When is the best time to start potty training?

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Donna - posted on 02/12/2010

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Depending on there ability to speak and understand. I start them in warm weather after 2 or 2 1/2. But this is for girls I find it is easier to train them in a dress if not naked. Start by putting the potty in the bathroom so they can get used to it and start wondering what it is for. It makes it easier if they get the idea themselves instead of you pushing them into it. The best weapon I have found to get the job done is a routine. If you have a sitter ask them what theirs is it may help. The little kids like lining up with the big kids after lunch to wait there turn to potty etc......

Hayley - posted on 02/12/2010

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well ive just started trying to potty train my son, he is 19 months. The reason ive decided to try is because he now goes in to the bathroom, lifts the toilet seat and stands in front of it and says wee wees. He always sees me go to the toilet as he just follows me lol. So just yesterday i tried him with the potty and he went straight away after taking his nappy off. Then later on in the day he tried to take his nappy off and saying dinks (his penis) i thought he wanted to play but i took his nappy off and he got on the potty and did a wee. But i think you will know when the time is right, little things they do will let you know. Good luck x

Lindsay - posted on 02/10/2010

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Your son/daughter will basically let you know. My oldest son was almost 3 before he was potty trained and he showed no interest in it, we just put underwear on him one day and never turned back, the only time he had a pull-up on was at night. Now my 20mth old will say 'pee' and go in the bathroom and take off his shorts and diaper for you. Let the child watch you and your SO when you go to the bathroom. If you have a daughter then its probably best if she just watches you, but he/she will get the idea of how its done. Don't force it upon them because that is just asking for potty training disasters! You can buy a potty chair and have your child sit on it first fully clothed while you are going, then after a few times of doing that take the childs diaper off and have him/her sit on the potty while you are going to the bathroom and see if he/she goes. If not then it's not a big deal but just be very consistent with it, that was my big fault with my oldest. I would get frustrated because he wasn't potty trained and he was having no interest in it so I would give up! You have to stick with it or its just going to take that much longer and your child will catch onto it and they will know that if they don't try that you will just give up, don't give up! Sometimes its a tough battle but it's well worth it!

Cassy - posted on 02/10/2010

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I dont know! I think my child is ready but i am not sure! She is 19mo and she is taking her diaper off all the time!! she is also taking her clothes off but when i put her on her own potty she just laughs and does nothing!

Edna - posted on 02/10/2010

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the best time to start potty trainging is when the child starts walking, i dont mean take them and start putting them on the potty, potty training is a long process, you should always start by introducing the potty, show them how you use it and what happens when you use it, take them to watch you go everytime you can, so that they could absorb it slowly and surely, the child will want to do as you do, and will start doing the potty, potty training could take up to a year or more to get down pat. but the patience you teach your child will be rewarded with good potty manners

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