Do you think potty training at 1yr old is too young

User - posted on 03/18/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My one year was tearing her diapers off so I started to potty train she almost trained but everythink I started to early?

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Kaitlin - posted on 04/20/2012

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I think at 1 it's not really potty training the child, it's training the care giver/mommy/etc. A child is not capable of doing it themselves at that age. But, if you have the time and energy, you can watch your child and pick up on their cues. This can help when you actually do potty train (teach the child to do it themselves).

As an aside, I've found a great way to keep diapers on is to wear overalls. Cute too,

Heidi - posted on 03/18/2009

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Every child is different, some aren't even ready till 4 years old!. If she is showing signs that she wants to use the potty, then go right ahead and teach her! If she isn't cooperating, then she isn't ready. Some parents say their kids are potty trained at early ages, but most of the time the parent is the one who is trained because they have to keep asking if their child needs to go instead of the child saying they need to go. When she is ready she will tell you or will run to the bathroom, just keep doing things to get her used to the potty like sitting her on it even though she doesn't necessarily go. Training too early only means more changes of clothes and a lot of anger when they do go in their pants.

Emily - posted on 03/18/2009

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It doesn't sound like you are "potty training" her.  Training implies there is some force or coersion involved. You stated your one year old doesn't like wearing diapers, and when you think about it who would? Would you want to sit around in your own waste?



 



If you are following her cues then you are doing nothing wrong. SHe is making the decision not to pee and poop on herself and that is great for both of you. It may be more work because she won't have the bladder size or control of an older child but she has shown that she is capable of regulating these tasks. Parenting is lots of work anyway and genlty showing her propper bathroom hygeine is no exception!



 



You should googel "Elimination Communication" it sound exactly like the rapport that you have with your child. I used the method and while my goal was not to have children who were out of diapers early it certainly was a perk! My children were in underwear full time and consistantly using the toilet by 16 and 19 months respectively.

Cindy - posted on 03/18/2009

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The problem with potty training early is that children aren't physically capable of holding in their urine or BM's until a potty is around. I suggest using pullups, or simply reprimanding your child for taking off her diaper, since it's not an acceptable practice. Also i agree with Leona who says to learn your childs schedule but then what do you do when you're not with her and her caregiver has no diapers to put on the child ? Most children are capable of potty training around 2, but if pressed for an answer any good peditrician would tell you NOT to potty train your child, they will use the toilet when they are ready and anything else is just you coercing your child, or bribing them to do what you want. No healthy, normal child went till 5 in diapers, so why even worry about it ?

Chelsea - posted on 03/18/2009

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Just dont stress out if she doesnt completely train, and dont pressure her too much. But if she does Awesome. and Good for you

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Shaunequa - posted on 05/08/2012

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1 is not too young my daughter (now 4) was fully potty trained before her second birthday.. she was wearing panties at her party. It depends on the baby and these babies are a new generation lol they are learning things and grasping concepts way faster than older generations, and like you said she is almost trained so you are doing something Right! Its your child you cant depend or worry about what everyone else thinks.

Carol - posted on 05/02/2012

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I'm no doctor, but I personally think it's too young, but some kids mature faster than others and can handle it.

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Bah!!! Who cares what others think? If you are following her cues and readiness and not forcing it, more power to you!! I WISH my one year old was ready for potty training and no more diapers! Haha

WiseOldMom - posted on 04/26/2012

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As long as the child enjoys the process, I see no harm. Each child is unique.

Gabrielle - posted on 04/24/2012

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My 10 year old did this at 6 months and was fully potty trained and sleeping through the night by 1 year. My others were not this easy, and 2 are still not fully trained at much older. I say follow her lead, she knows what she needs.

Tiffany - posted on 04/20/2012

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It is absolutely NOT too early.... I transitioned my daughter into pull ups around 12 months and she was gifted a seat for the "big potty" for her 1st bday... so I started sitting her up there.. and soon bought her a small basic toddler potty... pink of course.. lol... but by 13 months she took off her own diaper and ran to her potty and peed.. on her own... I had no clue what was going on, but I liked it! ... so she used that potty & pull-ups.. and occasionally I threw some panties on her... she was completely potty trained since 18 months... you just have to pay attention.... and I don't suggest u wait until 4 years of age... ;-) she is now about 26 months.. she always says when she has to go... I say you continue to do what you're doing! Don't back track...

Leah - posted on 04/20/2012

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I personaly would say it too early.

But if it's working for you and your child then go for it, you know your child better than anyone else.

Shalema - posted on 03/18/2009

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Thats a good age, if its working for her then you do what you have to do. Im so proud of her, my daughter is 2yrs old and she uses her potty but only when she wants to, lol

Tricia - posted on 03/18/2009

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I am a mom of 5 and I tried to train my frist two early and they ended up rebounding on me and having trouble when they were 5-6-7-even some accidents at 8 yrs. for my son.  With my next three I was totally laid back and waited until they showed interest and it was soooo much better.  They were all potty trained by 3-ish and I kept my sanity and had very litlle accidents, if any, afterwards.  Good Luck!

Cindy - posted on 03/18/2009

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Quoting Kimberly:

It can work!! As long as you stick to it!! My son is 15 months old and says poop when he is going an dalways wants to get in the bathroom when his sister is in here to go potty and brush his teeth!! It will happen when they are ready!!


  It will happen when they are ready, exactly. Potty Training should be taught differently... Children are ready at different ages, some are READY but refuse to do so, which is ok as well. Potty Training in general is simpkly an excerise in futility and frusteration for you AND a child who is NOT ready, however when the hcild is then it's easy for everyone.

Cindy - posted on 03/18/2009

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Quoting Kimberly:

It can work!! As long as you stick to it!! My son is 15 months old and says poop when he is going an dalways wants to get in the bathroom when his sister is in here to go potty and brush his teeth!! It will happen when they are ready!!


  It will happen when they are ready, exactly. Potty Training should be taught differently... Children are ready at different ages, some are READY but refuse to do so, which is ok as well. Potty Training in general is simpkly an excerise in futility and frusteration for you AND a child who is NOT ready, however when the hcild is then it's easy for everyone.

Kimberly - posted on 03/18/2009

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It can work!! As long as you stick to it!! My son is 15 months old and says poop when he is going an dalways wants to get in the bathroom when his sister is in here to go potty and brush his teeth!! It will happen when they are ready!!

Olwyn - posted on 03/18/2009

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Quoting BeCandice:

Do you think potty training at 1yr old is too young

My one year was tearing her diapers off so I started to potty train she almost trained but everythink I started to early?



Absolutely not.I am an old mum,mine are all grown up and I potty trained mine from 3 months,small potty on my knee,baby on potty.They were all dry by 12 months,no problems whatsoever.A baby seems to take some comfort from a warm,wet nappy,mums don't.I know this will fly in the face of reason with some 'experts' but it worked for me.

Natasha - posted on 03/18/2009

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no the child will do it when they are ready..my 2yr is going to the potty during the day aswell going out the back..lol..as boys can..but he still has the nappies on at night...

Jaclyn - posted on 03/18/2009

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They are ready when they are ready you just have to go with it. I don't think it matters if they are 1 or 3, you can not train an unwilling child. So if she is doing it then go with it, i hope my daughter is that easy.

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Yes , I started my children at 2 and a half they didn`t want to ware the diapers so I told them not diaper means you have to use the toilet like mommy so they did. Don`t get angry when you have an oops that is hard on the child and can set you back. Learn your child's schedule it will be easier for you. Good luck.

Debbie - posted on 03/18/2009

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You know what its not to soon my daughter was 12 months when she was pottie trained. If its working for her then go ahead with it.

Amy - posted on 03/18/2009

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I think it is awesome if she does..I started with my daughter early I could only get her to have BM's in the potty but she would still pee in her diaper..So either way I had it made!!

Sarah - posted on 03/18/2009

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Children are ready at different times my two were nealy two before they got the hang of it so i think if shes almost there then keep going its got to be better for than wearing nappies.

Carrie - posted on 03/18/2009

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If it is working for her then fabulous.  My son is 14 months old, and there was a couple of times that he has woken up in the morning with a dry diaper.  So I decided to start sitting him on the toliet.  He will sit on it, but still hasn't gone yet.  I am just trying to get him use to it and then we will move on from there.

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