Has any one else started Potty training

Rebekah - posted on 02/16/2011 ( 52 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be two in May and has decided to Potty train. I have been told by some that it is too early but she seems to want to do it and is now going through most days peeing in the toilet and asks to go Potty she still poops in her pants. I am of the mind set of I will encourage in anyway I can when it comes to tasks like this?

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Kate - posted on 02/16/2011

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i was doing really well with my son (who also will be 2 in may) about 6-8 months ago. he was pooping on the potty everyday, but that was only because i would catch him in time to put him there. he would often say he had to potty but not actually do anything. i'm not quite sure what has happened since, but he now runs and hides whenever i ask him if he has to go, and will actually collapse and cry hysterically if i pick him up to sit on the potty. needless to say, i have stopped pressing the issue. my main goal is not being in diapers by 2 1/2, absolutely not at 3!!
all in all, i would definitely encourage her, that would be wonderful if she did it!

Rebekah - posted on 03/02/2011

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well here is my update she is fully day trained now after two weeks. It was fairly easy too we did the Gerber training pants that you can get at Target that way when she did mess she felt it. We also took her to sit on the Potty every hour for about 3 days and let her sit there for a minute or for as long as she wanted too. She did alright with that and got the idea and loved and still loves flushing the toilet. After about day 3 she started telling us she needed to pee. it took about another week for the poop but she now tells us she has to poop and pee now and has had only two accidents in the last week. A few suggestions I have for those starting to potty train or thinking of potty training. 1 let your little one go to the bathroom with you make them feel like it is a neat fun thing to do. 2. don't give up after just a day or two of trying it takes an adult at least 2 weeks to form a new habit think about it they aren't even two yet. 3. use all your resources We used books to keep her on the potty, training pants at home and yes we have used pull ups for when we were away as they are easier to come off then diapers. look more like underwear but hold more fluid then the TP's that way if she did have an accident it wasn't a nasty mess in the middle of the super market. We also used a reward system and found that magnets worked best for her but each kid is different so find something your LO likes and works for you. Don't get frustrated and reward and back it up 100% We are going to the mall Sat. to buy her Princess panties because yes that is what she wants. Very proud of her right now.

Marsha - posted on 02/20/2011

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Keep it up! Don't discourage her. My mother in law told me that when she was a little girl, the children in her family were potty trained at like 9 months or so. The older kids would train the younger ones. WOW!
My daughter will be 2 in May and also has interest in the potty. She tells us when she is having her poops, and then we put her on the toilet. She doesn't always make it, but we encourage it.
Way to go to your daughter, I think that is so awesome!!!

Ashley - posted on 02/20/2011

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my little one will be two in may she's showing intrest in using the potty so i just started. everone says it's to early but my mom told me that if they show that they want to then encourage it. everone is different

Ashley - posted on 02/20/2011

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i have been potty training my daughter who will be 2 in may as well. If he wants to go deffinately encourage, forcing him to do with cause a regression. I actually talked to my daughters pediatrician when i started and asked what she thought. I put my daughter in underwear but only when she wants to. We do stickers for a treat when she goes in the big girl potty. hope this helps.

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Rebekah - posted on 03/09/2011

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Congrats Rebekah. It sounds like you did the right thing to start her early!!



My daughter has been potty training for the last few months. She ALWAYS goes to the potty to pee, but she has only pooped on the potty 5-6 times. I generally just keep her in her night time diaper for the first hour she's awake, and then after she's pooped, I put her in her big girl panties. So no accidents anymore, but she hasn't mastered pooping in the potty yet.

Katie - posted on 03/09/2011

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I am 18 weeks pregnant with #2 and my son will also be two in May. I really don't want two kids in diapers,so last Friday I started to potty train my son....by Monday he was going both potty & poopy in the potty and by Tuesday he was telling me when he had to go! I personally don't think that it's too early to start trying...I say go for it!! :)

Oluseun - posted on 03/03/2011

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My daughter will be 2 in may and i started potty training for her fully at 17months. She doesnt poop in her pant at all any more and 9/10 of the time uses the potty when she wants to wee. She even wakes up at night to say she wants to wee. Im praying baby 2 will follow this trend too.

Deborah - posted on 03/02/2011

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My daughter who also turns 2 in May has started to potty train she doesnt go all the time but several times a day I encourage her but dont punish if she doesnt kids will potty train in their own time if pressured sometimes they just stop so if she wants to we do if not oh well but I am with you on if they want to let them they are not to young ask the older generations most of their children were trained by 2

Sandy - posted on 03/01/2011

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My little boy will also be two in May and has decided himself he wants to potty train. He stands at the door and moans for us to open the door then runs straight through to the toilet and we put him on and he wees. We make a fuss of him by clapping and letting him flush the toilet himself and then wash his hands .... I believe that with encouragement you're 80% there. I don't force him just let him run around without a nappy.

Jessica - posted on 03/01/2011

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My daughter will be 2 in May and has no interest in the potty! She sits on it when I go in there to brush my teeth or something but doesn't care for it.

Jacquelyn - posted on 02/28/2011

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I have and its been going extremely well!! Its safe to say she hardly ever has accidents and has been in panties about 3 wks nows :)

Kristen - posted on 02/28/2011

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hi im going try an start this week but dont know if she will understand yet!! help

Necole - posted on 02/28/2011

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My daughter is wanting to go as well. She will also be two in may. I downloaded the I go potty app on my iPod touch and she looks forward to getting the 'calls' to go potty. She still won't poop it, she hides in the corner. But I'm all for if she's ready, shes ready.

Miriam - posted on 02/28/2011

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If she wants to Potty train... Go for it. There is no 'right' age. My son started letting me know that he had to go poop/pee by patting his diaper. So we bought a potty. We use stickers as a reward (1 for sitting, 2 for pee & 3 for poo) and pull-up diapers. We also sit for awhile while he does his business so we read potty books and underwater themed board books. I hope this helps and Good Luck!! This is good news.

Barbora - posted on 02/28/2011

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That's a big step for your daughter. if she ask to go on potty why wouldn't you put her on. My daughter will be also 2 in May and goes on potty since she was 8 months and she pees and poos on potty or toilet. but she still have diapers. I think it will be easier to leave her without a diaper in the spring time. go and encourage your daughter. 2 years is not too early. my oppinion.

Tina - posted on 02/27/2011

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I started potty training my son who will be 2 in May, when he was 15 months old. He is now trained & wears boxer briefs. I say if she wants to do it let her go for it.

Karland - posted on 02/27/2011

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My daughter will also be two in May and we've started "light" potty training. She can tell you she has to go "poopy" or "potty", but she has yet to actually poop on the toilet. She has peed on the toilet and she will make hersefl go when she is placed on the toliet so I'm encouraged that she is getting a grasp of this concept. It also helps I take her when big sister goes...she's 4. So no I don't believe its too early. I started big sister when she was around the same age. Its a little more work, but in the end worth it.

Curtney - posted on 02/27/2011

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Cameron started potty training at 18 months and she was also persistent. I supported her decision and now she is 21 months and fully potty trained.

Sarah - posted on 02/26/2011

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My son is also 2 in may. He is totally day trained, even when we go ot he doesn't need a nappy on. Not far from being night trained either...often wakes up completely dry. I started training him at 19 months and he caught on by the end of week one. He loves declaring that he has done "pees and poos". Definetly encourage her if she is interested.

Jenni - posted on 02/25/2011

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I have three kids (21 mo. - 6 yrs). My daughter that is now nearing 5 was potty training at 2. The week she turned two I just took the diapers away (except for bedtime) and would make frequent trips to the bathroom. I'd travel with a couple extra pants and a few pairs of underwear in case of accident. Knock on wood, I didn't have too many issues. With my first son, I had more of the issues with going potty in the toilet and then pooping in his underwear (only at home though). Your daughter is a few months younger than mine was, so don't be too surprised if it comes to a hult. But if you think she's really ready, don't confuse her with using pull-ups during wake times. In my option it gives little ones a free pass to go to the bathroom in their "undies". Now my 21 month old son, is nowhere near ready - I'm probably looking at 3 yrs like my other son was. Girls are so much sooner - lucky you!

Jen - posted on 02/24/2011

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My daughter will also be 2 in may and she is potty training. she is in panties during the day and only uses diapers at nap and night. She is doing better each day using the potty in new environments and is even using the big potty now too. She poops and pees in the potty 98% at home and about 80% when we're out and about. We have had the typical potty training issues and have discovered resistance from outsiders as well. My suggestion is to train early when your child is interested, motivated, and eager to please. Every child is different. Don't let anyone convince you that your child is too young if you think she is ready.

Norrie - posted on 02/24/2011

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Do not stop her! Encourage her....if she is showing signs that she is interested in the potty go with it. The only person who knows when she is ready is your daughter. There is a definate window of opportunity here...do not miss it. Just let her be the driver and let her take you on the journey not the other way around. Congratulations and enjoy the ride.

Mary - posted on 02/24/2011

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Yes, i think coz this is my second baby, it has been very easy to do it. She was ready by 20 months and started to ask for it before we even tried to potty train her.

AMITRIA - posted on 02/23/2011

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My daughter will also be two in May. I thought that maybe she was to young, but she is doing well. She tells us when she has to go, but like your daughter she hasn't gotten the poo poo down just yet, but she does every once in a while.

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Actually, a lot of potty training guides say that if they are interested before 2 years old, it is better than waiting til they are 2 or older. Mainly because when they turn 2, they are more able to communicate by telling you NO and not listening (a.k.a terrible 2's) I started potty training my 21 month old son about a month ago using The Potty Boot Camp book by Suzanne Riffel and it has been great. My son will go all day, except for naps, in his underwear with maybe one or sometimes no accidents at all. If you need any advice I would def. recommend getting the book. Good luck!

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Do you want to potty train your daughter? Or do you want to be potty trained?

In my experience, trying to potty train at this age results in YOU anticipating your child's need to use the potty. When I went down this road with my older child, it took a very long time to complete training. And I was constantly asking her if she needed to use the potty. No fun for anyone. This time around, I've decided to wait.

Stephanie - posted on 02/23/2011

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My son (who is now 4 1/2) did the same thing. He peed on the potty at 18 months and did it consistently. He ALWAYS pooped in his undies, though. He was in undies all the time, I never bothered with pull-ups. I would say "maybe next time you can poop on the potty" and throw his undies away. He got tired of me throwing away his "favorite" undies, and one day his cousin (who's about the same age) was over at our place and had an accident in his undies. My son, I suppose wanting to upstage him, FINALLY pooped on the potty! He's never had an accident since!
My daughter, on the other hand, will be 2 in May and is proving to be a little more difficult!
Good luck!!!

Kelsey - posted on 02/23/2011

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My daughter, who wil lbe 2 May 18th, is completely day trained right now! No accidents during the day but she wears cloth diapers during nap and night time. She showed interest I encouraged her by reading a book or singing while she sat on the potty and now we are diaper-free!!! We did the bare bottom aproach also and it went really really well. We had some accidents the first 2-3 days but after that she was fine. She is now after 1.5-2 weeks in underwear during the day and also when we are out. We went to the Children's Museum yesterday and even on the subway, at the museum etc she was in undies... No accidents!!! I honestly think it is more about training mom than baby. I had to train myself to remember to put her on the potty and after that it was easy peasy! We use an Ikea potty but a Baby Bjorn Little Potty works well too!! Good luck! I didn't push it but followed her lead!

Amber'Army - posted on 02/23/2011

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No I dnt think its too early at all. My daughter will also be two in may nd I started potty training when she was 18 months.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/22/2011

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My daughter will be 2 on May 11th. She is fully potty trained. I dont think thats its too early at all. She lets me know when she needs to go potty, the only thing I have to do, is turn on the light and help her get on. I first starting training her, because she seemed a little interested when she saw big brother go potty (he is 4). I bought her one of those little potties that can become a step stool when they are done. After a few times on the little potty, she wanted to sit on the big potty. So now she rarely uses the $20 potty that i bought, but the big potty. LOL. She wears big girl panties all the time, day and night. I only used diapers and pull-ups at night in the beginning. But she has been potty trained for 2 months now. I had the hardest time with my son, he wasn't fully trained until he was 3. It was awful! LOL.

Tricia - posted on 02/22/2011

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My Son is 2 in May and has been potty training for about 3 months. I am encouraging him but as I am due with another child in May I am not pushing the issue as I don't want him to take a big step back, as I heard many due. If I were to push him I think he would probably be fully trained by his birthday

Jennifer - posted on 02/22/2011

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Toddler's are ready when they are ready. NOt when we want us too. MY son was two and starting going on his own. My 2nd child was 2 and a half it took her 3 months to go. Just have to be patient. Take her into the bathroom and tell her Mommy is going potty. Do you have to go? When she has poop and she feels unconforatable and she is scared of her poop than you'l know than she is ready to go to potty.... My 3rd child is 21 months. But i'm sure she won't be ready for another year, and i'm waiting until she is ready.

Anna-Mari - posted on 02/22/2011

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I started potty training with my daughter (now 3) and son (1 year 9 months) when they were 12 months old. My daughter quit using daily nappy at age of 1.5 years and my son now pees almost every time and makes his poop only to pot! We put our children to the potty every morning before breakfast, after every meal and on evenings before sleeping. Usually we read together a book or play something while they are potting. By doing this we got results pretty soon and especially our son is very proud when he poops to pot. On next summer we take day nappy away from him and hopefully he starts to do all his things to pot at age of 2. Good luck with your training!

Melissa - posted on 02/21/2011

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no it isnt 2 early i started potty trainin my daughter when she was a yr and 5 months everytime i went 2 the bathroom she wanted 2 take her pampers of i encourage u in less than 2 months she had it down she love hearin me say good job and kisses after she's done going its never 2 early once the kid shows interest do it she only wear puul ups 2 bed and gets up in the night w/o me wakin her

Brianna - posted on 02/21/2011

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Yes, and I am finished! She will only have a pee accident during the night, but through the day and at naps she uses the potty! I was really excited because it took my son forever to get potty trained. And Lydia is trained at 20 months old. I couldn't believe it. She got it in about two weeks of wearing training underwear and using a sticker chart. Which she loves the stickers. I started the underwear when she started telling me she went potty in her diaper. She didn't like the feeling of going in the underwear and caught on quickly. :)

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2011

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I would certainly encourage her. My daughter will be two in May also and she has been poop trained since December. She is slowly becoming pee trained. Being naked as much as possible helps. I don't think age has much to do with it, if they're ready, they're ready. Good luck!

Alexandra - posted on 02/20/2011

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Absolutely let her do it if she is interested. Potty training usually ends up being about control - it's really the only thing they have control over - so let it be her idea. Give lots of positive encouragement and she will hopefully keep getting better.

Stephanie - posted on 02/20/2011

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i say go for it if she is showing interest! my daughter will be 2 on May 7 and she woke up dry from a nap two days ago so I put her on her potty and she peed! We just read a book about using the potty while she sat on it for a while... Since then I try to put her on it when she wakes up dry and if she asks to go, but no luck yet! Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 02/20/2011

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Our daughter will be two in May as well and is doing the same thing. Most mornings she wakes up with a dry diaper and immediately asks to be put on the potty. We recently bought her "big girl" undies and have had several dry days. Not in a row and we don't leave the house with them on but she is doing VERY well at home. We are expecting another baby in five weeks so really aren't pushing the potty training because a new baby is such a big change we don't want her to regress. But we do encourage and praise her when she decides on her own to use the potty.

Kelley - posted on 02/20/2011

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If she wants to use the potty then definitely encourage her! I think that is excellent! My daughter will also be 2 in may and she's used the potty only once and that was months ago but nothing since.

Suzanne - posted on 02/19/2011

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My daughter is also going to be 2 in May, and has shown a little interest. She understands that pee and poop goes in the potty.... but, her interest stops there. She has run to the potty a couple of times, but, we live in the New England and she usually has footsy PJ's on at night. We have decided that we are going to start potty training when it gets a little warmer out and we can have her just in a diaper so that when we know she is going to poop, because it is CLEAR when she is about to poop and when she IS pooping. But, right now, by the time we get her to the potty, get her PJ's off and her diaper, she has finished. I swear she pushes harder! LOL!!! So, we are giving it til it gets a little warmer and then starting!

Kristie - posted on 02/19/2011

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my son will be 2 in may aswell, i tried the potty training thing a few weeks ago for a couple days all day then he was fine with it then i went to try the next day and he cried and fell to the floor becouse he didnt want to go on the potty. since then i have stoped and will wait for a while

Kayla - posted on 02/19/2011

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My daughter will also be two in May. We started potty training this week with much success! She loves being like her big brother. If your daughter wants to go on the potty encourage her to do so. Good Luck and God Bless!

Anita - posted on 02/18/2011

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I think you have to trust your instincts on stuff like this. Only you can know when your child is ready. My daughter is also turning 2 in May and she has been fully day trained for about a month. I bought a potty last October and started by getting her interested in going. She would sit on the potty with her pants on and I'd put her on it when I thought she had to go. I didn't push it though, as soon as she was tired of sitting, I would take her off. In late December, I started putting her on every 30 minutes and would give her a sticker every time she pooped or peed. We also bought a potty book that we'd read as she sat there. It took about 2 weeks of that before she started asking us to go. At first she'd still have an accident here or there but now she is completely day-trained.

Melanie - posted on 02/18/2011

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Of course you should have a go. What have you got to lose? Remember, the majority of kids in the world are trained well before those in 'advanced' nations. It is cleaner. I am starting my little one as well. I think it's late! I delayed as was having mobility problems with next pregnancy. Now my new one is 2 months, am hoping to get Justin trained by his 2nd birthday. A book called Early Start Potty Training, by Linda Sonna (PHD) might be helpful. If I don't go back to work, I will be starting my new little girl MUCH sooner. Have fun with it.
Melanie

Leanne - posted on 02/18/2011

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I started my son on Jan 10th despite what some people think as 'too young'. My brothers and I were all day-trained by 2 (I was 19 months) so I figured I'd try my lil man and see what happened. We did the 'bare-bottom' approach where you go diaper-free while they're awake and try to make regular trips to the potty. The first week or so was pretty rough, but he's accident-free now. We tried pants a couple weeks ago and that didn't go well at all (maybe felt too much like diapers?) so I backed off and did bare-bottomed again for a week. He's now at the point where he tells me if he's going even in his diaper and when we go out for an hour or so (with diaper on) 90% of the time he pees in his potty when we get home. I'm going to try gradually phasing in pants again this coming week (probably an hour at a time). My goal is to be day-trained (not during bedtime or naps) by the end of March. We'll see how it goes, there's definitely no rush!

I would definitely try your daughter (with whatever method you want!) since she seems to be very interested. Don't listen to what the books say, do what is right for her. You know your child and when she is ready or not. If it doesn't go well, back off and either do just a little (if she's having fun still) or stop completely and try again later. She's young enough that you can take your time and make it an enjoyable process for her rather than having to rush because of school!

Heather - posted on 02/18/2011

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If she is asking and seems ready and interested, TAKE ADVANTAGE. I agree with people who say it's too young to start potty training, IF the child has no interest in it. If they are asking to go, then that's your cue to start working on it. My son will be 2 in May and I am due any day with number two. We've been working on it, but it is harder with boys. I'm hoping he'll be out of the diapers by 2 1/2 at the latest. (We're using cloth diapers and it would be nice to have a very short overlap of the 2 kiddos being in diapers at the same time). It has been hard though, especially with the weather. I think it's easier for them to adjust with the fewer layers that need to be removed before sitting on the toilet. Good luck!!!

Amy - posted on 02/16/2011

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I wish mine would...I remember my oldest (who is a girl) was great at trying to potty train. Try it during the day and see how she does. I'd wait for overnites and use pull-ups. If after a month on pull-ups at nite and nothing during the day...you are golden!!! My son...was a pain. so maybe its easier with girls. Good luck!!!

Ricky - posted on 02/16/2011

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I started potty training my son with in the last week. and things are going fine. If she wants to do it than continue.

Lela - posted on 02/16/2011

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My son is interested also. He ask to sit on the potty but 9/10 times does nothing. We do sit him on the potty while his bath water is running and he normally goes and we clap! I have a 5 month old also so I would love for him to be potty trained by 2 but will we see. Daycare will start helping in a few months also.

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