when should i start potty training for my 17 months old?
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Emma - posted on 05/02/2012
Well, they used to potty train around 1, before that it was 9 months, six months... even three months. There's also EC, which many parents use. I started a month or two ago with my son, and he has gone once on the potty. We haven't been trying much yet, but he spent a while just playing with and sitting on the potty. If your kid has the words for being dirty/wet, and can take their pants off and sit I say go for it. Don't expect them to have words for needing to go yet- those come with training.
Su - posted on 04/24/2012
My older son was potty trained before his second birthday. We bought a potty seat which fits on a regular pot and he sat on it for fun from 18 month onwards. After he was comfortable ( 1-2 months later), we encouraged him to use the potty like grown ups did and removed the diaper whenever he used to sit on the seat. Takes time but they get it eventually. Don't separate pee n poo training. Training works for both at the same time.
Also they see mom, dad n siblings (if any) use the toilet so they are not afraid.
Now my second one is 17 months and I plan to start seating him on the potty after he completes his 18th month. Hopefully it will work again.
Lori - posted on 04/19/2012
Each child is different, but average age for potty training is 3 years old. I started letting my older daughter sit on the potty when she was about 18 months old... and she thought it was great fun, but she didn't really start peeing regularly in the potty until after her 2nd birthday. By 2 1/2 she was doing great peeing in the potty, but had yet to poop in the potty. Around 2 1/2 she finally pooped in the potty. And since then she's done very well. She has very few accidents.
I don't plan to bring out the little potty for my 17 month old until she's at least 2. I think the first time around was more frustrating than it needed to be because my daughter really wanted to do something that she just wasn't ready to do yet. Made it hard on us both.
One good thing to do to prepare them though, is to make sure they get a chance to watch you when you go potty. Many parents naturally let their kids watch since the little one is always with them everywhere... even in the bathroom. Others prefer privacy. Being open about bodily functions is important when teaching a little one to use the potty. It's even more helpful if they get a chance to watch other kids go potty. Watching a kid only a few years older than they are is a very very powerful teaching tool.
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