYS

Hi all--  I'm hoping to get advice from mom's of boys.  We are looking at preschools for my son for next fall when he will be 2.5 years old exactly.  The school we like the best mandates that he MUST be potty trained before beginning.  I am slightly nervous that he won't be totally trained by that time, but really I have no way of knowing.  He was about a month premature and hits his milestones a little later than some but still within the normal range.  Also, I've heard boys are a little more resistant to potty training than girls.  
The school assures me that peer pressure will help him if he is partially trained by next fall.  Problem is, I will be relying on the school for childcare so I need to be sure he is able to attend (my guess is, they won't be changing pull-ups everyday; they'd just have me keep him home until he is totally potty trained).
Thoughts, experiences???
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Re: Potty Training and Preschool--BOYS

  • Every kid is different, and 2.5 is kind of early to expect kids to be PTed for school!

    I tried to PT my DS before 2.5 and it was a miserable failure. However, about half my mom group PTed their kids (boys and girls) at that time.

    My DD potty trained before 2.5 but still has some poop accidents. Only two other girls in our mom group are potty trained...none of the boys, nor the other couple other girls, are PTed despite their moms trying.
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  • I agree with @Spin313, this sounds chancy at 2.5.  Is it possible your son will be potty trained by 2.5?  Sure.  But is is just as possible you will be nowhere near that goal.  Which is just added stress on top of the already stressful situation of having him at a new school.

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  • Here kids have to be PT by 3 for school. They all manage it, boys and girls I don't think Luxembourgish kids are any different to US.
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  • Here kids have to be PT by 3 for school. They all manage it, boys and girls I don't think Luxembourgish kids are any different to US.
    I think that's true of most schools here too, but being potty trained by 3, and being potty trained by 2.5 are very different things.  My son's preschool class goes from 2-3.5, the 2 year olds are still in diapers, the 3 year olds are not.
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  • Here kids have to be PT by 3 for school. They all manage it, boys and girls I don't think Luxembourgish kids are any different to US.

    I think that's true of most schools here too, but being potty trained by 3, and being potty trained by 2.5 are very different things.  My son's preschool class goes from 2-3.5, the 2 year olds are still in diapers, the 3 year olds are not.


    My bad, I totally read it as he would be 3 when starting! Doh!

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  • I would start working on it now, he's not too young at all.  You have over 9 months before he would be starting and that will more than likely be plenty of time if you're consistent with it. I wouldn't try and tell yourself this early that he won't be trained in time; if you only had a couple of months it would be a bit different. I'm sure he'll do fine!



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  • "The Everything Potty Training Book" by Linda Sonna (there are 2 "everything" books on the subject so look for the author) has excellent into on potty training at any age. She's an advocate of so called "early" potty training and has tips for helping increase readiness in you her toddlers.
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  • My first son was potty trained at 2.5, and I anticipate my 2 year old will be in the next 4 or 5 months. So it is doable. Get a potty, some potty books and start talking about it..
  • It's not impossible to start early. DS potty trained right around 2.5 but it did take awhile before I felt comfortable that he would actually vocalize to a teacher that he had to go. I would guess they would probably take the kids to the bathroom at certain intervals, though, so he may be just fine.

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