Sara - posted on 08/24/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )
I've noticed a lot of threads lately on the Welcome page about people wanting tips to potty train their 12-18 month old. My own daughter is 22 months old, and while we talk about the potty and going to the bathroom, she's not showing signs that potty training would be successful. People are now constantly asking me if she's potty trained, to which I reply that we're not yet ready.
I guess when it comes to this I'm a big believer in letting the child lead. I'm not going to create a nightmare of a situation for her or me by trying to potty train before she is sufficiently ready. I read that the average age for girls to be fully potty trained is 36 months and for boys it's 38 months. I realize that some babies are truly ready at a younger age, I just don't understand why parents push it at a younger age or assume that when they're baby turns one they must ready to be potty trained. What's the rush?