What age should you start to potty train.

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Julia - posted on 01/26/2014

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I have just started potty training for my 2 years & a half daughter , everybody is talking about the signs but each has his/her own time. I read a lot about this period bcz i want to be prapered for everything so it will be easy for me , my husband & our baby girl . She sat for 15 mins happy about this new thing for her , there was nothing the potty was empty i said okay maybe not this moment after 2 mins her underwear was wet i knew that maybe it will take a while untill she understands the whole process
Well we will see what will happen

Dove - posted on 06/18/2012

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This post is 2.5 YEARS old, but the right time to potty train is when the child is ready. No matter what age I 'started' potty training (or even if I didn't potty train at all) all of my kids were potty trained about 3 months before their 3rd birthday (only one was night trained at that age as well though). The kid I didn't potty train has had about a million times more success than any of the kids that I put effort into, so I'm 100% in favor of full on child-led training. I don't particularly enjoy cleaning up multiple accidents during the day and changing sheets for years. ;) Parent led with multiple accidents or child led with 100% success. The choice was a no brainer for me. lol

Brittney - posted on 06/18/2012

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when they can walk they should be in the process of being trained. My daughter was trained in 1 week when she was 14 months old.

Lisa - posted on 01/12/2010

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I would say it depends on the childs age and whether they can talk and what you think.
My oldest was 2 because he had severe nappy rash and could not wear nappies.
My youngest was nearly 4 because he has medical problems.
I would definately look at your circumstances.

The other option that you can do is put a potty out in the room and see how your child reacts to it. If they go and sit on it then try them with no nappy and see how they react to that.

Hope this helps

Loren - posted on 01/12/2010

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ive had five children 3 boys and 2 girls. my first child i had trained at 22 months cause i had another one on the way and didnt want two in diapers. the rest i had trained at two. the thing that i found is when u start potty training u have to train yourself first and what i mean by that is unless u are consistent and on the balll dont even try potty training is usually a 1 to 2 wk task its not gonna happen over night. my grandson is in his third week of potty training and altho he is doing good he still has his accidents so good luck and remember to be consistent.

Regina - posted on 01/12/2010

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Hi, Crystal

A good age is when you child is able to talk and understand what it means to go potty. I have twins and I started at 2. I started by sitting them on the potty with their clothes on. After they got comfortable with sitting on the potty then the pants came down and they did o.k. Also, I charted the times they went on the potty and rewared them with stars which they put on the chart themselves. The key word is patience....

Jessica - posted on 01/12/2010

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I started potty training my daughter when she was a little over 2 years. I tried pull ups but she just realized that it was still like a diaper on her so she could potty in it, so I just put big girl pantys on her and about every 5 minutes we went to the restroom to see if she had to go. then when she got use to going to the restroom she learned not to potty on herself.

Amber - posted on 01/12/2010

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Hi Crystal

It's not Age, it's actually what STAGE.
When your child is showing interest in their body parts and the toilet, or likes to be with you when you go to the toilet, It's time to start reading them potty books. When they start to hold their urine for more than an hour at a time, then it's time to buy them a potty and put it in the bathroom. Place a potty book by the potty, and read one to them at least twice a day. Then, start teaching them bathroom words. If your child is old enough to learn the potty , then he/she is most definately old enough to say " i need to go pee, i need to poop"
so, come up with acceptable bathroom lingo, and start using it. Be a good eg. and do the same. It might feel funny at first, but let him know. " mommy has to go pee" . go pee, open the door, let him watch you flush and wash your hands. talk your way through it. "I peed, now im going to flush the toilet, now im going to wash my hands."
Start small, and work your way up.

Not that I think you'd do it, but some parents do - To rush out and buy a potty and say " sit on it" is going to do nothing.. your child needs to be more familiar with the words, secquence of events and proper duties first. They need to be comfortable with completely changing their way of doing things. It takes an average of 30 days to learn or change a new habit to it's full capicity, so keep that in mind.



Make a potty chart and give your child a sticker each time they use the potty. or you can try candy. Give a skittle for each time they try and suceed. If they try, but don't succceed, no candy, just a high 5.

Also, make sure YOU are ready. Be ready to have lots of laundry, extra underwear, clothes and wipes packed in your purse, make errands and trips short and within quick distance of washrooms and have lots of love and encouragment to spare.

Keep your calendar clear for a few weeks. If you start this and he's got a birthday party coming up, a big event or move, chances are they will delay the progress, if not , halt it all together.

Never start potty training right after a big move, routine change or huge event. Potty training IS a big event to your child and it needs to be the center focus of the whole family for the time being :)


Good luck! :)

Brittany - posted on 01/12/2010

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I have found that the easiest way to potty train is to wait until your son/daughter is interested in the potty. When he/she follows you into the bathroom and asks questions or looks confused, it takes time and childish understanding. My son is still in the process, he is three, but so far he only has an accident if we are out and not near a potty. Try buying some underpants that your child loves, I use cars, and ask him if he wants to keep them clean, and if so then he needs to use the potty or he will have to wear plain ones. We dont want to mess up his McQueen underpants. After he does go in the potty (using his made-for-me McQueen potty seat, and McQueen stool) he gets a snack for being a big boy. ^.^ Good luck, and remember that every child learns differently and at a different pace.

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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They will know when they are ready I had started my twins pottying training right before they turned two last June and now they have been potty trained completely for the past 5 months. They had some difficulties with it but we got through them

Sherri - posted on 01/12/2010

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Each child is different. With my children I started training them around 2 years old My oldest was a breeze she was ready and trained in less than a month. My boys on the other hand took a little longer middle child kind of dragged his feet about training but the youngest as soon as we moved he was ready for his big boy pants.

Stacie - posted on 01/12/2010

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Well, you really have to let your little one tell you. A lot will be driven by the preschool you choose, some will and some won't take children if they aren't potty trained, but you have to wait till they're ready. I bought my daughter her first potty for her 2nd b-day...just to start the conversations...we made it part of our daily routine at about 27 months...she sat on it every morning and night for 2 min...she didn't go most of the time, but when she finally did, she was ready for it all the time! She was 32 months when we gave up on diapers all together, and at her 3rd birthday party, she was completely potty trained. Sure we still had accidents, but she recognized when she did. Then at about 3 1/2 she started having accidents all the time...but that only lasted about a month. They have to be ready or you'll be sorry! Good luck!

Felicia - posted on 01/12/2010

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Me and my husband tried to potty train our daughter when she turned 2. She would not sit on the potty. She did't start to sit on the potty until she was 3. She was trianed to be potty trained in the day time pretty fast after that. Although, night time is a different subjuect. It can take up to 2 yrs after they are potty trained in the day time, to become potty trained at night time. So to answer your question, I would say around 3.

Stacie - posted on 01/12/2010

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Well, you really have to let your little one tell you. A lot will be driven by the preschool you choose, some will and some won't take children if they aren't potty trained, but you have to wait till they're ready. I bought my daughter her first potty for her 2nd b-day...just to start the conversations...we made it part of our daily routine at about 27 months...she sat on it every morning and night for 2 min...she didn't go most of the time, but when she finally did, she was ready for it all the time! She was 32 months when we gave up on diapers all together, and at her 3rd birthday party, she was completely potty trained. Sure we still had accidents, but she recognized when she did. Then at about 3 1/2 she started having accidents all the time...but that only lasted about a month. They have to be ready or you'll be sorry! Good luck!

Danielle - posted on 01/12/2010

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I wouldn't start potty traing until they are ready for it. If you do it too earlier then it will be like forcing them to not wet theirselves. but if you wait until they are ready then it will be much easier. I started mine a age 2 years when they showed they wanted to and it worked out great. some start at 18 months others between 2-3 years. I hope this helps for you.

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