Im expecting but how do I potty train my 13 month old?

Vivien Bella - posted on 09/29/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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im 21 weeks pregnant but i also have a 13 month old baby girl. should i potty train her now or wait till i have her little brother or sister who i will be breastfeeding?

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Dove - posted on 09/29/2013

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13 months is VERY early for potty training. Go ahead and introduce a potty chair, but just let her play around w/ it... and take her lead. Two in diapers is much less stressful than potty training a child who isn't ready.

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You should wait until your new baby is born. At 13 months, a child does not yet have enough control over their bodies to potty train. Plus, she would likely regress once the new baby is born and you'll end up doing it all over again. It's best to wait until she is about 2 and a half to 3 and a half years old. She will show signs that she is ready. If you try to do it before she is ready, you will have a big battle on your hands, and she will be more likely to regress during any major changes in her life in the future--it is actually very common for children who were potty trained to regress and start having accidents when they start school....but I don't know how reliable that fact is. I heard it from a child mental health professional, but have never fact checked it....

Ev - posted on 09/29/2013

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I hate to break the bad news to you but at 13 months a child still has no power over their going potty yet. Their organs that function for potty time have not fully developed yet. It won't be until age 2 to 3 that she will be really ready to do anything. Plus at this age they do not understand the potty yet.

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