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Allison - posted on 03/09/2010
If you are fun and positive about it, I think anytime they can be "ready". Our son did use the potty some before age 1, then hated it, so we quit. We tried again at age 2 and he still hated it, but we just persisted and did lots of little games and made it "special time" with mom or dad, and soon he liked it. We never forced him to sit on it, but a few times when we were sure he needed to go, we definitely had to make him stay in the bathroom by playing little games or racing out and back in to the potty or something. (Anyway, we also did some infant pottying (EC) when he was a baby, through which I learned that babies actually CAN control those muscles - the first time I held him over the potty and went "pssss" he actually went in there. And he went on the potty about 75% of the time when we paid attention to his cues.) So it's just a matter of them getting used to it and learning that it's normal and everyone does it and it can even be fun!
Jessica - posted on 05/30/2009
I'm no expert, but I think "ready" occurrs right around the time they turn two and are waking up from their nap dry. Also, try changing her diaper right before she eats a meal. If she is still dry when she is done eating the meal then that is a sign that she is able to control the muscle that allows you go #1. She also needs to be comfortable witht the idea of sitting on a potty. Some kids are scared to sit on it that early. Get her a little potty, a potty chart, and a treat bowl and go for it. If she is truly ready she will do it. But remember to be very patient. Potty training can become frustrating so if you are getting frustrated then take a break for a couple of weeks and try again.