my baby is 10 months...do you think it is the time to start potty training?

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Olga - posted on 03/11/2011

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i think it's completely fine to go ahead and buy a potty and see how things go! my daughter has been pooping on the potty since she was 8 months and has been peeing on it since 12 months; she's 14 months now and can keep her diaper dry all day and only going on the potty.

don't so much "potty train" but toilet on a regular basis. for example, put your baby on the potty whenever he looks like he's going to poop. that way he can start associating going poop on the potty instead of his diaper. you can also sing him a jingle when he's on it and praise when he does use the potty.

if your baby ever refuses to sit on the potty then never force!

overall it is fully up to you and your baby to make this decision of using a potty =)

Alex - posted on 02/28/2010

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Yes...go for it.I never understood the Western way of thinking in that respect. It is offensive for human intellingence - so you can toilet train your cats and dogs...but not your children?What you can do at that stage though is not potty training - elimination communication.Watch for signs.The sole reason for you to post this question shows that you can tell when your child is going. Why wait till they've made themselves dirty,then change them? Just put them on the potty/toilet and encourage them to go with sounds - pssss or farting sounds...I started when my son was 3 months old.

Unfortunately, it is a bit late for your baby as another mum mentions in another post because the signals that baby gives when they need a poo at 1,2,3 months are very strong-they kick their legs,face gets red,straining etc,all trying to tell you mum I NEED TO GO....by ignoring these signals for months and even years we tell our children it's OK to go in the nappy. And the signals gradually disappear. Then one day we decide -oh it's not OK for them them to go in the nappy anymore and here come the struggles. By putting your baby on the potty now,you are letting them know where they need to go,it doesn't mean they will be pottytrrained be4 anyone else,it means you don't ignore your child,use less nappies and deal with considerably less poo. My son is nearly 10 months now and makes us aware well in advance he needs to go. 99% of the poo,goes in the toilet and 50 % of the wees. Hope this helps. Wish you all best-any questions-please ask

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2010

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You should check out the book, The Diaper Free Baby, by Christine Gross-Loh. We started our daughter on the potty at 2 weeks old (she is now 2 years old and only uses diapers now when she is asleep). Other cultures start much earlier than here in the USA.

Andrea - posted on 02/27/2010

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They don't start having control until at least 18 months. I'm planning to start when my son is at least 2 or showing interest in potty training. It's just frustrating for everyone if you start before they are ready.

Niki - posted on 02/26/2010

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i know some people who were potty trained by 12 months, and others that took longer, my daughter is 16 months and i bought her potty when she was 8 months and i put her on it everyday for a few minutes, she has peed a few times and in the last 2 days pooped twice, and this evening after supper she took off her diaper and immediately peed cuz i was not fast enough to get the potty, but she still can't tell me yet when she has to go,(she doesn't have the vocabulary yet to say it) but i am just happy that she is comfortable going out side of her diaper, so if u wanted to start, then i say go for it, but just to keep it as up beat and pleasant as possible.( i have a friend who got very frustrated with their child while try to potty train, and it has totally turned the child off from it, he is scared of the potty and screams every-time he sees one or the toilet, and he is almost 4 years old) good luck :)

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Sherri - posted on 03/11/2011

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Bahahahah NO!!! Professionals won't even begin to recommend potty training until at least 18mo's usually 2yrs old.

Amanda - posted on 02/27/2010

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I think that is too young also, and I think that boys are harder to potty train than girls ... Good Luck!!

Lea - posted on 02/27/2010

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I think that is too young to bother. Don't force you kid to grow up too fast. They need time to be a baby. I bought a potty when my son was 19 months old and started letting him sit on it before bathtime. I rewarded him with a sticker every time he did something. Its going well.

Theresa - posted on 02/27/2010

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IF your child seems to know he/she is doing something in his diaper (he hides to do it) than sure do it gradually. but most likely he does not because it is most common at 2 yrs to potty train.

Holly - posted on 02/27/2010

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NOOOOOOO. Two or three is fine. In fact, my son was four before the process was complete, and that was fine. The child will let you know when he/she is ready. No rush. . .

Rosie - posted on 02/27/2010

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while it's not impossible, i think it's too early. does your child walk yet, can she pull her pants down by herself, can she tell you she needs to go potty? all of these are important aspects of potty training. i'm pretty sure studies say the younger you start them the longer it takes. can you handle potty training for 6 months? when in all reality if you wait till they are 2-3 years old it will happen in most likely a week. ask yourself these questions and then i think you'll find your answer! good luck in whatever you do!

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way too early; kids don't have a clue about their bladder function untill they are at least 18 months. You can train them to use a potty before (pee or poo on command; also called 'elimination communication'), but that does not make them potty trained (as in: diapers no longer needed).

Me, I could just not be bothered to spend that much time on potty training. My eldest was almost 3, said he did not want to wear a diaper anymore and within a week it was settled, day and night.

User - posted on 02/26/2010

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Absolutely! Both my kids started "training" at 8 & 9 months just by sitting on the potty first thing in the morning to get the idea of what the potty is for. Both kids were fully trained before they turned 2. Good for the kids, good for mom & good for the environment. If you wait till after 2, like some would say, the kids may not want to...then there are struggles and it's much more difficult. The younger they are, the easier it is. Good luck & have fun with it!

User - posted on 02/26/2010

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I think no... if your child shows interest then go for it...my daughter was just walking and the sitter had a 2 yr old she was training...because I had a noisy child and she wanted to do everything the other baby was doing...she was potty trained just before she was a yr old....however this lady had skills I did not she was on a time schedule...that to me is the key whether child is 10month old or 3yrs old.

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personally i think tis when the baby is ready if she or he is uncomfortable in their soiled diaper then its time .. i didnt star till my daughter was 18 months and we have had alot less accidents and less frustration cuse she can communicate with me and her daddy she loves the reward of going in her diaper and i use new panties s a reward for going on the potty i by fun colors and patterns she loves it maybe with a boy you could try diffent style boxers or briefs.

Sarah - posted on 02/26/2010

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If your child can tell you in some way (grabbing self or a gesture) that he has to go potty than go right ahead and start. Most children are not ready to potty train til 2 or 3 like other posters have said. I have been doing daycare for 9 years and have never seen a child potty train that young...but hey if they are ready go for it!!

LauraBeth - posted on 02/26/2010

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We always said we would introduce the potty when our son started to walk! well he started at 8mo. so we went out and bought a potty chair JUST to introduce him to the seat but to our amazement he peed on it everytime he sat on it he has pee pee on it for two months now and since he was wakeing up at night (3times) I sat him on it then as well. we even left the seat in the living room and hw will walk over to it to potty, now on the other hand he does not poo on the potty seat at all he just turned 10 mo this week, and he start to walk over to the corner to do his business (poo w/ diaper on) my Mother stated that he want a little privacy LOL, Still I am not potty training him yet just simpley letting him "play" with it so to speak, and since I am a SAHM I see no problem, once he turns a year we will be full out potty trainning, I do not want a child that is 2 1/2 or older wearing diapers I fell that it is lazy on both parent and child -THIS IS MY OPINION!!!! a child is so much smarter then alot of parents give them credit for.

User - posted on 02/26/2010

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Speaking as a preschool teacher and mother of 2 boys, I think that 10 months is too young to even think about potty training. There are a lot of milestones that your child has to accomplish before you introduce potty training. Is your child walking and speaking in sentences at 10 months? Your child needs to be able to let you know when they need to go potty. Relax and don't worry about potty training until your child is 2-3 years old and if your child isn't ready don't push it, it's not worth the frustration.

User - posted on 02/26/2010

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I would say you can start as early as 18 months, but it always depends the individual child. They will show an interest in using the "potty" this is the BEST time. Consistency is key making sure that you try every two hours, after meals etc...and build the skill with the child.

Cindy - posted on 02/26/2010

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No, that is way too early. I started to train my kids at 16 months. At that time they went on the potty every morning. They weren't fully trained untill they were a little more than 2 years.

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You can lead a kid to the potty - but you can't make 'em pee!!



Potty learning all depends on your child. Does he/she have the interest, the understanding of their body functions, and the proper motivation to put it all together ...

I think most kids are going to be "potty trained" when they're good and ready.



I bought a potty for my daughter at the age of 11months. Just to introduce it to her (but yes, I was HOPING she'd be an early learner).

I even put her on her potty each time, I went to the restroom, just to get her aqquainted with the idea. I got very good at predicting when she would have to go and we had success - but I WAS DOING THE WORK.



Potty learning has to be your child's idea & his/her responsibility to get to the potty when need be! We all have to learn to manage our own body functions.



When she did start to show interest (about 18-20 months), I gave her LOTS of encouragement. We bought her panties (and let her pick them out); let her go w/out pants on (in just the panties) at home for a few hours at a time. She needed to see what it really felt like if she had an "accident" in the panties. Since it was an uncomfortable feeling for her (or anyone) to be wearing soiled underpants - she started paying closer attention to when she had to potty. She also didnt' like for her pretty panties to get all "yucky".



She is a potty pro @ 2 1/2 yrs old.



just a note: EVEN if your child is potty trained - pull ups are a good idea for nap time/bed time and long car trips (or outings) when you may be unsure of how long it will be to find a restroom!

Kids have such tiny bladders & holding it isn't always an option :)



Good Luck :)

Caroline - posted on 02/26/2010

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10 months!! Wow, i dont think so! lol, sorry but that seems really really early! maybe at a year and a half.

User - posted on 02/26/2010

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Check out this website http://www.diaperfreebaby.org/. I started working with my daughter when she was 8 months and she was considered a late starter. Most of the world starts pottying kids from birth. There are some really great books on the topic. It doesn't mean you have to have a mess - just a kid who is aware of when she goes to the bathroom and poops on the potty almost all the time. I encourage people to read about Elimination Communication and Infant Potty Training and talking to parents who practice it before saying it is wrong or impossible. Super interesting and kind of fun! I loved knowing when my 9 month old needed to poop and helping her do it on the potty instead of in a diaper. Now - at 18 months she asks to go poop on the potty for every poop and occasionally asks to pee on it.

User - posted on 02/26/2010

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Check out this website http://www.diaperfreebaby.org/. I started working with my daughter when she was 8 months and she was considered a late starter. Most of the world starts pottying kids from birth. There are some really great books on the topic. It doesn't mean you have to have a mess - just a kid who is aware of when she goes to the bathroom and poops on the potty almost all the time. I encourage people to read about Elimination Communication and Infant Potty Training and talking to parents who practice it before saying it is wrong or impossible. Super interesting and kind of fun! I loved knowing when my 9 month old needed to poop and helping her do it on the potty instead of in a diaper. Now - at 18 months she asks to go poop on the potty for every poop and occasionally asks to pee on it.

Lisa - posted on 02/26/2010

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my son is 2.5 and poops on the potty. he freaks out if he needs to go and we arent near a bathroom. Pee on the other hand is going to take a while. If you figure out a wayto potty train a 10 mo old and not have them regress you might be able to make some big money. Good luck with that.

Sara - posted on 02/26/2010

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I don't think so. I am a big believer in the fact that you can't really force a child who is not ready to hit major milestones. You (and your child) will have an easier time if you follow their lead on this one and wait to introduce the potty when they seem interested and physically capable of actually holding their bladder. Up until then, not only are you wasting your time, but you're creating a lot of heartache for yourself and your child.

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Far too early, IMO. But how about buying a potty and letting your baby get used to it by sitting on it.

Kate CP - posted on 02/25/2010

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Well, you can TRY but don't be upset or surprised if it doesn't work. This is one of those things that you just CAN'T force.

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I too have read up on potty training both for and against early potty training and as far as I could work out studies can show whatever the hell these people want them to. The many books I have read (like any of the books I have read about raising a child) contradict each other so much. One says one thing & another says it is completely wrong. All you can really do is read all the books, talk to you doc about it if you want, listen to advice given by other mums and then make up your own mind depending on your child. If you feel your child is too young wait, on the same note if you feel you & your child are ready start the process. Books are good for ideas, suggestions & hints but in the end this is your child you know this little person best so it is up to you to decide.

Nadine De - posted on 02/25/2010

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when they can control their bladders they are ready and it differs for all children but 10 months would seriously be early mine only started walking at 12months.
I have seen articles of moms that never use nappies from birth but boy that seems messy to me.

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Hey there, my first daughter was close to 3 years old and her little sis is 21/2 and she is just starting now! U'll know when ur child is ready, she/he will seem interested believe me! My little ones favorite part is flushing.

Diane - posted on 02/24/2010

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I respectfully disagree. All children are different but I think two years is way to late to start.
At nine months I bought three potty chairs and put them throughout the house. I started using the word potty especially when I changed diapers. I would take them and sit them on the toilet and say potty. When I changed them I would show them the diaper and say potty and point to their potty. Often times I would just put them on it with a book. Let them walk around without any pants on. My daughter got to hate her diaper and would try to pull it off. I bought pretty little panties and she would sit and try to get them on. She was completely trained day and night and rarely went in her pants after 13 months. My son took longer and I think he was around 22 months. If a parent can teach kids words and sentences at that age......they can learn what the potty is for and make attempts to use it.

User - posted on 02/24/2010

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Ten months may be early but I use to sit my kids on a potty at about 12 months when they were watching Playschool on TV. That way they knew what it was all about and werent afraid of it all, like some kids can be. I never expected them to do anything in there but if they did I let them know I was pleased about it :D

Katherine - posted on 02/24/2010

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No way. Actually, I read up on potty training for my first. Studies have confirmed, that babies who start potty training before age 2 are usually only trained by age 4 (and even then tend to have more accidents), whereas kids who start training after age 2 are usually totally trained by age 3.

On the practical side, I started my older boy just after age 2, when he was big enough to aim his stuff standing on a stool and sit on the kiddo potty seat on the big potty. I don't see the use of making more work for mom (cleaning little toilet).

My advice: get a good book on it. It's amazing how much easier it is to do when you have a bunch of ideas in writing that have been studied and proven efficient.

On another note, rather than all the bother, you can go cold turkey. You spend a couple weeks explaining it to them, fitting it into their routine, then when they seem to understand, you say "uh oh, out of diapers" and put them in underpants. It took my son one week of accidents (in summer, when he was outside so much it didn't matter) and he was going in the potty almost 100% at the end of the week. It's like transitioning from the bassinet to the crib. Fast, and efficient, change their schedule, and they will adapt and learn. Be totally encouraging and they will do their best to please you.

Angel - posted on 02/24/2010

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it really depends on the willingness of the baby. my one daughter was just over a year when she got it down. but don't get upset or try to force her to be potty trained this young that will just make her afraid . My daughter was copying her older sister and she knew what she was doing so at a year old I would bribe her with a night at chuckee cheese , a new doll, a candy or ice cream treat. something everday for a week and she was good to go. Of course we still used pull ups for bed time just in case.

Barbra - posted on 02/24/2010

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what i did was evrytime i went to the bathroom they went with me. so that they see you doing it. thats keeps them aware and have them sit on there own toilet. he will let you know when hes ready.

Erin - posted on 02/24/2010

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I think it is ok to start potty training as soon as they learn to walk. That's how my mom potty trained me and I was trained by the time I was a year old. I plan to do the same thing as soon as my daughter starts walking.

Briana - posted on 02/24/2010

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every child is different. My son wasnt trained until he was 4 and thats pretty late. My daughter starting walking at 10 months and would follow me to the bathroom and sit on her potty. So everytime i went i just took off her diaper and let her just sit their like me and i wasnt expecting her to use it and low and behold she did and was fully trained by 1yr. So it only took her 2 months to get it down pack.

Lacey - posted on 02/24/2010

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i started my son when he started showing interest in the toilet and asking what is was and when he would go hours with out wetting himself..that happened when he was 18months old he still isn't fully trained but we are getting there..so i guess i am trying to say he/she will let you know when they are ready..

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Go ahead and introduce your child to the potty!! It is really up to you as a mother to decide when you think yourself & your child are ready to start. Sorry ladies don't want to upset any of you we all have our own opinions but I started my son quite young and now at 2 years he is fully toilet trained during the day (we are working on nights).



Buy a potty and let your child play with it. Tell him/her what it is for & try sitting your child on it with a nappy on (don't be pushy though you don't want to make any of this a bad experience for your child as that can slow down or even halt the process), they will get the idea eventually and sit on it all by themselves make a big deal out of it when they do. I played games with my son while he sat there, the games continued once we got to the actual business side of things which helped. Your child is a good age to introduce sign language to as well, teach your child how to sign toilet & poo he/she will learn to do this quicker then speak the words. It is unbelievable how much easier this can make things. Always use the same words for things don't confuse the poor little thing by saying potty one minute and toilet the next. Again go for it and goodluck.



By the way I have read a lot of stories about countries where mothers have toilet trained their children from birth and their children are fully toilet trained by 9months to 1 year so don't let age fool you they are smart little souls and we don't give them near enough credit.

Christine - posted on 02/24/2010

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I have heard of parents successfully training their babies as young as 8mos, I think it depends on the child and whether or not they are interested!

Meghan - posted on 02/24/2010

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i did child lead toilet training, he was trained in a week, at 2 3/4yrs . i regard him fully toilet trained through the day now at 3yrs, although he may have the occasional accident at kindy when so much is going on, but thats few and far between. i personally think 10 months is far to young, like some mothers said, they just dont have it in them to grasp the consept at such a young age.

good luck :)

Ranee - posted on 02/24/2010

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I THINK ITS NOT TO EARLY TO INTRODUCE YOUR BABY TO THE POTTY. MY DAUGHTER IS 11 MONTHS AND I WAS THINKING ABOUT JUST BUYING ONE AND SLOWLY SHOWING HER THE USE OF IT. JUST DONT FORCE YOUR CHILD INTO ANYTHING NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES

Erin - posted on 02/24/2010

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I agree with the others that said go ahead and get a potty but don't expect to much, we introduced our daughter to the potty around 10months as well and she did use it from time to time but didn't really start getting fully trained until around 18months.

Francesca - posted on 02/24/2010

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I think its a little early. Physically, babies don't get the sensation or control until 12-15 months, but usually don't beging to understand it all until after 2 years old.

There are so many milestones they need to meet, like walking, climbing, talking, etc that they will meet that will help the potty training process if you wait a little longer.

Good luck!

Annette - posted on 02/24/2010

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i think 10 months is a bit too early...i mean if your child is able to understand the concept great get them started if not wait till they are 2 1/2 to 3 years old.

Cassandra - posted on 02/24/2010

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I feel as tough your child will tell you when they want to potty train. My son was 2 1/2 yrs before he was ready my friends son is 1 yr and potty trained completely its up to the kid!!

Courtney - posted on 02/24/2010

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no defently not it is way to early to even think about it. You should wait to about 2 1/2

Tessa - posted on 02/24/2010

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I would think 18 months would be the youngest to even begin introduction. Most kids are 2-3.

Jessica - posted on 02/24/2010

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always consult with your doctor but i would say go and buy a potty for her to play with at about 1 yr and a half and start to get serious around 2

Emilie - posted on 02/24/2010

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10 months is very young to potty train, even if the child is very smart and understands what you are talking about, most children don't have bowel and bladder control until they are 2 or 3.

Allie - posted on 02/24/2010

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That's a tricky question.... my son is 20 months and has gone peepee on the potty, but he's not trained or training. I think that when they're ready, that's when to start training. If your child is interested, go ahead and get a potty (or potty topper) it can't hurt to get them comfortable on it. I wouldn't force it though. Also, if you want to expedite the process I heard switching to cloth diapers helps. Diapers now-a-days have been made to hold and not let them feel when they're wet, with cloth diapers they CAN feel when they're wet. So, yeah... good luck! I hope this was at least somewhat helpful.

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Most children aren't ready to potty train until they are 2 years old and I know a lot of moms that started trying when their child was18 months. My son showed a lot of interest but was almost 3 before he fully trained for me.

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Most children aren't ready to potty train until they are 2 years old and I know a lot of moms that started trying when their child was18 months. My son showed a lot of interest but was almost 3 before he fully trained for me.

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