is a year old too young to start potty training?

Katie - posted on 07/01/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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my daughter just turned a year old and i believe that she is ready to start potty training. she frequently will take her diaper off and then go potty. as of right now we are waiting till she can walk a little more steadily. thoughts anyone??? i think she's ready. she has taken her shorts off then diaper and done it a few times.

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Belinda - posted on 07/01/2009

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I say go for it, especially if she is interested. We've been putting our girl onto the potty for the last month - she's 10 months old now. We just pop her on after she wakes up from a sleep or if she looks like she's about to poo and she sits there quite happily. I'll give her a toy or read her a story or something until she's done something or until I don't think she needs to go! My girl doesn't walk yet either which I don't think is a bad thing...... at least she can't get up and walk away!! I've noticed lots of people saying don't push them or rush them into it which is true, but I also think if you start them sitting on a potty early enough and it is just part of their normal daily routine it doesn't necessarily ever become a big deal and something they really don't want to do. (Obviously all children are different but this has been my experience) My mum started sitting me and my 2 sisters on the potty from when we were 6months old and we were all dry night and day by 2 years of age and because it was something that we always did every day, didn't object to being put on there. Good luck!

Megan - posted on 07/01/2009

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My son was 15 months when he started going potty. He decided on his own and we didn't push him. He did for a few months until his brother came along and he regressed. We're just taking it slow.

Brenale - posted on 07/01/2009

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Quoting Karen:

Yep. They are not aware of their movements to 18 months of age anyway and even then some aren't ready. Don't push it. They are so little and have enough pressure learning everything else! I have a 3 and a half yr old and a 1 and a half and my 3 yr old was potty trained at 3 and it took two months and she was done. A great book is Toddler Taming by Dr Christopher Green has everything in there from potty training to tantrums and is esp for 1-4 yr olds age group. A must read : )!



that book is awsome! helped with problems in a good way!!!

Karen - posted on 07/01/2009

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Yep. They are not aware of their movements to 18 months of age anyway and even then some aren't ready. Don't push it. They are so little and have enough pressure learning everything else! I have a 3 and a half yr old and a 1 and a half and my 3 yr old was potty trained at 3 and it took two months and she was done. A great book is Toddler Taming by Dr Christopher Green has everything in there from potty training to tantrums and is esp for 1-4 yr olds age group. A must read : )!

Brenale - posted on 07/01/2009

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my daughter was doing the same thing at one, but she actuly was wanting to get on the potty and go. like the big kids where doing., the best thing to do is show her that yes if you want ta potty here is where u do it, and if she decised that it's not for her don't push, if u push she'll freack out and it will take even longer! i had a day care and potty trained a lot of kids. mine is two now and dosen't even pee the bed~~ but it took her saying that yes she was ready even after sing are there , the best advise i read was that when a child is potty training they get nothing out of it. eather way the go and eather way they get cleaned. so she gets a treat every time she pottys she LOVES raisens and stickers, she still gets one every time.and has not regrest like many children that get torry trained at a young age!

Katie - posted on 07/01/2009

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we are yet to get her a potty chair. she's been doing it in her bed tho. and is constantly wanting in the bathroom.

Lorraine - posted on 07/01/2009

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does she actually go to the potty chair and sit down or is she just going on the floor? if she is walking to the potty or making gestures to use her potty than she may be ready. I would not push it at this age but do leave the potty in an open easy to get at area like the back entry of your main floor if the bathroom is not easy to get to. dress her in easy to get off elastic jogging pants and see what happens. who knows maybe she will be one of the few who trains her self!

good luck

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You might be at it for a while. Typically they need to stay dry for 2-4 hours, show an interest in going, tell you they are wet.... Remember they can't control there bowels til 18 months, so.... GOOD LUCK!

Elizabeth - posted on 07/01/2009

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If she's showing signs, there is no harm in starting now. My 19 month old son has no interest. He could care less if he's pooped or peed. I have heard of some children being potty trained that early. That is definitely not the norm, but there are always exceptions. I do think girls are easier than boys and tend to show an interest at an earlier age.

Jen - posted on 07/01/2009

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you dont want to force your shild on it! they will do it when they are ready! 1 is not to young if she is wanting too! my daughter was fully potty trained at 15 months.

Tiffany - posted on 07/01/2009

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my daughter is 2 1/2 and still potty training. She will still go in her pullups and then say she has to pee afterwards so I still let her use it. So I don't want to push her too much but help her along. I say you are doing fine cause she is always going but needs to walk better. Thats great! I think she is on the right path :)

Crystal - posted on 07/01/2009

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My mom says that my sister and I were both about 15 months old when we were completely potty trained. I say if she's ready and trying it now, go for it!! Good luck!!

Tawni - posted on 07/01/2009

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i sarted my son at 18 months very informally and waited for him to warm up to it before really structuring it to where we kept track of how often he went and whether or not he had accident free days etc- he was fully potty trained by 2- and have heard girls can train earlier than boys- i guess it all depends on her- I wouldn't think it could hurt to encourage her- but i don't think it would be a good idea to push it if you meet too much resistance at this point or expect a whole lot out of it at this point- good luck :)

Tawni - posted on 07/01/2009

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i sarted my son at 18 months very informally and waited for him to warm up to it before really structuring it to where we kept track of how often he went and whether or not he had accident free days etc- he was fully potty trained by 2- and have heard girls can train earlier than boys- i guess it all depends on her- I wouldn't think it could hurt to encourage her- but i don't think it would be a good idea to push it if you meet too much resistance at this point or expect a whole lot out of it at this point- good luck :)

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