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Doris - posted on 11/25/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is 15 months old, when is it a good time to introduce the potty? Also,

when is good to go to the dentist?

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Greta - posted on 02/24/2009

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My son decided he was done with diapers a week before he was 17 months. He has been done since then. Most of the time I end up holding him over the regular toilet with his back to my front, I hold under his knees and aim for the middle of the bowl. He does use his little potty too, esp. at night. Its a Baby Bjorn Little Potty, with a potty "cozy" on it so it is not cold. He hated siting on it when it was cold. We also use a flip style seat on the regular potty that he uses sometimes. He "tells" me when he has to go by grabbing his crotch and grunting or saying "this."

Gloria - posted on 02/22/2009

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I am a parent educator and mother of 4 (with another on the way any day now) and I say introduce them to the potty when they begin crawling/walking.  If it is already in the bathroom, it becomes part of their lives.  They follow us in the bathroom anyway, right? 



When they can walk, guide them to sitting on it, and when they can follow simple commands, they show signs of being ready.  The optimal time their brains are ready for the steps are between 18 and 28 months.  Potty training is more about how you train and less about them.  If you stick to it, it can be done painlessly (but not mess-less; that comes with the territory) and without suffering for you or your child.  Gradual training IMO worked better than waiting until a certain arbitrary age or season.  BTW, my 18 mo son knocks on the bathroom door (which I now keep closed after he climbed into the toilet) when he poops. 

Danielle - posted on 02/22/2009

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i was wondering the same thing a about potty training.  My daughter picks up on thing fast.  We bought her a potty since when we got in home she want so carry it around everywhere but when she does sit in on it she takes the middle out then sits on it so im kinda scared to put her on it with out a diper.  but she at least has started to tell me when she poops.

User - posted on 02/22/2009

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At first my 16mth old was doing great, at least during the day. Now she is not really going or showing an interest in it at all now. I'm going to stick with it...especially since my oldest was trained by 2...what a blessing:) I know's there's hope. I have however moved the potty to the living room, as a constant reminder..some days are better than others...good luck!

Krista - posted on 12/14/2008

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we have a potty in the bathroom that noah sits on when he goes in there with me. he just sits for now, we don't pull his pants and diaper off just yet. i figured just to get him used to it for when he's ready!

Heidi - posted on 12/10/2008

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My baby doesn't walk or talk yet so Its too soon here. I know that. he just turned 16 months last Saterday. He does say a few words but doesn't want to walk yet.

Tracey - posted on 12/09/2008

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Hi Doris, I am a mother of 4 and I started all of my children around the time they could walk. Everytime I went to the bathroom I would/will take them. They sit on the potty and so do I! All of my children were potty trained without stress at all! By the time they were 20 months. It does take longer but it is less stressful and no drama! My number 4 daughter is 15months old and is staying dry all day at home on weekends and says POOP when she has to poop!

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2008

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I'm wondering the same about potty training. My son says poopy after he's already gone. I don't know if I should start encouraging the potty or wait until he tells me before he goes. We're going to ask at his dr. appt next week.

Kellie - posted on 12/06/2008

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I just took my daughter to her doctor for her check-up. I told her that Chesney brings me a diaper and wipes when she's wet or dirty. Dr said Chesney will "tell me" with her actions when she's ready. I don't think I'm going to push it for awhile tho. I know she gets very inquisitive when we go to the big potty!

Deni - posted on 12/06/2008

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I was wondering the same thing about potty training. My son communicates very clearly, so I was considering starting in Feb or March at 18-19 months, but from what I've read the ideal time is 22-24 months. I'm thinking about ordering an ebook from 3daypottytraining.com. Have you heard of it?

Tracy - posted on 11/27/2008

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hi doris my names tracy, my health visitor told me to get my children regidtered for a dentist as early as possible, as they can have problems with their teeth, so just keep an eye on the teeth, mine are both regitered from 3months.

Cindy - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hi Doris, I asked my dentist this last week, and he said there was no need to worry until they are around 3 and to just keep introducing them to the toothbrush and you'll be fine. Hope this helps

Heidi - posted on 11/26/2008

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I'd say wait a while. i started my girls at 2 and everyone of them was almost 4 before they went on the potty. Its plain missery if you are working on it for 2 years. For sure wait till he can talk well or you will just be mommy trained not child trained. I do not plan to start till my 15 month old is close to 3.

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