How old is your child suppose to be when u potty train them?

Chloe - posted on 09/05/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is 15 months and i would like to start training him to use the potty or get one of those smaller toilet seats to put on the big toilet. Does anyone have any starting tips i could use as to how to get him started and when you know when your suppose to take them to the toilet..

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Amy - posted on 09/09/2009

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my daughter is almost 14 months old, she started telling me "poop" when she was wet or dirty a couple weeks ago. we bought her a potty chair, and she LOVES to sit on it while i'm going. 3 days after we bought it i was VERY surprised to see that when she stood up she had gone pee, we cheered for her and did a little dance as encouragement! now about a week and a half later, she has peed 3 times on it, and has stood up too early and peed on the floor twice!! she will also walk to the bathroom (though it's usually too late and she's already peed) and has started pulling at her pullups when she's getting ready to pee and will grab her pants when she's already gone. she has learned what toilet paper is for, and asks "please" for me to give her some and will "wipe" herself before she gets off the potty, and put the paper in her potty!



her doctor told me that it was fine to try if she was able to tell me she had already gone. so as long as he knows and can tell you that he's gone, get him a potty chair and let him sit on it while you go to the bathroom!

Susan - posted on 09/07/2009

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My daughter sits on her potty when I go pee and I ask her to go potty with me usually. She has yet to go in it, but at least she is sitting on it regardless. Twice now when I have had the diaper off she will sit on it and watch me pee and I tell her what I am doing so she gets an idea. But than she will get off and pee somewhere else on floor. I guess the idea is to scary for her. That frustrated me a little bit and I am not trying to press the issue with her. but from now I think i will do what Jennifer did and let her start walking around more without a diaper on so she can start to tell the difference. But I don't think she is ready to train as she is not showing signs of telling me when she poops in her diaper yet and still gets the difference between pee and poop confused. Even though I tell her all the time what she did.

Jennifer - posted on 09/07/2009

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15 months is pretty danged early. Most studies say that kids don't have the muscles to hold in their pee/poo until 18 months.



I started out by getting my son a little potty when he was about 17 months and it just became something that was there. I had my potty and Luke had his. I started encouraging him to sit on it after he got used to it being there and I just let him explore it and told him what it was for. About that time, I started telling him that he was wet/poopy when I changed his diaper. As he got closer to two, I started increasing his naked time so that he was able to notice when he was peeing and what that felt like.



Once he figured out HOW to go, I realized about a month ago to not ASK him if he had to go ("Nooooooo!"), but to just tell him is time to potty.

Anastacia - posted on 09/06/2009

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Along with what Deann said if you try to start too early they might get frightened by it and in the long run will take longer. Children usually start to potty train between 18 months and two and a half. There is no same in having a two year old in diapers. Also if you ask you son if he has to go potty, does he go into the bathroom by the potty? My 18 month old has started doing that so i think its time. Hope this helps:)

Shawana - posted on 09/06/2009

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Your child should be using the potty before he is 3 yrs old. When he learns how to speak it would be so much easier for him to tell you when he has to go. My two oldest children used the potty before they were two yrs. old. My youngest daughter is now two years old. She pee pee in the potty but she will not poop in it.

Deann - posted on 09/06/2009

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I agree with janna if he hasnt shown any interest then your kind of fighting a loosing battle.....when they are ready they will tell you.

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