How soon is to soon too potty train?

Jessica - posted on 07/17/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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She pulls on the diaper and tells me when she needs a new one but she is only 16 months?!? it seems so soon...

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Gretchen - posted on 07/28/2010

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It's never to early to start potty training. I wouldn't expect miracles at this age but if she is telling you when her diaper is wet etc. lucky you!! Go get a baby Bjorn or some potty and start using the words potty and pee pee and poo poo or whatever you use and take her to the bathroom whenever you have to go and explain to her what you're doing etc. You could also try not putting a diaper on her for a day and when she strats to pee rush her over to her potty and praise her if she goes in it. You might have to clean up a few messes but you may also learn her cues and how she acts just before she potties which will help the training. Good luck!

Laurie - posted on 07/23/2010

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There's no such thing as too soon. I plunked my daughter on the potty when she was 1 year old, ran the faucet, and she peed. They get the idea pretty fast after that. She's 16 months now, and I'm glad to be done with diapers!

Carisa - posted on 07/18/2010

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You can put her on and see what happens, but there is a big difference between knowing your diaper is wet and knowing you need to go to the potty. At this age it will be more about you anticipating if she needs to go and getting her on the potty before she does. I say give it a try, but if you don't seem to be getting anywhere, stop and wait a few months.

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Au - posted on 09/16/2011

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My daughter was completely potty trained when she reached 2. She has her pamper when she is sleeping. It's easier to start potty training in warm weather than in winter.

Virginia - posted on 09/09/2011

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16 months is not too soon. Depends on the kids. My grandmother did all her kids at 1. My first girl I waited till she was 2 but with my second son he started at about 1.5 because he wanted to be like big sister. SOunds like it could not hurt to set them on toilet every hour and still use diapers. Cheaper too then pull ups for starting out.

Kimberly - posted on 09/04/2011

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It's never really too soon my daughter started doing the same thing at 12 months old and we have been trying potty training ever since and now at 28 months she is potty trained and will even go to the potty by herself without making any mess.

Tracey - posted on 08/23/2011

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No such thing as too early. People in the era before disposables and people around the world today with no access to disposables have their kids trained before 12 months, easily. I didn't know this until my third. She was pretty well trained at 11 months, and it was simple and gentle. The book Early Start Potty Training by Dr. Linda Sonna explains research-based methods (without the research being funded by diaper companies) for starting at different ages, including around the age of 16 months. I don't know if WalMart still carries this book but that's where I got it.

Pia - posted on 08/19/2011

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No, is not to soon. My son started w no 2 when he was 14 months and never had an accident since and w no 1 just when he turned 2 ; if she looks ready , then she is:) give it a go for a few days and if is not working at least u know u tried

Vicki - posted on 08/03/2010

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go with it, if she want to sit on the potty then let her, the worse thing you can do is force her or make it to be a big deal out of it,
just let her sit when she wants to and you will find it will come, ive worked with children that arent ready and the biggger the deal you make out of it the worse it is and they dont progress x

Dorsha - posted on 08/01/2010

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Oh also, after reading other posts.. yes.. forcing them, when they don't want to, not good.. Like there are still times my son HATES to sit on the potty and I will try to calm him down, but if he doesn't want to I take him off and send us on our way.. Umm books.. my son LOVES reading books when he potties and LOVES flushing the toilet! LOVES IT! Just trying to thow out ideas.. and I LOVE training pants.. they are like reg. underwear, but a lil thicker in the middle... more absorbant for accidents... I love them.. save money on pull ups and he knows sooner when he wet because it doesn't pull it away from him.. just sits there.. I got mine at Target.. that was like the only place I could find em.. hope this helps.

Dorsha - posted on 08/01/2010

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I started at 10 months old and he just started KNOWING when he had to pee and how to make him self go when he is on the potty, like a month or two ago.. I say go for it.. I was fully potty trained by 11 months... I took a potty training class with my son and they said that studies show that kids are getting potty trained later and later and that they think that it has to do with how convinient diapers have becom.. that like ten years ago the normal age to be potty trained was between 12-18 months now most kids aren't potty trained till 3-4 years old... and diapers are more used than clothe diapers in the last ten years.

Erin - posted on 07/31/2010

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Wow... that seems so early to me. But I suppose with my son being developmentally delayed, right now is not a good time to potty train. He doesn't talk yet at almost 17 months old and I just don't think we're quite ready. I think I'll probably try to start him around 2. I hope he's done with the process by preschool.

Patricia - posted on 07/30/2010

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My son is 16 months old. We just got back from vacation. I am going to try to start potty training him now. I think now is a good time as any. You should try.

Aneliese - posted on 07/30/2010

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My nearly 17 month old is the same, she tells me when she is going too, however I've tried to sit her on the toilet and she doesn't like it. She is quite smart, understands a lot and can talk quite well, but obviously just its ready to try on the toilet.
Anyway, give toilet training a go, it will either work or it won't. :)

Jeanette - posted on 07/29/2010

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All kids are different, her taking her diaper off could be just that she dont like be wet or that she ready to go potty, my oldest was potty trailed by the time she was a yr, while my other two were not potty trained until they were 2 yrs old, now my 16 month old tells me when she goes to the bathroom, so I think I need to get on the ball and go buy a potty, Its all up to the parents and kiddos when they wanna learn to use the potty.. Its a lot of work for the parents, cuz they go to the restroom more than us and they dont hold it. Have fun, good luck! But if I was you I would definitely try!

Elizabeth - posted on 07/28/2010

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My daughter is 17months and whenever we get ready to take a bath I take off her diaper and then she runs and squats and poops on our floor, but when I put her on the toilet she screams as though she is thinking she is going to fall in! I think I will buy a potty chair and put it in the bathroom and take her to the bathroom with me regularly to see if she will use her own.

Melinda - posted on 07/27/2010

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My niece was trained at 16 months, she only wears a pull-up when she sleeps. But my opinion is, are the babes being trained or is mommy when you take them to potty every hour on the hour to "catch" the act... I feel they need to be recognizing the feeling and be able to control it, so it depends on the individual-- plus they need to be able to communicate the need to go potty. My oldest was not trained until 4 because of a speech delay.. now he is able to communicate and is successful.

Debbie - posted on 07/27/2010

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If she is telling you then just do it, because it really depends on the child and they are ready. I potty trained one of mine in week traveling across country in a snow storm. She was 18 mons at the time. My middle also at 18 months but not as fast. My third child didnt get potty trained till he was 2 yrs old.

Denise - posted on 07/26/2010

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My little man is 16 months and my mom keeps telling me he's ready because he does the same thing: pulls his diaper. I can tell when he is going, but not before he goes. I'm going to attempt to start the potty training next month... Not sure there is a standard time though.

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I think it depends on your bub. My mother tells me that I was trained by 12 months, but my son is 16 months and doesn't seem to be even close to ready.
The best advice I can give is not to push it. You don't want it to be an unpleasant experience.

Kenyetta - posted on 07/23/2010

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My daughter is 16 months as well and can say boo boo but I have to move quick to put her on the potty or sometimes she can say it but she has already gone so I put her on the potty every hour and for about 10 minutes and when I stay consistant with it she does very well I even but her big girl panties on but when I get lack she does to.... all this to say it depends I think on your patience and her eagerness so as I always say trial and error... ;)

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Good topic.

Yep, it can be done. Of course when my mother did that she had no idea that when I was grown and working in the dental office dark room developing and rinsing films, the power of suggestion would overwhelm me. There is help available for that. Ever hear of Kegel exercises? There's more ...

Brother and I both out of diapers when he was 30 months and I was 18 months. Good thing ... our sister was born the following month.
Fun memories.
Grandy Tandy

Marissa - posted on 07/23/2010

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I agree with Laurie....did that with mine at 11months...and I always take her to potty with me...she learned mainly by watching...

Patrica - posted on 07/21/2010

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i cant put my daughter in to pull ups even though she is 16 months she has ony just went into a size 3 nappy and thats big on here i tried size 4 pullups and they fall of her s iam going to have to wait a while as she is only in 9-12 months clothes and sometimes 6-9 months

Olga - posted on 07/20/2010

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My understanding is that like most things- all kids will do at their own speed. But it's tricky- I have been cautioned that if you push them too soon, it will simply take longer. I believe most kids are potty trained at like 2 1/2 years (which seemed late to me). We thought our little one might be ready because she would head to the stairs when she was wet and especially when she did #2. However, she was not feeling our first try on the potty so we stopped.

Marissa - posted on 07/19/2010

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It just depends on the baby and when they gain some bladder control. my daughter was potty trained at 11 months

Erika - posted on 07/18/2010

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My Son is doing the same, pulling on his pamper and taking it off. But when I put him on the Pottty be doesn't do anything. I say If your daughter is pulling on her pamper, why not. My oldest daughter was 2 1/2 and she was completely potty trained. We startedher early but we didn't any propblems with her.

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