when is a good age to start potty training?

Kelly - posted on 03/02/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I have a 16 month old son and would like to know when is a good time to start to train him to une the potty?

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Stacey - posted on 03/03/2009

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i started training my daughter when she was 18 months old, but she wasnt interested, we just kept the potty out and i just kept aksing her if she needed to use the potty. when she turned 2 in the november it was warm enough to leave her bottoms off. within the week she was completly day trained. night training i dint start until much later, she is now 3 and 3 months and is completly night and day trained. it is different for every child and you just have to remember that accident happen, and that praise works better then being told off.

Natisha - posted on 03/03/2009

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 Potty train when the time is right... lol... I know that's not exactly what you're looking for but there is no real right answer. It took my son a year to potty train from 3 to 4. It took me a week and I was only 1.  I have heard of mom's doing it in 3 days with kids who are aged from 1 -3. My God son didn't fully train until he was almost 5.  When your son starts showing interest is when you should push it. Take him in there all the time though. Let him pick out a potty chair and maybe use the reward system ( yah know... one toy per potty trip or one toy per each accident free day).

Aimee - posted on 03/03/2009

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Anytime the child is ready. If they are interested and want to go then encourage it. My son is seventeen months now but he started potty training about 2 months ago. He does not go all the time but a few times a day he will tell me he has to go and will go.

Brianna - posted on 03/02/2009

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I started potty training all 3 of my kids around 1 1/2. with my second and third pregnancies, I didnt want to have 2 children in diapers at the same time (at least, not for long).  So, with my first son, I started potty training him at 15 months, my daughter, we started potty training her at 16 months.  my youngest son, we kinda let it slide, porbably because he's the youngest, but we just finished potty training him last month (only took 2 days) at he is a little over 2. 

Dianne - posted on 03/02/2009

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I started potty traning at 18 months with my first daughter but she wasnt really interested unitl she turned 3 now she is 41/2, and my second daughter was potty trained at 2 years 3 months now she just turned 3 in january, i have never looked back at both of them, they are both using the big toilet now, and we never used dry nights either they just learnt to go to the toilet or come and wake me or my husband up at night. The best thing is to leave the potty in a room where you mostly sit around so that you can encourage them to use it.

Carly - posted on 03/02/2009

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When he starts to pull his diaper off, he is ready :) One way I started my daughter was everytime I went, she went. She sat down on her pot as well :) It became a routine and wahlah! She was potty trained!

Vicki - posted on 03/02/2009

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Well I don't really know if there is a right age, most kids seem to let you know when they are ready but really probably around 15 months or so is when I introdused my kids to the potty. Boys seem to take a little longer then the girls I also find my niece was trained just before she was one believe it or not. So to your question their really isnt a right or wrong awnser.

Lilly - posted on 03/02/2009

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I started training my daughter when she was about 18 months! But it is different for boys! Try putting a pull up on him and then underwear over that so he feels like a big boy and then maybe he will want to go! But you have to buy underwear he likes so he will want to wear them by themselves!

Cheryl - posted on 03/02/2009

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my daughter was 2yrs 1 month my son was 2 yrs 10 months both took a week to be dry day and night i didnt push either of them i just left the potty out so they knew wat it was and if they wanted to use it they could my advise is to wait till they want to use it if they are ready it takes less time to get it done my friend pushed her son and been training over a year still with accidents and nappies at night

Kimberlee - posted on 03/02/2009

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Quoting Debbie:

Anytime after the first year when baby can walk or toddle to the pottie. Always remember to give verbal and physical praise!



absolutely right!  Lots of praise helps .. even when they miss!! :)

Kimberlee - posted on 03/02/2009

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I just started potty training my youngest. I figured that we would wait until she could tell us that she pooped or that she peed. Having an older sibling has helped too. When "sissy" goes to the potty usually Kylie will go too. When they tell you that they have pooped or peed that is generally a good indicator that you can try to start. We had lots of fun trying with our oldest. She was just not ready. My husband and I also found that our oldest wanted to use the toilet more when we purchased panties. Seeing that mommy had them was a big booster for her and it encouraged her to want to keep them dry. I also used the plastic potty training panties on top.

Mia - posted on 03/02/2009

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I honeslty waited untill my son was 3... I tried when he turned 2 he didn't get it, I tried when he was 2 1/2, he didn't get it... I tried when he was three and that was the first time he actually started to get it! He was fully potty trianed within a few weeks...ok maybe a month, but even through the night and everything, he hasn't had an accident in months now and he is 3 1/2

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I really don't think there is a specific age to start. I read an article a/b diaperless infants. They held them over the potty and the grew up being used to using the potty. ? Quite intresting actually, but I knew that wasn't for me. However my son is going to be 1 next Monday and he has sat on his potty chair a few times, but no success yet. But that's ok. At least he sits there. =] It never hurts to try them on the potty and a reward system though.

Cindy - posted on 03/02/2009

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I read that we should be starting at around 2. You have to look for the signs that he is ready. For example: If he can pull his pants up and down. When he knows his body enough to tell you he needs to go. There's alot of different skills they need before you even think about starting. He will show you the signs when he is ready. I also read and learned that it could take up to age 4 or 5 to be completely trained. Good Luck!

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my daughter is almost 11 months and when she has her naked time it never fails she goes to the heat register in the floor and pees. I think imight put a little potty on top of it...maybe she will get the hint...also my neighbor started with her youngest at about 16 and at 18 she was in underware. I think it all depends on how motivated you are.

Jill - posted on 03/02/2009

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my son turned 3 in December and he knows what he needs to do but just will NOT do it! It's very frustrating. He has pooped and pee'd on the potty...but only when he wants to. Other times poop's and pee's in his pants. So i've put him in pull ups which I know is not a good idea...but I just don't know what else to do. I have tried pretty much everything!

Susie - posted on 03/02/2009

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I think 18 months is too early! I think the child must know when they are about to wet and be able to tell you before you can start! When your child is dry in the morning that is a good indication that they are ready. It is possible to actually delay your child by trying to push it on them too soon and you can damage their self esteem by asking them to do something they are not physically capable of doing at such an early age. Their bodies have to be mature enough that they can hold it in. It is also important not to go out of town or make any changes while training. Consistancy is key! When it comes down to it though sometimes they just have to make that conscious choice. Don't worry too much, everyone drove me nuts with my first child, i was so anxious that it was taking too long, it put my daughter off. Plus i was pregnant with her brother at the time. I really wanted her out of diapers before he came but it wasn't until he was three months old that she did it! She didn't train completely till she was over three! She knew all about it, just didn't want to do it! My son is almost three now and i am starting to train him. I have had him sit on the potty and we talk about it a lot. He would rather flush it and put tp in it than actually sit on it though lol! He has gone pee a few times and poop twice. But he doesn't want to actually sit on routinely. Recently though he is telling me quicker when he has to poo, some i'm hoping he'll come around soon. I love the outside potty idea, i have tried that also. So far he just pees on the ground! Or worse in the hallway! Oh well, here's hoping we say bye to diapers soon. But in the meantime i am going to not stress and push him too hard, all we can do is stay positive, and keep trying :) Hope that helps :)

Stacey - posted on 03/02/2009

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I started potty training my son when he was around 2. Of course before I really started training him, I would always say things like,"Do you need to potty" or "Lets go sit on the potty" so that he would realize that is where you go to do your business. He did very well and it didn't take him long at all to learn. I used the Feel when wet Pull-ups and when he would wet in the pull-up it was very uncomfortable for him. He would take the pull-up off and go sit on the potty :-) I would dance and sing and make a fool out of myself praising him (heehee) and in about 2 months he was running to the potty when he needed to go and wearing underwear all day. Of course he still wore Night time pull-ups at night for a while.



 After that, all we had to work on was his Aim! Haha  

Laura - posted on 03/02/2009

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I wouldn't start until he is 2, unless he shows interest before then. Our son was giving signs that he wanted to try a little earlier than that, so we got him underwear and a potty, but he wasn't able to tell when he was going to go yet. We kept the potty chair in the bathroom but didn't push him to use it, and by the time he was 27 months he was asking to use it and to wear his underwear...completely potty trained, even nighttime, in 2 weeks after that.



 



We found that the best way to make it fun was to let him pick out character underwear, then to remind him not to "get Mickey all wet." We also got him a matching pack of Hanes boxer briefs so he had the same kind as Dad...he loved that.

Leron - posted on 03/02/2009

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Wow! All good advice! We're moving in a couple months and I plan to start then! I'll keep everything in mind!

Helen - posted on 03/02/2009

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as i said in my last message my daughter has just turned 2 and doin really well sol im hopein that when summer come's i will be able to leave my daugther all day with out nappy's and just wear them on a night time. but at the same time this trainin will only work if she is usein the potty or toliet. fingers crossed. my little boy was completly trained by 2 half.

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I started my son around 18 months we had gone camping with my brother and nephews who are 2 years older than him and were potty training and they tought him how to pee on a bush it was really funny, but we have been working on it since then. He is now just over 2 and almost completly traind in diapers only when he sleeps.

Carvetta - posted on 03/02/2009

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I potty trained when my daughter stayed dry over night. Two weeks after her second B-day. I monitored her intake, Bought 1 bag of pull ups and got busy. It took me 4 hours ant two pair of underware. Tada..................she was potty trained.

Donna - posted on 03/02/2009

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my daughter is now 1 year 6 months and is still wearing nappies also but everytime i have changed her nappy i say either have you had a wee wee or ill say have you had a poo poo and ive learned that by saying that she has now started to tell me when she has had a poo. i think when they start to understand what they have done and start telling you then thats the time to start potty training. which i myself am going to start doing as soon as. i think getting them used to the words helps alot.

Helen - posted on 03/02/2009

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hi i started potty training my little girl form 16 months, she has just turned 2 and now likes to sit on the toliet every now and then. the key to it is leaving them for a long period of time in the house or garden with out a nappy and just keep askin them if they need a wee or poo. also take them to teh toliet with you when you go and get them to listen to what you are doing and tell them too then give yrself a big clap..

Danielle - posted on 03/02/2009

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I wouldnt say I started potty training yet, however I started putting her on the potty at 6 months, once and a while. I found that she didnt go at night till first thing in the morning, so when I went to get her out of bed I would put her right on the potty, she already knows at 10 months what she is supposed to do there, she lets me know if she doesnt have to go. Normally she will tries when I place her there. I dont think there is an age too young to potty train, it is more of a matter are you training them or yourself.

Victoria - posted on 03/02/2009

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You know I think 16 months is very early to start. The best time to start is when the child starts to get an awareness of being wet or even better when they know when they need the toilet. For example my 19 month old has just started pointing at her nappy and saying stairs (we change her nappy upstairs) when shes wet. But as she has no idea when shes about to wet I still haven`t started her with the potty. What I did with my eldest was give her a potty to sit on when she was about 18 months old just so she was used to it. Then I waited til the summer and while we were playing int he garden just left her nappy off and left a potty out and that way its not as bad if they have accidents cos you`re outside and theres no clothes to wash if its warm enough to let them play with no bottoms on!! It took nothing more than a couple of weeks to get her dry and a bit longer with pooh. I also used stickers to rewaard her and didn`t make a fuss when she wet herself. Obviously all kids are different but I had success this way so hope it will help. I know boys tend to be a bit later than girls too so I really wouldn`t be worrying about it at 16 months. Good luck when the weather gets a bit better I`ll be starting with my youngest hope its as easy as last time!! xx

Lee-Ann - posted on 03/02/2009

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I have started trying with my 14month old, but she seems to take the potty and run off with it and it lands up everywhere else? what is the best way to get them started..

Debbie - posted on 03/02/2009

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Anytime after the first year when baby can walk or toddle to the pottie. Always remember to give verbal and physical praise!

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