when do i start to potty train my 17 month old baby and how do i start?

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Zendy - posted on 04/17/2012

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SShe recently started taking of her diaper off and when she wakes up from her nap she doesn't have it on . And when she is pooling she doesn't like to be looked at and doesn't like no one to touch her she sometimes hides too. Right now she doesn't say a lot of words how is she suppose to let me know? I was planning on waiting till she talked more an options?

Amy - posted on 04/17/2012

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Zendy - one sign is having dry diapers when waking from a nap or night time sleep. Don't always wait for the over night dry diaper, that may come later (my son was overnight dry 1st, but my daughter it came later). Another sign is when they stay dry for several hours at a time, you can try & keep a log of when you notice the wet & dry times to try & keep track. Let your little one follow you in the bathroom to see you go potty & see what its all about. We got a potty seat, dvd & book to watch & read. They really liked them. Sometimes they may want to take their diaper off or even just sit on the little potty w/their clothes on.



When you do decide to start stick to it & don't go back an forth between undies & diapers during the day it will be too confusing for them. Bedtime diaper if you need to is ok just let them know they are only for bedtime not daytime. It will get fustrating at times for the first week but it will be worth it once its done. Let me know when you start, if you want I can give you ideas & what I did between my two for incentives & what worked for us. Good luck & remember your not alone we have all been there, hehehe. :0)

Zendy - posted on 04/17/2012

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Thanks amy that helpful one other question how am I going to know when she is ready what are the signs?

Amy - posted on 04/17/2012

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Honestly it will be up to your child and when they are ready. My son started showing signs just before he turned 3 yrs old, by having a dry diaper when he woak up in the morning after sleeping all night. I had just after he turned 2 yrs old and he would do really good for a few days then would relapse into accidents like crazy, so we took a break and waited for more of a sign thats when the dry diapers started to happen. It made it alot easier to train and didnt have as many accidents maybe only a handfull and was potty trained in 2 1/2 weeks. Now my daughter on the other hand is another story (and they say boys are hard to train!!) She started showing signs a few weeks before her 3rd birthday, wanting to sit on the potty, but she was still having wet diapers more than not in the morning (but that can come later w/pm training). It took us @ 2 1/2 -3 mths working with her going pee on the potty before she didnt have any accidents. She is very stuborn and we are still working with her going poo on the potty, its been about 4 1/2 mths back and forth with that.



All I have to say is wait for thier signs to be ready, you dont want to stress yourself anymore than you have too. Every child is different and ready in thier own time, some earlier and some later. As long as they are trained by preschool time your doing great. :0) Hope this helps.

Zendy - posted on 04/16/2012

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I have a daughter and people started telling me to start now but I think I should wait at lease till she can talk more

Alison - posted on 04/16/2012

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If you are asking for opinions... wait another year (especially if it is a boy). It will be so much easier.

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