potty training

Morgan - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I was wondering around what age or stage do you start potty training?

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As Sarah said, do not push them! Most kids are able to control their bowels at 18 months, so I wouldn't start til then. - Girls typically are ready around 2½, boys usually about 3½-4. From everything I have heard the best way to go about it is to dedicate your ENTIRE day to this, for as long as it takes. Most moms I have heard say put them in underwear or no underwear. - PUT (don't ask) them on the potty every half hour. A lot will say that after a couple times of peeing/pooping on themselves that they learn real quick. If your daughter is walking pretty well, then I would say make sure you have a potty available for her and also let her follow you to the potty so she has a role model. Other than that, just wait and be patient. It supposedly takes the average child 8 months to be FULLY potty trained??? How true it is, I do not know. -- Before my son was born my daughter was really close to being potty trained at 22 months. Well, now at almost 28 months we are still not anywhere near where we were. She regressed really bad. -- I am hoping one of these days she just gets over her brother being here and starts going like she was. She was keeping a dry diaper for 3-4 hours, going 25+ times a day on her potty, lighter diapers at night, putting herself on her potty....and then her brother was born. -- Good Luck.

Sarah - posted on 10/22/2009

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A lot will depend on your child. It is anywhere from 18 mos. to 4 years. Most kids train between 2-3 years. Boys tend to train later than girls. They will give you signs that they are ready. Big thing is to encourage and not push and let it be their thing not yours. There are many different ways to train. What I have found is that you can do any way you want, but unless the child is ready none of them will work. I do suggest not starting until you both are really ready to stay with it. I don't like pull-ups and would only use them for overnight. When I decided to train and was ready to put on the panties/underwear on them during the day don't go back to diapers or pull-ups during the day. This will confuse them and make it much more harder to train.

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