when to start?

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My daughter is 1 year and 8 months . . . how do I know if she is ready to start potty training? I would like to start. She knows when she has peed because she will let you know she needs a new diaper. She also says "uh-oh" and points to the area when she doesn't have a diaper on. I got the training pants but I guess I'm a little scared to use them because of the mess . . . I really just don't know how to go about it. Any advice would be great! Thanks.

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Marti - posted on 06/20/2009

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I started putting my son on the toilet at 9 1/2 months whenever it seemed that he needed to poop. Then we started to put him on the potty as soon as he woke up in the morning or from naps and other times throughout the day. We have about 50% success but he definitely knows what the potty is for - sometimes he's not into it and sometimes he is very proud of himself. I don't think you can start too early. And having cloth diapers or panties will just help them understand whats going on even more.
I'm trying to figure out a sign or some way that we can help him communicate when he thinks that he needs to go.

Crystal - posted on 06/19/2009

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Start when the child is showing interest. My oldest daughter didn't want to stop playing, to go to the bathroom, in fear that she would miss somthing. She was over 3 years old and wanted the cute character underwear so we let her pick some out and told her that if she wears them she had to tell us in time so that we could take her to the bathroom. If she didnt tell us and she soilded them, then we would have to throw them away. The 1st day she wanted to wear them we were going out to run a few errands and took extra outfits, including underwear with. All it took was her seeing 2 of them being thrown away in a little bag like we did her diapers. With her, we had to push her a little since she was over 3. My son, who will be 2 next month, already shows interest. We put in on the toliet before each bath and wait, letting him know that there is no rush. When I see him starting to grunt, etc, I ask and sometimes he will say that he wants to go and off we go. If he success, then he gets a lot of big cheers, and if nothing comes then we tell him good try, and we will try again later.

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