Potty Training at 21 Months !! Help !!!!

Alexis - posted on 03/22/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hello Moms!! My daughter is 21 months and we have been actively potty training her for about two weeks now. The first week she was doing extremely well.. she would let us know she had to go to the potty by saying "Pee Pee" , Flush the toilet and wash her hands. Recently, she stop asking to go and will just pee on herself about 3 times a day and wont say anything!! Is this normal? On the bright side she haven't had a problem going #2 on the potty and we have went out a few times and she has remained dry. She wears underwear most of the day and diaper at night. I guess I wanted to know how long does it take to potty train? Are these accidents normal ?

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Sarah - posted on 03/22/2016

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Yes your daughter's accidents are totally normal. Again, why the rush? Most kids will show interest in the potty around 18 months but most don't train until after two or even three. Potty training takes as long as it takes? If you start really early, it can take weeks. If you let your child lead, it can take days or still even weeks. I have four kids and none trained before 2 1/2, the boys were 3.

Dove - posted on 03/22/2016

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She is really young to potty train unless it's her idea. How long it takes to potty train? Well... it could take 1 day or it could take a couple of years.... It really depends on the child... and somewhat on the parents as well.

My potty training 'journeys'....

My girls were 100% successful right from the beginning (18 months) as long as they were naked and awake. They seriously never had a single accident if they were naked. Put any types of bottoms (diaper, pull up, underwear... didn't matter) and the daytime success rate dropped to around 50%... so they were naked at home a lot and in pull ups when we went out til they were almost 3... and night time pull ups til 4.5. They still had day and night accidents for YEARS... seriously, a lot of years. Oh, but only pee accidents. From under 2 years on the only time they had poop accidents was when they were really sick... but even an adult can have an accident in THAT type of situation.

My son... pooped on the toilet for the first time at 15 months. I did not want a repeat of my experience w/ his sisters, so I never really did more than ask him if he wanted to go whenever I was going. If he said yes, I helped him as much as he needed. If he said no... I didn't mention it. He potty trained himself in diapers 100% on his own timetable and was fully day and night trained w/ very few, random accidents... from about 3 months short of turning 3.

Sarah - posted on 03/22/2016

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She is not even 2 yrs old....why are you pushing this at such a young age? In general the earlier you start the longer the process. You have to realize that it is a learning process and her body has to also be ready physically. Just like teaching to read you don't give a 3 yr old a book and expect them to read within a month. First they need to learn the alphabet, then the sounds of the letters, then how to put those sounds together. Each child moves at their own pass. You can encourage them to learn, but you can't push or they regress and don't want to learn. I have actually found that it is a much faster and less stressful process if you wait until they are closer to 2 1/2 to 3 yrs.

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Alexis - posted on 03/22/2016

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Dove,

Im definitely gonna try the naked method tthis weekend. That is a really good idea ! Thanks for the tip.

Alexis - posted on 03/22/2016

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Hello Ladies . Thanks so much for your response . A common question I get is why did I start so early.. Well to be honest I didn't start anything . I bought her a potty at 12 months and sat it in the bathroom next to the toilet..it actually sat there collecting dust for months because I didn't want to pressure her. Until one day she took her diaper off , sat on the pot and pee'd.. I was so happy and Praised her.. After that day she wanted to go all the time. We even went and picked her out big girl panties. So to reiterate I didn't push this . She did this ALL on her own . I actually wasn't ready because I didn't know what to do ..I figured I had at least a year or two to figure it out

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