potty training

ICheena - posted on 11/12/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )

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my baby just turned 16 months, is it to early to potty train or should i have started along time ago?

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Jessica - posted on 11/21/2012

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The first time my daughter went poo poo n pee pee on the potty was 13 months... I have been working on it since than... when she goes to the tub I sit her on the potty, she fully understands, but u have to be on top of it....

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Kate - posted on 04/29/2014

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I guess, you can try but I think you should wait until you see signs that she is ready to go potty. They usually will tell you or they will take off there diaper. That what both my children did. Well my 17 months is doing that now. My 2 yr. old is on the works now.
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Brittney - posted on 12/02/2012

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I was done pting my daughter way before 16 months, but I believe potty training should start as soon as they learn to walk.

Shelomita - posted on 12/02/2012

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Personally I think there is no a set-age on when you can start potty train. You will know when is the right time when your baby tells you. She will show the sign for example she starts feeling uncomfortable when she wet her pant, she can recognize the urge and is able to notify you about it and she refuses to wear diaper. The three basic signs of readiness can help you determine whether it is the time or you have to wait a bit longer. Bottom line, just don't stress yourself up. :)

Gigi - posted on 11/29/2012

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To start at 13 months sounds early to me too. If the are then potty trained by 2nd birthday, it takes 11 months to do it! I don't know about you, but I have better things to do than ferry a child every hour to potty for 11 months.

Janessa - posted on 11/28/2012

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I don't even think about it until they actually seem like they want to try it, it has never been at 16 months, more like 2 years, usually 2 1/2. But its different for every kid. One thing I will say, is letting them dictate it makes it a lot less stressful on you and them. My children would not have done it any earlier than what they chose. My son was actually my easiest, in that at 2 1/2 he decided he was done with diapers night and day, and rarely had an accident after that. I keep diapers on them until they want to go and don't want to wear diapers anymore. For each it has been a little different. There is no right or wrong way or right or wrong time, and never compare yourselves to anyone else. Everybody is different. They'll figure it out eventually.

Ronel - posted on 11/27/2012

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13 Months, are you sure its not a typing error? did you not mean 18 months? I cannot stress more the fact that forcing potty training too early is soooooo damaging to the child. It causes so many issues later in life. Please, I know what I am talking about. Do some research or speak to a psycologist they will tell you the same thing.

Sarah - posted on 11/25/2012

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Ok taking a child every hour is training YOU not the CHILD.....And at 13 months there is NO way they can tell you they have to go. That is a PARENT or CHILD CARE GIVER wanting them TRAINED.

Qwevisha - posted on 11/25/2012

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These people are crazy! I've worked in childcare in a daycare center and the toddlers start training at 13 months. We take them every hour to make sure their diapers stay dry! As long as the parents continue at home they are potty trained fully before their 2nd birthday.

Bethany - posted on 11/24/2012

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my son will be 3 in feb and over the last 2 weeks he (i would say) 95% trained, he still has the occasional miss hap or realised a bit late as hes busy doing something, at first we used the sticker reward with lost of yelling and running around being silly when he went n now he doesnt want the stickers just for one of us to say we r proud of him or it makes us happy hes being a big boy and doing it himself. have the potty around and after a nappy change let him run around with out it on then sit him down on it and if nothing happens dont worry just keep it in a routine.

other thing tom had was a book about going to the potty he read it every time he sat on the potty and it help

good luck

Tori - posted on 11/23/2012

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I started potty training my daughter at 20 months she is now 3 1/2 and pottys all by herself and has never wet the bed since she has been trained. i honestly think it is good to start early.

Amanda - posted on 11/23/2012

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As of mother of 5, I have found around 23-24 months is the best time to start potty training. I think sooner than that, its just not going to work.

Gigi - posted on 11/22/2012

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I think that each child has that "perfect moment" for potty training and if you hit it - it will be fast and painless. So, try it out and see. At 16 months, it could be eatly, but it could be perfect. My friend's daughter was potty trained at 1 year old and she was quick at it. My daughter was 2,5 but I had potty out since she was 1,5 and at that time she already used it some of the times. we never pushed her, mostly since it was cold winter and cold summer so I didn't like her sitting there long.

Then we went on vacation and she just started to do her stuff on the toilets. There was no problems with it. Looking back, I am pretty sure that we could have done it a lot earlier...

Zoe - posted on 11/21/2012

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i started by leaving nappy off and having a potty around so he got used to it when he was about 15 months but never forced him to use it. One day it just clicked, hes now 2 (next week) and uses potty or toilet when in, but when we go out or bed time he has a nappy on.

Ronel - posted on 11/21/2012

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You cant really put an age to it, if you answer yes to most or all of these questions then your baby is ready to start.



* Does your baby ask you to clean his/her nappy because it irritates them?

* Does your baby hide away from everyone to do a poop? (like behind the door, under the bed, behind the curtain)

* Does your baby wake up most mornings dry? (Bladder control is very important here)

* Can your baby follow simple instructons? (like, close the door, pick up your toys)

* Can your baby pull down his/her own pants?



You can start by asking your baby to wee in the potty everytime you change his/her diaper, but if he or she does not want to dont try and force them rather try to encourage them using positive attitude. If they do wee then make a big thing of it. You will eventially see when its time to move on to the next step. Take it slow, dont rush things.



Potty training too early and training too aggressively can cause problems in your child when an adult. It could cause sexual and selfimage problems in their adult life. It could also cause night terrors and lack of confidence in your toddler. I am a therapist in training and this is part of our training, many studies have shown to prove this.



Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

Kim - posted on 11/19/2012

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Way To Early! Don't Waste Your Time And It May Turn Her Off By The Time She Is Ready. All 3 Of Mine Basically Told Me When They Were Ready. Just Took Off The Diapers And Said They Were Donr Wearing Those! LOL! Girls Are Ready Much Sooner Than Boys Are, That's For Sure! Keep Talking About It, Maybe A Book Or Dolly That Goes Potty, And A Toddlet Potty To Add To Your Bathroom, But I Would Even Wait On All Those Things For A While Yet Too. When The "Time" Cones, Make Certain That There Are No Big Changes Going To Happen Around That Same Time...Moving, Having Another Baby, Starting At A New School/Daycare...Otherwise You Will Have To Start The Process All Over Again. Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 11/13/2012

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Personally I say wait until they are at least 2 yrs old. There are a few that are ready at 18months, but most are not ready until 2 to 2 1/2 years old. I do day care and one of my moms wanted to start potty training her daughter at 22 months. I try to follow what the parents are doing so it stays consistant for the child. Well she just turned 3 yrs old and we are STILL potty training!!! She knows how to go potty on the potty chair and knows not to go in her pants, she just does not care and will go on the potty when she feels like it even if you have her sit and try every so often. I think if they would have waited with potty training a few more months (until she was about 26 months or so) she would have gotten it with in a few months. Now it is a much harder struggle and longer process. I have another one that I watch that just turned 3 yrs old....he is a boy so sometimes that makes a difference (boys tend to not be ready until 2 1/2-3 yrs). It has been 2 months of potty training and he rarely has any accidents during the day.



So from my experiences I would suggest waiting until she is at least 2 yrs old. Then look for signs that she is ready. Does she stay dry overnight or over nap? Is she telling you when she has to go? Can she tell you that she has to go......this is a big one!

Misty - posted on 11/13/2012

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My doctor told me the average age to start potty training is 18 months. He/she should be able to pull their pants and underwear down. They should not have a bowel movement throughout the night, and should not pee during a nap (roughly two hours).



My daughter was not interested in potty training until 20 months old. When I potty trained I kept her in underwear and we stayed home for a couple days, so when the moment struck we were not driving, or in a store so we could rush to the potty chair. After two days she was not having accidents so I was confident I could take her out.

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