Am i crazy to be potty training my 15 month old little girl

Francis - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I recently begin potty training my 15 mont old little girl. She is showing several signs of being ready to potty train according to the pullups.com website. She has an extreme interest in the bathroom, she can't stand dirty diapers, and when they are dirty she either takes them off and brings them too me or she sits down beside me and starts pulling at her diaper. Her bowel movements for the most part are very predictable and she can follow some simple instructions. The rest of my family, and a friend of mine who is also a mom are all saying that i am crazy for trying to potty train her, Even my parents said i was crazy, my mom said that untill she can come to me and say mommy i have to go to the bathroom, before she goes that she is not ready to be potty trained. my dad is an OBGYN and is telling me that sarrah is way to young to be potty training that she is too little and to young. Just wanted to know what other mothers think. Should i be trying to potty train her or should i wait?

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Nicole - posted on 11/13/2011

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I don't think so! That is when I first started training my oldest. by 18-20 months potty trained besides pull up @ night..By her 2nd birthday she was FULLY potty trained. If your daughter is showing signs I would RUN WITH IT!!!!

Andrea - posted on 11/11/2011

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i started potty training at 7months. My son is now 13months he does all his poops on the potty and a couple pees throughout the day. He signs to tell us that he has to go. We are so happy we started early, his poops are so big i hate cleaning them from his diaper plus he is so proud when he makes it to the potty. He had the stomach flu last week and he signed potty when he had to go diarrhea. It made things a lot easier! I say go for it!!

Stphanie - posted on 11/04/2009

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NO WAY ARE YOU CRAZY IF YOU INTRODUCE THEM TO THE POTTY A BIT AT A TIME THEN ITS USUALLY NOT AS DIFFICULT TO GET THEM TO USE IT WHEN THEY ARE READY, JUST DONT FORCE HER OR SHE WILL REFUSE WHEN SHE IS READY TO USE IT SHE WILL LET YOU KNOW... HOPE THIS HELPS

Erin - posted on 11/04/2009

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It certainly isn't too young if she is ready, which it sounds like she is. My mom had all four of her girls completely potty trained before we were a year old by offering up pretty panties when we seemed ready... Girls and boys are rather different when it comes to potty training I've found, but my youngest showed interest and was doing great for about 2 weeks when he was about a year old, but he lost interest so we are waiting to try again. I think he was just doing what his big brother did and then got bored with it. But girls seem to train much earlier, so good luck!

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Far from crazy my daughter is 14mths & I have been sitting her on potty 4 the past mth 1st thing in the morning & b4 sleeps& about an hr after eating or drinking She is not as interested as my son was but I'm going to keep going , the sooner they trained the better , if u speak to people in their 50's (our parents) about when they trained their kids (us) they will tell u they had them trained by the age of 18ths old back then all they had were cloth Nappies so hubs actually could feel when they were wet, good luck & fingers x'd ur bub keeps up wanting to go !

Ashley - posted on 11/04/2009

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I think that if she is following what you say then it isn't to early. I have a 22 month old boy. Everyone i talk to says that it is to early for him to be potty training but he loves going on the tolit. He skipped the potty chair he wouldn't even look at it he had to go on the tolit. My grandparents started him when he was 18 months old and he is doing great. Some times he will go and others he won't it just depends on his mood. Good luck with your little girl.

Shanna - posted on 11/04/2009

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Of course you're not crazy! You are her mother. You know what she is or is not ready for. No one else can make that decision, not even your parents. I was potty trained at 9 months. My son is 26 months and just beginning to show interest, every child is different. Don't let others try to stop you and good luck!

Lakia - posted on 11/04/2009

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I don't think it's crazy...the earlier the better. My baby just turned 17 months and she's already telling me when she has to go. Now she don't tell me every time but she knows when it's time to potty. I say keep encourging her, praise her when she do use the potty, and don't scare her when she have accidents :) You have a smart child and an easy learner, why hold her back. Some tips: When I'm home all day I let my daughter run around the house pamperless and in the morning when she wake up, I put her on the pot. Keep up the good work!!

Deborah - posted on 11/04/2009

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I say go for it! If she does not like her dirty diapers it is time to begin training. Start slowly and don't push it on her. Definitly watch potty movies - Potty Power is really good and teach her the sign language sign for potty. Right now she doesn't like her dirty diapers but she has to understand the feeling before the dirty diaper happens so she will know to use the potty. Have a potty chair and let her sit on it when she feels like it, make a big deal when she actually uses the potty.

Bonnie - posted on 11/04/2009

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I have a boy and everyone with a girl says they had her trained by 2 years old. Unfortunately for me I don't hear the same comment about boys.
As long as the signs are there, do what you feel is right.

Jodie - posted on 11/03/2009

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Seddinately not crazy. Some kids just learn straight away and others take time. My little girl started off really well but then got sick and we had to start again. Just take it as it comes, and dont be dissapointed in any little setback you may have, Good luck!

Beka - posted on 11/03/2009

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nope she will tell you when she is ready and it sounds like she is doing just that, i would use a timer and take her every so often, then increase the time untill she can "go " on her own

Davie - posted on 11/03/2009

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nooo i thinjk its great!! i potty trained my lil girl before she was a year old, she got to wear panties to her first bday party!! if you see signs then do it! it certainly wont harm her, i think your smart to do it, most parents that wait too long, ive noticed have bed wetters..i have a friend that waited to long and her daughter is 8., and still wets @ night!! if your comfortable with it then do it!!

Maranda - posted on 11/03/2009

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My daughter was potty trained by 18 mo both during the day and night. Your doing the right thing and keep up the good work and don't stop the training for anything just keep with it.

Sacloria - posted on 11/02/2009

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I was thinking this samething. My daughter will be 15 months on the 6th of this month. I brought her a potty when she turned one because my mom said it was time because before she turned one she use to walk around and pull her diaper off. When I go to the bathroom she likes to follow but she won't sit on her potty for a long time because she's so busy and has to touch everything. Now she repeats words and tells me when she boo-boo's she'll say "I stink." Then I asked my mom if she thinks that I should really enforce her into potty training and she said, "Yeah, because if she can tell you she's stink, and repeat words that you say, then she's ready to go to the bathroom."

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No it doesnt make you crazy, just hope that your child sticks to it. My daughter started bringing me nappies and telling me she was DIRTY at around 12-15 months so I let her use the potty a few times but she didnt want to stick to it as she was still exploring the house and things around. Shes now just turnt 2 and has been out of her nappy quite happily for the last few weeks. So dont feel dissapointed if your child doesnt stick to it, at least you know they are ready and know what a dirty nappy is :D

Jessica - posted on 11/01/2009

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there is nothing wrong with starting potty training at 15 months. There is a group of parents out there that start right after birth so to your answer no you are not crazy for starting her that early.

Brittany - posted on 10/30/2009

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No, youre not crazy! I started my daughter when she was 15 months old and she did really well. (but we were in the middle of moving and the potty was never with us at all times so we've regressed. so my advice to you is DONT STOP after you start.) My pediatrician said some civilizations are completely potty trained before 18 months so its not far fetched as long as shes showing the signs.

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No you are not crazy!! Don't listen to anyone who trys to tell you that you are. I started potty training my son when he was 14 months. Your daughter doesn't need to be able to speak words for you to potty train properly. I have taught my son the Sign Language signs for Poo and Toilet (which he learnt by 16 months) which helps a great deal. Your daughter is obviously wanting to be clean and the sooner she is toilet trained the happier you both shall be. Honestly every child is different and as her mother you know your child best and if you think she is ready to be toilet trained then she is and everyone else will have to lump it basically. Don't want to disrespect your parents or your friend but they have either raised their children or are raising theirs the way they want to so you should have that right too. If you have true concerns about early toilet training www.pottytraining.com.au is a web site you should take a look at they have some good articles you should read, books you can buy and toilet training products you can purchase to help you and your daughter on your way. Don't give up just because people are telling you different, go with your gut feeling on this one. Goodluck!

Carrie - posted on 10/29/2009

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i dont think so my daughter just turned 1 yesterday and ive gottin her to use the potty 2wice now i just need to go get a seat for her but she cant talk and she brings a diaper to me when she needs one granted she only does that once and awhile but if my daughter is only 12 months old and trying out thye big potty i dont see why ur 15 month cant do it if shes ready then let her do it hope this helped

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