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[momoftwo] - posted on 12/07/2013
I've read that 18 months is a good time to start, we're starting our boy this month cause he's turning 18 months and one of the gifts we got him for christmas is a really cool potty LOL
I think with my girl we may have started earlier though
Aimee - posted on 12/09/2013
When they want to. :P
I started at 2 years old with my daughter. Bought the potty chair, rewards, big girl panties--that I let her pick out--and nothing else.
However, she is a very intelligent, but stubborn child, and yes, I know she got that from me. So I would do one day, and then after 8 pairs on undies soaking wet in 2 hours, I stopped.
I continually would talk to her about it, but did not seem interested. Every few months, I would pick a random day with no success.
She turned 3 and a half on December 2nd this year, and I almost thought about crying my eyes out that she won't be potty trained anytime soon and won't be able to go to Pre-K next year. However, I hadn't tried any potty training for 3 or 4 months.
So starting on Monday, I started mentioning the potty training again. We talked about it all week. We just talked. Friday morning when she woke up, I said we are going to do potty training. I put her on the potty, and she went. The second time, I put her on the potty, and she went. And that was it.
I'm not saying that I'm lazy by any means; however, I am not going to force a child to use the potty or have them have horrific incidents with the potty. After the second time, she has went to the potty every single time by herself. Day 4, and still no accidents, and she both pees and poos in the potty.
I had NO hope starting on Friday morning, but when I realized all my problems had finally been solved, I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up some treats. I bought her a pink piggy bank, that we decorated together, and she gets 1 penny for pee and 2 pennies for poo. I got a small cup and filled it up with smarties, and she gets one every time. Over the toilet, me and her decorated her rewards chart. She gets 1 sticker every time, and once the entire chart is covered in stickers, she will get to go pick out a present. (It was just a piece of construction paper, put her name on the top, and put a few winter glitter designs on it. I made sure it would take a lot of stickers for her to get the present, because I want to make sure she has the concept completely down before the first present.)
I've also done this with no panties on. But I don't have to remind her. I just wanted to type my experience, because this is the one thing I actually dreaded, and thought I would never have this child potty trained.
Anyways, as far as age, it just depends on when they want to. But I would say always encourage it, but if they aren't interested, they're just not. If you always talk about it, it will be in the back of their minds, and they will make the decision. Of course every child is different, and you have to look for the signals that could indicate their readiness.
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