when do you start your 15month old potty training?

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Rachel - posted on 06/20/2010

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I think you know what's best for you and your baby. Trust your instinct. Your child will set the pace for his or her development . My 15 month old loves sitting on the potty I'm not expecting her to be trained by 2 or tomorrow. But she's not scared of the potty and when she has to go she says "paaee" and goes. Wheather its in a diaper or on the pot. We encourage her to use it . But I think anyone who tells you its way too early and has never met your child is kinda ridiculous. Every baby is different. Give it a shot and ps. Try pooping with your feet in the air. Its difficult. They have to be able to bare weight ie push down with their feet to poop in the potty. More grown up food changes the stool and their bodies have to really work a little harder to get it out.

Diana - posted on 06/19/2010

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I've read that 27-32 months is the ideal time to start. Of corse every child is different, but i agree, 15 months is far to early.

Angela - posted on 06/18/2010

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My little girl just turned 3 in May too and she also just potty trained last week !!! Congratulations on your little one yeah !!!

Sarah-Anne - posted on 06/18/2010

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my little monster started walking at 8 months 9 days old. so we got her a potty about two weeks after that, just to get her used to it. right now, she can wear a pull up all day and stay dry (except for poops and naps) if i have her sit on the potty every 45 minutes. i don't expect her to be fully potty trained until about 3, but i'd rather start slowly now so she doesn't freak out when it comes time to really train hard.

Amity - posted on 06/18/2010

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I don't agree that they have to be 2 to start. My two eldest children were toilet trained long before 2. My second was dry at night by 2 my eldest by 2 1/2. My second child was toilet trained at 15 months. My eldest at 18 months.
I used the toilet train in 3 day method. It is where you leave off all clothing from the bottom half for 3 days so they feel the sensation of going to the toilet. Daughter 1 was the most difficult and I nearly gave up at day 3 because she didn't do it but at the start of day 4 she went to the potty every time and has always known the sensation from then on. Daughter 2 was far easier. She went to the potty on day one. They often try to hide to do number 2's in the first days because they don't have the patience to wait on the potty for it to come at first. Try reading them a story or doing some colouring in. My biggest tip though is be consistent. Put them on the potty at the same times, before meals, before the pram and car rides, before baths ect. Don't stress about the process as they pick up on it. At this age they are so keen to please that doing the right thing is what they want so they'll strive to do it for you. If you can't handle the odd mess of an accident don't try yet but I've saved $100s in nappies.
Hannah (14 months) is very interested and sits on the potty but it is winter here and I'm not prepared to have the extra washing. I'm being very slack because I'm pregnant with no.4 and don't really have the energy at the moment. I think that if she's interested give it a go. Do a little research into the train in 3 day method because it has worked for me twice.

Mary - posted on 06/16/2010

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15 months old is way early. They aren't actually capable physically of being able to control themselves until they are over 2. If you are able to 'train' a child that early it's more you that are trained rather than your baby :) If she likes sitting on the toilet, that's fine, but don't try to teach her too early. It will come.

Robbie - posted on 06/15/2010

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thank you for that, i think it is great for them to learn new things at that age.

Rachel - posted on 06/14/2010

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I put my little gal on the potty several times a day. I started doing that (not really for potty trraining - more to save diapers) when she was about 7 months old. She associates the potty with going potty but I am not going to take away her diapers just yet. Most kids don't potty train until 3. (My son turned 3 in May and just potty trained this week.) I think its good to let them get used to it, know what its for, but don't expect too much from them.

Robbie - posted on 06/13/2010

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thanks, that shows that the pediatrician may not know every little thing about all babys

Robbie - posted on 06/13/2010

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thanks for the comment, she is already sitting on her pot, i just wonder if any other mom of a 15 month old doing the same thing.

Colleen - posted on 06/12/2010

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We just had our son's 15-month check-up yesterday, and the pediatrician said that the earliest is two years old, but for most little ones, the average is 3 years old. There is plenty of time!

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