Is anyone else trying to potty train yet?

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 54 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 18 months old. Lately she hates wearing diapers even when she is dry. She is always putting her 4 yr old sisters underwear on. She imitates going potty & loves to pretend shes wiping & flushing the potty. I woud like to start potty training but I wonder if its too soon? She is very smart i just feel like she is so young... any tips advice?

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Tiffany - posted on 05/09/2010

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Its never too soon as long as your daughter is showing signs she is ready which it looks like she is. I have taught preschool for over 5 years and have potty trained over 20 children over the course of those 5 years. I like the term toilet learning because we are teaching them about the toilet not training them for anything. Toilet learning takes a variety of knowledge including how to pull your pants up and down, vocabulary to say "I need to go potty" and the muscle control to control the bowels and pee. As long as your child is showing signs of being ready, its not too early. My son likes to sit on the potty but not actually pee or poop and he is almost 19 months old!

Rebecca - posted on 05/03/2010

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I would put the potty in the room you spend the most time in. Divide and Conquer!

Heather - posted on 05/01/2010

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Potty training always depends on the child. My sister and I were potty trained by 18 months, but that was because we showed signs that we wanted to use the potty, etc. My first son didn't have a single interest (he was actually scared of the potty) in potty training until he hit 3. The daycare he was at was trying to force him and the other boys to start potty training around 2 because all the little girls were starting, and he had a miserable year because they just wouldn't let him wait until he was ready. Once he turned 3 his aversion to the potty lessend and within 2 months he was potty trained completely. You just need to evaluate if they are ready by their actions, and it seems like your daughter is definitely ready. I would do the training pants though at night, but you can always start out with having her wear underwear for so many hours a day, and if she doesn't have any accidents then keep increasing the amount of time you have her in regular underwear throughout the day. Eventually work you way up to where she is wearing underwear all day and at night and she will be fine. There is no perfect age to start potty training kids, and from everything I have witnessed with kids in my extended family, it just seems that girls tend to potty train earlier than boys. Good luck!

Erica - posted on 04/30/2010

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She's showing signs of interest, I say go for it. Back in the day most kids were potty trained by 2 or sooner!
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Christina - posted on 04/30/2010

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Mine doesn't have any interest yet so I'm just waiting for some signs.. and for the record.. being smart doesn't have anything to do with being ready for the potty. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

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Tammy - posted on 06/29/2010

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Same here... My 3yr old just started taking his brother to the potty showing him he could potty too... then off with the diaps while saying mommy potty now! Sometimes we wee and sometimes we just sit... LOL... I'm tickled... I never had to do a thing... older syblings really kick in to make things easier sometimes.

Huma - posted on 06/26/2010

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my daughter did the same thing ,and finally she became potty trained her self as she hated wearing pampers.she is 20 months old now and she doesnt wear any diaper..phew

Amie - posted on 05/29/2010

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oh she is ready! my girl did that, completely out of nappies by 21 months during the day and it took another six weeks for night time nappies to be gone. The way she is acting is her way of letting you know she is ready. Good luck

Melany - posted on 05/29/2010

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My little girl just turned 19 months and she is almost totaly potty trained. I don't think its to young. They will let you know when they are ready, sounds like yours is ready.

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We have had the potty out for months and my daughter would sit on it happily, but not actually do anything.



At a little over 18 months it was like magic, she suddenly started going there to do a wee.

It really is about the timing, and it sounds like your daughter is ready..but as you say, no pressure. But you have encourage it. Don't go backwards.



best wishes:-)

Sarah - posted on 05/27/2010

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Thanks for the advice everyone! We are taking it casually! Some days she is more interested than others. My husband would like her to be potty trained before we have baby #3 in August, but Im more realistic and am not going to put any pressure on her.

Kirsty - posted on 05/20/2010

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I potty Trained Lydia, who is now 4 at 18 months, she hadnt shown any signs of being ready I just thught Id give it a go, she got it straight away and was dry day and night before her 2nd before, she has only had few accidents in the whole time of being dry, these were mainly at night time as she is a heavy sleeper. I feel I was very lucky for it to be so easy. Leonie is 19 months now and she just isnt interessted at all despite my efforts :( Going to try again in a few weeks. My only tip is to be so over ethustastic when you praise them for using the potty :-D

Ashley - posted on 05/12/2010

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I don't think its to soon. My daughter just turned 19 months on Sunday and thats when she decided she wanted to use the potty

Tanya - posted on 05/11/2010

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I just took my daughter to her 18 month check and the pediatrician said it was fine to start potty training if she is showing signs. Sounds like your daughter is ready, and it's going to be a lot easier since she has her big sister to model after. Good luck!

Christina - posted on 05/11/2010

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I am trying to decide the same thing. I think my daughter is ready but my husband doesn't. I have been trying to figured out how to change his mind.

Ashley - posted on 05/09/2010

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I've been wanting to potty train my son, but I read in a potty training book that until they are between the ages 2-2 1/2 that their brain doesn't even know they are using the restroom, they can't control their functions yet. I think I'm gonna wait until 2 and then start.

Nicole - posted on 05/09/2010

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My son is 19 months but having had surgery on his bowel and having little control over it, we're going to have to wait a while longer. My niece however, just turned two, and her mother started toilet training around 16 months, and she has been day trained since 18months, her mother started by getting her used to the potty by taking her pants off and feeding her breakfast on the potty etc. but from what you say your daughter is used to the idea of it. There's no harm in trying! Be proud of your smart little girl =)

Denise - posted on 05/09/2010

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She is clearly showing the signs that she is ready. Just start and stick to it so they dont get confused. I got my daughter potty trained at 18 months. It only took a little over a week. I put her potty chair in the living room so it would be close for her and let her run around bottomless or with just underwear on and never went back to diapers only at bed time. She resisted a little the first week but then the second week she started going on her own. When ever she went she got a treat. Then I slowly moved the potty closer and closer to the bathroon and stopped giving treats and put pants on her. Now she runs in there all by herself and goes. If I cant get her to go before we leave the house I will put a pull up on her but she normally stays dry. Good Luck.

Jamie - posted on 05/08/2010

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im wondering the same thing...my daughter also 18 months she has used the potty several times not consistantly but i don't think its too early...my mom and sister were potty trained before one

Breanne - posted on 05/08/2010

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my son isn't ready yet but we try him at the big potty standing up every once in awhile. is it better to have him sit to pee first you think? we aren't pushing it. he did go 12 hrs at night with a dry diaper though!

Annee - posted on 05/07/2010

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So I've been reading about this thing called infant potty training and thought it was interesting. We are going to try it with Gavin cuz we figure what's the worst that could happen. If it doesn't work, we potty train him at 2 like every other kid.

http://www.timl.com/ipt/

Here is one of the pages I found to be helpful if anyone wants to check it out. Just thought I'd share because it makes sense after reading what they say. We figured even it saves us 2-3 diapers a day, that's at least a pack of diapers a month....and if it does work & he's potty trained well before the age of two, that's a year's worth of diapers that we don't have to worry about. :-)

Anyways, it won't hurt my feelings any if any of you think it's dumb. Lol. Just figured I'd let you know what I found in case anyone else might be interested. :-)

Louise - posted on 05/06/2010

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this sounds great she always has potty awareness, by son Bailey is 18mths old and all he does is let me know if he has done a wee or poo. He trys to take off his shorts and puts his hand down the front of the nappy. I say lets go and change that nappy and get rid of that poo or wee. He runs into his room to the change table. He knows what has to happen. IS is glad to be changed. good luck, sounds like she is doing well. It all just happens when they are ready I feel

Jonna - posted on 05/06/2010

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also.... We quit the diapers COLD TURKEY with our son..... Just bought the cloth training undies. Sure there were a few accidents we had to clean up but not many..... We used the pull ups when we went out somewhere. I am planning on doing the same thing in a month with our daughter. I am a daycare provider and the little one I watch will be at home with his mom for the summer......

Jonna - posted on 05/06/2010

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I say GO FOR IT!!!!!! my daughter is 18 months and we are doing a pretty good job on the potty. She was showing signs that she was ready so we ran with it.!!!!! Our son was the same way and was trained before he was 2!!!!

Good luck!!!! Just an idea, we use treats as rewards for when she goes on the potty. I have a piece of scrapbook paper (that she picked from my craft room) taped to the wall. Everytime she goes she gets to pick a sticker and put it on the paper. also a good way to teach shapes and colors.... Then she get a yogurt drop (greber brand....) this has helped a ton!!!!

Kassie - posted on 05/06/2010

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I'm told that's the best time to start, when they're interested. Otherwise you're just training yourself. If you can get her to start recognizing the cues as to when she's going to go, then you can start acting excited about going to the potty, and she can try for real. As for the diapers, I'd get her the pull-ups and act like they're special underwear just for her. My son is an only child, so we're waiting until he shows interest or is annoyed at being in a wet diaper.

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I started potty training my 19 months old daughter. We started a 2 month ago. She uses it, but we just take it slow. She is doing a great job. i started, because she showed interest in it

Tara - posted on 05/04/2010

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I started potty training my daughter. She is also 18 months. She does the same thing. I personally thingk the best way to start is by getting a potty so she can play with it & get more familiar with it. By doing this my daughter knows how to wipe, flush the toilet & tells me when she has gone potty. Good Luck!

Jessica - posted on 05/04/2010

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well my daughter is almost 19 months and I have started potty training her...well trying that is. She loves to sit on her potty naked, but she only wants to play...but she tells me all the time that she wants to go potty. I don't think it is too early...if your child is telling you about wanting to potty or fussing with her diaper all the time, well then thats her telling you that its time to start potty training. I hope I helped.

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Chelle - posted on 05/03/2010

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Being that ppl are freaking about 18 months being too early, you are going to not believe me when you hear me say we started potty training from about 3 mths on. We did cos a friend suggested we tried, being first time parents, we didnt know whether it was right or wrong. So after each breast feed, we would sit him on there. It did not take him long to catch on to going and each time he did we would make a big song and dance out of it!! We were amazed with our little guy! Then as he got older we got a more comfy potty, one that had a back and a lid, we keep it in the second bathroom and started to put him on it at certain intervals, after a while we started to catch poos and wees, we thought we were onto something amazing. Over the last couple of months he has digressed slightly and was doing hardly anything on the potty. I have not caught a poo in there in a long time. He's only just started doing wees in there again. Now we have introduced him wiping himself and getting to flush the button and wash his hands if he does, as well as the song and dance of potty joy. He knows what its for and understands what you have to do on it. He pushes sometimes when we tell him to push. He also has a board with different photos of things and sometimes he has pulled off the nappy one or the potty one and then gone in the potty when i have taken him. We are making progress, but part of me wonders if putting him on as early as we did put him off. We are thinking of not doing that with the second one. We are a long way off not using nappies yet tho.

Nena - posted on 05/03/2010

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I was just wondering, would any of you moms place the potty elsewhere outside of the bathroom? And if done do you think it may create them thinking its okay to go potty outside of the bathroom? Im just wondering because i only have one bathroom and its upstairs (their quite steep). I just worry about letting her go up and down the stairs without me there and she may fall. What are your thoughts mommy's?

Megan - posted on 05/03/2010

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My daughter is 18months also. We bought her a potty seat a few months ago and let her choose when she wanted to sit on it (clothed). She always seemed to love to sit on it and read her books. Now after her bath she sits on it and has gone a few times. We now leave a few books by the potty to encourage her to sit.

Carrie - posted on 05/03/2010

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Yes! We started and things have been going well. I'm not putting any pressure on her, but sometimes Nora lets me know she wants to try, and we go sit on the big potty. She's pooped a handful of times, and peed a handful -- but nothing consistent.

Sarah - posted on 05/03/2010

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We are also working on potty training. We actually started at 9mo. and she was doing well, but then had to do a lot of traveling, so it broke off. We started again at the beginning of March, and we can go the whole day without a diaper (only wearing one to bed and nap), and have 1-2 accidents a day. I figure this is the most effective way to potty train (talking to friends with older kids), she is so upset when she pees herself, more so when she poops. We are getting to the point now that if I put her on the the potty she will go, and will occationally tell me when she was to poop....twice at restaurants now...woo hoo!

Lee - posted on 05/02/2010

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I am starting also this week and she is bit younger so go for it I say. My friend said her daughter started at 11 months, unbelievable but true.

Nida - posted on 05/02/2010

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i started traing alina when she was 10 months, now she is 18 months and is well trained and hates wearing diapers when going out.

Sabahat - posted on 05/02/2010

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my daughter is 18 months old too and she's constantly sitting on her pot, mimicking sounds;) but still has accidents, and tells me by pulling her pants that she had an accident. am trying my best to potty train her right now as she wants to, but am not being forceful yet.but i really want to get rid of the diapers as they giv her rashes in summers. i guess when they're ready, they're ready:) go for it

Nena - posted on 05/01/2010

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Well im a happy camper!!! I gave my daughter a bath tonight and thought i would try to sit her on the potty before and after to see what happens. Well needless to say she made the music go!! After her bath she sat on the potty for a few minutes and than i heard the music and she stood up and we did the potty dance! Such a happy mommy today!!

Mary-Anne - posted on 05/01/2010

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My almost 19 mnth old went on the potty in March and did a pee, we were very excited. I made a big deal out of it, and then she wanted to be in there every 5 min. I don'yt have the time for that becasue I have twin boys that are going on 2 mnths old. Now what she does is pee and poop in her diaper and then says potty. What to do?

Nena - posted on 04/30/2010

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Definitely go for it!! I just pulled out the musical potty grandma and grandpa got my 18 month old and she is beyond interested. And pulling her pants up and down, she seems to know what pee means. Were beyond stoked! And it'll go easier on the diaper funds too!!

Marie - posted on 04/30/2010

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go for it, my son is pretty smart himself and seems to be catching on. I guess I'd rather start younger than have a kid who is still wearing diapers/pullups much older when it wasn't necessary, IMO get them used to the potty younger makes more sense than waiting too long. I read that the US is the only country with kids potty trained as late as we do.

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I'm contemplating the same question...bought my son a potty and he's now telling us when he's going Poo in his diaper. I've heard in the past that when they understand 'the feeling' of what's happening (i.e. they're peeing/pooping), then they're ready to acknowledge that these activities can happen in a potty. Whether or not they want to is another story ;). I've heard too that kids can be afraid of the potty and that certain books/videos help teach them that a potty is normal, etc. I'm thinking of putting him on the potty this w/e and seeing how that transpires. I imagine he'll hop off and want to pick it up and take it apart like he usually does, but we shall see. Good luck!

Dana - posted on 04/30/2010

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I potty trained my oldest two at 18 months, By the time they turned 2 they were sleeping through the night and everything with no accidents.

Now with my 18 month old, I dont think she ready yet, so we will have to wait a couple months... but she LOVES to wear panties.

Crystal - posted on 04/29/2010

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I think you have a good shot at her catching on easy if she is doing all these things. That is how my little sister caught on.

My sons doctor says this is the time to start with pullups & showing them how the potty works. Your little one seems to have a pretty good idea so I say go for it! =)

Lavena - posted on 04/29/2010

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By her doing what she is doing, she's telling you that she is ready. Go for it, be happy, no more diapers!!!

Michelle - posted on 04/29/2010

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mine is not ready quite. he will come in the bathroom w/ me and sit on his potty chair long just for a minute, then he get up and strat to play and stand on it. i think im just gonna wait a little longer.

Nettie - posted on 04/29/2010

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My daughter is also 18 months, I tried sitting her on a potty recently when I knew she was ready to handle business but she refused to go once I sat her on it, she kept standing up and picking the potty up.... I guess I am going to wait a few more months.

Jaime Camille - posted on 04/29/2010

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I don't think it's too young. Mine sits on it (clothed) whenever I go in. She sits diaper free each night. I haven't started trying to hard - I am not sure that I am ready for the work!!

Allison - posted on 04/29/2010

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My daughter doesn't like it when I go potty and shut the door because she comes in and sits on a potty our old roommate left behind. I think she's sort of understanding the concept, but not quite there yet.

September - posted on 04/29/2010

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She is defiantly showing signs of readiness so there is no harm in trying. Our son is also 18 month and in the early stages of being potty trained. We tend to be super relaxed with it and let our son tell us when he needs to go. He has gone #2 several times on the big boy potty already :)

Emma - posted on 04/28/2010

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There is no age that is too young IMO, if they are ready, they are ready.

You could always try and start, but if you think after giving it a go that she isn't ready, you can stop and try again in a few months.

Laura - posted on 04/28/2010

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My daughter was similar, except she would go potty in her diaper, flush the toilet then bring the wipes! Now, 2 weeks later, she poops in the toiler (we have a step and potty seat, she hates her little potty) and has peed in a a few times. She gets so excited when she goes! She even wipes herself afterwards, then gets off the toilet, pulls up her pull-up, takes the potty seat off, closes the lid and flushes.

Just keep encouraging her and go at her pace, some kids train faster then others

Fallon - posted on 04/28/2010

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my little girl is 18 months old too and she is constantly going to the restroom and trying to flush the potty and taking off her diaper wont sit down if the goes #2 and is always bringing me a diaper and her wipes as soon as she pottys in her diaper. i just dont want to potty train her too soon and her have problems later down the road.

Brooke - posted on 04/28/2010

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I am working on potty training to! I don't think it is too soon. Jackie is ready I think. They will let us know I guess! LOL!

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