How do I start potty training my 15 month old?

Crystal - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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We have the potty, and shes always taking her diaper off and everytime we try to put her on the potty, she gets off of it and just plays with it or she crys.

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Vicki - posted on 05/01/2010

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My son is 16 months old and has been using the potty since he was 7 months. We used cloth diapers, so he always felt when he was wet, and did not like the feeling! He also woke up dry in the morning since about 3 months old, so to begin, I would put him on the potty first thing after he woke up. Instant success.

Start with timing. When you know she has to go. You might want to have a naked bottom often, to you can become more aware of her patterns. Generally, upon waking in the morning and after a nap is a good time to sit on the potty! Have books to read while sitting, but don't make it necessary if she doesn't want to sit. If it's not an enjoyable time then she will not want anything to do with the potty. Make it a game. My son uses a potty seat on the big potty, but still "plays" with his little potty, sitting on it and making a "pss" sound.

Also make trips to the potty before leaving the house and upon returning. Focus on using the potty at home before using it while out, though some children have no problem with using public restrooms easily.

I would also recommend using a sign for "potty." Learning ASL can be so helpful for babies and toddlers! They want to communicate and they have the ability to do so. Often at this age, I find my son is very busy, very involved in what he is doing. He can tell me when he needs to go, but he will just as soon forget that he needs to as he's distracted by a toy, or something of interest on the way. If you wait, it is often too late. There needs to be a lot of commitment on your part to be able to drop what you're doing to help your girl to the potty.

That's why most parents want to wait until the child is ready to do it himself. Lazy.

Barbora Milena - posted on 05/12/2010

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my daughter is 6months old and she is potty trained. Thats how its common in Europe... I started when she was 4months old, she has a potty with high rear part, which is supporting her back, even she is startin to sit by herself... I just made it part of her routine. Wake up, go to potty, eat, then go to potty...After 2-3weeks she made her morning poo to the potty n from there, I learned to see the signs where is she goin to make it, so i put her there... You should not play with her on the potty, just sit there with her n talk to her, tell her what is she supposed to do, use the words you have chosen for it, so she will be able with the time say she wants to do it so u will be able to put her on the potty on time... Thats how we do it in Europe, the child starts be put on potty regularly by 5months, learns by 6months n by 1 year they dont wear diapers during the day, just at night or when you go out with them n u cant get them on potty on time...

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Alley - posted on 06/01/2013

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My baby started going on the potty when she was 14 months, she loves it all i did was bring her to the bathroom when ever i was going so i would sit her on her potty and every time she goes her potty plays music and it even has a little handle that makes a flush sound she gets so happy so now we watch for signs like now she started grabbing her diaper and doing a dance that means she needs to go, last night she did a number 2 in her potty... hopefully soon she will have it down pat and start going all the time i have not gotten pull ups yet but i plan on it.

Chanis - posted on 05/13/2010

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I have 4 and I worked at a daycare potty training for 7 years the best way to do it is to wait till they want to do it

Miesha - posted on 05/13/2010

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15 minutes after ur child eats or drinks anything put her on the potty in front of the tv with a movie or her favorite show on. Repetition is the key. Her age shouldnt matter. If she's taking her diaper off all the time that might just be her way of sayin she's ready. Try it and see if it works. If not please dont get frustrated, it takes time. I hope this helped in some way.

Catrina - posted on 05/11/2010

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they say the best thing to do is put them on the potty shortly after they eat and drink, and randomly through out the day.

Candiss - posted on 05/03/2010

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i started training my daughter at about 14months and she was a preemie...i got her a potty that makes music when she goes...she doesnt talk much so i dont know when she has to go i jus put her on it everytime she wakes up and periodically thru out the day...she always claps when she hears the music..i've even got her to do #2 a few times..i think the earlier the better

Karin - posted on 05/02/2010

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My son is 3.5 and is still not completely trained. He does pretty well most days, but others, he just pees all over himself. He doesn't seem to be bothered by being wet. I'm frustrated because I don't know if it's because he's being lazy or if he's really just not there yet.
I can't even imagine having him trained @ 15 months!!!
He still wakes up soaking wet, too. Every morning.

Angela - posted on 05/01/2010

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My oldest took darn near forever lol. Thought she would be 10 before i had her ready (well she was almost 4!!).
Our second, whew she learned by 3. She actually just started wanting to go to the potty herself. Walmart has this frog potty (only $10) and she loved it (we had tried others)
I have to say i have no remedies or answers to give you except be patient and let it happen, otherwise you will stress yourself and worry. :- )

Michele - posted on 04/30/2010

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i dont think it's too young at all. i started my daughter around the same time. i would bring her in to the bathroom with me and show her her potty and mommy's potty and she saw me go so she started and now she will tell me when she has to go. good luck.

Heather - posted on 04/28/2010

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The only way my daughter potty trained was with the Gerber cloth training pants and plastic over pants. She would still pee when she used the pull-ups, they are too much like a diaper. Although they are nice to use at night in case she had an accident.

Lindsay - posted on 04/27/2010

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15 months is a little young I got a potty training book and it said the youngest is about 18 months, there a signs that kids do to know when their ready and taking their dipper off was not one of them. Now if they're doing it because they want changed that might be different, my daughter is 21 months and she is really smart we're just starting out and i just put her on every now and then to get her use to the potty, she had gone a couple times but I still dont think she's quite ready to do it all the time. I'd get a book it helps to learn the signs when theryre ready and you def cant disapline them if they dont go, you can only use positive reenforcement!

Anita - posted on 04/24/2010

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Well its good that she is a girl....so this is what i did everytime i went to the restroom i would take her in there with me and when i would go i would make funny noices to show her that i was trying to go potty and just showed her that mommy did a good job by flushing and washing hands...so after that she too started taking her panper off and she would sit on her potty and prettend she was going potty witch she really was not but she would make the funny noices i would like she was pushing and all and she would clean her self as would i and wash her hands and all even though it was all pretend at first slowly but surely she started going potty she was potty trained by the time she was two which was my goal....so my suggestion is take her potty with you each and every time you go dont make her go potty but ask her at first.....ANITA

Shawni - posted on 04/23/2010

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i have a 15 month old and i dont think hes anywhere near ready for potty training, dont rush into anything try to wait til your kids atleast 18 months

Summer - posted on 04/22/2010

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My sister trained her twin girls at 14 months. It took a lot longer than it took my daughter who was 22 months, but they did great. She is a stay at home mom and kept the girls naked (it was summer time) and in the house with the toilets close by, every time they needed to go they wanted their diapers on and she would spend time with them on the potty. It seemed to work for her...

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2010

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Maybe she is not ready yet. Don't rush her or she mite take longer to potty train. One of my friends kids was not potty trained until almost 3. Take it slowley, when you go potty take her with you so she sees it normal and not scary.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/21/2010

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Take your time!! 15 months is a little young for starting potty training. It will just make you and her extremely frustrated. When she is ready it will come easy. I didnt push my son and by three, he was just potty trained. No regressions, no accidents, he was just ready!!

Rachael - posted on 04/21/2010

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my sister worked at a daycare too and they pottytrained by the age of 2 and if they took their diaper off they were required to put them on the potty. some kids in the 1 year old room were already starting to potty train. kids go when they are ready and if you feel shes ready, work with her, it may take time but introduce it to her if shes curious. give her a toy to hold onto while shes on the potty, turn the water on, there is no certain age to potty train, they can do it VERY early or VERY late or anywhere inbetween

Rachael - posted on 04/21/2010

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i disagree, i think a kid is ready to be potty trained when they take their diaper off. dont push them tho. keep trying to put her on the potty and have a treat ready. whether she goes or not does not matter. if she at least sits down, give her a treat. she will eventually go and once she notices shes getting treats it will give her more initiative to go

JuLeah - posted on 04/21/2010

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15 months is young, in my opinion to potty train. And taking the diaper off, well, all kids do that. It is fun, it gets a reaction, and there is power in dressing and un dressing yourself.

I have worked for years in a pre-school. I have watched many children walk through this stage of life. Some parents push to the point that they spank if their child wet herself. Some parents don't even attempt to train their kid and trust nature will take care of it.

Almost all kids are trained around age three - sooner if they wear cloth diapers. It doesn't seem to matter what the parents do or don't do (I don't think spanking is right) kids develop when they develop and they are ready or they are not

Summer is on its way .... you can try letting her run around with no clothes on, but 15 months is young, in my opinion.

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