at what age should i start with potty training?

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Jill - posted on 02/14/2009

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It is not so much an age but when they are ready.  There are signs of readiness to be looking for. ( see www.pottytots.com parent's page and tips for a list)  ALso they need to be ready on many levels (Phyically- able to  control  bladder and bowels--Cognitively- ablet o understand what is happening with their body and what is expected of them--and Emotionally- wanting to be part of the process, not afraid) THis is why is is soooo important that they are really ready to begin the process   Make it a fun and positive experience and you will be successful and they will feel good about themselves.



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i think it's also interesting what people considering "potty training". we had the potty around for a long time mainly for exposure and comfort. every so often, our son would sit on it. a few times he ran over to pee in it. there definitely was an awareness going on, even at 16 months. but we weren't really being consistent with "training" him. he would put his stuffed animals on the potty and say they had to go too. so i think you can spend a long time educating your child about the potty without the consistent regimen of sitting on the potty.

Ally - posted on 02/25/2009

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i started potty training my daughter when she was about 15-16 months old. i let her play with her potty by putting her dollies on it, bit of role play. it didnt take her long to understand that that is where she wees and poos. she was fully potty trained and in big girl pants night and day by the time she was 27months, then she was in hospital for a month day in and day out in nappies which has put her back to nappies again, now 30 months old shes back to big girl pants during the day and nappies at nights!



Also she went to nursery, so they did most of the day time training with her, which was a big help.!

Jill - posted on 02/23/2009

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I agree with Juanita that the parents have to be "ready " as well. And that is more a matter of making a commitment to the potty training.  If the parent doesn't take the time to "Train" their child like a coach, then they will be frustrated and so will the child.  Work as a TEAM and be commited to see it through.

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there are some people who disagree with the signs of readiness.
i'm one of them. :o)

i would say it has more to do with when you're ready to make the investment with your time, patience, and emotional health. it's definitely not something you want to do if you've got a lot of other things going on in your life to deal with.

mommas train much earlier in other countries. we trained much earlier in the US before the invention of disposable diapers. the idea of late potty training was rather unheard of until fairly recently. hence, i think it has more to do with the personal choice of the parents than anything else.

Christina - posted on 02/13/2009

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I started with my son a week after his second Birthday. 12/11/08. He is now doing #1 and #2 on the potty during the day. But he wears a diaper at nap time and bed time. So far no luck with a dry diaper at bed time but they are getting less wet....

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