Too early to start potty training?

Michelle - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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An associate of mine is potty-training her daughter (same age as my son - 16 months), seems so early though. Was curious to know what other Mom's are doing.

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Lakedra - posted on 08/12/2009

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I dont think its too early.. Im introducing it my my lil girl but not pressing the issue.. and she sits on her potty when I go and when I think she needs to go.. I say go for it!!

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Shelly - posted on 09/14/2009

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Pay attention to your child. Until they have the muscle control needed to regulate when they potty, it's pointless and frustrating to even try. With my four oldest, one was ready at 20 mo, but the others were closer to 3. My youngest is 18 mo, and is telling me when his diaper is wet and has started grabbing his diaper when he potties. We have introduced him to the potty chair, but right now it's just a fun place to sit! Every child is different, yours may be ready now, or it may be another year.

Lisa - posted on 09/12/2009

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my son would pee and poo in the toilet every time... if he could just get them darn pants off. i figure until he is capable of undressing him self there isn't much point so when he asks (usually i only change one wet diaper a day) i will help him get his clothes off but until he can take those pants off himself my 18 month old will continue to wear diapers. plus peeing at wal-mart when your not quite 3 feet tall is pretty hard... let your kid try it some time if you dont believe me! especally if tiny butt has to poo and sit on that gigantic toilet! lol

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We started with my son around 13 months...we dont push him but i have a potty watch that we use that reminds us every 30 min to take him to the potty...i admit though, there are days when I just lose my motivation. At daycare he is in pullups all day and does really well there. He has no issues with going poopoo in the potty either so that was a huge relief.

Richenda - posted on 09/11/2009

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mae is running around naked peeing in the potty every time.

she is too young to pull her trousers down or tell me when she needs to wee, but if shes got the basics it can only make it easier when we come to the real thing. and its saving so many nappies (she still has one at night and one over nap time)

shes not so great on the pooing in the potty front and i usually end up crawling through the house trying to pick it up before daddy sees. - hes not very good with baby poo lol x

Cindy - posted on 09/07/2009

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Hi. Ek voel dat hulle ten minste eers hul eie broekies moet kan aftrek voordat jy die groot leerskool begin. My kind kommunikeer nog nie met woorde nie, en daarom dink ek dit gaan dinge ook moeilik maak. My dogtertjie het sommer net begin om haar eie doek af te haal en ons het toe geweet dat dit tyd was dat sy getrain moet word. Elke kind is mos maar anders.

Abby - posted on 09/02/2009

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My baby is a couple months older, but I figured she was ready when she was ripping her diaper off all of the time. She likes to sit on the potty, she has not went yet, but she will do it when she is ready. It is never to early to start...just don't push them, or get mad if they don't get it right away.

Lana - posted on 08/31/2009

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Every child potty trains in their own time. BUT, there are some general signs of readiness to look for which include:



PHYSICAL SIGNS INCLUDE:

* Being coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.

* Urinating a fair amount at one time.

* Having regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.

* Has "dry" periods of at least three or four hours, which shows that the bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.



BEHAVIORAL SIGNS INCLUDE:

* Ability to sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.

* Ability to pull their pants up and down.

* Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper.

* Shows interest in others' bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear).

* Gives a physical or verbal sign when he's having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.

* Child demonstrates a desire for independence.

* Child takes pride in their accomplishments.

* Child isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet.

* Child is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.



COGNITIVE SIGNS INCLUDE:

* Ability to simple instructions, such as "go get the toy."

* Child understands the value of putting things where they belong.

* Child has words for urine and stool.

* Understands the physical signals that mean they have to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.





If your child (or your collegues) is meeting most of these signs then the answer to your question is likely yes, the child may very well be ready to potty train. However, somechildren, even when showing most- all of the signs are not motivated to learn. Pushing children can be more of a hassle than anything else.



From my experience, its good to let children get accostomed to the idea of toilet training by seeing/feeling the potty and all of its accessories (including hand washing). Incorperate these things as part of every day routine; let children wash their hands as often as they like and offer them their own child-size potty to sit on in comfortable places like the living room until they get used to the basic concepts.

Stacey - posted on 08/30/2009

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again the same answer.you could give it a try.i'm training daniel who is 18 months to use it now but not pushing him onto it.he'll sit on there now and again and has actually gone a wee in it once.the most of times he wees all over the floor so i stress to him that it's naughty then i sit him on the potty again.if he gets up,i'll leave him off until he wants to sit there again.it's very hard work though i have to admit.it is taking alot of patience(one thing i don't have alot of),but he'll get there one day :D i hope.

Alana - posted on 08/27/2009

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Hmm, My son who is almost three is just starting (I was in no hurry either), and my daughter who is 17 months is well aware of when she needs to go potty... so I thought great - two birds - one stone... but I had a visit with our local Plunket Nurse last week and she told me that young toddles dont yet have the muscle development in the spine to control bowel motions... so will have to wait and see. Never say never though!

Casey - posted on 08/25/2009

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My sons not interested in it AT ALL!! So im kinda "pre-potty training" So ill change his diaper as soon as he goes potty and everytime i use the potty ill get him to sit on his... He'll get it when hes ready Im in no hurry!

Andrea - posted on 08/25/2009

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depends on the chile..my son is 17 months old and he is very interested in the potty. We have not mastered the potty but we have pretty much mastered the bowel movements..I don't think I have changed a poopy diaper in awhile.:)yay

Jackie - posted on 08/22/2009

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my son is 17 months and he is tryin by his self. when he pee in his diaper he will grab it and run to me yelling pee pee!!! then take off to the bathroom! i really think that it is just when they are ready! if you push them it makes it harder for them

Jamie - posted on 08/19/2009

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i am getting Noah used to the potty, we talk about it and now when he poops we dump it in the potty and flush he thinks its fun and it shows him when it belongs he likes sitting on the potty and we sometimes read or sing songs to get him used to it.. I dont think its too early but you have to look at your individual child if you encourage and work with them and they dont care at all i would wait another month and try again.. boys generally pt late 2's early 3's girls are early 2's mid 2's.

Kris - posted on 08/13/2009

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I agree with the rest.....my 16 month old is just getting interested....but I am not pushing him.....my oldest was trained by 12 months and the middle one was almost 2......so I think it just depends on the child.....they'll let you know when they're ready..... : - )

Erica - posted on 08/12/2009

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I've been trying with my 16 months old, but like Natalie we are not pushing. He has gone once so far but has also used the floor many more times. LOL

Natalie - posted on 08/12/2009

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i have started to potty train my little girl, she is 16 months but we are not pushin her to do it all the time, we just gether to sit on the potty with no nappie on so she gets used to it! so far she has done 1 wee on it lol your no when ya son is ready to be pottyed trained!!

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