when to start potty training

Sarah - posted on 10/01/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am sure this question has been asked several times. But I am new to the form and havent been able to figure out everything yet. So what age should one start potty training. This is my second child, but there is 9 years between them. So i kinda forgot some things.

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Elaine - posted on 10/04/2009

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of my 3 daughters each one was a different age, "big girl" panties were a great incentive, but they will let you know when they are ready.

Elisabeth - posted on 10/04/2009

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Everyone told me that my daughter would tell me when she was ready to go but that never happened, My girl is 2yrs and 8months and I have just started toilet training her. I tried to put her in pull ups but she treated them like normal nappies, so i put her straight into undies and yes she did wet herself several times the first day but that tought her the feeling of when she was about to go the 2nd day she was telling me she needed to go but usually while she was wetting herself, day by day she got better with it. Communication is a big thing with toilet training so when they are at an age where you can ask them questions and they can answer u properly could be big help.

Sarah - posted on 10/02/2009

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Thanks for all the tips. I don't think she isready yet, but feel it might not be long.She pointed out to me she was going potty in her pants and got a diaper then proceded to lay the diaper on the floor and lay down beside it the other day. However this has only happened once. It was so cute

User - posted on 10/01/2009

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When your child starts acting like they're ready is a good time to start potty training. Boys tend to want to potty train later than girls, my son didn't complete potty training until he was 2 months past his 3rd birthday. I thought there was something wrong, but he got it when he was ready. It helps for boys if you can put Cheerios in the toilet and play "Sink the Cheerios". Not only does it make it fun for him, it teaches him how to aim! If you have a girl, you're in luck. Just give her a pair of big girl panties (NOT PULL UPS), and she'll practically potty train herself.

Tracy - posted on 10/01/2009

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Welcome, and I agree with Sharrye...the child will let you know when they are ready! I hate when we hear about a child needing to be potty trained by a certain age.

Erin - posted on 10/01/2009

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my pediatricians told me about 18m to 2yrs.. usually cant control num 2 until about 2 yrs and it could take till approx age 5 till they are fully potty trained.

Sharrye - posted on 10/01/2009

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Hello & Welcome...I only have one child, & to me, it depends on what the child is doing, like for example does he/she notice when he/she is wet/muddy?...Do they tell you that they need another pull up/diaper?..Are they talking well enought to commnicate w/u on anything thing else?...My daughter started talking b4 she was walking, so potty training started right after her 2nd b-day..but good luck & again welcome to the club!!..

Carmen - posted on 10/01/2009

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My pediatrician said I could start @ 18 months. W/ my eldest that was when I started. Just when she would wake up, before/after meals, & before bed time. & she got older (say around 2) we began once an hour whether she would go or not. Now she is 3 & freely uses the potty on her own.

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