20 month, is it too early to potty train??

Charlotte - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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my little girl tells me when shes done something in her nappy, but doesnt like sitting on the potty unless shes got her nappy on!! lol still i dont know if its too early??

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Joanna - posted on 02/26/2010

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My daughter has been dry day and night since she was 13 months its never ever too soon, just wait for her to tell you shes ready without a nappy xx

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An - posted on 03/01/2010

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I'm letting my daughter run around without a diaper for a bit, and I ask her if she needs to use the potty then I help her on it. She always pees in it, no poop yet. Today after she peed I put on her diaper and soon after she told me she needed a new diaper, which she didn't - a few minutes later she pooped. She was trying to communicate to me she needed to poop I see now. I explained to her what to tell me when she needs to go so I can take her diaper off and assist her on the potty. Hope it works! But I take this as a good sign she is ready for the potty, since she knows when she is going to go!

Julie - posted on 02/28/2010

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my son is also 20 months old and he went poopy in the potty a few month ago but he wouldn't do it again so i gave up bc i though he wasn't ready but lately he been taking his clothes off and he nappy ever time he go wee wee or poopy. just the other day he went poopy in his nappy and run to the bath room and lifted up the tolit sit and held on to his weewee and try to pee but just to short and missed. so i got his potty out and he only sit there if his his a cup and one of his tv show and food. so i went out yesterday and potty lid that sit on the potty and he loves it and today he went potty and wipe himself got down and flushed it. so no i don't like 20 months is too early

Amber - posted on 02/28/2010

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My little girl tells me when she has to go to the potty and she doesnt have a problem with it but, i did start her out early at it before i got her her own potty chair so she was ready. I would just keep tryin and if she still doesnt like sittin on the potty then don't force it on her.

Pamela - posted on 02/27/2010

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Hi -- gpr those f you potty training, are you using pull-ups? I am afraid to use pull-ups on my youngest until I am sure she is ready. I started using them on my first daughter early, and then it was never really a "milestone" for her. She took forever to potty train, so i'm reluctant to really go for it w/ my 2nd. However she poops on the potty almost daily - she tells us when she has to go. And she pees sporadicially, I think it just harder for her to know ahead of time with the pee than the poop --- she recognizes it too late. But she Loves to try. I guess I should put pull-ups on her, but think she's too young to really understand it's a "milestone" ... then if she's not ready, I don't have that to fall back on!

Kristen - posted on 02/26/2010

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I would say for sure go out and get a small potty and small toilet insert and let her lead the way. My daughter is 20 months today and she is already about 80% potty trained. My son was the same way (in underwear only by about 2 years and 3 months) and I think the key is to 1) Let them run naked at home for a while until they get the hang of it, 2) don't push potty a certain way (it doesn't have to be on the big or small toilet, or in the bathroom only. It really depends on the child's preference) 3) Lots of praise and excitement when they do go, even if it's just a little too late attempt. 4) Let them see you go to the bathroom and explain that this is where you go and they can try too.

I had a lot of people telling me that I was trying too early when my son (now 4) was younger, but he seemed so interested and I could not keep up with the waste of diapers. He'd pee a small amount and then would refuse to have it on. So we just went for it and he was good by the time he was a little after two. By good, I mean he went out to errands, park, etc. for the day and typically only had 1 accident if that. And when he did have a accident it was normally when we were out and I forgot to take him for a break (you kind of learn their time limits). My daughter on the other hand just refused to wear diapers anymore one day and after two days at home, she no longer has any accidents at home unless she is wearing a diaper. We do pullups for errands still just because she hasn't gotten the fact that there are bathrooms in other places too. Nights still get pullups too (for both). I diapered my son for naps when he was younger, but my daughter doesn't need them for naps.

I personally think this is the best age to potty train because they want to be grown up and if you wait too long they end up using diapers as a crutch. My nephew is now three and still in pullups. They started when he was a little past two and he just doesn't want to take the time. It's a busy age and the potty is of little interest to him now.

The main thing is to go off of the kiddos. If you put her on a toilet and she screams, then don't force it, but if she won't wear a diaper because she doesn't like to pee in it (or poo) then give it a try. You'll be surprised at how in tune you are with your kids once they really get into the potty training zone and you'll be able to pick up on her signs easily! Hope this is helpful. Best of luck!

Nadine - posted on 02/26/2010

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i introduced the potty at a year old as long as you dont push them or get upset when they go potty in their diaper the doctor informed me that they wont start getting control of their bladder until they are 2 so accidents will probly happen but my daughter does really well she gets the concept she tells me most of the time but we still go through diapers and pull ups shes still not ready to fully be potty trained and i wont push til shes 2 since she is so close i still take her potty all the time just cuz diapers are expensive but its not too early to introduce it

Sheena - posted on 02/25/2010

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I don't think its to early,my 20 month old is potty trained now. I started at18 months when she started taking off her nappy once she wet herself. So I just sit her on the potty every time. It took 2 months before she actually did anything on the potty. But now she's a pro!

KaShae - posted on 02/25/2010

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I do not believe that it is too early if she can let u know when she has done something, I am currently potty training my 20month old now also and she actually does better now then she did before....show her that mommy ca use the potty without falling in...lol and she should pick up on it pretty quick.......

Kerry - posted on 02/25/2010

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hi when i potty trained my son at 1st he refused 2 go the potty, i used 2 leave his nappie off n as sn as he went 2 have a wee i wud put him straight on the potty, it took a few wks but he started usin it but then he wudnt go on the potty 4 a poo so he used 2 have a nappie on but 1 day he went on the big toliet on his own n went 4 a poo then after that he stared usin his potty all the time. sum kids likt the potty n sum kids like the big toliet it just takes time but if they know when they need the loo then that is a gd time 2 start tranning them as they can tell u when they nd the loo

Juleen - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son Zavier is now 20 months and also shows when he wants to go. Unfortunately he doesn't want a potty, so we got him one with steps that goes on our toilet. Now he will sit without his nappy, but will do nothing. He waits until he has his nappy on again. How do I get him to actually go before he has a nappy on? I have tried to leave the nappy of but the result was not so nice (lol).

Amber - posted on 02/24/2010

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I started about a month ago with my son. He's doing well with peeing in the potty (has only pooped a few times) but he still uses his diaper too. I'm not going to really push it till the summer.

Erin - posted on 02/24/2010

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I don't think it is too early. She sounds almost ready to try. I bought 2 potties (one for upstairs and one for downstairs) when my daughter was almost a year and got a book from the library about early potty training. Although it takes long that way, she's not afraid to use it, but I never force it either. She goes in it a few times a day and the older she gets, the easier it gets because she will actually say pee pee potty the times she wants to use it. My goal is to have her using it all the time by 2 years of age which is still earlier than a lot of other kids. I bought the pull up dora diaper and also the gerber pants, but those are messier to clean up accidents. Takes patience and time at this age, but I still am confident we are progressing and will get there soon. Oh - I let her play with the potty in the living room/playroom for a few days like a chair and told her what it was before moving it to the bathroom. I got the potty chair and she loved it, but is moving toward wanting to use the potty seat like mommy and daddy. It's totally ok for your child to watch you go on the potty too as an example. Just make the whole process fun and like she's a big girl for doing it. They get so proud for going. She loves her princess potty it makes a little song when she goes and she just lights up.

Bonnie - posted on 02/22/2010

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I just bought a potty chair for my step-daughter who is 20 months because she tells me when she is going to go potty in her diaper. I dont expect her to actually use it for real for a few more months, I want to slowly introduce her to the idea. I say, let her sit on it with her diaper on for now

Hayley - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son is also 20 months and ive just started trying to potty train him. He also tells me when he has done something in his nappy and goes to the bathroom, lifts the lid off the toilet, stands infront of it and says wee wee. So i got him a potty and let him sit on it without a nappy and we went a wee. I left the potty out after and let him just sit on it when he wanted to. Later that day he asked me to take his nappy off and he went and used his potty by himself. Maybe instead of putting a nappy back on her in the morning leave it off for a while and explain to her if she needs a wee to try the potty. Good luck, but all children let you know when they are ready, they are still young and have plenty of time to learn.

Jessica - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son actully pooped in his potty over a month ago... but I think it traumatized him, he hasn't sit on his potty without his diaper on since. I dont know what to do, he does just what your daughter does now, and throws a fit when I try to take his diaper off.

Stephanie - posted on 02/21/2010

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it's never too early or too late just make sure they are ready. My daughter at 16 months dropped her own pants and hopped on her little training potty after watching my step daughter do it. So I don't know go with what feels right for the both of you.

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