Potty Training

Holly - posted on 12/22/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




My daughter is 18 months and is showing some sign of being ready to potty train. i was just wondering when you started potty training your lil ones and how you knew they were ready?


Sara - posted on 12/22/2010




I just read an article about this, as we just started potty training seriously. These are the questions you should ask yourself to know if they are ready or not:

■Does your child seem interested in the potty chair or toilet, or in wearing underwear?
■Can your child understand and follow basic directions?
■Can your child ask simple questions?
■Does your child stay dry for periods of two hours or longer during the day? Does he or she wake from naps dry?
■Does your child have fairly predictable bowel movements?
■Does your child tell you through words, facial expressions or posture when he or she needs to go?
■Is your child uncomfortable in wet or dirty diapers?
■Can your child pull down his or her pants and pull them up again?

Here's a link to the article:


My daugher is 2years 2 months and is really just now showing serious interest, so we're starting! I did read that if your child is really ready, then potty training should only take days, not weeks, to do. If it takes longer you should try again later. Good luck!

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Sherri - posted on 09/01/2011




I do in home daycare and we don't and won't use potty chairs they all learn to potty train on the adult potty and really I have potty trained 15+ kids if watchful and you should be with any child. Drowning in a toilet isn't even possible.

More every parent is different and it is what they prefer. I simply stated I found the adult toilet worked much better since it was better to get them used to it from day one. I also taught them from the moment they began potty training how to get there pants down and be able to get on the big potty all by themselves with no help. It has never been a problem.

Kim - posted on 09/01/2011




True some people don't find pleasure in cleaning potty chairs but when you travel you might need one if you can't find a place to stop and when they need to go they need to go. Easier on the little legs to have potty chairs so if you are busy they can run with no help. Or make sure they have a step stool but then you have to remember alot of children can drown in a adult size potty. We tried both...the potty chair then the donut...each child is different and some are more comfortable with one over the other. Never hurts to have both

Sherri - posted on 09/01/2011




Number 1 sign they are ready is if they wake up from there naps dry. If yes then great time to start if not then they are not ready.

Also every child is different 1st and 2nd son not ready till 2 1/2, 3rd was ready at 2nd birthday.

Second I am NOT an advocate of potty chairs it works much better in my opinion to buy the doughnuts that fit on the big toilet and a stool. They will have to get use to the big potty eventually why not start them on it from day one, so they never have a fear of it.

Holly - posted on 12/22/2010




thanks for the comments. i got my daughter a potty for christmas. she always follows me into the bathroom so im going to put it in there and see how it goes from there. on the box it says 18m+ which she is. if she doesnt like it or isnt ready i wont push her but im not waitin till shes 3 thats way to long i was potty train by the time i was 2 and i want my daughter to be trained by then or atleast some what trained. i just wanted to see when other people started potty training there kids.

Keshia - posted on 12/22/2010




I asked a questions about buying underwear for my son who is going to be 17 months and people had a fit that I was "forcing" himt o potty train they said I shouldnt until he is 3 or 3 1/2 I was totally shocked who wants to change a kids diaper for that long Im going to start after the 1st of the year when he is 17 months hes been showing signs also he grabs at his diaper and he likes going by the toilet in the bathroom since he sees me go sometimes too so I got a potty chair that hooks on the toilet and he loves sitting on there eh doesnt cry or anything but still hasnt gone on it so Im hoping he will be out of diapers by the time our new baby is born the end of may

Laura - posted on 12/22/2010




It never hurts to get a potty chair and just start introducing her. My son was interested right before his second birthday and now he's 26 months and just doesn't want to do it any more. I would say get the potty chair and just get her used to it at least.

Kala - posted on 12/22/2010




My baby isnt old enough yet, but if they start to grab themselves or doing the potty dance or anything, then they are ready...maybe just try it and see....like maybe just take her to the bathroom......

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