Potty Training

Miranda - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 56 moms have responded )

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I was just curious when are you going to start potting training your little one? I have a little girl and I figured in 3-6 months I would start to try and potty train but I wanted your thoughts....

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My first son PT'd at 33 months and my daughter PT'd at 29 months, so I'm not even going to thing about it for awhile. BTW both kids trained in about a week with very little effort from me.

Carthelle - posted on 04/12/2010

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most babies do not even produce the muscle that helps them hold in the pee or poop until they are 12-18 months so most children do not start until they are about 2...and you will be able to tell when your child is ready, my son who is now 7 would start crying before he even went poop asking me to change his diaper cause he pooped(even though he hadn't yet but he knew he had to) that showed me he was ready and he was potty trained in 3 days and never wet the bed, he was around 2 years old...i think it is better to wait until they show they are ready...

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Amy - posted on 05/07/2010

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for my first daughter (now 3) i just kept the potty chair in the bathroom. she'd go in when i did. i'd show her how to sit on her potty (clothed). eventually when i would go in, i'd ask her if she'd want to try. if she did, fine. if not, that was ok too. i'd also ask her if she wanted to sit on the potty before/after her bath. she finally started having more of a want prior to age two and she was going on her own (w/o following me) by age two., however, the potty traveled around my house. it moved from the bathroom to my kitchen to the living room (yes, i heard the gasping too) i was ok w/ it not being in the bathroom. most times when she was little, she could not make it to the regular bathroom to go potty. we did all of the praising and stickers on the calender (which was right above the potty). pretty soon, she wanted to sit on the big potty and the rest is history. i'll probably do the same for my other daughter. she's only 16 months old and the only interest in the potty now is to put her older sisters shoes in there and to flush it. we'll probably wait until summer to give it a go. good luck. we'll be thinking potty thoughts for you!. lol

Judy - posted on 05/07/2010

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We talked about getting a potty and I think it's just about the right time as when I take her nappy off to go for a bath she will often wee on the floor of the bathroom just before she gets in the bath so I think she may just about be ready, not in a big rush though and happy to take as long as she needs to be ready.

Melany - posted on 05/07/2010

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My son just turned 16 months. We got his potty a month before his birthday so he could get used to it by playing with it. When he was 15 months he started taking off his diaper more and more. He crawled into the bathroom to play with his potty. My husband went to see what he was doing, he was sitting on the potty with both tabs to his diaper open but the diaper was still on. so my husband and i decided that if he keeps doing that than we will try pull-up. He did it for a week. Now he uses his potty when ever he needs to we have a few accidents here and there but i figure that if he is trying to train himself im not to worried. He likes the pull up but cant figure out just yet how to get it over his bottom.

Crystal - posted on 05/01/2010

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alot of people say 18months is fine but no sooner...my son is 15months and started showing sign he loves to sit on the toilet and sumtimes he will go if he has to go poop he makes sure noone looking and squats down and hell pull at his diaper when wet,but you dont need all the sign by a potty chair and let her get use to it and know what its for and every now and then ask her if she wants to go sit on her potty when you goto the bathroom and if she goes potty give her somthing she loves like a sticker calender she can put stickers on when she goes

Marianne - posted on 04/24/2010

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i have been thinking about stating to take the first steps into potty training but i am going to just go with what my little 15 month girl wants to do, she tells me when she has done a poo but not wee wees. we have just brought a pink summer seat potty at the local NCT sale today and she seamed very intersted to what it was and sat on it stright away so i guess thats a start.

Jane - posted on 04/22/2010

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she'll let you know if she's ready or not. if she's not then try in another 3 months. she should have the telltale signs, goes in the corner to pee or poo, can pull down and pull up her pants, etc. when you do start her, get her a book/dvd combo to help her learn. girls do train earlier than boys but 18 months may be early. my oldest trained best at 2 1/2 yrs.but i had tried starting at 18 months.
good luck!

Leslie - posted on 04/22/2010

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hey i havent gotten that far yet, im still tryin to get her liking the idea of drinking from a sippy cup. bit i agree with jennifer id say 2

Lynette - posted on 04/22/2010

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I let my children lead the way. I don't potty train. My oldest trainned himself at 3 1/2yrs, my 2nd child trained himself at 21mo. All I do is read cute potty trainning books to them when I think they should train, I leave the rest to them. Doing it this way leads to much less frustration and they do it so much faster, w/out accidents.

Angela - posted on 04/22/2010

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My daughter was 2 when she started using pullups and using the little musical potty. But she never wanted to poop in it. Always in her diaper. She didn't stop doing that until she was almost 3. My son is 15 months and watches daddy. I hear that's the best way for them to find out. I plan to start him at 18 months since he is pretty eager to learn quick.

Maria - posted on 04/22/2010

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Every child is different, but I would wait until she is 2. Look for signs that she is ready. Take your time it takes awhile and don't get frusterated she will be able to tell.

Michaelann - posted on 04/22/2010

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I haven't even really thought about trying to potty train my son! He's still my baby! My daughter didn't potty train until she was 3, so at or around that time is okay with me. I learned from my first experience that they will do it when THEY are ready!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/21/2010

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there is a friend of mine that had her little boy potty trained at 2 &1/2, cos for some reason it takes boys longer then it does girls. but my guess would be when she starts pulling her dipar off then that is when i will do it. good luck!

Gaeby - posted on 04/21/2010

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i wouldn't worry to much about it. when she's ready you'll notice she'll go hide to go,lets you kown she went when you see these sings it meens she's ready to get potty trained.

Li - posted on 04/20/2010

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I haven't started potty training my son yet. But I'm thinking about getting a potty to start. His poop schedule is very predictable.

Katie - posted on 04/20/2010

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My husband and I are actually going to be buying a potty chair today. Our lil girl pulls on her diaper when she has gone to the bathroom, and HAS to be in the bathroom when I am using it. She also now flushes the toilet for me and says bye bye diaper haha. It's cute, but I think we are going to start trying soon for her because she has been early with doing everthing else so far, and I think she'll catch on to this soon also.

Leann - posted on 04/20/2010

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Usually you can start anywhere from 15 to 18 months of age, depending on their development. My daughter is behind because she was premature so I will start her a little later probably closer to 2 years of age. I am a child development major and would suggest if she is showing signs and is ahead cognitively then i would start in about a month or so, otherwise I would start her at 18 months

Lotte - posted on 04/19/2010

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about a month ago my youngest started taking off her diaper when it was dirty and giving me a clean one or taking off her dirty one to go to bed. i think it was a natural curiosity and a phase. She also has a big sister who she sees go potty every day. I do'nt think she's ready though, only because she's afraid to sit on it. It'll take time and I'm not going to push. I mean, one thing at a time right? We're about to move out of the only place she knows as home, mommy's about to start ECE so both kids are going to daycare for the first time (you're absolutely right, i'm nervous about it) and, well summer's coming up. Let her enjoy being a baby for a little longer :)

Victoria - posted on 04/19/2010

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my daughter is 15 months old and ive sorta started her she says poop and pee pee and she has poop on her potty and she pees on it sometimes too

Nacole - posted on 04/18/2010

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I have slowly started mine. Mainly just to get her used to sitting on it. She has gone potty once. I will start more intense training around 18 months, she is 15 months now.

Christine - posted on 04/18/2010

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havent really thought about it but my daughter pulls her nappy off when she is wet or has number 2's so i might start as soon as my other kids go back to school on tuesday

Rachel - posted on 04/17/2010

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Yikes............ I had not even begun thinking about this! But after reading all the posts...........I think the potty in the bathroom and beginning to chat about it will be a good start! JT notices new things and watches everyones behaviors. I am sure he will want to throw things in his toilet just like he does the big potty!

Christine - posted on 04/16/2010

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I got a potty chair for my daughter when she was 13 months with no intent of her using it, but just to have it in the bathroom so that if she wanted to she could. She used it several times a day for a few weeks then she got sick and has only used it a few times since then. She will be 16 months soon here and I hope to start trying again but we are in no hurry. I figure when she is ready she will start again. I was potty trained by 16 months and my brother by 14 months so I know that it is possible to do it early, but it's all up to your little one and when they let you know they are ready. Best of luck to you all!

Tiffany - posted on 04/15/2010

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@ Camille Griffiths I have also started my daughter the same way as u did just to see what she would do and she has also been peein and poopin in the potty cuz she has 2 older sister so when they would go to the RR she would want to go with them and now she always wants to go when they go as well so i went ahead and bought her a potty chair and she actually hasnt used the RR in it she only likes for me to put her potty seat on the big potty like her sister go and that is the only way she will go but I just figured she is still using the potty some way so it works for me and her but really I guess u really just go for what works best for you and the baby so you dont get all stressed out cuz then the baby will be too and wont want to do it , I just knew my daughter was ready cuz she wanted to be with the big sisters and she ke[t taking her diaper off all the time when they would go.

Desiree - posted on 04/15/2010

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well it really depends on the child, most say to start @ 2..but my daughter is only 15mnths nearly 16mnths and she showing sgns of goin to the toilet heck shes been a couple of time now....

but thn again if you want 2 start, start her potty training, its up 2 u..every1 is different...3-6mnths tho thats wae 2 early ...but anyway goodluck with the next step of having a child hehe

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Our DD is for the most part potty trained. She's not walking yet, so she can't get onto it by herself but she signs that she needs to go and will bring me the potty by scooting it over. She's been dry at night and no poopy diapers since she was 6 months old. The only time we have misses is when daddy is taking care of her! He doesn't read her cues or he gets distracted by something. So I don't think it's ever too early. We started at 6 weeks old.

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Hi I took a tip from my mother in law and started putting Jessica on the potty as soon as she turned 8 months. I'd do it just before I'd stick her a clean nappy on and she soon started to get the hang of what she was supposed to do.
She is now 14 months and by 12 months all her poos are done on her potty. It helps that she is able to talk though and tell me when she wants to go.

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My son has started to have the "early signs" of potty training readiness. He will crawl into a corner to poo. I am considering switching to cloth diapers so that he will "recognize" the wetness that is associated with peeing in a diaper easily. I am going to be going out to buy him a potty shortly, just to get him to sit on it and begin to realize "this is where poo and pee-pee" goes and such.

Nicole - posted on 04/14/2010

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I just started putting my lil guy on there last week and he has gone on there everyday in the morning but no other time during the day. he is 15 months old today

Amanda - posted on 04/13/2010

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My daughter likes to flush for me when I potty and she opens the lid and looks in so I'm going to get her a training potty soon and let her figure it out. I highly doubt she's ready yet, but she's definitely interested. And she's getting to where she wants me to change her every time she pees, so I'm hoping she'll figure it out by the time she's 2, but no rush.

Jennifer - posted on 04/13/2010

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My daughter is almost 15 months and I just brought down the potty chair from storage! She is my third (and my last) so I am definately not rushing anything. My oldest was completely potty trained by the time she was 15 months! (day and night!) My son who turned three in October, still wears a pull-up at night... Every child is different. I go with the no-stress/no-pressure appoach. I simply put the potty chair in the middle of the living room and if she goes over to it, we take of her diaper and she sits on it for however long she wants. We also do lots of "nakey" time. She loves running around naked, and it makes it easy for her to use the potty if she decides to try :)

Kami - posted on 04/13/2010

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I am fixing to start potty training my 15 month old. He will squat when he is going to the bathroom and he will pull off his diaper so I am going to start potty training him. I say when your ready go for it. Your baby also has to be ready though. Good Luck!

JILL - posted on 04/12/2010

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We put out her potty when my daughter turned 15 months. Since then we just put her on it before her tubby everynite. About 3 nights in a row she went pee. She is showing signs of squatting too when she has to do #2, I think it is ok to let them sit on the potty and get used to it.

Alicia - posted on 04/12/2010

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I am going to start trying to potty train Tori in 3-4 months. She will be 18 months old in 3 months. I have a daycare out of my home and with the lttle ones that I have potty trained I have found out that not to push the training, but to try it around 18 months and if she shows no interest wait another month or two and try again. Sometimes they will show signs of interest; like if you sit a potty chair for her or if she starts pulling her diaper off.

Cassandra - posted on 04/12/2010

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I will be starting my daughter who is almost 15 months old w.in the next 3 months..she is already telling me when she is going *booboo* or *peepee* I let her in the bathroom w.me so she can get the idea too!! It makes her excited when its time to *potty*

Claudia - posted on 04/11/2010

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My son is 14 1/2 months and has been using the potty on & off since he was 5 months old. My mom who watches him while I'm at work started putting him on because he had problems pooping. She would put him on the potty before & after each meal and nap. He would go almost everytime. There are some morning when he wakes up with a dry diaper. He gets very fussy when he has to go either pee or poo. If you try to sit him down and he doesn't want to go he gets stiff and won't let you sit him down, but if he has to go, he has no problem sitting down and stays down until he is done and then he tries to get off.

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Starting too early can cause a set back, but at the same token I think most mom's take the que from thier children (who are all ready at different times). I have bought my daughter (15 months) a potty which stays by the toilet & she sits on (with nappy) when I go to the loo so that she is used to it when its time to start.

EMMA - posted on 04/11/2010

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I started by boy, who is now nearly 5, when he was 3, it prob took a good six months to get him to use the toilet readily for a wee, then even longer for poos. By the age of 4 and a bit he was going to the toilet to stand up for a pee and going for poos without any fuss. He is now excellent, he goes to the loo himself and always washes his hands afterwards. He does not wet the bed, we just make sure he goes to the toilet before going to sleep. We didn't rush him, just encouraged him and we used to let him see us doing the loo so he knew what it was all about.

Zuzana - posted on 04/11/2010

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I started with my daughter when she was around 13 months, and shes doing very well. Best time is the morning after she wakes up. She gets very excited when she does a wee-wee. Big smile on her face. Its never too early to start. Babies needs to get used to the potty...

Liliana - posted on 04/11/2010

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I think I will start around the beginning of summer, if she seems ready then we continue! We'll see how motivated she is! Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 04/10/2010

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My daughter is 15 months and I do believe that it is time. I can not keep a diaper on her most of the time. If I put her in her play pen even for a few minutes and leave the room, I come back in and she has her pants and diaper off. It seems though as if she is just too young. I have 2 other kids but it wasn't until they were closer to 2 that they were wanting out of diapers.

Miranda - posted on 04/10/2010

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I have started to sit my daughter on her little potty when I am going myself to get her used to going. sometimes she will go and sit on her own when she has to go now. I am not pulling her diaper down just yet just making sure she knows that is her potty. I think its a good start too. She is 15 months.

Alie - posted on 04/09/2010

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I've already started potty training. We started about 2 weeks ago. We bought a potty, sat her on it, she peed so we clapped and praised her. Not even two hours later she signed the word for "pee" , walked over to her potty and got on it (she was naked from just having a bath), signed the word "pee" again, and then started clapping. I checked, and sure enough, she had peed in the potty. We went out and bought pull ups the very next day so she can start to learn how to pull her pants down and we just set her on the potty 3 to 4 times a day. At least 50% of the time she'll go. But if she does go in her diaper, she now realizes she's not suppose to so she'll sign "pee" or "poop" and point to her diaper.
I'm sure it will take awhile before she is fully trained, but I think we've got a good start.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2010

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i have been trying for a will now but she doesn't want to anymore. she used to go when i first got the potty.

Angel - posted on 04/09/2010

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l also want to start potty training my daughter but l dont know how l would go abt it coz she is not talking yet l think its a good idea

Jodi - posted on 04/09/2010

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interesting. i was thinking about getting one when my daughter gets closer to 16 months. she's just about to be 15 months now. she's not really showing signs yet. i've worked with toddlers in a preschool for a few years and I do know that the signs are pretty important. so I won't push it until I see her wanting to do something.

Anne-Marie - posted on 04/09/2010

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I have a potty for m son, he is 14months.i dont make him use it, i give him the optio to do it, i have only had the potty for 1 week, he hasnt done anything in it although he likes to sit on it, even with his nappy if the bathroom door is left open. I think that if u want to try now, go ahead but dont force her to use. but good luck.

Tiffany - posted on 04/09/2010

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i didn't start potty training with my 1st daughter until she was 2 1/2 so that is probably what will also happen with my 2nd. I am so not ready for my baby to grow up and be out of diapers yet!

Trisha - posted on 04/09/2010

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my lyl felas 15 month and today he went out the back for nearly an hour wit no nappy on and didnt have an "accident" and wen he came in i sat him on the potty for a few mins... anyway usually the child wil let u no wen they ar ready by not wanting to wear a nappy more often or b being curious of the potty... hope dis helps

Miranda - posted on 04/09/2010

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Well my little girl has already started to squat when she goes poopo and she saids poopoo and so I think i may get her a potty and start trying it out in the next 3 months or so, and then gradually work my way up, she is very advanced for her age. If she doesn't take to it i will wait till she is closer to 2. Thanks for the advice everyone!

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