potty training

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My daughter is 21 months old and is starting to show interest in the toilet. Is she too young to start potty training? What potty chair should I use? And what book is the most helpful?

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Emily - posted on 05/14/2009

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My daughter is 21 mos and doing very well on the potty! My in-laws watch her during the day and once she started showing interest, we started putting her on the potty ever 45 minutes to an hour and she goes immediately each time. She even goes #2! =) We bought the Baby Bjorn seat that just goes on the regular toilet seat and it is GREAT. I did some research and it seemed to have really good reviews on Babies R Us online.

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Misty - posted on 05/25/2009

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I started infant potty training my little one when she was 5 months old. She showed interest at such a young age and actually would go pee and poop in the toilet. She is still working on it since we had a few changes in her life (big ones) but she sits on the big toilet now and wears underwear all day except naptime.
I would suggest having certain times your daughter uses the toilet everyday...when waking up, before naptime and bedtime, before or after eating, before leaving the house..etc..have it at the same time helps!

Rebecca - posted on 05/22/2009

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We have just recently started to put our son on the potty every morning after he gets up and every evening before bed. He knows what he needs to do as every time we put him on there he starts pushing and trying to make something come out :-) He has his own seat that goes on the toilet so that he knows that is where you 'do your business.' We have an actually potty chair for him, but I figure we'd just get him used to using the regular toilet instead.

After our vacation next month I am going to be doing this http://www.3daypottytraining.com/ The 3 Day Potty Training.

A good friend of mine from church used this for her son and daughter and it worked exactly as this lady said (as long as you follow her directions). her daughter is 4 months older than my son and was potty trained at 22 or 23 months old and hasn't had any accidents since. She said the first day is usually messy then it 'clicks'. I already bought the e-book (since my friend had lost her copy of it) and read through it. Very easy to read and simple to read too.

Julie - posted on 05/22/2009

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My daughter is also 21 months. We aren't going full force on potty training just yet, but her pediatrician suggested introducing her to the potty around her 18 month visit. We sit on the potty before bath time and read a book or two (or more if she feels like sitting longer). We also got a book for her called "The Potty Book for Girls" by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, it is a story about a little girl learning to use the potty. It's story form, so it's more entertaining for her rather than instructional. We plan to start timed potty visits throughout the day once she turns 2 (unless she seems ready sooner). Good luck to you!

Amanda - posted on 05/22/2009

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My daughter is 21 months old and three weeks ago she said mommie i go potty so i put her on the big potty and she went...I honestly don't know where it came from but just out of the blue she started just going on her own. She thinks its great. sometimes she will just sit and clap and say "Yay" and then go. Its quite funny, i though it'd be harder. I guess I got lucky. She won't go in public or at another persons home. She will only go on her potty or our master bath potty. But hey we've only had a handful of accidents in three weeks. It's awesome. I'm expecting another in July and am glad my daughter just did it on her own. We always tell her how proud we are of her!

Pamela - posted on 05/19/2009

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My son loves to flush the potty but that's about it. We bought a potty seat cover...it's a football one. And a stool to get on it and I put him on it once and he jumped right off. I'm not really worried about it. I'll just keep trying here and there. I guess there is a DVD with Elmo though at Walmart that people swear by. I figure that I don't want to have to remember all the time to put him on the potty, he should be able to mostly tell me. Yes it would be nice to be done with diapers since he HATES having it changed but what ya gonna do. The manager at daycare, her son potty trained himself at 22 months. He just would say, "go potty" and then go. She didn't do anything. But then her next baby was born a month later and he is back to diapers! LOL! Good luck!

Michele - posted on 05/19/2009

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My daughters 21 months and we just started introducing her to the potty. She has already went twice on it. I find when she wakes up i put her on the potty and say go pee pee and it works. But as for the rest of the day she still isnt that sure. We are doing it little by little and at day care they started training her too.

Jajaira - posted on 05/12/2009

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My daughter is also 21 months old and has shown a lot of interest in the potty. Everytime I go to the restroom, she wants to go and sit on her own potty. At first she would just sit there and not do anything, but now, everytime she sits on it she either pees or poops. It's never too early to start potty training them. The sooner you do it, the sooner you save on diapers! As long as they are trained by the time they start school you should be fine since most schools require that they be potty trained.

Beatriz - posted on 05/11/2009

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My son is 20 months old and I'm thinking of potty training him also. I put his potty in the bathroom and he recently would sit on it. I'm going to give it a shot. But if he looses interest, then I can't force him. You can't force them to do something that they don't want to do until they are ready. My sister-in-law suggesgted to me that as long as you teach at before age 3.

Laura C. - posted on 05/10/2009

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No child is too young to start potty training. There are babies that are potty trained. It just takes commitment and patience. Let her pick out what potty seat she wants to use so that maybe it could give her some more motivation. There are plenty of books out there for both you and your daughter. I would suggest you get in there and start looking if you really want to. I never used books for my older son but we did the reward routine and it worked fine.

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