View Full Version : Which did you do first: potty train or move your dc from crib to bed?
08-09-2007, 07:26 PM
And does it matter which you do first? It seems to me it would be easier to have dc in a bed before potty training, but I don't want to delay PT just to wait till after the crib/bed transition...and how much time in between to prevent any difficulties/regression?
08-09-2007, 07:31 PM
We did them both at the same time a couple months before welcoming a new baby. We feared regression, but DD took to all 3 just fine... no regression, so it is possible.
For the bed, we started her on a mattress on the floor. Then moved her to a matttress (no boxspring) in a bedframe with rails.
ETA: We did keep DD in pull-ups overnight and for naps for a couple months as she got used to staying dry overnight. We used the pull-ups and loose pjs so that she could use the potty at night or first thing in the morning by herself (but she usually asked us to help her).
08-09-2007, 07:45 PM
Ds potty trained first. He is still in the crib, we plan to move him soon.
08-09-2007, 07:48 PM
All mine potty trained before being moved from the crib. Logan and Connor both climbed out of the crib by 16 months so they "could" get out when they wanted. They potty trained between 26-30 months.
08-09-2007, 10:30 PM
DD moved to a bed a month after her 3rd bday. I'm just now declaring her pt'd. She decided about 3 weeks ago she wanted to wear panties and in the last week hasn't had accidents of any kind.
I always wondered the same q. I was never going to take her out of her crib before 3yo even if she pt'd at 2. She's good now about going potty and straight back to bed but I feared we'd have all-night potty sessions so she wouldn't have to sleep. She doesn't like having to wear a pull-up so she makes sure to deposit when she goes.
I love them most when they are sleeping.--Me
08-09-2007, 11:09 PM
Since the PT thing seems to happen first during the daytime and then nap and lastly at night, I worked on the potty first and then made the switch to the bed. DS is pretty much daytime PT now, but he won't get out of his bed to go potty--still does Pull-ups for nap/night.
08-09-2007, 11:24 PM
We followed DC lead, which led to bed first then PT. We didn't plan it out ahead, just followed signals of readiness for both. We did not have to time it to another event such as new baby or move or anything - if that was a factor, we may have been more aggressive about starting one or both.
08-09-2007, 11:30 PM
DS has been in a bed since 20 mo or so. He's currently 28 mo old and we are not looking at PT yet - probably will see if he is interested in it this fall. For us, he was definately ready for the bed, but no where near ready for PT. I guess I don't see a problem with doing it however it plays out.
DS - 2
DD - coming this summer!
08-10-2007, 01:28 AM
I'm jealous of all of you. Mine is three in September, and while he's been doing great in his bed (soemtimes wants his "little bed," -- the crib mattress -- which is on the side in case he falls out), the PT ain't goin' so good. He just won't go on the potty. We sit him on the toilet, and he's fine there, singing and hanging out, but he won't actually GO. So, bed first for us . . .
08-10-2007, 06:12 AM
F, DD is 3.25! What are you jealous of?? :P
I tried at 2, 2.5, 2.75, and 3. We went on a trip last month and were on kind of scheduled potty trips. When I went she went too. That's what did it for us. I could never remember to take her before but the trip got me in the habit. Even now, I intuitively know when she needs to go and have her take a potty break. She just last week started running to the potty because *she* realized she needed to go pee or poop. That's why I declare her pt'd.
It'll happen. Don't fret. :)
I love them most when they are sleeping.--Me
08-10-2007, 08:55 AM
With all 3, I followed their lead...
My kids are climbers and were all getting out of their cribs around their 2nd birthday. We did beds first, but started PT around the same time. (2.5-3 yrs) No problems.
Having potty trained 3 kids in 2 years, my theory is that no matter what age you start, they are going to be PT'd when THEY (not you) are ready. Start early and you just have accidents longer. If you catch a "window" and do it when they are ready and mature enough to know what they are doing, you shouldn't have too much problem with regression.
That said, all kids have accidents at night longer than during the day. We take our 3yr old twins to the potty when we go to bed around 11... they basically sleep through it. One still sleeps in Pull-ups because she seems to tinkle in the morning as she wakes up, the other is completely in panties at night and takes herself to the potty when she gets up.
Personally, it seems logical to me that they should be in a bed to PT so that they can get up and go to the potty themselves, particularly in the morning. It is important that they have access to the potty when they need it, even if they are in Pull-Ups otherwise they are not learning to use the potty, they are learning that it is OK to go in the Pull Up.
Plenty (maybe half) of the kids in my son's Kindergarten still sleep in Pull-Ups. I would never say this to the parents, and there are kids who have other issues, but I think a lot of the older kids now prefer the Pull Ups to getting out of bed to go to the potty. Trying to wean them off of them is a BIG playground gripe right now for those moms.
08-10-2007, 11:05 AM
DD pretty much decided several months ago that she was done with the crib and was all about the bed. We were on an IKEA shopping trip and she had to climb onto every single bed there, all the while saying "bed, bed, bed, bed". If I tried to put her in her crib she would cry hysterically "bbbehhhhdddd". I think she was ready.
Potty training? She shows interest some days and not others. I figure one of these days she will just make up her mind to use the potty, and that will be it. (cross fingers!)
08-10-2007, 01:47 PM
We did the move to a big boy bed first (at about 32 months). I want to get going on the potty training now that Alek has been doing well in the big boy bed for a few weeks. A lot of people begin potty learning earlier than us, but we're still working up to it.
08-10-2007, 02:20 PM
We transitioned DD about 3 weeks ago and she took to her big girl bed in her big girl room very well. We're using the crib for DD#2 and wanted to give her enough time to adjust. I was surprised that she adjusted so well and loves her new bed. However, as for the potty training we haven't been so lucky! She used to use the potty exclusively from about 16-19 months but then she stopped all of a sudden. Not sure what happened, but now she'll just sit on it and read and talk to us but no action! We'll keep trying. :-)
08-10-2007, 02:39 PM
Toby was out of the crib at 18 months due to climbing issues. He was fine after then in a toddler bed (very small, makeshift room attached to ours) and then he potty trained fully by about 2 and 1/2. So there was a big, big gap between the two for us. I don't know that it matters though. Whatever works for you, works for you!
08-10-2007, 06:58 PM
I don't think it matters in the slightest. :)
Peyton is still in his crib because it's still working for him. I'll probably move him into a big boy bed by Christmas just because by that time I'm sure he'd be able to just step out of that thing (he's never tried to climb out thus far).
He just recently potty trained. I had tried months earlier when I thought he was ready. I was wrong. Now that he's in underwear all day with no accidents, he still wears a diaper at night. Occasionally he'll call to me an hour or so after he's down that he has to go potty. I take him out, he does his business, diaper him back up and there he goes. I think it'll be awhile before he's dry all night though, he always wakes up wet.
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