When is the best time to start potty training a girl?

Heather - posted on 03/04/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be two in May. It feels like its too early to start but she shows some interest in it. Help!

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Christina - posted on 03/04/2009

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If your daughter is showing interest, and is able to follow simple directions, and can stay dry for a few hours at a time, than I would say GO FOR IT!  My son started showing interest at 18 months and using sporadically at that time...At 2 years, we went for it, and he had no problems. I think you just need to be sure it's the right time (with those guidelines in mind) and then make the decision. Once you start, DON'T put diapers back on EVER.  That just confuses them. The only exception is "Big Girl Nightime Undies" which are pull-ups. Those are the ONLY time we used pullups and we NEVER called them diapers.  Make a big deal out of buying big girl undies, and know that it will take some time. You can use sticker incentives or even a mini M n M each time she goes, and gradually fade that out...Just be VERY CONSISTENT.  That is the key, and very loving and encouraging, and dont' move backwards.  You would be surprised how fast they can learn!  :-)  Plan to stay home all day the first few days so you can get her on the potty every 1/2 hour or so....Hope that helps!  :-)  GOOD LUCK!  It worked for my girl right before 2 1/2 (and probably could have done much sooner) and my son at 2. 

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Too cute!!! Thats a tough one, you don't want her to treat it like a toy, so you have to let her know that its only for potty time. With Heather, everytime I had to pee I yelled, "Yay! mommy has to go pee! Lets go! " And we race to the bathroom and cheer when I was done. I know it sounds silly, but they did the same thing at her daycare, all the kids rush in and cheer when someone has gone on the potty, so it makes them want to do it too... :)

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Laurie - posted on 10/13/2015

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mine is 22 months almost. The father is pushing me to potty train because he doesnt want to buy diapers anymore and spend the money elsewhere. she show very little signs of readiness. I tried the 30 min thing and no luck even when she did use it some. winter is coming and keeping her fully naked isnt a option anymore. :/ help meee

Robin - posted on 03/04/2009

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My daughter showed interest at 2, also. I had been told girls were easier to potty train than boys and that they usually mastered it earlier. We have been at it for about 6 weeks now and she is doing really well. I think if she is showing interest, get a potty chair and see what happens.

Tammy - posted on 03/04/2009

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Hi my daughter is 2yr 4 mths she has been fully trained for 5 weeks i showed her the potty at 18 mths she wasnt interested. I just left it out she started to use it, it then took me 3 days and we havnt looked back i hope this helps.

Metra - posted on 03/04/2009

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I started at 18 mos.  We started earlier letting her go with me to the potty and she was fullly trained by about 2.5.  She probably would have been sooner but I was not anal about it.  I think its better if you take their cues and train them accordingly.

Nicole - posted on 03/04/2009

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My daughter is 16 months, and we are potty training her. She tells us when she has to go poopy only, so we put her on the potty then, and a couple times a day to go pee pee and she goes every time. We don't force her, and if she doesn't want to sit on the potty at that time, we don't make her. But she usually sits there then says "done" after she did something. I think it all depends on the child and when they begin to show interest in it. Best of luck!

Desiree - posted on 03/04/2009

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In my experience, my girls were soooo much easier to train than my boys! My first 2 girls were trained by 3 and my youngest (she'll be 3 in April) was trained at about 29 months (though she still has to wear a diaper at night). She has a brother that is 10 months older than her and when he started "trying" to train she picked it right up so I think that helped. I had a potty seat that she would sit on all the time with and without her pants on. I would leave it out for her to sit on just to make her feel more comfortable for when she was ready. In my experience it's just catching them at the right time and when they finally do "go" for the first time and see how easy it is it doesn't take long before they are doing it all the time. I just let mine run around the house naked and it seemed to make it alot easier for them (and for me when they had an accident). I really wasn't expecting my daughter to start so early and I wasn't even really trying with her so it was a pleasant surprise to have her going as I thought she was too young to pick it up! Just give her time and from the sounds of it, it shouldn't be too long! Good Luck!

User - posted on 03/04/2009

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also Try putting them on the potty first thing in the morning and when they do pass anything tell them and encourage them what they are doing.

User - posted on 03/04/2009

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If she is showing interest she is ready its never too early or late.You will know when your child is ready.

Michelle - posted on 03/04/2009

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i have tried like a star chart on the fridge and im constantly asking if she needs to go she will say no and 5 mins later we have an accident! she drinks an awful lot though so im thinking cutting that down could help! i have tried so many treats if she has any more sweets i think her teeth will fall out lol! i have just had another baby and think she is rebelling a little bit

Heather - posted on 03/04/2009

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When you all started out did your child just sit there & not go? And how long did you let them sit there before you took them off? And how long (days,weeks) until your child finally used the potty?

Heather - posted on 03/04/2009

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Michelle- one of my friends told me to make sure to take her every 30 minutes no matter what Then give her some kind of treat & praise! Maybe that will help you daughter?

Michelle - posted on 03/04/2009

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My little girl will be 3 this month and still cant really get it! she knowshow to use her potty and what its for but when shes playing she gets so easilly distracted and has alot of accidents! we have tried all sorts and she gets herself really upset when she has an accident bless her! im hoping something will just click!

Michelle - posted on 03/04/2009

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My little girl will be 3 this month and still cant really get it! she knowshow to use her potty and what its for but when shes playing she gets so easilly distracted and has alot of accidents! we have tried all sorts and she gets herself really upset when she has an accident bless her! im hoping something will just click!

Heather - posted on 03/04/2009

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awww yeah i've been taking her with me to the bathroom & telling her 'mommy potties in the potty'' but i have never thought about cheering & all that!! I think that would help bc she loves when me or her daddy get all excited! THANK YOU!

Heather - posted on 03/04/2009

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she also tells me POTTY, meaning she wants to go sit on the potty... and she'll say "poop" but thats usually after she goes in her diaper...

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I agree with Amanda, Don't start unless she shows an interest. I had potty trained 4 childre, 2 were a breeze and 2 were very difficult. It depends on there wanting and their personalities. i really wouldn't stress over it...it will happen and when it does Praise Praise Praise the Lord....and her!!!!

Heather - posted on 03/04/2009

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well to give you a little more info about it.. i bought a potty seat & she likes to sit up there but won't actually use the bathroom. I put some panties on her saturday & she had an accident & she yelled AHH!! (it was funny) but obviously she didnt like the feeling of peeing on herself. Still i dont know how long to let her sit on the potty not going?

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My daughter turned 2 in october and is completely trained. She really wanted to do it, but it all depends on your girl. I started off by taking her to the washroom with me, putting her poops in the potty from the diaper and putting her on the potty right from getting out of bed. It was up and down with her interest in it, and you just have to go with her interest. We started at about 15 months and had to take a month break about 2 months in... But other then that, Best of Luck!

Julie - posted on 03/04/2009

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I started potty training my daughter before 2.If your daughter is acting like she wants to...let her=-)She may catch on right away....or it may take some time.I think from experience that it is easier to potty train a girl......more than a lil boy.So...let her start...and just watch & see what happens=-)

Amanda - posted on 03/04/2009

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hello, well i believe that the best time to start is when they show an interest in using the potty... my daughter started potty training at 2 and is now 3 and a half and fully potty trained.... so if ur daughter is showing interest it cant hurt to start... just dont force her is all... good luck hope that helps...

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